Release International Prayer Shields: Iran, Azerbaijan and Central Asia
Iran Thank God for the early release in March of Fatemeh Bakhteri and Rokhsareh Ghanbari who had served seven months of a one-year sentence for ‘spreading propaganda against the regime’ in Iran. Iran Praise God that Amin Khaki has been released eight months into a 14-month sentence in Iran. Amin was convicted last March of ‘propaganda against the state and establishing house churches’. Iran In Iran, Mary (Fatemeh) Mohammadi received a suspended sentence of three months in prison and ten lashes after being arrested during protests in Tehran in January. Ask God to heal Mary of the physical and emotional abuse she suffered in jail. Iran Praise God that Ebrahim Firouzi has reportedly been treated kindly by locals during his time in exile, even in an area of Iran renowned for Islamist extremist activity. Pray that God will continue to bless and protect Ebrahim. Iran Pray for Pastor Victor Bet Tamraz, his wife Shamiram Issavi Khabizeh and three other Christians – Amin, Kavian and Hadi – whose appeals against long jail sentences in Iran have been denied. Azerbaijan and Central Asia Pray for believers in Central Asia whose families have rejected them because they have become Christians. Leaving Islam is considered to bring shame on the family. Azerbaijan and Central Asia Pray for Release partners Barbara and Hugh in Central Asia (featured in our May 2020 podcast) who are using literature and radio to spread the gospel. Pray that their audience will grow and many will come to Christ.