An Iranian pastor jailed for his faith faces surgery --
although under less-than-ideal conditions.
Pastor Behnam Irani suffers from a stomach ailment and a
bleeding ulcer, which has caused him to lose consciousness due to
loss of blood. Jason DeMars of Present Truth Ministries explains.
"The family is concerned about the unsanitary conditions in the
prison, as there are many drug dealers and murderers in that
prison. So they have asked that the surgery be performed at a
hospital," says DeMars. "However, that request has been
The surgery will be done in the prison's first aid
station, where prisoners are treated for all sorts of ailments --
including infectious diseases. Afterwards, Irani is likely to be
returned to his cell.
"Pastor Behnam has been in a 12-meter by 12-meter prison cell
with 40 murderers, people convicted of murder -- and of course
Iranian authorities, their desire is for Pastor Behnam to die in
prison," the ministry spokesman comments. "He's seen people killed
around him in the prison."
DeMars believes God has protected the Iranian pastor. He is
calling for prayer for Behnam for successful surgery, for continued
protection, and for release from prison.