Iran: Situation of arrested convert unknown

Iran: Situation of arrested convert unknown

Iranian Christians request prayer for Ayoub Poor-Rezazade whose location and state of health are unknown. Intelligence agents in Rasht arrested Ayoub, along with other Christian converts Morteza Mashhoudkari and Ahmad Sarparast, on the evening of 5 September. They...

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Iran: Convert summoned to serve three-year sentence

Iran: Convert summoned to serve three-year sentence

Iranian Christians request prayer for Milad Gourdazi who has to present himself by September 21 to start serving his prison sentence. On 11 November 2020, Iranian intelligence agents raided the homes of Milad Gourdazi, Amin Khaki and Alireza Nourmohammadi, as well as...

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Libya: New hearing date for church

Libya: New hearing date for church

Christians in Libya request continued prayer for the Union Church in Tripoli, which expects to soon be evicted from its current premises. A scheduled 26 August hearing, cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, has been rescheduled for 13 September. The Union Church,...

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Iran: Three Christian converts arrested in Rasht

Iran: Three Christian converts arrested in Rasht

Iranian Christians request prayer for three Christian converts who were arrested at a prayer meeting in Rasht on 5 September and transferred to an unknown location. At around 22:00, while a group of Christian converts were gathered for prayer, intelligence agents...

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Middle East: Married couple needs new country

Middle East: Married couple needs new country

Rama and Joseph fled Syria because of family threats due to their marriage. Rama is a convert from Islam, while Joseph is from a Christian background. Their marriage is considered illegal in Syria. Rama's family complained to a police officer who beat Joseph and...

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Iraq: Convert requests prayer

Iraq: Convert requests prayer

Youhanna converted to Christianity several years ago, after which his wife and children left him. His family beat him severely many times. He was imprisoned in an attempt to force him to return to Islam. Eventually he moved from his area of Iraq to Iraqi Kurdistan....

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Iran: Prison sentences for Christian converts reduced 

Iran: Prison sentences for Christian converts reduced 

Iranian Christians request prayer for three Christian converts whose prison sentences have been reduced on appeal. On 25 August at a hearing in Karaj, the convictions against Christian converts Amin Khaki, Milad Goudarzi and Alireza Nourmohammadi were upheld, but...

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Turkey: Banned Expatriate Christians appeal to European Court

Turkey: Banned Expatriate Christians appeal to European Court

Foreign Christians issued with security designations by the Turkish Interior Ministry request prayer as they submit applications to the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR). In recent years, Turkish Authorities have designated approximately 75 expatriate Christians...

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Somaliland: Christians released

Somaliland: Christians released

On 5 August a regional court in Hargeisa, Somaliland, dismissed all the charges against Mohamed and Hamdi, who have been held since January on charges of “apostasy” and “spreading Christianity.” The couple, and others similarly charged, were released immediately.  ...

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Libya: hearing to evacuate church building postponed

Libya: hearing to evacuate church building postponed

On 26 July a court hearing regarding the building used by the Union Church of Tripoli was adjourned until 23 August. Christians in Libya request continued prayer as an order of eviction from the current premises seems immanent. The Landlord  has indicated interest...

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Israel: Messianic believers being harassed 

Israel: Messianic believers being harassed 

The Gur Hasidim, strictly observant religious Jews, have been targeting Messianic believers in Arad, South Israel. Recently, graffiti was written on the pavement directly outside the home of Messianic believers, saying that “the mission” – their term for Messianic...

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Iran: Christian convert starts 10-month prison sentence

Iran: Christian convert starts 10-month prison sentence

On 27 July Hamed Ashouri turned himself in to begin his prison sentence for "propaganda against the regime" at Karaj Central Prison. In a short video he made before going to prison Hamed said, “I'm thankful for the persecution and thank God that Jesus Christ counted...

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