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12 June 2013 - Pastor Irani facing serious health problems (WN)

(WN) 12 June 2013 - Iranian Pastor Behnam Irani, who may face the death penalty for "apostasy", is facing serious health problems after two years imprisonment, a close friend has told Worthy News.

"After two years in jail he suffers terrible complications, including intestinal problems and rheumatism," confirmed Firouz Khandjani, a council member of the 'Church of Iran' movement to which the pastor belongs.

"Ofcourse we should not forget that the hygienic situation is terrible and that inmates have not even regular access to a toilet," he explained.

The pastor is held at the Ghezel Hesar Prison in Karaj city, one of the toughest jails in the country, some 20 kilometers (12 miles) west of the nation's capital Tehran.

Khandjani said the prison was notorious for mistreatment of inmates.

"In Ghazal Hesar prison, strong prisoners used to rape young boys publicly. Dangerous criminals are ruling the prison and nobody is going to stop them," explained Khandjani, who at one point was briefly jailed himself for his Christian activities.

He said there was no evidence the pastor had been sexually abused.

Irani, 42, began a one-year prison term in 2011 but was later told he would also have to serve a five-year, previously suspended, sentence for "crimes against national security".

Christians have linked the sentence to Irani's Christian activities as an effective evangelical pastor of a 300-strong house church congregation of the Church of Iran. "He still needs to serve at least four years," Khandjani explained.

Khandjhani, who has known the pastor for 20 years, said he was concerned that Irani may face the death penalty, leaving behind his Armenian wife and two children. "He has now been recognized as an 'apostate'," the word used for someone who abandons Islam, the official religion of Iran, Khandjani explained.

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(WorthyNews) http://www.worthynews.com/12329-iran-pastor-irani-facing-death-penalty-health-deteriorating

Pastor Behnam Irani

28 February 2013 - Past Irani remains in a critical condition

Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW) has learned that Pastor Behnam Irani, currently held in Ghezal Hesar prison in Iran, is now unable to walk and that medical assistance continues to be withheld despite his deteriorating health.

Pastor Irani has been losing weight for several months and has been unable to walk for the last week due to acute back pain. The pastor has trouble with his vision and last year suffered severe bleeding due to stomach ulcers and complications with his colon, which caused him to lose consciousness at one point. He was given tablets to stop the bleeding, but was denied further medical attention.

 

"There are concerns that given his critical condition, the pastor may die unless he receives appropriate medical treatment," said a spokesperson for CSW.

 

Behnam Irani pastors the Church of Iran congregation in Karaj. He was arrested in December 2006, and sentenced to six years imprisonment on charges of "action against the state" and "action against the order." The verdict against him includes text that describes Pastor Irani as an apostate and reiterates that apostates "can be killed."

 

CSW says that "increasingly, the official charges brought against Iranian Christians are couched in political language, when in reality they are being arrested on account of their religion. As a prisoner convicted of political charges, Pastor Irani has no access to medical furlough or cultural activities, is subjected to regular inspections, and can only see his family once every two weeks."

 

During the first few months of his imprisonment in Ghezal Hesar Prison, Pastor Irani was held incommunicado in a small cell, where guards would repeatedly wake him from sleep as a form of psychological torture. He was moved into a cramped room where inmates could not lie down to sleep, before being transferred to a crowded, filthy cell, which he currently shares with 40 criminals, many of whom are violent. He has been subjected to physical and psychological pressure, and has sustained regular beatings from his cell mates and prison authorities, as well as death threats.

 

CSW's Chief Executive Mervyn Thomas said, "CSW remains deeply concerned at reports of Pastor Irani's declining health and we reiterate our call for the Iranian authorities to allow Pastor Irani to access appropriate medical treatment without further delay. CSW also urges the Iranian government to honor its obligations under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) and facilitate Pastor Irani's unconditional release, along with all others currently detained or facing execution on account of their faith following flawed judicial processes."

 

Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW) is a Christian organization working for religious freedom through advocacy and human rights, in the pursuit of justice.

