Persecution Update, July 2017: Iran

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The Islamic Republic of Iran is among the top 10 worst countries for persecuting Christians. Despite that fact, the Gospel is powerfully at work in that country, especially among younger Iranians. There are now an estimated one million evangelical believers, but scores of these Christians have been imprisoned for their faith and subjected to very harsh conditions. Maryam Naghash Zargaran, a single woman in her late 30s, converted to Christ out of Islam. In 2013 she was arrested because of her ministry among orphans and falsely charged with endangering national security. Maryam has a serious heart condition along with other serious health issues. Iranian authorities grudgingly allowed her to be hospitalized in 2016, but her health continues to deteriorate. Though she was due to be released later this year, the government extended her sentence because of her time in the hospital. Please intercede for Maryam, asking the Lord for a special sense of His presence as she endures suffering for Christ’s sake.  

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