map_of_iranFarsi-speaking churches are under attack.  We’ve been hearing reports of pastors in Iran being arrested or detained without charges.  Some have been released, others given court dates (charged with apostasy from Islam – a capital offense), and the fate of others is still unknown. Although Christians are always under threat in Iran, there has been a more systematic persecution over the last 6 months to a year.  Today we also heard news of Iranian and Afghan pastors in Scandinavia receiving threats.  Please pray for the Farsi-speaking Church!  Pray for God’s protection, but also the church’s boldness.  God is doing great things among these people.   Please continue to pray!  I was recently reminded of Paul’s words to the church in Thessalonica – a church facing great persecution for the name of Jesus.

We ought always to give thanks to God for you, brothers, as is right, because your faith is growing abundantly, and the love of every one of you for one another is increasing.  Therefore we ourselves boast about you in the churches of God for your steadfastness and faith in all your persecutions and in the afflictions that you are enduring.

2 Thes. 1:3-4 (ESV)

Could we pray that during this period of persecution the faith of the Farsi-speaking church would grow abundantly, and their love increase?

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