Date: July 26, 2012
(Source: Mohabat News)
Two Christians in Iran who endured many months in prison, including significant amounts of time spent in solitary confinement, have been released.
Noorollah Qabitizse, 48, a house church leader arrested on Christmas Eve 2010, was released after being imprisoned almost 19 months. He had been arrested in a raid on a house church, along with 10 other Christian converts who had gathered to celebrate. Noorollah was interrogated numerous times and suffered mental abuse as authorities tried to force him to denounce his faith.
Another Christian convert, university student Ehsan Behrouz, was finally freed after spending 105 days in solitary confinement during his eight months of imprisonment. Ehsan was arrested in October of 2011. The 24-year-old, who was studying management at the University of Mashhad, has not been able to return to his classes and his education is at risk. In the past, other Christian students have been sentenced to deprivation of education.
Praise God that these believers have been released and that the prayers of many have been answered. Please pray that other Christian brothers and sisters wrongfully imprisoned will be freed in God's timing. Pray that they will remain faithful to God and be a bold witness for Christ during their time in prison. Pray that young Christians will be able to pursue their studies and will use their gifts to bring great glory to God.
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