Prayer Requests

Iran: Update, releases, dropped charges and failed appeal 18 December 2014
Iran: Two Christian prisoners released 15 December 2014
Turkey: Christian ministry targeted in arson attack 15 December 2014
Iran: Update on house church members imprisoned for their faith 17 November 2014
Iran: Harsh sentences given to church leaders 20 October 2014
Iran: Update on arrests and charges against Christians 07 October 2014
Yemen: Update on foreigners abducted and killed 30 September 2014
Iran: Continuing Arrests and Harsh Sentences for Christians 16 September 2014
Iran: Update on Christians detained in prison 19 August 2014
Iraq: Update on deepening crisis facing Christians 12 August 2014
Sudan: Update on Meriam and family, now in Italy 24 July 2014
Iraq: Update on the situation of Christians in Mosul 24 July 2014
Iraq: Update on the situation of Christians in Mosul 18 July 2014
Iraq: Abducted nuns and orphans released unharmed 15 July 2014
Iran: Update on house church members and leaders imprisoned for their faith in Christ 08 July 2014
Sudan - Update on Christian sentenced to death, released and detained again 27 June 2014
Iran: Update on imprisoned pastor beaten and taken to an unknown location 26 June 2014
Sudan: Update on Christian sentenced to death, released and detained again 25 June 2014
Egypt: Update on three blasphemy cases 25 June 2014
Iraq: Update on Christians fearful following take-over of Mosul 24 June 2014
Sudan: Update on Christian sentenced to death 24 June 2014
Sudan: Update on Christian sentenced to death 24 June 2014
Egypt: Update on three blasphemy cases 20 June 2014
Iraq: Christians fearful following take-over of Mosul 11 June 2014
Iran: imprisoned pastor beaten and taken to an unknown location 10 June 2014
Sudan: update on believer sentenced to death 30 May 2014
Iran: update on dual-national detained for his Christian activities 21 May 2014
Iran: one believer conditionally released, others beaten whilst detained 20 May 2014
Sudan: Update on believer sentenced to death 15 May 2014
Sudan: believer sentenced to death 12 May 2014
Iran: update on detained pastor’s limited medical care as further arrests occur 09 May 2014
Turkey: update on situation regarding Malatya 24 April 2014
Iran: update on Pastor serving six year prison sentence 23 April 2014
Syria: call for day of prayer as violence continues 07 April 2014
Turkey: legal change leads to temporary release of murderers of Christians 12 March 2014
Iran: three believers arrested as restrictions are imposed on some house church leaders 10 March 2014
Syria: nuns abducted from Ma’aloula released 10 March 2014
Turkey: legal change might lead to temporary release of murderers of Christians 07 March 2014
Iran: two believers released, others granted temporary leave from prison 06 March 2014
Syria: restrictions on Christians in Raqqah formalised 28 February 2014
Turkey: St. Gabriel Monastery given title deeds to some its property 27 February 2014
Egypt: update on blasphemy cases 26 February 2014
Libya: seven Egyptian Christians murdered 25 February 2014
Iran: update on Christians detained following church raid in Ahvaz, in December 2011 31 January 2014
Syria: Church leaders call for prayer for Geneva II peace conference 20 January 2014
Iran: arrests over the Christmas and New Year 16 January 2014
Iran: Christmas period and update on Pastor serving six year prison sentence 23 December 2013
Iran: update on Christians detained following church raid in December 2011 06 December 2013
Syria: uncertain situation of Ma'aloula nuns 05 December 2013
Iran: concerns for the health of two imprisoned believers 14 November 2013
Iran: update on believer sentenced to 10 years’ imprisonment 06 November 2013
Iran: harsh sentences for believers upheld 30 October 2013
Egypt: wedding celebration attack in context of Christian-Muslim relations 26 October 2013
Turkey: updates on ongoing legal cases 03 October 2013
Iran: two believers released from prison 18 September 2013
Iran: wave of arrests in July and August 18 September 2013
Syria: clashes in historic Christian village of Maaloula 09 September 2013
Turkey: update #24 on trial of murderers of Christians 09 September 2013
Syria: day of prayer for peace, Saturday 7th September 06 September 2013
Egypt: update on Church buildings being attacked 20 August 2013
Egypt: Church buildings being attacked as protest camps removed 14 August 2013
Iran: believer sentenced to 10 years’ imprisonment 09 August 2013
Egypt: Christians in Minya affected by extremist violence 07 August 2013
Syria: fears grow for missing priest 06 August 2013
Egypt: Christians affected by extremist violence 31 July 2013
Iran: eight believers convicted, others facing court hearings 25 July 2013
Egypt: Christians wary of protests called for Friday 18 July 2013
Egypt: Christians targeted during disturbances 08 July 2013
Egypt: hopes and fears in changed national governance 05 July 2013
Iran: update #2 on Armenian pastor arrested in Tehran 04 July 2013