27 November 2012 - Behnam writes his letter of love from prison.

Present Truth Ministries (presenttruthmn.com) have received and translated a letter from Brother Behnam Irani. If you have been following his case you know he is in prison for the sake of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. His refusal to stop ministering the light of God to others led to his conviction by an Islamic court, and we believe there is a deliberate attempt by the prison system to silence his voice by allowing him to die from illnesses and abuse. His skin is yellow, and it has been six months since he started vomiting blood. He has had no medical attention and we believe it is only the grace of God and answered prayers that have kept him alive.
 

PTM reports that Behnam is not discouraged by his situation, for he has written a letter to

the church from prison. In it he encourages us to love more abundantly in this evil age. You can read the whole letter on the present truth website, but several things caught our attention. He writes the following concerning the conditions he is in:
 

Here in the jail, most of the prisoners are addicted to many types of illegal drugs, specially, crystal meth. I observed  that this drug develops a condition that is called illusion. In this condition, individuals assume what is not real to be real and react to it, somehow the root of much of the murderous violence that is happening among prisoners here, is  a result of the illusion caused by crystal meth abuses. Unfortunately it seems the church is having the illusion about love and in this ignorance it is receding from the truth of Jesus' love more and more.
 

In the middle of violence and despair he is counselling us to be careful – for we, just as he, are in the middle of a world full of violence and despair. But he tells us there is a love, a wonderful love of Jesus Christ, which can elevate us into the presence of God no matter what the situation is.
 

Brother Behnam ends his letter to us with a challenge not to let the love of God die out in our hearts, no matter what the situation facing us is. Here is what he says:

In jail I have attained new experiences about love, I realized, I have not benefited from Christ's love, and I am empty. Here, I live with cellmates that you can hardly see something positive in their lives and personalities. Neither God nor common values of the society have any place in their lives and thoughts. They don't think about anything but negative values, abhorrent acts, learning new experiences in crimes and nasty literature.


I look at them and whisper to myself, “do they really deserve prayers and intercessions?" Immediately, I remember that Jesus Christ was sacrificed for their sins too. "He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world." (1 John 2:2)

 

I break under this level of love. I become weary of myself for being unable to reflect this love to the darkness of my surroundings. I never condemn anyone. If I do, I myself am much worthier of condemnation.  I only warn, "Oh church, be awake. Remember the love of the days of your engagement.  The love that was free of selfishness. Shine upon this planet and do not let the light of Jesus' love stop to shine from you. You, start. Don't let the unkindness seas intimidate you. You can be the ocean of love if Jesus dwells in you. 

Don't forget everything is possible for a believer, because everything is possible for Jesus. 

You can read the letter in its entirety and his full story at  http://presenttruthmn.com/behnam-irani

If you would like more information on any of these matters, please visit the  website at

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Behnam Irani likely to die if nothing is done (CP)

(CP) 19 November 2012 - A Christian persecution watchdog has started a new campaign pledging support for a pastor in a critical medical state and currently imprisoned in Iran, as well as the many other believers facing persecution around the world.

"As you read this, Pastor Behnam Irani's health is in critical condition and there is a very real chance he will die in Ghezel Hesar prison if he remains in his current condition," Christian Solidarity Worldwide explains in a statement shared with The Christian Post by Kiri Kankhwende, press officer for the organization.

 

Pastor Irani was arrested back in 2011, allegedly for acting against the interests of national security, although persecution watch groups have maintained that the real reason was for his preaching of the Gospel and leading people to Christ in the largely Islamic country. He had been leading the Church of Iran in the city of Karaj in Alborz Province, and is currently serving a six-year sentence in Ghezel Hesar prison.

 

Several reports on Irani's condition in jail noted that he has been beaten and is suffering from a bleeding ulcer, but is being denied proper treatment. According to the latest information from CSW, the 41-year-old pastor's condition is getting worse, and he needs urgent help and prayers.

"He is bleeding severely from acute stomach ulcers and colon complications, can barely walk, and has problems with his vision. The brutal beatings he's received from prison authorities and other inmates have resulted in horrific injuries, and he urgently needs medical help," CSW has said.

 

"He could die in the next few months if he doesn't get the treatment he needs. And he shouldn't be in prison in the first place: he was charged with political crimes to cover up the fact that he was arrested because he's a Christian and a church leader."

 

As for what can be done to help the pastor, a father of two, and other imprisoned Christians around the world, CSW insisted that "the louder the noise the international community makes, the more likely it is that prisoners will be treated properly according to international standards, and the more likely it is that those unfairly imprisoned will be freed."

