Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Prisoner of faith: Vahik Abrahamian

Pastor Vahik Abrahamian
has been imprisoned in
Iran since September 2010.
Pastor Vahik Abrahamian and his wife Sonia Keshish-Avanesian were visiting with friends at their home in Hamadan, west Iran, on September 4, 2010, when the authorities arrived. The four were arrested and taken to the Ministry of Islamic Guidance prison.

For the first 40 days, they were held in solitary confinement and reportedly suffered physical abuse and psychological pressure. They were accused of various offenses, including propagating Christianity, opposing the Islamic Republic of Iran, and having contact with exiled opposition figures. They were later transferred to Iran’s notorious Evin prison in Tehran. They have not yet been charged.

Thankfully, Sonia was released from prison a few weeks ago. At the time, officials told her that her husband would be released 10 days later. Unfortunately, that has not yet happened.

Pastor Vahik was arrested once before, on February 20, 2010, on charges of conducting activities among Muslims. He spent two months in prison before being released on bail. Pastor Vahik has dual citizenship in Iran and the Netherlands, but because of his passion for the Iranian people he chose to live in Iran.

You can write a letter of encouragement to Pastor Vahik as he suffers for righteousness’ sake!

When writing, do not mention The Voice of the Martyrs or the source of your information. It is not dangerous for a prisoner to receive letters from individuals, but if an organization is mentioned they may be accused of having links with “foreign organizations.” Also, be sure to avoid mentioning anything negative about their government.

To compose a letter in Pastor Vahik’s own language, please visit www.PrisonerAlert.com. Click on his profile and then click “Write an encouraging letter.”  For more information on writing letters to prisoners, please visit our website.

Please send your letters to:
Vahik Abrahamian
Evin Prison
Saadat Abad
Tehran
Islamic Republic of Iran

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