According to the constitution of Iran its citizens are given freedom for religious practice. Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani attempted to exercise his freedom of religion when school officials tried to enforced a government policy that required that all children study the Quran in school. As a result of his protest, the secret police demanded that pastor Youcef Nadarkhani appear before a political tribunal. He was arrested and was later charged with apostasy and evangelism of Muslims.
Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani was tried on September 21, 2010 and was condemned to dead on November 13 for apostasy. Currently our brother in Christ is in jail were the authorities have tried every trick in the book, to include torture, medication, etc, in order to convert him back to Islam.
Since they were not able to convert him back to Islam, the authorities retaliated by arresting brother Youcef Nadarkhani’s wife, by putting her on trial without an attorney present, and sentenced our sister in Christ to life in prison. By the mercy of God, she was later released from prison after winning an appeal.
The authorities have not executed our brother Youcef Nadarkhani yet. While we are thankful that he is still alive, we know that he is still suffering tremendously at the hands of those who have unjustly put him in prison.
Let us pray that the Holy Spirit of God will descend upon our brother pastor Youcef Nadarkhani, and that his heart will be filled with an immeasurable courage and strength. That as he endures this unjust punishment from his torturers, his unwavering love for Christ will serve as a powerful evangelism tool like no other. Let us also pray for his family and for their safety. Finally Lord, we pray for the release of our brother. That as we join together in prayer, the shackles that blind those who have unjustly persecuted him will be removed from their hearts, and that compassion may move them to release our brother so he can be reunited with his family. Sacred Heart of Jesus, have mercy on our brother and on his family. In Christ we pray. Amen.