A pastor remains behind bars in Iran, and he desperately needs
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.
"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
"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
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
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.
An annual day of prayer for the persecuted Church is coming up
this weekend in the U.S.