Iran: Hearing for Pastor Victor and others cancelled again

An appeal hearing  to review the cases of Pastor Victor Bet Tamraz, his wife Shamiram Issavi Khabizeh and three Christian converts was cancelled with no reason given. Three long standing cases were combined in a ruling by presiding judge Ahmed Zargar in February 2019,... read more

Iran: Upcoming appeal hearing for Pastor Victor and others

Iranian Christians request prayer for an appeal hearing on 1 June to review prison sentences given to Assyrian pastor Victor Bet Tamraz, his wife Shamiram Issavi Khabizeh, and three Christian converts. The hearing combines three long-standing cases. The first involves... read more

Iran: Update on four Christian converts in Rasht

Iranian Christians are thankful that four Christian converts have been released after bail demands were reduced. In February, Ramin Hassanpour, his wife Kathrin Sajadpour, Moslem Rahimi and another convert who does not wish to be named, were arrested for being part of... read more

Iran: Christian convert given extra sentence at retrial

Friends and family of Christian convert Ismaeil Maghrebinejad request prayer after a disappointing decision following a 9 May retrial. On 27 February Ismaeil had been sentenced to two years in prison for “membership of a group hostile to the regime.” He had received a... read more

Iran: Four converts imprisoned in Rasht

Iranian Christians request prayer for four Christian converts, imprisoned after being unable to afford bail. In February, Ramin Hassanpour, his wife Kathrin Sajadpour, Moslem Rahimi and another convert who does not wish to be named, were arrested for being part of a... read more

Iran: Upcoming court hearing for Christian convert

Family and friends request prayer as a two-year prison sentence for Christian convert Ismaeil Maghrebinejad will be reviewed on 9 May. Ismaeil (65) was arrested in Shiraz on 25 January 2019 and charged with “propaganda against the state and insulting the sacred... read more

Iran: Mary Mohammadi sentenced

Iranian Christians request prayer for Christian convert Mary (Fatemeh) Mohammadi, who has received a suspended sentence of three months and one day in prison and 10 lashes for “disturbing public order.” Mary (21) was arrested on 12 January near Azadi Square in Tehran... read more

Iran: Christian convert unconditionally released from prison

Iranian Christians are thankful that Rokhsareh (Mahrokh) Ghanbari has been informed by prison authorities that she is released from her prison sentence. Mahrokh was convicted of “propaganda against the system” after a hearing at Karaj Revolutionary Court on 27 July... read more

Iraq: Missing aid workers released

Christians in Iraq and France rejoice in the release of four aid workers, missing for more than two months. The employees of SOS Chretiens d’Orient (SOS Christians of the Middle East), three French nationals and one Iraqi, were in Baghdad doing administrative... read more

Iran: Term of exile increased for Christian convert

Iranian Christians request prayer for Christian convert Ebrahim Firouzi who has had his period of exile extended by eleven months. In November 2019, after completing a five-year prison sentence on charges of “acting against national security,” Ebrahim started serving... read more

Iran: second prison sentence for Iranian convert

Family and friends  request prayer after Christian convert Ismaeil Maghrebinejad was given a second prison sentence – two years’ for “membership of a group hostile to the regime,” in addition to an existing three years’ sentence for “insulting Islamic sacred... read more