Iranian Convert Sentenced to Three Years Imprisonment

Ismaeil Maghrebinejad,  a 65 year old convert from a muslim background, has been sentenced to three years in prison for insulting ‘Islamic sacred beliefs’.[1]  He also faces charges of acting against national security.

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’.


Christian Persecution Rises in 2020

In Iran it seems there is a ‘forced exodus of Christians as the government acts to exterminate the Persian speaking church.’[1]

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.’[2]

Many believers have sought asylum in the West but have frequently been refused.  In spite of this, Christianity is growing.