Over 70 Christians Arrested in Iran

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Over the past several years God has stirred my heart with a deep love for and desire to intercede for the people of Iran. So I was very saddened to receive the news that 70 Christians in Iran were arrested by the authorities over Christmas. Please read this and share it with others who will pray. Elam Ministries shares the following:

45.jpg"In the early morning hours after Christmas day, the Iranian government arrested 25 Christians in Tehran and other locations. They also planned to detain sixteen others, but were unable to locate them. There are also unconfirmed reports that the authorities have arrested over 50 other Christians. According to BBC Persian, the Governor of Tehran has vowed to arrest more evangelical Christians.

One of those detained was able to make a call to friends from an unknown location on the morning of the arrests, leaving this message -

"Unfortunately early this morning the authorities came to our homes. They arrested us and many other believers. I want to ask you to pray for us. We are sure God will never leave us or forsake us. God bless you. Sorry for giving you bad news over Christmas, but I believe God will do something for us."

Those who received the voice message were impressed by the caller's courage and calmness.

Armed, plain-clothes, special security officers forcefully entered the homes of Christians while they were asleep, and verbally and physically abused them. They were handcuffed and taken for interrogation. Among those arrested were five married couples. One couple was separated from their two-year old baby. Another couple was also forced to leave their baby that the mother was breastfeeding. A number of single young women were also among those taken.

Another sixteen Christians would have been arrested, but were not at home. The security forces broke into at least five such homes, ransacking them, taking personal possessions, changing the locks and placing a government seal on the door. Family members of these Christians have been called by the authorities and threatened and harassed. They were instructed to tell the Christians to surrender themselves.

After many hours of interrogation, eleven of the detained were released. The other fourteen are still in prison. There has been no contact from eight of the arrested. Six have been able to make a very short call to their families. In one of the brief calls, one of the arrested complained that they are being subjected to sleep deprivation.

None of them have been granted any legal representation. No charges have been made, though it is clear that they were arrested for their active Christian faith. There has been a gross lack of due process. The government authorities have not provided any written documents as to the reason for the arrests, any record of the items confiscated, and family members are not allowed to visit the detained.

There is an urgent need for Christians all over the world to intercede for our brothers and sisters in prison in Iran.

Let us pray that they will experience the presence and the power of the Holy Spirit, even in their prison cells. Pray they will have supernatural endurance and courage through this trial, and be shining witnesses to the guards and other inmates. Pray for peace and wisdom when they are being interrogated. Pray for their health. Pray for comfort and confidence for their families. Pray they will soon be released.

Pray for the welfare and protection of those the government is still seeking to arrest. Pray the Lord will guide their every step. Pray for the wider church in Iran to continue faithfully and fearlessly proclaiming the Good News of the Gospel. Pray for those who are working to help the persecuted and their families.

It is comforting to know that our sovereign, omniscient, all-powerful God knows about every single arrest that has been made, and that He will bring glory to His name through this suffering. He will cause this persecution to bring victory for His Kingdom in Iran."


And Assist News Service writes, "It seems that the recent attacks and arrests have become more intense, frequent, and organized in light of the recent speech given by Ayatollah Khamenei, the supreme leader of the Islamic republic of Iran, in the city of Qum on October 19, 2010, in which he publicly, for the first time, warned his followers of the dangers of the rapid growth and expansion of home-based churches, surpassing the dangers of Baha'i and other mystical sects, as the new threat to the Islamic regime."

And the Islam Tribune reports on the story here.

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Thanks for this, Josh. Praying now.

This is just so sad that Iranians authorities can just can arrest their citizens, for what seems like religious persecution.

Folks, if you think this is just Iran, think again. It is in China also. Muslims are not going to Europe and even our United States. Persecution could happen here.

I meant Muslims are now going to Europe and even our United States. Persecution COULD HAPPEN HERE.

This is why religion should have no role in government. Keep the citizens safe, build and keep a wall of separation.

This is heart breaking and I will pray with my family. To respond to Jim H, though, a 'wall of separation' would not have helped these people in Iran. The enemy is of course Satan and he does not care about such walls. Furthermore, in the U.S. the 'wall of separation' was mentioned by Jefferson as a result of the governments taking on a specific christian denomination (baptist, presbyterian, methodist) as the 'state religion' like they had had in England. It was never intended by the founders that "religion" (GOD) would have no part in politics/government. It was assumed as totally natural that He would be a part of everything seeing as He made everything and keeps it all going..... ultimately. To ignore Him altogether as a nation (whether Iran or the US) is a mistake.

Wow there is so much to be said for this arresting.

Speculation. But these authorites might be just flat out affraid because they know they could be exposed for the christian-hounding thieves that they are and arrested themselves too.

it could be as the bible states tribulations are indeed taking place.

while they have no right, they should really have the guts to allow someone to speak the truth of what they are doing. I'll be they don't have any guts, But Josh, God is indeed aware of what is going on and for sure the bible does say they will have to answer to him in the end!!!!!!!!

Thanks for bringing this to my attention, Josh. I'd be grateful for updates as you learn more, and I'll join others in praying for these brothers and sisters.

oh wow. praying! and will repost on my blog and facebook.


Jim H. | January 5, 2011 2:04 AM | Reply

This is why religion should have no role in government. Keep the citizens safe, build and keep a wall of separation.

Jim you are talking about a perfect government that cares for what is best for all its citizens, and protects the rights of all people.

There has never been or never will be a government like that, until Jesus returns.

Thank you so much for sharing this information. As a niece of a martyr from the mid 1990s, I know what it is like to always wonder the state of the person while in captivity and whom they might be sharing the gospel with while being held captive. It is tragic when people are treated so poorly and oppressed simply because of the stance they take. May they be able to all be unharmed and shown compassion from the Lord during this circumstance. May true justice sweep the world.

Wow. I certainly will pray for them. I was born and raised for part of my life in Cuba, so I know a thing or two about persecution. But I also know that all the power belongs to God. He is mighty to save.

Thanks for the info..Prayer is the key

I have been praying... does anyone have any updates?!

I will be praying for you. May God bring a change in Iran, instead of people having to flee.

Any updates on this?...Has all of them been released?

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