*Representative photo used to protect identity
On December 26, 2014 Pastor Victor, a former leader of the Tehran Pentecostal Assyrian Church, was arrested at his home along with guests gathered for a Christmas celebration. Security agents who conducted the raid on his home stated that they were arresting the individuals because they were “participating in an illegal gathering”.
Although most of the guests were released shortly afterwards, Pastor Victor (who is from an Assyrian Christian background) and two other believers, Amin and Kavian (from Muslim backgrounds), were charged with conducting illegal evangelism and taken to notorious Evin Prison where they were kept mainly in solitary confinement until bail conditions were set for their conditional release (Amin on February 10, Kavian on February 17 and Pastor Victor on March 2).
Pastor Victor is expected to be summoned to court soon for his case to be heard.
Pastor Victor has experienced difficulty in finding a lawyer willing to act as his defense counsel. Some lawyers have experienced a backlash after representing Christians in court, and Victor is well-known as the former pastor of Shahr-Ara Assyrian Pentecostal Church, ministering until the church was shut on the orders of the Ministry of Interior in March 2009.
Pastor Victor requests prayer that:
· A suitable lawyer will be willing to defend him in court
· The judge who will review his case will be someone who fears God
· Pastor Victor and his family will be able to continue in faith and strength and have wisdom and patience
· God will protect them as they carry on His work