Prisoner Prayer List – Iran

April 4, 2014 by Open Doors in General

Iran

Many of you have been praying for 33-year-old Pastor Saeed Abedini, his wife Nagmeh and their children, Rebekka and Jacob. He came to faith in 2000, and became involved in house churches. 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 in the U.S. and Iran. Saeed became a pastor in the U.S., but returned to Iran on a number of occasions, most recently in 2012 to visit an orphanage. During this latest visit, he was arrested by Iranian authorities. Though this was not his first arrest, this is the first time he has been forced to remain in detention, sentenced to eight years in prison. He is currently in the notorious Raja Shahr prison in Karaj.

Pastor Saeed is just one of the many Christians imprisoned for their faith in Iran, and they each have a story. The following list contains the known names of the prisoners imprisoned for their Christian faith in Iran, though there are likely others. Some may have been released, but are still in need of our prayers. At the end is a list of those known to have been released.  A few of their stories are included.

Those who have been released-their struggle is far from over. They need rest and recovery. They often cannot risk 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 their harrowing experiences. They need the powerful love and consolation of the Lord.

From Evin Prison:

Mitra Zahmati (f), Maryam Jalili (f), Mustafa Bordbar (m), Sevada Aghasar (m)

From Ahwaz:

Nasr Zamen-Dezfuli (m), Davoud Alijani (m), Pastor Farhad Sabokrouh (m), Shahnaz (wife of pastor Farhad who was also released January of 2014). The Assemblies of God church has been closed, pastor Farhad is no longer allowed to pastor, and Shahnaz must to report to the secret services every four months.  

From Shiraz:

Fariba Shokouhi (f, hustand still in prison), Nima Shokouhi (m, 17 years old, father still imprisoned)

Father, in prison or out, we pray for these faithful believer, our brothers and sisters in Christ, who have suffered imprisonment for their faith. Let their names always be before us that they might not be forgotten and encourage them with the knowledge of our intercession on their behalf. We pray for their health, that You might sustain them in the midst of illness and harsh treatment. We pray for courage to meet each day with faith, and for Your presence to be apparent. Surround them in Your peace and comfort, watch over them as they sleep. Bring about justice that they might be released from prison, but while they are there we pray they might be a beacon of truth and light, reflecting the presence of Christ in them. In the name of Jesus, who has set us free from the bondage of sin, Amen.

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