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Compass Direct News reports that apart from coordinated and intense international pressure, it is likely that the Iranian government will soon ratify a bill that will make “apostasy” for leaving Islam, a capital crime. On Sept. 9th the parliament approved the bill by a 196-7 vote calling for a mandatory death sentence for apostates. The world’s focus on Iran’s nuclear activities has provided cover for many deliberate human rights violations, even hiding this article in a 113-page penal code from some of the reformers in parliament. We have been urged to contact our representatives in our respective governments to protest, as some believe this bill is the act of a government desperately trying to hang on to power. The current regime is tightening control over its peoples lives as much as possible, which has been interpreted as the sign of a weakening regime.
Please contact your state representatives in Congress to request pressure be placed squarely upon the Iranian government to reject this bill.
Pray for the acquittal of two believers, Mahmoud Azad and Arash Basirat, who were charged with apostasy this summer and await a court date.
Pray that the Iranian Church would stand unconquerable in Him, revealing the vast difference between Jesus Christ and Allah.
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This is the prayer request for May 16 from Partners International’s prayer calendar:  “Pray for needy Iranian recipients of food staples given through Harvest of Hope Gift Catalog to come to faith in Christ or be strengthened in their faith.  Some recipients are believers, some are not yet.” 

To access the calendar online, click here, or, to receive the free calendar in the mail, click here to create an account with Partners International. 

In 1979 when the Ayatollah Khomeini led the Islamic Revolution, there were only about 500 known Muslim converts to Christianity. Today, interviews with two dozen Iranian pastors and church leaders reveals that there are well over 1 million Shia Muslim converts to Christianity.

To view this article in it’s original format visit: http://www.asiaharvest.org/

From Partners International CEO Jon Lewis:

“What’s the first thought that comes to your mind when you think of the country of Iran? Let me guess:
  • Bold ayatollahs flinging out inflammatory political statements
  • Shiite extremists fueling fanatic fundamentalist causes
  • Secret nuclear weapons projects threatening world peace

How about a quiet Christian house-church movement that is steadily growing even in the face of tremendous opposition? That is exactly what I’ve discovered the last couple of days.”

To read about Lewis’ trip to Iran, including a few amazing stories of believers he met there, visit http://www.partnersintl.org/tripreports/report.php?id=277