Date: April 8, 2017
We've been given updates on imprisoned Christians in Iran who need your prayers.
1. Ebrahim Firouzi- Ebrahim was arrested in August 2013 during a raid for his Christian activities. He was supposed to be released in January 2015, but he remained detained and was retried in March 2015. During this trial he was sentenced to five years in prison. At an appeal in December 2016, his five-year sentence was upheld. Ebrahim's mother has cancer and is currently going through chemotherapy. He has not been allowed leave to take care of her.
2. On August 26, 2016, Amin Nader Afshar, Ramiel Bet Tamraz, Mohammad Dehnavy, Amir Sina Dashti and Hadi Askary were arrested at a picnic in Firuzkuh. Ramiel, Mohammad, and Amir were released on conditional bail, but Amin and Hadi were unable to raise their bail and are still in detention. They have all been charged with "acting against national security" and "organizing and creating house churches". They expect to hear a verdict in a couple weeks.
3. Four Christians were arrested in May 2016 for drinking communion wine--Yaser Mosibzadeh, Saheb Fadayee, Mohammad Reza Omidi, and Pastor Yousef Nadarkhani. Yaser, Saheb, and Mohammad Reza were charged with consuming alcohol and sentenced to 80 lashes. Their lawyer appealed the case on February 9, 2017 and they are awaiting a decision from the judge.
Prayer requests from Middle East Concern:
Prayer is requested that-
a. Ebrahim be allowed to visit his mother
b. he will be released, despite his sentence being upheld
c. the Lord will heal his mother and encourage the family
d. the judge will reject the charges against the Christians arrested in Firuzkuh, and will acquit them
e. the case against the Christians in Rasht will be rejected, and the charges of acting against national security and drinking wine at communion will be dropped
Source of information: Middle East Concern