Release International Prayer Shields Iran and China
Thank God that the cross has been restored on Tabriz Evangelical Church in Iran, after an international outcry about its removal and the closure of this historic church in May. Pray its congregation will now be allowed to worship freely.
Ebrahim Firouzi is serving seven years in jail and so will not officially be released until 2020. But pray for his early release: his health is poor.
Thank God that in Iran, Sevada Aghasar, an ethnic Armenian, was conditionally released from prison in July. He was originally arrested in 2013, along with Ebrahim Firouzi.
Pray that Mahrokh Kanbari will succeed in her appeal against a one-year sentence for ‘propaganda against the system’ for her church activities in Iran. She was also ordered to take ‘religious instruction’ and return to Islam.
Please pray for all Christians in Iran who are imprisoned for their faith. They include Naser Navard Gol-Tapeh, serving a ten-year sentence for involvement with an ‘illegal church network’.
Pray that the ‘citizen spies’ pretending to be church members in Henan, China, will turn to Christ as they listen to the gospel.
The Chinese Government is reportedly hiring citizen spies to report anyone taking children to church: regulations introduced last year ban anyone under 18 from entering places of worship. Pray for parents trying to raise children as Christians.