Pray for Marzieh and Maryam who were jailed on accepting Christianity in Iran: ICC
21 Apr 2009
Would you take a moment to join us in prayer for the safety and protection of two formerly Muslim women who recently became Christians? These two Christian women live in Iran:
Marzieh Amairizadeh Esmaeilabad, 30, and Maryam Rustampoor, 27, were imprisoned by Iranian officials on March 5 and incarcerated in the infamous Evin prison. Inmates at this prison are tortured and face other forms of mistreatment. The two women were imprisoned because they were practicing their Christian faith, but Iranian officials allege that they were involved in 'anti-government activities.'
Iranian officials asked the women to post bail at the staggering amount of $400,000 in order to be released, but when Marzieh's sisters tried to pay the bail fee, the government officials refused to accept it. This makes it clear that the Iranian officials are determined to severely punish our Christian sisters.
Both women are allowed just a one minute telephone call every day to their immediate families. Both are unwell and in need of urgent medical attention. During their last call on March 28, Marzieh said that she was suffering from an infection and a high fever. She said 'I am dying.'
Please pray that both women will be released from prison.
Pray that the Holy Spirit would give them strength and comfort in the face of torture and other mistreatment that they experience.
Pray that the Lord would give strength to their families.
We also would like to let you know that God has answered your prayers for the four believers who had been detained in Libya. The four Christians were freed on April 13. Thank you so much for praying, and please continue praying for their safety and strength.
Sincerely in Christ,
International Christian Concern