The organization provides links on its website to contact information for the head of Iran's judiciary and demand urgent treatment for Pastor Irani and plead for his release from prison.

To takes further action go to:  http://www.csw.org.uk/cryfreedomiran.htm

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http://presenttruthmn.com/behnam-irani/ 

Behnam Irani is a 41 year old pastor from Karaj, Iran. He is married to Christine, an Armenian Christian, and has a daughter, Rebecca, 10 and a son Adriel, 3. He came to know Jesus Christ in 1992 and has been a pastor since 2002.

 

Arrested Twice

He has been arrested and tried for “crimes” against national security twice, first in December 2006 and second April 2010. Basically, in this instance, crimes against national security is holding house church services and leading Muslims to Christ. The first time he was arrested was in December 2006. He was released on bail in January 2007. On February 23, 2008 Branch 30 of the Appellate Court in Tehran gave him a five year suspended sentence. Since it was a suspended sentence he was not required to go to prison, but was free on a five-year probation.

On April 14, 2010 MOIS officers came into a house church service, assaulted him and took him into custody. A service was taking place at the time and the security officials interrogated those attending as well as confiscating Bibles, Christian literature and DVD’s. Brother Behnam was in prison for two months then he was released on bail in June 2010. In January 2011 he was tried for and convicted of crimes against national security.

On May 31, 2011 a warrant was issued for his arrest so he turned himself into the prison and began serving a one year sentence

Currently Pastor Irani continues to experience various medical problems and remains in need of our prayers for his health conditions.

According to Jason DeMars of Present Truth Ministries (www.presenttruthmn.com ) "First, he has a bleeding ulcer in his intestines. This has caused him to have bloody stool, vomiting blood, resulting in unconsciousness at one point.  Second, his eyesight is dimming and he has not been given access to a doctor to get prescription lenses. Third, from an accident several years ago, he had metal placed in his knee, and according to a family member it needs to be replaced every so often.

"Now it is past time for the replacement and he is limping badly. According to our sources his health is up and down. Sometimes he is feeling okay and other times he is feeling very sick, and he is still quite pale whether he's feeling good or not."

DeMars told ANS: "Yet in the midst of this, Brother Behnam's faith remains strong. He continues to be positive in his confession and to stand firm no matter what his circumstances. We want to believe together with Behnam and his family that he will be healed and walk out of that prison soon."

Please continue in prayer for Brother Behnam Irani and his family.

You can see a video of his arrest, pictures, and view the written verdict from his trial in February 2008 on the Present Truth Ministries website:  http://presenttruthmn.com/behnam-irani/

DeMars added: "Please share this page with your friends and family. I also request that you write a letter to him at Voice of the Martyrs Prisoner Alert page. Please send a petition requesting that he receive medical attention and be released from prison at their website as well."

2 October 2012 - Pastor Behnam Irani Health Update -- Continued Medical Problems

By Michael Ireland, Special Correspondent, ASSIST News Service

IRAN (ANS) -- Imprisoned Iranian Pastor Behnam Irani continues to experience various medical problems and remains in need of our prayers for his health conditions.

According to Jason DeMars of Present Truth Ministries (www.presenttruthmn.com ) "First, his eyesight is dimming and he has not been given access to a doctor to get prescription lenses. Second, he has a bleeding ulcer in his intestines. This has caused him to have bloody stool, vomiting blood, resulting in unconsciousness at one point. Third, from an accident several years ago, he had metal placed in his knee, and according to a family member it needs to be replaced every so often.

"Now it is past time for the replacement and he is limping badly. According to our sources his health is up and down. Sometimes he is feeling okay and other times he is feeling very sick, and he is still quite pale whether he's feeling good or not."

DeMars told ANS: "Yet in the midst of this, Brother Behnam's faith remains strong. He continues to be positive in his confession and to stand firm no matter what his circumstances. We want to believe together with Behnam and his family that he will be healed and walk out of that prison soon."

Please continue in prayer for Brother Behnam Irani and his family.

You can see a video of his arrest, pictures, and view the written verdict from his trial in February 2008 on the Present Truth Ministries website.

