An Iranian pastor back in prison is looking forward to being
released and returning to his family. But as one ministry points
out, he's not the only one facing persecution in that country.
Youcef Nadarkhani had been under the death penalty for
converting to Islam, although he maintained he was never Muslim in
the first place. After intense international pressure, the charge
was reduced, and he was released September 8.
Now, Jason DeMars of Present Truth
Ministries (PTM) tells OneNewsNow he has been taken back to
"Youcef Nadarkhani was arrested on Christmas Day. He was brought
to Lakan Prison, where he was before, and they're telling him that
he must serve the remaining 45 days of his prison sentence of what
he was sentenced to for three years for evangelism," DeMars
Authorities claim Nadarkhani was released from prison too early.
But DeMars believes he will be released before the 45 days is up,
"unless he is charged with something else."
Another jailed pastor is Behnam Irani.
"He's still sick. His skin is a yellowish color. His
faith is strong," the PTM spokesman details. "His body is weak, but
God has preserved him; God has kept him. Really, with what he's
been suffering from, it's a miracle that he's alive to this day.
So, that's nothing but God's grace and the prayer of believers
around the world."
DeMars encourages continued prayer for both pastors and
maintaining international pressure for their release.