Iranian Christians request prayer for an appeal hearing for Assyrian Christian Shamiram Isavi Khabizeh, wife of pastor Victor Bet Tamraz, on 9 May.
On 6 January, Shamiram was sentenced to five years imprisonment by Judge Ahmadzade of Tehran Revolutionary Court for acting against national security and acting against the regime by organising small groups, attending a seminary abroad and training church leaders and pastors to act as spies.
Shamiram’s husband, Pastor Victor, was sentenced on 4 July 2017 to ten years’ imprisonment for acting against national security. Together with pastor Victor, three Christian converts, Amin Afshar Naderi, Kavian Fallah Mohammadi and Hadi Asgari also received prison sentences of between ten and fifteen years for similar “offences”. Their sentences are under appeal after a preliminary hearing on 25 April.
Iranian Christians request prayer that,
- the verdict against Shamiram, as well as the other Christians, will be successfully appealed
- Shamiram, Pastor Victor and the others will be encouraged and strengthened in the Lord and know His peace during this critical time
- Other Iranian Christians will remain faithful and not be intimidated
- the Iranian authorities will act justly and uphold the rights and dignity of all