6 Nov 2013
IRAN: Update - Pastor Saeed Abedini Transferred to Brutal Prison
Pastor Saeed Abedini, a US citizen imprisoned in Iran because of his Christian faith, has been transferred from Evin Prison to Rajai Shahr Prison in Karaj. It is an even more dangerous prison, where he faces life-threatening conditions and treatment.
According to a release from Jordan Sekulow of the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ), Abedini's family members in Iran say he has been moved from Evin Prison in Tehran to Rajai Shahr Prison in Karaj. It is an even more dangerous prison, where he faces life-threatening conditions and treatment.
A member of Abedini's family in Iran arriving at Evin Prison for a regular weekly visit was told that Abedini has been moved to this prison outside of Tehran - about an hour-and-a-half drive away.
The family member traveled to Rajai Shahr Prison and was told that Abedini is imprisoned there and not allowed any visitors.
Source: Assist News Service
- Ask the Lord to protect Saeed in Rajai Shahr Prison and to keep his mind fixed on Christ.
- Pray that the Lord will be with Saeed's family and comfort them as they are not allowed to visit him.
- Pray that the Gospel will continue to spread in Iran and that the Lord will use Saeed's imprisonment to strengthen the church.
6 Nov 2013
ERITREA: Christian Woman Dies in Jail
An Eritrean Christian woman has become the latest known prisoner of conscience to have died in Eritrea. She was denied access to medical treatment because she refused to denounce her Christian beliefs.
Wehazit Berhane Debesai, who was in her thirties, died during the week of 14 October, of pneumonia following a year of imprisonment in harsh conditions, where she was denied access to medical treatment because she refused to denounce her Christian beliefs.
Debesai had been taking part in national service when she was arrested last year for her involvement in Christian activities outside of the government-sanctioned Orthodox, Catholic and Evangelical Lutheran church groups.
Debesai, who was engaged to be married, was then kept incommunicado in Adi Quala, near the Ethiopian border. Her death coincided with the arrest of around 70 Christians at a prayer gathering in Asmara, the capital.
Source: World Watch Monitor
- Praise God for Debesai's faithfulness; ask the Lord to use her witness to draw people to himself.
- Pray that the Lord will comfort Debesai's family and fiancé in their grief.
- Pray for the 70 Christians recently arrested to remain strong.
6 Nov 2013
PAKISTAN: Punjab Christian Accused of Blasphemy Presently in Hiding
Another blasphemy row has broken out in a Lahore township where Christians fear they may become targets of violence. Adnan Masih, a 25-year-old Christian teacher, has been in hiding since 8 October after being accused of writing blasphemous comments in a book about Islam.
According to an employee of a glass and aluminium business, the book was left in the shop where Adnan's brother also happens to work. Consequently, the shop owner, Mushtaq Masih, was immediately taken into custody in Adnan's place. In addition, the brother and uncle of the accused are being held illegally for the same reason.
Christians residing in this area of Lahore, known as Bahadar Pura Bahar colony, say they fear a repeat of the devastating riot that took place in Joseph Colony during March of this year. Local police have been urged by Release partners to implement security measures in order to protect Christians and avoid any further outbreak of unnecessary violence
Source: Release Partners
- Pray for God's peace and protection over the Christian families in Lahore.
- Ask Him to intervene on behalf of those who are being unjustly detained.
- Pray that the accusers discover the truth of the Gospel for themselves.