Egypt: President authorises new church building 13 June 2013
Egypt: update #2 on Christian teacher facing court hearing following accusations of blasphemy 12 June 2013
Egypt: update on Christian teacher facing court hearing following accusations of blasphemy 07 June 2013
Iran: update on Armenian pastor arrested in Tehran 07 June 2013
Iran: Armenian pastor arrested in Tehran 07 June 2013
Egypt: Christian teacher faces court hearing following accusations of blasphemy 07 June 2013
Syria: day of prayer called for Saturday 11th May 07 June 2013
Iran: update #3 on Christians detained following church raid in December 2011 07 June 2013
Iran: one believer released on bail, others remain detained 07 June 2013
Syria: two bishops kidnapped and their driver murdered 07 June 2013
Egypt: sectarian clashes leave several dead 07 June 2013
Iran: update #2 on believers facing court hearings 07 June 2013
Iran: detained believers needing medical treatment 07 June 2013
Iran: update on believers facing court hearings 07 June 2013
Syria: increasing incidence of religiously-motivated attacks against Christians 07 June 2013
Libya: update on Egyptian Christian detained & mistreated 07 June 2013
Iran: updates on detained believers, some facing court hearings 07 June 2013
Egypt: two young boys convicted 07 June 2013
Libya: Egyptian Christian detained & mistreated 07 June 2013
Algeria: believer challenges court conviction 07 June 2013
Iran: update #3 on dual-national detained for Christian activities 28 January 2013
Iran: update #2 on dual-national detained for Christian activities 21 January 2013
Iran: update on dual-national detained for Christian activities 18 January 2013
Iran: update on Armenian pastor detained in raid on Christmas celebration 11 January 2013
Iran: Yousef Nadarkhani released; two further arrests 07 January 2013
Iran: Yousef Nadarkhani taken into custody again 02 January 2013
Iran: Armenian pastor detained in raid on Christmas celebration 31 December 2012
Iran: pressure on churches as Christmas approaches 21 December 2012
Middle East: update on expatriate fellowship meeting violently disrupted 21 December 2012
Iran: dual-national detained for Christian activities 20 December 2012
Middle East: expatriate fellowship meeting violently disrupted 04 December 2012
Egypt: lack of law and order affecting Christians 07 November 2012
Iran: update on Christians detained following raid on a church service 31 October 2012
Iran: update #2 on imprisoned believers facing court hearing, others newly arrested 23 October 2012
Iran: update on imprisoned believers facing court hearing, others newly arrested 19 October 2012
Iran: one believer released from prison 15 October 2012
Iran: imprisoned believers facing court hearing, others newly arrested 12 October 2012
Iran: Pastor serving six year prison sentence 11 October 2012
Egypt: update #2 on Christians facing blasphemy charges 11 October 2012
Egypt: update on Christians facing blasphemy charges 09 October 2012
Egypt: update on Christians facing blasphemy charges 05 October 2012
Egypt: sectarian tensions re-erupt in Rafah 04 October 2012
Iran: update #12 on pastor sentenced to death 08 September 2012
Iran: update #11 on pastor sentenced to death 06 September 2012
Egypt: incidents affecting Christian communities 28 August 2012
Iraq: Christians facing violent crime and at risk from discriminatory law 27 August 2012
Egypt: update on unjust sentencing of Christians 03 August 2012
Iran: update #10 on pastor sentenced to death 02 August 2012
Egypt: sectarian clashes lead to Christians fleeing Dahshour 02 August 2012
Syria: Christians affected by continuing violence 25 July 2012
Iran: 2 BMBs released, others remain detained 25 July 2012
Iran: update #9 on pastor sentenced to death 06 July 2012
Iran: several BMBs released from prison, others detained 28 June 2012
Sudan: further attacks on church property in Khartoum 25 June 2012
Yemen: update #14 on foreigners abducted and killed 12 June 2012
Iran: continuing pressure on Churches 11 June 2012
Egypt: unjust sentencing of Christians 07 June 2012
Iran: continuing pressure on Churches and Christian leaders 04 June 2012
Iran: one believer released, others remain detained 26 April 2012
Sudan: attacks on church property in Khartoum 24 April 2012
Egypt: two Christians appealing convictions 20 April 2012
Turkey: update #23 on trial of murderers of Christians 16 April 2012
Sudan: two situations negatively impacting Christians 04 April 2012
Syria: muted Easter celebrations planned 04 April 2012
Egypt: legal cases and threats against Christians 23 March 2012
Iran: update on arrests of believers 21 March 2012
Iran: believers being detained 21 March 2012
Iran: some believers released on bail, others remain detained 21 March 2012
Egypt: sectarian incident partially resolved 21 February 2012
Iran: further arrests and church service closures 14 February 2012
Iran: update on Christians detained following raid on a church service 07 February 2012
