Greetings in the name of Jesus, Prince of Peace
In December we requested prayer for Saeed, an Iranian believer from a Muslim background who is currently detained in Tehran. Recall that Saeed has joint Iranian-US citizenship, and that his wife and children are in the US.
Saeed has been informed that he will face a hearing in a Revolutionary Court on Monday 21st January. The judge assigned has a reputation for having a hardline approach and imposing severe sentences. The charge Saeed faces is understood to be “actions against the national security of Iran.”
Recall that Saeed was detained on 28th July during a visit to Iran. He was held for one day before being allowed to return to his parents’ home in Tehran, but was informed that he would face charges relating to his Christian activities. In 2009 he had been warned about his activities with house fellowships, and so had focused on humanitarian activities during subsequent visits to Iran. On 26th September he was detained again following a raid on his parents’ home and has been held in custody since then, in solitary confinement for the first four weeks. On 17th December his lawyer was informed that Saeed would be prosecuted for national security offenses.
We are pleased to report that two other believers, Bahzad and Mohammad-Reza, arrested in Rasht arrested on 31st December, were released on bail on 16th January. Recall that both face charges of action against national security, and Behzad is also charged with insulting Islamic sanctities. No date has yet been set for their hearing.
Christians supporting these believers request our prayers that:
a. Saeed will know the close presence of Jesus each day, and the Spirit’s guiding wisdom during the hearing
b. Naghmeh, their two children and his parents will know Jesus’ presence and peace
c. All charges against Saeed will be dropped, and he will be released, and allowed to travel freely from and to Iran, and to continue his humanitarian work in the country
d. Others currently detained in Iran for their Christian faith or activities will be released and all charges against them dropped
e. Bahzad, Mohammad-Reza and others recently released will know the presence and peace of Jesus as they return to normal life, all charges against them will be dropped and bail payments returned
f. All officials involved will love mercy, act justly, learn about Jesus and choose to follow Him.
Source, Middle East Concern.