Iranian Christians are pleased to report the release of Pastor Victor Bet-Tamraz from Evin Prison in Tehran. Pastor Victor expresses his thanks to those who have been praying for him, and says that it was a great source of encouragement to know of this support.
On December 26th, security officials raided the house of Pastor Victor and conducted a thorough search, confiscating Bibles, mobile phones and various personal documents belonging to those in the home who had gathered for a Christmas celebration. All those present were arrested, although most were released shortly afterwards, but Pastor Victor and two other believers, who have Assyrian Christian backgrounds, were taken to Evin Prison.
The two believers detained along with Pastor Victor, Amin and Kaviyan, were released on bail a month ago. Pastor Victor was initially refused bail. However, on March 1st, he was offered conditional release. The bail conditions were high and his family has had to submit title deeds to meet these conditions.
Pastor Victor feels weak, has breathing difficulties and has lost weight. He also has a tooth infection, but is in reasonable health otherwise. Security officials are keeping his home under observation.
Please join us alongside Iranian Christians in rejoicing and praying for Victor to quickly recover, for Victor to be able to receive adequate legal assistance, and for all Iranian officials involved to see the witness of Victor and come to a saving faith in Jesus.
Iran is ranked No. 7 on the Open Doors 2015 World Watch List of the worst persecutors of Christians.
Compiled by Janelle Powers. For media inquiries, contact Christine Cape at 404-545-0085 or Katie Rouse at 678-410-9575.