Iran: four Christians detained following raid on a church service 26 December 2011
Iran: fears of increased pressure on Christians 21 December 2011
Turkey: updates on trial of murderers of Christians and on Monastery legal cases 21 December 2011
Iraq: concerns for safety of Christians over Christmas and New Year 20 December 2011
Egypt: update on Christians detained following the violent incident of 9th October 16 December 2011
Iran: update #9 on pastor sentenced to death 16 December 2011
Turkey: update #22 on trial of murderers of Christians 15 December 2011
Egypt: update on concerns of Christians ahead of elections 13 December 2011
Yemen: update #13 on foreigners abducted and killed 09 December 2011
Egypt: concerns of Christians ahead of elections 27 November 2011
Egypt: Christians remain detained following the violent incident of 9th October 18 November 2011
Egypt: update on Supreme Administrative Court ruling in favour of Christian re-converts 21 October 2011
Iran: update #8 on pastor sentenced to death 11 October 2011
Egypt: violent incident in Cairo 10 October 2011
Iran: update #7 on pastor sentenced to death 07 October 2011
Egypt: update on church building work threatened by mob violence 04 October 2011
Iraq: update on three Christians kidnapped near Kirkuk 03 October 2011
Iran: update #6 on pastor sentenced to death 29 September 2011
Egypt: church building work threatened by mob violence 26 September 2011
Turkey: return of church property 26 September 2011
Iran: Pastor released after 1 year in prison 26 September 2011
Egypt: sectarian incidents in Minya province 26 September 2011
Iraq: car bomb attack on church in Kirkuk and Christian detained 26 September 2011
Iran: update #4 on pastor sentenced to death 26 September 2011
Sudan: imminent independence for the South 26 September 2011
Egypt: Supreme Administrative Court rules in favour of Christian re-converts 26 September 2011
Israel: Messianic couple harassed and falsely accussed 26 September 2011
Iran: update #3 on pastor sentenced to death 26 September 2011
Iran: update on pastor sentenced to death 26 September 2011
Sudan: approaching independence for the South 26 September 2011
Yemen: update #12 on foreigners abducted and killed 26 September 2011
Algeria: seven churches closed down 26 September 2011
Egypt: update on sectarian clash in Imbaba, Giza 26 September 2011
Iraq: Christian killed in Kirkuk 26 September 2011
Egypt: sectarian clash in Imbaba, Giza 26 September 2011
Iran: 3 Christians freed following a court hearing 26 September 2011
Iran: update on believers facing a court hearing 26 September 2011
Iran: detained BMBs face court hearing on 5th April 26 September 2011
Turkey: update #21 on trial of murderers of Christians and other on-going legal cases 26 September 2011
Egypt: update on violence against Christians and constitutional change 26 September 2011
Egypt: update on violence against Christians 26 September 2011
Egypt: violence against Christians 26 September 2011
Greetings in the name of Jesus, Prince of Peace We regret to report that on 29th January a Coptic Church was attacked in Rafah, close to the border with the Gaza Strip. The two-storey building contained two worship halls, used by different denominations. 26 September 2011
Egypt: Church property attacked 26 September 2011
Egypt: death sentence for perpetrator of attack on Christians a year ago 26 September 2011
Iran: update on new wave of arrests of BMBs 26 September 2011
Egypt: update on security measures for Christmas celebrations 26 September 2011
Yemen: update #11 on foreigners abducted and killed 26 September 2011
Sudan: update #2 on referendum on independence for the South 26 September 2011
Egypt: security measures for Christmas celebrations 26 September 2011
Iran: new wave of arrests of BMBs 26 September 2011
Egypt: 21 killed in church bombing 26 September 2011
Iraq: further violence against Christians 26 September 2011
Iraq: Fears of attacks on Christians over Christmas period 26 September 2011
Update #6 on BMB relocating due to discrimination 26 September 2011
Sudan: update on referendum on independence for the South 26 September 2011
Iraq: violence against Christians continues 26 September 2011
Iran: pastor sentenced to death 26 September 2011
Egypt: violence near and in a church in Giza 26 September 2011
Yemen: update #10 on foreigners abducted and killed 26 September 2011
Iraq: further attacks on Christians in Baghdad 26 September 2011
Iraq: Christians killed in Baghdad church 26 September 2011
Sudan: referendum on independence for the South 26 September 2011
Turkey: update #20 on trial of murderers of Christians 26 September 2011
Turkey: update #17 on two Christians charged with insulting Turkishness 26 September 2011
Iran: pastor’s wife detained since June released 26 September 2011
Iran: pastor’s wife detained since June released 26 September 2011
Iran: BMB dies following severe beating by relative; others remain detained 26 September 2011
