Date: June 26, 2014
Sources: Christian Solidarity Worldwide, Iran 30, Elam Ministries
Behnam Irani and Farshid Fathi, two Christian men imprisoned for their faith, are in need of our prayers and petitions.
Pastor Behnam, who is currently serving a six-year prison sentence, was beaten and transferred to an unknown location in the early hours of June 7th. Behnam has suffered from stomach ulcers and intestinal problems, and underwent surgery in February. (For more information on this prisoner of faith, visit our website.)
Meanwhile, a Christian prisoner whose foot was broken by a guard has been denied permission to return to hospital and receive further treatment. Farshid was among a group of more than 30 prisoners who were injured by prison guards in April. Despite being in agonizing pain, he was taken to hospital three days after the incident. Although he was treated with a cast, his foot requires follow-up surgery. However, Farshid has been denied further treatment and, medically speaking, the window of opportunity for an operation has passed. He must now wait for his foot to heal naturally. (To learn more about the attack on Farshid, please visit this page.)
Please pray that God will surround Behnam and Farshid with His peace and grace. While we can rest assured that God is fully aware of Behnam's current whereabouts and condition, pray that Iran's authorities will soon reveal his location to his loved ones. Let us also pray that his health will not suffer from this latest ordeal. Please also intercede for Farshid as his foot heals, praying that his recovery will be swift and complete. Also remember in prayer the prison guards in Iran's jails...that they may seek justice and pursue peace, ultimately coming to faith in Jesus Christ.