Our Iranian brother Ebrahim is growing weaker by the day as he continues with his hunger strike in jail.
Ebrahim is more than a month into his protest over the way the Iranian legal system is treating him and his fellow Christians, especially those with a Muslim background. His physical condition is said to be deteriorating.
Please pray that God will strengthen Ebrahim as he continues his protest in Rajai Shahr Prison in Karaj.
Ebrahim and a number of other prisoners were transferred to a high-security section of the jail in late-July. Officials even confiscated Ebrahim’s glasses.
This is the second time Ebrahim has been on strike: he also refused food between July 17 and 27. His first protest was against a spate of harsh and unjust sentences handed down to Christians in Iran recently; he has also spoken out about the decision to deny prisoners access to Christian literature.
Ebrahim, who was first arrested in 2013, is serving a five-year sentence for ‘acting against national security’.
- Please pray that Ebrahim and his fellow prisoners will experience God’s peace, presence and faithfulness in new ways. Ask God to sustain Ebrahim physically until he feels able to end his protest.
- Pray that God will recall to prisoners’ minds key verses from the Bible to comfort and strengthen them, especially if they are denied access to Christian literature.
- Pray that the Iranian authorities will have a change of heart and end their harsh treatment of Christians.
(Source: Middle East Concern)
Please continue to pray for our Iranian sister Shamiram Isavi Khabizeh who is awaiting trial for ‘acting against national security’. Her trial has been postponed again, after she and her lawyer made a brief appearance in court on August 21. Her husband, Pastor Victor Tamraz, is awaiting an appeal hearing after being sentenced to ten years in jail; their son, Ramiel, is also awaiting trial. All three are being persecuted in connection with their church activities. Ask God to reassure them of His unfailing love. (Source: Middle East Concern)
And pray for our American brother, Pastor Andrew Brunson, who faces new, more serious charges which carry a potential life sentence. A judge accused Andrew of crimes including spying and plotting to overthrow the Turkish Government, via a video link between court and the maximum-security jail in Izmir where he’s being held. Pray that Andrew will be considered for a possible prisoner exchange between the US and Turkish governments and will be released soon. (Source: Middle East Concern)
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