Iranian Christians request renewed prayer for the upcoming hearing on 28th December 2017 for Eskandar Rezaei and Soroush Saraei. They were arrested last July, although they have been facing pressures since 2012.
Eskandar was arrested on 6th July 2017 at his home in Lar where several hundred New Testaments were confiscated. He is being held at Quran Branch of Adel-Aabad prison, Shiraz. Soroush was also arrested in July. He was initially held at the intelligence offices before being transferred to Adel-Aabad prison.
Both Eskander and Soroush have been verbally charged with “acting against national security”. Soroush faces an additional charge of “forgery” for issuing letters as the pastor of the Church of Shiraz for students seeking exemption from Islamic studies classes. They are to attend a court hearing on 28th December 2017 at the 4th branch of the Revolutionary Court in Shiraz.
In October 2012, Eskander and Soroush were arrested along with five other members of the
self-styled ‘Church of Iran’ denomination in a raid on a prayer meeting in Shiraz. Both were sentenced on 16th July 2013: Eskander received a one-year sentence and Soroush two and half years, although they were not summoned to start serving their sentences for many months. Both were released before serving the sentences in full – Soroush in November 2015 and Eskander in December 2015.
Iranian Christians request prayer:
- that Eskandar and Soroush will be strengthened and encouraged by God’s presence
- that Eskandar and Soroush will be released from prison soon.
- that the judge will reject the charges against Eskandar and Soroush, and that they will both be acquitted
- that those responsible for the persecution of Christians in Iran will love mercy, act justly, learn about Jesus and choose to follow Him