Middle East: update #5 on BMB illegally detained 26 September 2011
Middle East: update #5 on BMB relocating due to discrimination 26 September 2011
Egypt: update on BCB detained for allegedly insulting Islam 26 September 2011
Yemen: update #9 on foreigners abducted and killed 26 September 2011
Iran: BMB released on bail 26 September 2011
Turkey: murder of a Catholic Bishop and update on two Christians charged with insulting Turkishness 26 September 2011
Turkey: update #19 on trial of murderers of Christians 26 September 2011
Iran: Maryam and Marzieh aqcuitted 26 September 2011
Iran: update on house church Leader couple arrested on 28 February 26 September 2011
Yemen: update #8 on foreigners abducted and killed 26 September 2011
Egypt: update on twins at centre of identity case 26 September 2011
Iraq: Christian students targetted in bomb attacks 23 September 2011
Iran: update on more believers arrested and facing trials 23 September 2011
Iran: more believers arrested and facing trials 23 September 2011
Turkey: update #18 on trial of murderers of Christians 23 September 2011
Middle East: update #4 on BMB relocating due to discrimination 23 September 2011
Iran: Update on Maryam and Marzieh in Tehran 23 September 2011
Iran: three BMBs released but another detained 23 September 2011
Iran: several Christians released on bail 23 September 2011
Iraq: Update on Christians murdered in Mosul 23 September 2011
Egypt: Attacks on Christians 23 September 2011
Egypt: update #7 on BMBs challenging government to change their Identity Cards 23 September 2011
Yemen: update #7 on foreigners abducted and killed 23 September 2011
Morocco: Orphanage closed down and expatriate Christians being deported 23 September 2011
Update on Somali Ethiopian BMB detained in Ethiopia 23 September 2011
Iran: House church leader couple arrested on 28th February 23 September 2011
Iraq: update on Christians kidnapped and murdered in Mosul 23 September 2011
Turkey: update on legal cases 23 September 2011
Iran: update on BMBs detained 23 September 2011
Egypt: update #2 on seven killed in Church shooting 23 September 2011
Iraq: Christians kidnapped and murdered in Mosul 23 September 2011
Middle East: Update on BMB relocating due to discrimination 23 September 2011
Iran: BMBs detained 23 September 2011
Egypt: Update on seven killed in Church shooting 23 September 2011
Algeria: new church building in attacked 23 September 2011
Yemen: update #6 on foreigners abducted and killed 23 September 2011
Iran: update on BMBs arrested in Mashhad 23 September 2011
Egypt: Seven killed in Church shooting 23 September 2011
Iraq: Christians attacked in town of Bartilla 23 September 2011
Iran: BMB arrested in Mashhad 23 September 2011
Iraq: Another church bombed in Mosul 23 September 2011
Iraq: Churches bombed and Christians threatened 23 September 2011
Turkey: Threats to demolish church bell tower in Diyarbakir 23 September 2011
Somali Ethiopian BMB detained in Ethiopia 23 September 2011
Morocco: Meeting broken up and expatriates deported 23 September 2011
Turkey: update #17 on trial of murderers of Christians 23 September 2011
Iran: Maryam and Marzieh released from Evin prison in Tehran 23 September 2011
Egypt: BCB detained for allegedly insulting Islam 23 September 2011
Iran: Church in Tehran forced to close Friday services 23 September 2011
Yemen: update #5 on foreigners abducted and killed 23 September 2011
Turkey: update #16 on trial of murderers of Christians 23 September 2011
Yemen: update #4 on foreigners abducted and killed 23 September 2011
Turkey: update #13 on two Christians charged with insulting Turkishness, and #6 monastery under threat 23 September 2011
Middle east: update on two incidents 23 September 2011
Iran: update on Maryam and Marzieh in Tehran 23 September 2011
Gaza Strip: second anniversary of martyrdom of Rami Ayyad 23 September 2011
Iraq: murder and kidnappings 23 September 2011
Sudan: 2 Church leaders killed in south 23 September 2011
Iran: update #2 on wave of arrests 23 September 2011
Middle East: update #2 on BMB relocating due to discrimination 23 September 2011
Iran: update on wave of arrests 23 September 2011
Yemen: update #3 on foreigners abducted and killed 23 September 2011
Turkey: update #15 on trial of murderers of Christians 23 September 2011
Iran: wave of arrests 23 September 2011
Iran: update on two BMBs arrested 23 September 2011
Yemen: update #2 on foreigners abducted and killed 23 September 2011
Turkey: update #14 on trial of murderers of Christians 23 September 2011
Egypt: update #2 on twins at centre of custody battle 23 September 2011
Iran: recommendation that apostasy be excluded from Penal Code 23 September 2011
Yemen: Update on foreigners abducted and killed 23 September 2011
Mauritania: Expatriate Christian killed 23 September 2011
Turkey: updates on monastery under threat and on two Turkish Christians charged with insulting Turkishness 23 September 2011
