Ethnic Persians are by definition Muslim, so ethnic Christian converts are considered apostates. Almost all Christian activity is illegal – from evangelism to Bible training to publishing Christian books. Many church services are monitored by the secret police. The governor of Tehran has criticized Christian evangelicalism as a ‘corrupt and deviant movement’ and ‘a cultural invasion of the enemy’. More than 200 Christians were arrested in 2011.
- Thank God that despite the regime’s harsh treatment of Christians, the church is growing
- For strength for Muslim-background believers who have been arrested, jailed and beaten
- For justice and release for Christian prisoners.