IRAN: Pray for imprisoned Pastor's health
Wednesday, July 25, 2012
IRAN – Fears for imprisoned pastor's health
Concern is growing for the health of Iranian pastor Behnam Irani, who was convicted in January 2011 of crimes against national security. Observers say the pastor has been punished for holding house church services and leading Iranians to Christ. According to reports, he was arrested while conducting a Bible study for young men who had recently become Christians.
Pastor Behnam, who is 41, leads the Church of Iran in Karaj. He is married with two children. His health is said to be declining steadily as a result of the harsh treatment he has endured in prison.
Observers say he is beaten regularly by cellmates and prison authorities, and now has difficulty walking. He is also unable to see well and is suffering from a bleeding ulcer, which caused him to lose consciousness. He had to be taken to military hospital for treatment. His family fear he could die within the next few months.
Pastor Behnam became a Christian in 1992 and has been arrested twice in connection with house church activities. He is serving a total of six years in the Karaj Ghezal Hesar Prison.
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(Sources: Voice of the Martyrs Canada, Mission Network News, Christian Post, Christian Today)
• Please pray that God will strengthen and heal Behnam, and that his family will know God's comfort and encouragement.
• Pray that prison authorities will look with compassion on him and give him the medical care he needs.
• Pray that those who are beating him, will, like Saul, have a revelation of the risen Christ.
• Pray that Behnam's testimony will cause many in prison to come to know Jesus.
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Acts 21 Now they have been informed about you that you continually teach all the Jews who live among the Gentiles to turn back from and forsake Moses...Therefore do just what we tell you. With us are 4 men who have taken a vow upon themselves. Take these men and purify yourself along with them and pay their expenses [for a temple offering],...Thus everybody will know that there is no truth in what they have been told about you, but that you yourself walk in observance of the Law of Moses.