Egypt: update #6 on BMB challenging government to change his Identity Card 23 September 2011
Yemen: Foreigners abducted and killed 23 September 2011
Turkey: update #13 on trial of murderers of Christians 23 September 2011
update #2 on Middle Eastern BMB illegally detained 04 June 2009
update #11 on trial of murderers of Christians in Turkey 04 June 2009
update #3 on Turkish monastery under threat 02 June 2009
Continuing pressure against BMBs in Egypt 11 May 2009
PRAYER REQUEST: Church building burnt down in Nuba Mountains, Sudan 22 April 2009
Church building burnt down in Nuba Mountains, Sudan 22 April 2009
update #12 on trial of murderers of Christians in Turkey 17 April 2009
update #5 on Egyptian BMB challenging government to change his Identity Card 16 April 2009
update #6 on expatriate wife of national worker denied re-entry to an Arab country 15 April 2009
update on Saudi blogger arrested in January 14 April 2009
update #11 on two Turkish Christians charged with insulting Turkishness 07 April 2009
update #2 on BMB relocating due to discrimination 03 April 2009
Christian ladies seminar broken up in Morocco 03 April 2009
Two Christian ladies arrested in Tehran, Iran 02 April 2009
update #4 on Egyptian BMB challenging government to change his Identity Card 02 April 2009
update #3 on Middle Eastern BMB illegally detained, wife missing 20 March 2009
update #10 on two Turkish Christians charged with insulting Turkishness 04 March 2009
update #3 on Egyptian BMB challenging government to change his Identity Card 03 March 2009
update #2 on Turkish monastery under threat 16 February 2009
update #2 on Egyptian BMB challenging government to change his Identity Card 12 February 2009
detained BMB facing court hearing in Iran, others released 10 February 2009
update on wave of arrests of Christians in Iran 06 February 2009
updates from Egypt: custody battle for twins, lady BMB detained at airport 05 February 2009
Two incidents in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia 05 February 2009
update #10 on trial of murderers of Christians in Turkey 05 February 2009
wave of arrests of Christians in Iran 27 January 2009
update on Egyptian BMB challenging government to change his Identity Card 27 January 2009
Arab BMB detained and abused 13 January 2009
Egyptian BMB detained and mistreated 13 January 2009
update #2 on Arab BMB threatened by an extremist group 08 January 2009
Update on Turkish monastery under threat 07 January 2009
update on BMB relocating due to marriage discrimination 07 January 2009
Iranian believers under pressure at Christmas 24 December 2008
Turkish Christians express concerns their about church buildings 23 December 2008
BMB relocating due to marriage discrimination 17 December 2008
update on Middle Eastern BMB illegally detained, wife missing 15 December 2008
Iraqi BMBs flee to another Arab country 12 December 2008
Turkish monastery under threat 03 December 2008
Riots and Arrests in Egypt 28 November 2008
update #9 on trial of murderers of Christians in Turkey 26 November 2008
update on Iranian believers being detained and released 17 November 2008
update #9 on two Turkish Christians charged with insulting Turkishness 17 November 2008
Egyptian BMB challenges government to change his Identity Card 13 November 2008
update on Egyptian twins at centre of custody battle 07 November 2008
update on Algerian Christians attend appeal hearing 06 November 2008
update on Arab BMB threatened by an extremist group 27 October 2008
Middle Eastern BMB illegally detained, wife missing 23 October 2008
Prayer request:update on Ramtin Soodmand detained 4 his faith in Iran 22 October 2008
PRAYER REQUEST: Algerian Christians attend appeal hearing 22 October 2008
PRAYER REQUEST: update #8 on trial of murderers of Christians in Turkey 22 October 2008
PRAYER REQUEST: Egyptian twins at centre of custody battle 22 October 2008
PRAYER REQUEST: update #2 on African Christian imprisoned in North Africa 16 October 2008
PRAYER REQUEST: update on two Iranian believers released, others detained 14 October 2008
PRAYER REQUEST: Ramtin Soodmand detained for his faith in Iran 14 October 2008
PRAYER REQUEST: update on Middle Eastern BMB with business debts due to his faith 10 October 2008
PRAYER REQUEST: Two Iranian believers released, others detained 02 October 2008
PRAYER REQUEST: Arab BMB threatened by an extremist group 24 September 2008
PRAYER REQUEST: update on Middle Eastern BMB harassed during visit to the West 18 September 2008
PRAYER REQUEST: Arab BMB beaten in the street 17 September 2008
PRAYER REQUEST: update #7 on trial of murderers of Christians in Turkey 16 September 2008
PRAYER REQUEST: update on Arab BMBs being threatened 12 September 2008
PRAYER REQUEST: Middle Eastern BMB with business debts due to his faith 08 September 2008
PRAYER REQUEST: update #6 on trial of murderers of Christians in Turkey 26 August 2008
PRAYER REQUEST: Middle Eastern BMB harassed during visit to the West 29 July 2008
