Source of persecution: Islamic extremism/ Dictatorial paranoia
Fearful of the increasing numbers of Christians, particularly in house churches, the authorities closely monitor Christian activities, particularly churches that reach out to Muslims. Evangelism, Bible training and publishing Scriptures in Farsi are illegal. Detentions of Christians are common. Several Christians were forced to leave their homes or flee the country. Muslim-background believers face most pressure - any Muslim who leaves Islam faces the death penalty. In September 2012 Pastor Nadarkhani was released after three years in prison on charges of apostasy.
For Pastor Nadharkani and his family as he adjusts to life after prison.
For justice for Christian prisoners abd lawyers who try to defend them.
Many disillusioned Iranian Muslims are becoming curious about Christianity. Pray that they will find hope in Jesus.