DeMars added: "Please share this page with your friends and family. I also request that you write a letter to him at Voice of the Martyrs Prisoner Alert page. Please send a petition requesting that he receive medical attention and be released from prison at their website as well."

8 September 2012:  Pastor Irani still in poor health

Pastor Behnam Irani remains in prison in Karaj, Iran. His health is still poor and he is being denied the needed medial treatment.

Please continue to pray for his healing, as well as the strength and courage to not only endure, but to shine for Christ. We pray that he will be a light and a witness to all who encounter him

Iranian pastor develops blood infection as health deteriorates sharply (ANS)

(ANS) 13 Aug 2012SURREY, ENGLAND -- A Christian human rights organization has learned that Pastor Behnam Irani, currently held in Ghezal Hesar prison in Iran, has developed a blood infection as a result of an ongoing intestinal complication. As his health continues to deteriorate sharply, he is reportedly barely able to speak.

Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW) reported that sources close to the organization say Irani may be sent to a hospital for surgery to remove the part of his intestine which is the source of the infection. However, his family has not been informed about possible surgery or whether or not he has been sent to hospital.

CSW said Irani pastors the Church of Iran congregation in Karaj. He was arrested in Dec. 2006, and sentenced to six years imprisonment on charges of "action against the state" and "action against the order." The verdict against him includes text describing Irani as an apostate and reiterates that apostates “can be killed.”

In addition, CSW said prison authorities and fellow prisoners have informed Irani a number of times that he will not leave the prison “alive.”

CSW said Irani has so far been denied hospital treatment for severe bleeding due to stomach ulcers and complications with his colon, which caused him to lose consciousness at one point. Without adequate medical care, his condition has continued to worsen, prompting concerns that he may have only weeks or months to live.

CSW said during the first few months of his imprisonment in Ghezel Hesar Prison, Irani was was held in solitary confinement in a small cell, where guards would repeatedly wake him from sleep as a form of psychological torture. He was moved into a cramped room where inmates could not lie down to sleep, before being transferred to his current cell, where he endured regular beatings from his cell mates and prison authorities. As a result of injuries sustained during these assaults, he has difficulty walking.

CSW said the pastor also has trouble with his vision and has received death threats from fellow prisoners.

CSW's Advocacy Director Andrew Johnston said in a news release, “CSW is deeply concerned for Pastor Irani's welfare. We continue to urge the Iranian authorities to allow Pastor Irani access to appropriate medical treatment. Reports of his possible hospital admission, if true, are welcome and long overdue, as the delay in his treatment has undoubtedly caused his health to deteriorate sharply. It is also vital that Pastor Irani is protected from fellow prisoners who have threatened his life.”

Johnston continued, “CSW continues to call on the Iranian government to honor its obligations under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and facilitate the unconditional release of Pastor Irani, Pastor Nadarkhani, Pastor Farshid Fathi Malayeri and all others currently detained or facing execution on account of their faith following flawed judicial processes.”

Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW) is a Christian organization working for religious freedom through advocacy and human rights, in the pursuit of justice.

For further information, go to http://www.csw.org.uk/ 

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http://www.assistnews.net/Stories/2012/s12080091.htm 

Article by Jeremy Reynalds Senior Correspondent for Assist News Service 

06 August 2012 - Doctors to treat Behram Irani (BosNewsLife)

(BosNewsLIfe) 06 Aug 2012 - Iranian doctors want to remove part of the intestines of jailed Iranian Pastor Behnam Irani, who is facing death on fresh charges of "apostasy", or abandoning Islam, a close friend and church representative told BosNewsLife Saturday, August 4.


"Pastor Behnam Irani has a blood infection and he might be sent to a hospital for surgery...[They] may remove part of his intestines, which are [the] source of infection," explained Firouz Khandjani, a council member of the pastor's 'Church of Iran', an evangelical house church movement.

Khanjani said the frail pastor's "illness has worsened due to a lack of medical care which Pastor Irani has been denied many times," in the Ghezel Hesar Prison in Karaj city, some 20 kilometers (12 miles) west of the nation's capital Tehran.

He cautioned that "although it is life threatening surgery, no information was given to [Irani's] family" by authorities of the Ghezel Hesar Prison in Karaj city, some 20 kilometers (12 miles) west of the nation's capital Tehran.