PRAYER REQUEST: update #5 on trial of murderers of Christians in Turkey 24 July 2008
PRAYER REQUEST: update #6 on Algerian Christians under pressure, 2 believers convicted 03 July 2008
PRAYER REQUEST: Application for second Christian compound in Qatar 27 June 2008
PRAYER REQUEST: update #8 on two Turkish Christians charged with insulting Turkishness 27 June 2008
PRAYER REQUEST: update on African Christian imprisoned in North Africa 25 June 2008
PRAYER REQUEST: update #5 on Algerian Christians under pressure 18 June 2008
PRAYER REQUEST: update #4 on trial of murderers of Christians in Turkey 11 June 2008
PRAYER REQUEST: update #3 on trial of murderers of Christians in Turkey 16 May 2008
PRAYER REQUEST: serious threat against Turkish pastor 09 May 2008
PRAYER REQUEST: update on Jordanian family forced to flee their country 25 April 2008
PRAYER REQUEST: update #3 on Arab Christian called in by Secret Police 18 April 2008
PRAYER REQUEST: update #2 on trial of murderers of Christians in Turkey 18 April 2008
PRAYER REQUEST: update #4 on Algerian Christians under pressure 11 April 2008
PRAYER REQUEST: Jordanian family forced to flee their country 28 March 2008
PRAYER REQUEST: update #2 on Arab Christian called in by Secret Police 28 March 2008
PRAYER REQUEST: update on progress with Identity Cards in Egypt 28 March 2008
PRAYER REQUEST: update on trial of murderers of Christians in Turkey 20 March 2008
PRAYER REQUEST: update #7 on two Turkish Christians charged with insulting Turkishness 19 March 2008
PRAYER REQUEST: 2nd update on Archbishop kidnapped in Mosul, Iraq 13 March 2008
PRAYER REQUEST: update on Arab Christian called in by Secret Police 13 March 2008
PRAYER REQUEST: update #3 on Algerian Christians under pressure 06 March 2008
PRAYER REQUEST: second update on Algerian Christians under pressure 04 March 2008
PRAYER REQUEST: Update on Bishop kidnapped in Mosul, Iraq 03 March 2008
PRAYER REQUEST: Bishop kidnapped in Mosul, Iraq 29 February 2008
PRAYER REQUEST: Trial of murderers of Christians in Turkey postponed 28 February 2008
PRAYER REQUEST: North African Christian receives death threat 27 February 2008
PRAYER REQUEST: Arab Christian called in by Secret Police 27 February 2008
PRAYER REQUEST: Update on Christians in Gaza 22 February 2008
PRAYER REQUEST: Update on Algerian Christians under pressure 14 February 2008
PRAYER REQUEST: North African Christian leader being watched and followed 13 February 2008
PRAYER REQUEST: Some progress with Identity Cards in Egypt 11 February 2008
PRAYER REQUEST: Algerian Christians under pressure 08 February 2008
PRAYER REQUEST: Update on concern for blind Middle Eastern Christian 12 December 2007
PRAYER REQUEST: Update #6 on two Turkish Christians charged with insulting Turkishness 06 December 2007
PRAYER REQUEST: Two situations in a North African country 05 December 2007
PRAYER REQUEST: Update on Middle Eastern literature ministry director intimidated prior to court hearing 04 December 2007
PRAYER REQUEST: Middle Eastern literature ministry director intimidated prior to court hearing 06 November 2007
PRAYER REQUEST: Update #3 on 2 priests kidnapped in Mosul, Iraq 30 October 2007
PRAYER REQUEST: Update #2 on 2 priests kidnapped in Mosul, Iraq 23 October 2007
PRAYER REQUEST: Update on 2 priests kidnapped in Mosul, Iraq 23 October 2007
PRAYER REQUEST: 2 priests kidnapped in Mosul, Iraq 16 October 2007
PRAYER REQUEST: Bible Society bookshop manager killed in Gaza 10 October 2007
PRAYER REQUEST: Concern for Blind Middle Easten Christian 10 October 2007
PRAYER UPDATE #5 - Update on two Turkish Christians charged with insulting Turkishness 14 September 2007
PRAYER UPDATE #4 - Update on two Turkish Christians charged with insulting Turkishness 04 September 2007
PRAYER REQUEST: Outreach team attacked in Central Sudan 03 May 2007
PRAYER REQUEST: Convert at risk of Honour Killing 03 May 2007
PRAYER UPDATE #2 - Update on detained Egyptian Convert 30 April 2007
PRAYER UPDATE #3 - Update on two Turkish Christians charged with insulting Turkishness 23 April 2007
PRAYER REQUEST: Three Christians Slain in Turkey 23 April 2007
PRAYER UPDATE #2 - Update on two Turkish Christians charged with insulting Turkishness 23 April 2007
PRAYER UPDATE #1 - Update on two Turkish Christians charged with insulting Turkishness 23 April 2007
PRAYER REQUEST: Two Turkish Christians charged with insulting Turkishness 23 April 2007
PRAYER UPDATE - Update on detained Egyptian Convert 05 April 2007
Mauritania: Prayer Requests 22 March 2007
Libya: Prayer Requests 22 March 2007
Lebanon: Prayer Requests 22 March 2007
Kuwait: Prayer Requests 22 March 2007
Iran: Prayer Requests 22 March 2007
Egypt: Prayer Requests 22 March 2007
Algeria: Prayer Requests 22 March 2007
PRAYER REQUEST: update on two Turkish Christians charged with insulting Turkishness 20 March 2007
Iraq: Prayer Requests 19 March 2007
Qatar: Prayer Requests 19 March 2007
Bahrain: Prayer Requests 19 March 2007

