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Prisoner Prayer List- Iran

Posted on April 4, 2014 by in Countries, News, Stories

Iran Prisoner*Representative photo used to protect identity.

These are the known names of the prisoners imprisoned for their Christian faith in Iran. We expect that there are many more imprisoned for their faith.

Because of the pressure that is put on these believers and their families, and the fact that the government doesn’t always give information about the whereabouts of these prisoners even to the family, it is difficult to share about each situation in great detail. Below you’ll find names of prisoners currently in prison, as well as the names of those who have been released.

These are just some of the many believers around the world being persecuted for their faith. Would you please join us in praying for these brothers and sisters in Christ?

March 5th, 2014, arrested in Khuzestan:
Amin Khaki (m)
Hossein Barunzadeh (m)
Rahman Bahman (m)
Beyond these Christians, five others were released after questioning. These three men are members of Pastor Behnam Irani’s congregation. These men lived in Karaj, and were forbidden by the regime to travel. Travel bans and arrests appear to be part of a new campaign to pressure active pastors of house churches that are known by the regime.

August 2013, arrested in Isfahan:
Sedigheh Amirkhani (f)
Mahnaz Rafieee (f)
Mohammad Reza Peymani (m)

Family members have tried to get information about these arrested Christians from the police and court numerous times, all to no effect. Only Sedigeh has been able to call her family once and tell them about her imprisonment and interrogations of the secret service.

July 2012, Karaj, Rajai Shahr prison:
Pastor Saeed Abdini (m)

Pastor Abedini is 33 years old, married to Nagmeh and father of two; Rebekka (7 years old) and Jacob (6 years old). He came to faith in 2000, and has been involved in house churches ever since. In 2005, he left Iran to live in the United States, where his wife has lived for most of her life. He obtained dual citizenship: he is now an Iranian and an American.  Saeed became a pastor in the USA, but kept returning to Iran. On a trip visiting an orphanage in 2012, he was arrested by Iranian authorities. It was not the first time he had been arrested, but this time, they wouldn’t let him go. He was sentenced to eight years in prison. After a house arrest at his parent’s house in Tehran, their house was raided in September. Saeed was taken to Evin prison, where he was kept in solitary confinement for the first four weeks. During his time in Evin, he was tortured, causing his medical condition to deteriorate. In November of 2013, Saeed was transferred to Rajai Shahr prison in Karaj; a prison notorious for housing violent murderers and rapist. In prison, Saeed was robbed. His health kept deteriorating because of the numerous beatings, but he was denied access to medical care.

February 2012, Shiraz, Adel-Abad prison:
Vahid Hakkani (m)
Mojtaba Hossein (m)
Mohammed Reza Partoei (m)
Homayoun Shokouhi (m)

They have told trusted sources that they have had many opportunities to share the gospel inside the prison. Homayoun’s wife, Fariba, and son, Nima, (17) have also been imprisoned, but are now (temporarily) released.

December 2010, Tehran, Evin prison:
Pastor Farshid Fathi (m)
Pastor Farshid was arrested during Christmas in 2010. He is 35 years old, and married to a woman named Leila. They have two children: Rosana and Bardia. He was sentenced to six years in prison. In August of 2013, he wrote in a letter describing how he was manipulated by his interrogators:
“I was told falsely that my wife had been arrested, as well, and that I needed to give my children’s custody to someone temporarily. I was also informed, falsely, that my dad had a heart attack, and was hospitalized. Then they wouldn’t give me any follow-up news on whether he was dead or alive. It was all intended to put me under mental pressure.”
His wife and children have fled to Canada now. Despite all of this, there’s also positive news about Pastor Farshid. According to Elam ministries, pastor Farshid is ‘a beacon for Christ’, beloved by the inmates for his sweet nature.

 

Released

Pray also for those that have been imprisoned for their faith, but are released. Their struggle isn’t over yet. They need rest and recovery. It’s often too dangerous for them to have contact with other Christians because of spies.  This isolated position can impede the restoration process. Often they are pressured to not tell anything to anybody about what they’ve been through.

From Ahwaz:
Pastor Farhad Sabokrouh (m) (December 2013)
Shahnaz (f) (wife of pastor Farhad)(released January 2014)

The Assemblies of God church has been closed, Pastor Farhad is not allowed to be a pastor anymore, and Shahnaz is forced to report to the secret services every four months.

From Shiraz:
Fariba Shokouhi (f) (few months in 2012) (husband still imprisoned)
Nima Shokouhi (m) (17 years old) (few months in 2012) (father still imprisoned)

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