Our field is asking us to pray with Iranian Christians from Karaj who have begun serving their prison sentences.
Five Iranian converts to Christianity submitted themselves to the central detention center in Karaj on Saturday to begin their jail sentences for “propaganda against the state.”
Manoto News broadcast footage of the Christians, four of whom have young children, waving goodbye to their loved ones.
Amin Khaki, Milad Goodarzi, Yaghoob Nateghi, Shahebedin Shahi and Alireza Nourmohamadi were arrested during raids on their homes and workplaces in December 2017. They were released in early 2018 after each posted a bail of 30 million tomans (around $7,000).
In March 2019, Milad, Yaghoob, Shahebedin and Alireza were sentenced to four months in prison. Amin, who has already spent a year in prison for his religious activities, was given 14 months.
Their appeals were rejected last month.
Converts to Christianity continue to be targeted in Iran. According to Article18, 37 Christians have now been arrested in 2019 alone. In May, Iran’s intelligence minister, Mahmoud Alavi, openly admitted to summoning Christian converts for questioning, saying mass conversions were “happening right before our eyes.”
Pray with us by name for these believers. Open Doors has reported atrocities against Christians in Iranian prisons, infamous for their treatment of political prisoners. Pray with their families and the church in Iran. Authorities continue to crackdown on Christian conversions. Pray that the gospel would spread even farther and that God would raise up even more leaders to be His bold witnesses (Acts 1:8).
Photo: courtesy of Article18