Latest Requests

  • Iran: Update, releases, dropped charges and failed appeal

    Posted on 18th December 2014

     

    Greetings in the name of Jesus, Prince of Peace. 

     

    Following the acquittal and release last Sunday (15th December) of Abdolreza (Matthias) Haghnejad and Reza (Silas) Rabbani, we are pleased to report that the recent charges brought against Behnam Irani, an associate of Abdolreza and Reza, have also been dropped. 

     

    Recall that in September all three had been charged with "action against national security" and "creating a network to overthrow the System." The judge found them guilty and sentenced each of them to 6 years imprisonment, to be served in remote regions of Iran 

     

    Behnam was first arrested in December 2006, convicted of crimes against national security and given a suspended five year prison sentence. He was rearrested in April 2010, convicted of acting against the state. He was sentenced to one year following that conviction and also ordered to serve the initial five-year sentence. He began serving these six years on 31st May 2011. Although he has been acquitted of the further sentence imposed in October 2014, he remains detained, serving the previous sentence. 

     

    During the appeal, the defendants' lawyer, Mr Farahani, had argued that it was inconceivable that Behnam Irani could have been guilty of the political crimes given that he was already imprisoned. 

     

    Behnam is known to suffer from health problems, but recently was able to send a letter to supporters thanking them for their prayers and affirming his willingness to suffer imprisonment for the sake of Jesus Christ. 

     

    Another Christian prisoner, Ebrahim Firouzi, had his appeal come up before the judge on 15th December, but his appeal has been rejected. Ebrahim was arrested on 21st August 2013 during a raid by plain-clothed security officers at a friend's place of work. Four days later he was sentenced by the Revolutionary court in Robat Karim city to one year in prison and two years of exile in Sarbaz city. He is presently detained in Rajei Shahr prison in Karaj. 

     

    We are pleased to report that two other believers, Hossein Baraunzadeh and Rahman Bahman, have been released from prison on bail. They had been among a group of eight arrested at a picnic in Shush in March.  Although most of these were released following interrogation, Hossein and Rahman, along with Amin Khaki, were imprisoned.  Amin remains detained. 

     

    Iranian Christians rejoice that the most recent charges against Behnam have been dropped and that Hossein and Rahman have been freed, but they request our continued prayers that: 

    a. Behnam and his family will know the Lord's presence, comfort and support as he continues to serve his prison sentence
    b.  Hossein and Rahman will enjoy their freedom as they return to their homes and families and know God's strength and love as they recover from their imprisonment and that charges against them will be dropped
    c. Ebrahim will not become discouraged after the rejection of his appeal
    d. All prisoners in Iran will be treated with respect and dignity as beings created in the image of God, and that those in prison on account of their faith in Jesus (including Behnam, Ebrahim and Amin) will be released soon
    e. All officials involved will love mercy, act justly, learn about Jesus and choose to follow Hi 

     

    May be circulated to general mailing lists, outside organisations, and quoted from freely in reports citing "Middle East Concern" as the source of the information. 

     
  • Iran: Two Christian prisoners released

    Posted on 15th November 2014

     

    Greetings in the name of Jesus, the Good Shepherd

     

    On 20th October we requested prayer for three members of the "Church of Iran" movement, Behnam Irani, Abdolreza (Matthias) Haghnejad and Reza (Silas) Rabbani, who had been charged with "action against national security" and "creating a network to overthrow the System." The judge had found them guilty and sentenced each of them to 6 years imprisonment, to be served in exile in remote regions of Iran. 

     

    We are pleased to report that, following appeals on 24th November and 9th December, the charges against two of these prisoners, Abdolreza Haghnejad and Reza Rabbani, were dropped and they have since been released. 

     

    Reza, a deacon with the "Church of Iran", was arrested in Karaj on 5th May 2014. It was reported that Reza was violently treated during interrogation on several occasions. 

     

    Pastor Abdolreza was arrested in May 2011, but then acquitted of charges that included propaganda against the state. From then onwards, Abdolreza faced frequent summons and harassment by officials. On 5th July 2014 he was detained once again following the arrest of other church members. 

     

    The lawyer representing Abdolreza and Reza, Mr Farahani, argued that Abdolreza should be released on the basis that he had previously been acquitted of charges by a tribunal in Bandar-Anzali and contended that people cannot be sentenced on political charges for simply belonging to a religious fellowship. 

     

    According to sources close to the victims, international indignation at the severity of the sentences lain down and advocacy conducted on the prisoners' behalf played an important role in the success of the appeal and subsequent release of Abdolreza and Reza. 

     

    Iranian Christians rejoice that the charges against Abdolreza and Reza have been dropped and the prisoners freed, but they request our continued prayers that: 

    a) The charges against Behnam Irani will also be dropped and that he will know the Lord's presence, comfort and support
    b)  Abdolreza and Reza will enjoy their freedom as they return to their homes and families and know God's strength and love as they recover from their imprisonment
    c)   All prisoners in Iran will be treated with respect and dignity as beings created in the image of God, and that those in prison on account of their faith in Jesus will be released
    d)  All officials involved will love mercy, act justly, learn about Jesus and choose to follow Him 

     

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  • Turkey: Christian ministry targeted in arson attack

    Posted on 14th December 2014

     

    Greetings in the name of Jesus, the Good Shepherd 

     

    Christians in Turkey have requested prayer regarding a recent case of arson which has caused significant damage to the property of a Christian ministry. 

     

    On Sunday 7th December in Kadikoy, Istanbul, neighbours notified emergency services of a fire in the offices and storage facilities belonging to the Bible Correspondence Course (BCC). Fire services and police arrived and the fire was soon extinguished. 

     

    Initially, the fire was believed to have been caused by an electrical fault, but witnesses then claimed that the door had been forced open before the arrival of the emergency services. CCTV footage showed a suspicious character waiting opposite the building and then exiting it shortly before neighbours raised the alarm. 

