Pastor Farshid Fathi’s six-year sentence for “political offenses”

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Pastor Farshid Fathi @ Elam Ministries

Iran’s Revolutionary Court recently upheld Pastor Farshid Fathi’s six-year sentence for “political offenses,” forcing him to complete a prison term that began more than 18 months ago. Farshid was arrested in December 2010 for his Christian work, but authorities continue to cast his activities as political offenses. He has become much beloved among inmates in Tehran’s Evin prison, according to Elam Ministries.

“This move once again displays great injustice towards Christians in Iran,” Reverend Sam Yeghnazar of Elam Ministries wrote. “However, Farshid is a man after God’s own heart, and God will be faithful to him.”

Farshid’s trial had been repeatedly postponed by judicial authorities until earlier this year. The couple has two children.

According to Elam, Farshid’s lawyer was denied full access to the case until a few days before trial. Farshid was convicted for allegedly being the chief agent of foreign organization in Iran and for administering funds for foreign organizations, a charge often used to arrest and convict Christians.

Elam, a ministry founded by Iranian church leaders in 1988 to serve the growing Iranian church, reports that Farshid has ministered to others in the prison. The son of a Muslim religious leader publicly commented on Farshid’s sweet nature in a YouTube video.

Pray for Farshid’s endurance as he continues to bring light to those in Evin prison during the remainder of his sentence. Continue to pray for his early release and that his testimony will encourage other Christians throughout Iran.

Reprinted with Permission by Voice of the Martyrs

The Voice of the Martyrs is a non-profit, inter-denominational Christian organization dedicated to assisting the persecuted church worldwide. VOM was founded in 1967 by Pastor Richard Wurmbrand, who was imprisoned 14 years in Communist Romania for his faith in Christ. His wife, Sabina, was imprisoned for three years. In the 1960s, Richard, Sabina, and their son, Mihai, were ransomed out of Romania and came to the United States. Through their travels, the Wurmbrands spread the message of the atrocities that Christians face in restricted nations, while establishing a network of offices dedicated to assisting the persecuted church.

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