Khanjani said it was unclear whether the pastor is already in hospital, despite mounting concerns that the pastor has difficulties with speaking and is "literally between death and life".

HEALTH SCARE

Even if he survives the latest health-scare, the pastor still faces execution on fresh charges of apostasy, Khanjani added. Iranian officials "used to repeat to him that he is not going to leave the prison alive," he said.

Khanjani claimed that a court verdict described the pastor, who is in his 40s, as an "apostate" while "a judge said that apostates must be put to death."

If confirmed, the apostasy case will add to international concerns about the church leader, who already began a one-year prison term in 2011 but was later told he would also have to serve a five-year, previously suspended, sentence for "crimes against national security".   In Iran's secretive judicial system, it is often unclear what exact steps authorities will undertake against groups or individuals deemed as dangerous to society.

Christians have linked the sentence to his Christian activities as a devoted house church pastor.

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2 August 2012 - Behram Irani sent back to prison

Jason DeMars from Present Truth Ministries reports as follows:

An Iranian source informed me that the "hospital" that pastor Behnam was taken to in the prison was more like a first aid area. He was vomiting blood from a chronic ulcer, and Iranian authorities have not taken him to a real hospital. He was only given first aid, and was quickly brought back to his cell. We believe that these actions demonstrate that the Iranian government does not care if brother Behnam dies in prison. The situation is grave, but with God all things are possible. Please continue to lift him up in prayer.

18 July 2012 - Behnam Irani very ill

By Michael Ireland:  Senior International Correspondent, ASSIST News Service

KARAJ, IRAN (ANS) -- Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW) www.csw.org.uk says it is gravely concerned about the health of Pastor Benham Irani, who reportedly lost consciousness three days ago.

In a media update, CSW says that although Pastor Irani has now regained consciousness, his health is said to be declining steadily as a result of the harsh treatment he has endured in Karaj's Ghezel Hesar Prison, where he is serving a five-year sentence.

Benham Irani pastors the Church of Iran in Karaj, was arrested in December 2006, and sentenced to six years imprisonment on charges of "action against the state" and "action against the order."

CSW reported that the verdict against him includes text that describes Pastor Irani as an apostate and reiterates that apostates "can be killed."

Ghezal Hesar is one of Iran's most notorious prisons and, according to CSW's sources, Pastor Irani has been beaten regularly by his cell mates and prison authorities.

CSW stated: "As a result of injuries sustained during these assaults, he has difficulty walking. His health has further deteriorated due to the harsh prison conditions; he has suffered severe bleeding as a result of ulcers and complications with his colon, which led to his recent loss of consciousness. He is also unable to see very well and there are growing concerns that he could die within the next few months."

CSW says its sources also report that during the first few months of his imprisonment, the pastor was held incommunicado in a small cell, where guards would repeatedly wake him from sleep as a form of psychological torture. He was moved into a cramped room where inmates could not lie down to sleep, before being transferred to his current cell.

CSW's Advocacy Director Andrew Johnston said: "CSW is deeply concerned for the health and welfare of Pastor Irani, and urges the Iranian government to ensure that he receives urgent medical attention and is protected from assault, in accordance with the UN Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners. Though the charges against him are couched in political language, in reality Pastor Irani, like so many other Christian prisoners, has been imprisoned solely on account of his faith.

"We continue to call on Iran to honor its obligations as a signatory to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, which guarantees freedom of religion, and to release Pastor Irani unconditionally as a matter of urgency, given his deteriorating health. We also call for the unconditional release of Pastor Nadarkhani, Pastor Farshid Fathi Malayeri and all others unjustly detained or facing execution due to flawed judicial processes."

Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW) is a Christian organization working for religious freedom through advocacy and human rights, in the pursuit of justice.

visit www.csw.org.uk.

23 May 2012 - Update on Pastor Bahnam

Pastor Behnam Irani remains in Ghezal Hezar prison in Karaj, Iran. He was convicted of crimes against the order for his Christian activities and sentenced to five years in prison. In his written verdict, it states that he is an apostate, but they have not pursued those charges against him.


He has been dealing with bloody stool for over six months, but has been denied medical attention. We are greatly concerned about his health as well as the periodic beatings he receives from prisoners. 

Please continue to pray earnestly for pastor Behnam.  