     

    Although, according to the assistant mayor of Kadikoy, police made an arrest on Tuesday 9th December, BCC workers have requested the police to investigate the incident thoroughly and ensure that justice is done. 

     

    Both the fire and the water used to extinguish it caused extensive damage to property, including furnishings, but primarily to the stocks of Christian literature. Between ten and twenty thousand books and booklets were irreparably damaged with an estimated value of over $12,500. 

     

    Christians in Turkey are thankful that no one was hurt in the fire and that the neighbours alerted the police and fire service.They request prayer that: 

    a.  The BCC leaders will have wisdom to know how to proceed with the police and relevant authorities
    b.  State officials will do all in their power to see that justice is done
    c.  The Lord will turn this attempt to harm the work of the Kingdom around for good
    d.  BCC staff will not be discouraged by this attack
    e.  The materials damaged will be replaced
    f.  The perpetrator himself will appreciate his wrongdoing and turn to God for forgiveness

     

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  • Iran: Update on house church members imprisoned for their faith

    Posted on 17th November 2014

     

    Greetings in the name of Jesus, the Good Shepherd

     

    Iranian Christians thank us for our ongoing prayers for believers in prison in their country. They rejoice that Homayoun Shokouhi was granted conditional release on 10th November but request prayer for Masoud Rezai who was summoned on 9th November to serve a five-year sentence.

     

    Recall that Homayoun, his wife Fariba and son Nima were among seven believers arrested in Shiraz on 8th February 2012 when their fellowship meeting was raided. An associate was also arrested at the same time in his home. In June 2012 the eight were found guilty of "attending a house-church, spreading Christianity, having contact with foreign ministries, propaganda against the regime and disrupting national security." Homayoun and three others were sentenced to 3 years and 8 months' imprisonment. One of these others, Mohammad-Reza, was released conditionally on 18th May 2014.

     

    Following an application of his family to the Shiraz court, Homayoun, was released conditionally on Monday 10th November 2014 after serving two years and eight months of his sentence in Adel-Abad prison. Those who remain detained are Mojtaba and Vahid.

     

    Recall that in a separate incident, nine members of the 'Church of Iran' were arrested in Shiraz in October 2012 when their prayer meeting was raided. One detainee was released shortly afterwards; the others were formally convicted and given sentences ranging from one year to six years' imprisonment (though one's conviction was subsequently dropped). An appeal was rejected on 29th March 2014 and subsequently four of those convicted - Shahin, Mohammad, Suroush and Mehdi - began serving their sentences.

     

    On 9th November Masoud was called to Adel Abad prison, Shiraz, to serve his sentence of five years. The two others, Eskander and Bijan, expect to be summoned soon to serve their sentences.

     

    Iranian Christians give thanks for Homayoun's release. They request our prayers that:
    a.  Homayoun will know physical, emotional, psychological and spiritual healing, and experience strength and enabling as he and his family come together
    a.  Masoud and all other believers imprisoned in Shiraz will know the Lord's presence, comfort and strength, and that they will be released soon
    b.  Eskandar and Bijan will know the Lord's presence and support as they wait to be summoned to serve their prison sentences
    d.  All prisoners in Iran will be treated with respect and dignity, as beings created in the image of God
    e.  All officials involved will love mercy, act justly, learn about Jesus and choose to follow Him.

     

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  • Iran: Harsh sentences given to church leaders

    Posted on 20th Oct 2014

     

    Greetings in the name of Jesus, our rock and saviour

     

    On 7th October we requested prayer for imprisoned believers in Iran who were awaiting sentences. Those sentences have now been handed down.

     

    Recall that three members of the "Church of Iran" movement, Behnam Irani, Abdolreza Haghnejad and Reza Rabbani had been charged with "spreading corruption on Earth," a charge that can carry the death sentence. However, these charges were later dropped. They have instead been tried for "action against national security" and "creating a network to overthrow the System."

     

    The judge has sentenced each of them to 6 years imprisonment which will be served in exile in remote regions of Iran. Abdolreza and Reza are due to be sent to Minab prison in the south of Iran, whereas Behnam Irani is expected to be relocated soon to Zabol on the border with Afghanistan. Both of these locations will make visiting difficult for family and friends.

     

    Behnam Irani was arrested in a raid on a house church in Karaj on 14th April 2010. He was released on bail but then sentenced in January 2011 for one year, to which a previous 5-year suspended sentence was added. He began serving his sentence on 31st May 2011. With the recent additional sentence of six years, Behnam is expected to serve a total of twelve years in prison and therefore is due for release in 2023.

     

    Iranian Christians are grateful that the charges of spreading corruption on Earth against Behnam, Abdolreza and Reza were dropped, but they request our continued prayers that:
    a)  After receiving these harsh sentences, Behnam, Abdolreza and Reza will know the Lord's presence, comfort and support
    b)  Families of prisoners will know God's grace, strengthening and support and have opportunities to visit them in prison despite the exile imposed
    c)   All prisoners in Iran will be treated with respect and dignity as beings created in the image of God, and that those in prison on account of their faith in Jesus will be released
    d)  All officials involved will love mercy, act justly, learn about Jesus and choose to follow Him

     

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