Maryam released from prison!

Thank you for your prayers for Maryam Naghash Zargaran, an Iranian convert to Christianity, who, we are delighted to report, was released from prison yesterday (pictured). Maryam has served a four-year sentence in the women’s ward of Evin Prison in Tehran. She was imprisoned in July 2013 after being found guilty of ‘propagating against the…

IRAN: One small step from baptism to detention

An Iranian mother and son have paid a heavy price for turning to Christ – just months after they were baptised. Veronika and Augustine were arrested in Urmia, northwest Iran, on February 20 and haven’t been seen since. Please pray that they will put their total trust in God during their ordeal. Veronika and Augustine,…

China’s house churches need your prayers as crackdown continues

Our Chinese family needs your prayers as officials continue to clamp down hard on house churches across their nation. Please pray for our brothers and sisters in China, amid a fresh wave of persecution which appears now to have spread to the north-west. Our partner China Aid reports that ‘dozens’ of Christians have been detained…

IRAN: FOUR CHRISTIANS RELEASED FROM SOLITARY CONFINEMENT

Relatives and friends of three Christians from Azerbaijan and an Iranian Christian are delighted to report that they have all been released from prison on bail, and the Azerbaijanis were able to travel back home yesterday (6th November). Eldar Gurbanov (48), Yusif Farhadov (51) and Bahram Nasibov (37) from Baku in Azerbaijan had been invited…

IRAN: PASTOR BEHNAM IRANI FREED FROM JAIL

‘Set free all prisoners behind bars for their faith’ – Release Intl.  Iranian pastor Behnam Irani has been released from prison after being jailed for six years for leading a house church and sharing his faith – ‘offences’ that Iran has portrayed as crimes against national security. Partners of Release International have confirmed that Behnam…

Our family behind bars need your prayers

Please pray today for members of our church family who are behind bars because of their faith in Jesus. Sudanese pastors Kowa Shamaal and Hassan Abduraheem and Czech believer Petr Jašek appeared in court in Khartoum yesterday, accused of crimes that carry the death penalty. The prosecution accused Petr of tarnishing Sudan’s reputation through his…

IRAN: Iranian Christians seized during day out

Iranian Christians seized during day out It was supposed to have been a relaxing fishing trip and picnic with family and friends but that all ended when government agents turned up and arrested five members of the group. The five men – all Christians – have not been seen since the incident in Firuzkuh, east…

PRISONER UPDATES

Our partner Bob Fu of China Aid was able to highlight the case of Pastor Zhang Shaojie at a special meeting at the White House last month. Zhang has been sentenced to 12 years in prison in China simply because of his Christian activities as a pastor. Click here to read the latest on Pastor…

IRAN: Update on our sister Maryam

Friends of Christian prisoner Maryam Naghash Zargaran are pleased to report that Maryam has been allowed home on medical furlough. Maryam, who was previously granted medical furlough for a range of health issues in June 2016, returned to Evin Prison, Tehran on 27th June to continue serving a four-year prison sentence on charges of ‘acting…

REQUEST FOR ADVOCACY ON BEHALF OF IRANIAN PRISONERS OF FAITH

Readers of Light in the Darkest Places will be aware that there are several Christians being detained in Iran on account of their faith. Would you be willing to go one step further by raising their cases with the Iranian authorities, calling for their unconditional release? Writing a letter to a government is clear sign…

Iran: update on Christian prisoner, Maryam

Friends and family of Christian prisoner Maryam Naghash Zargaran are relieved and pleased to report that Maryam has ended her recent hunger strike. Maryam, who was granted medical furlough for a range of health issues in June 2016, returned to Evin Prison, Tehran on 27th June to continue serving a four-year prison sentence on charges…