In Christ,


Jason DeMars
Present Truth Ministries

26 April 2012 - Behnam Irani Suffering In Prison

Pastor Behnam Irani is not in good condition in Ghezal Hezar Prison in Karaj, Iran.  He is frequently beaten by prisoners under the watchful eye of prison officials.  Sources close to the family are concerned that he will die before the end of his five-year prison sentence.  He is having trouble with his eyesight and his foot.  He also has some sort of intestinal disorder.

We need your help in making Pastor Behnam’s case more prominent in the international media. Please spread the word about his situation, contact government officials and media organizations. To learn more about his life you can go to http://presenttruthmn.com/behnam-irani/.

5 April 2012 - Pastor Behnam Irani tortured in prion

Pastor Benham Irani from Karaj, Iran is being held in Ghezel Hesar Prison serving a five year sentence for crimes against the order because he presided over church services and was leading people to Christ.

Prison officials are allowing criminals in the prison to beat him frequently. He is now sick with some sort of intestinal disorder and from the beatings his eyesight is beginning to deteriorate. Without a miracle of deliverance from the Lord, brother Behnam is not likely to make it out of prison alive. Please pray for him and spread the word regarding this situation to your friends, family, church and contacts.

 

Presnt Truth Ministries:  http://presenttruthmn.com/blog/iran/pastor-behnam-irani-tortured-prison/

    

 Information from Present Truth Ministries: http://presenttruthmn.com/behnam-irani/

Behnam Irani is a 41 year old pastor from Karaj, Iran. He is married to Christine, an Armenian Christian, and has a daughter, Rebecca, 10 and a son Adriel, 3. He came to know Jesus Christ in 1992 and has been a pastor since 2002.

He has been arrested and tried for “crimes” against national security twice. Basically, in this instance, crimes against national security is holding house church services and leading people to Christ. The first time was in December 2006. He was released on bail in January 2007. On February 23, 2008 Branch 30 of the Appellate Court in Tehran gave him a five year suspended sentence. Since it was a suspended sentence he was not required to go to prison, but was free on a five-year probation.

On April 14, 2010 MOIS officers came into a house church service, assaulted him and took him into custody. A service was taking place at the time and the security officials interrogated those attending as well as confiscating Bibles, Christian literature and DVD’s. Brother Behnam was in prison for two months then he was released on bail in June 2010.

In January 2011 he was tried for and convicted of crimes against national security. On May 31, 2011 a warrant was issued for his arrest so he turned himself into the prison and began serving a one year sentence.

Another area of concern is that in the written verdict from 2008 the appeals court recommended the prosecutor pursue an apostasy death sentence against him stating, “Considering the explicit confessions of the abovementioned individual [Irani] during the trial, that his father and mother were Muslims and he, himself, also opted for Islam when he reached maturity, and then left the holy religion of Islam and became a Christian. And that he also deceived a group of people into leaving Islam. Therefore as mentioned in … [Islamic religious text] … the abovementioned individual is definitely an innate apostate, and the sentence for innate apostasy is death.”

On October 18, 2011 brother Behnam was informed by letter that he was now required to serve his five year prison sentence from 2008.

On 7 December 2011 Jason de Mars from present Truth Ministries reported as follows:

We have been informed that pastor Behnam Irani, who is being held in Ghezel Hesar Prison in Karaj, Iran is being tortured and is in poor health. He has just under five years left in his prison sentence. He is being mistreated and is in poor health. In the first few months he was in prison he was held in solitary confinement in a very small cell. After that he was moved to a small cell with other prisoners. The room was so full that it became very hot and they could not lie down to go to sleep. The only thing they could do was sit all day and night. Now he is in a normal cell, but prison authorities have asked criminals to beat him regularly. All his hair has turned white and his foot is injured in such a way that they fear he may lose the use of his foot. Despite this torture brother Behnam is remaining faithful to Jesus Christ. 

  • Please pray that God makes a way for brother Behnam to have better conditions in prison. Ask the Lord to touch the hearts of prison officials so that they would come to know the Lord Jesus.
  • Pray for brother Behnam and his family. Ask God to keep him strong, healthy and full of joy in Christ in the midst of this suffering.

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Information from Present Truth Ministries:  http://presenttruthmn.com/behnam-irani/