Iranian Christians have requested our renewed prayers for Pastor Farshid Fathi, a believer from a Muslim background, who is serving a six-year prison sentence.
Farshid was arrested on 26th December 2010 along with a number of other Christian leaders. He was taken directly to Evin prison, Tehran, and has remained there ever since. Initially placed in solitary confinement, he has also been subjected to periods of intense interrogation and denied communication with his family. In March 2012 he was convicted on charges of anti-state political activity, charges that were derived from his leadership of a network of house fellowships. In June his appeal was rejected and the six-year sentence upheld.
Across Iran, at least 19 others are known to be in prison because of their Christian faith or activities. Some, like Farshid, have been convicted and sentenced, though many have not yet been formally charged.
Christians supporting Farshid request our prayers that:
a. Farshid, his wife and their two young children will know the presence, peace and protection of Jesus each day
b. Likewise for others convicted and imprisoned for their Christian activities
c. All those detained unjustly will be released
d. All officials involved will love mercy, act justly, learn about Jesus and choose to follow Him.
Open sources used: Elam
URL of this prayer request: http://www.meconcern.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=551:iran-pastor-serving-six-year-prison-sentence&catid=7:prayer-requests&Itemid=12
(CBN) 03 April 2013 - The family of an imprisoned Iranian Christian leader has been safely evacuated from Iran. Just a few weeks ago the family of Pastor Farshid Fathi secretly escaped to Canada.
Pastor Farshid is serving a six-year sentence in Evin Prison, Iran's most notorious prison known for brutal treatment and even torture. His crime? Being a Christian evangelist.
CBN News has reported on several pastors who are imprisoned there, the most recent beingPastor Saeed Abedini.
When Farshid was first arrested in 2010, he was held in solitary confinement for more than 100 days. He's now been separated from his family and loved ones for over two years.
Farshid Fathi, who was arrested in December 2010 for his Christian faith. A court sentenced Farshid to 6 years in prison. Very impressed by Farshid and his other Christian friend, Fariborz Azarm's kind and selfless service to fellow prisoners, Dr. Khazali, expresses disgust at the notion of condemning someone to imprisonment because of his Christian faith and possession of the Holy Bible.