Ismaeil Maghrebinejad, a 65 year old convert from a muslim
background, has been sentenced to three years in prison for insulting ‘Islamic
sacred beliefs’. He also faces charges of acting against
Ismaeil like other
Iranian believers have suffered repeated harassment from the government and
wider society. About ten years ago
Ismaeil was attacked and narrowly survived.
Please pray for Ismaeil
and his family that they would know God’s comfort and help at this time and
that these charges against him would be dropped: ‘God is our refuge and
strength, a very present help in trouble’.
In Iran it seems there is a ‘forced exodus of Christians as the government acts to exterminate the Persian speaking church.’
Officials aim to
eradicate Christianity from the land by arresting house church leaders who are
involved in teaching and evangelism.
Reports have shown that often ‘when a muslim is baptised as a Christian
they can spend up to a year in prison while the person conducting the baptism
can face up to five years imprisonment.’
Many believers have
sought asylum in the West but have frequently been refused. In spite of this, Christianity is growing.