Remember the persecuted in Iran

Monday, November 26, 2012
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A pastor remains behind bars in Iran, and he desperately needs medical attention.

Behnam Irani was sentenced to five years in prison for the crime of becoming a Christian. But Jason DeMars of Present Truth Ministries tells OneNewsNow his real crime was his effectiveness as a pastor.

DeMars, Jason (Present Truth Ministries)"He desires to continue walking with God and [be] all that he can be, and [serve] Him right where he is, right there in prison, with all his heart," DeMars asserts. "However, he is feeling sick. His skin is sort of a yellowish color, and his family is quite concerned about his health."

In August, Irani was taken to the prison's first-aid station for surgery on a bleeding ulcer in his stomach. But prison officials have since done nothing to help improve his health.

"They'd love for him to die and have his ministry and his impact that he's had there in that country to be gone," the PTM spokesman laments.

But the pastor is not the only Christian stuck behind bars.

"There are six Christians from Shiraz that have been in prison, and they have had their bail set," DeMars reports. But family members so far have been unable to raise the bail, as the amount is usually high.

Bearing in mind the experience of Youcef Nadarkhani, who was under the death penalty but released after three years due to international pressure, DeMars asks that Christians in the U.S. not forget the plight of Christians in Iran.

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