Friday, September 23, 2011

First hearing scheduled for Iranian pastor Youcef Nardarkhani

Please pray for Youcef Nardarkhani!
(Photo: Present Truth Ministries)
The first hearing for Youcef Nardarkhani, an Iranian pastor who received a death sentence for apostasy, has been scheduled for September 25, reports Middle East Concern.

In July, the Supreme Court instructed the Revolutionary Tribunal of Gilan Province to review Youcef's case to verify whether he was previously a practicing Muslim (for more information, click here). Youcef claims that, although raised in a Muslim home, he was never a Muslim by choice, conviction, belief or consistent practice, and that he should therefore not be regarded as an apostate.

If the Tribunal concludes that Youcef was previously a Muslim and so is now an apostate, the Supreme Court's ruling makes clear that he should then be executed unless he recants his faith in Jesus as Saviour and Lord.

You can help by praying!
  • Pray that Youcef will not be declared an apostate.
  • Pray that he will remain firm in his faith and know the presence and peace of Jesus each day.
  • Pray that his wife, Fatemeh, and their two sons will know the comfort and hope of Jesus, and that the family will be reunited soon.
  • Pray that all officials involved will act justly in this case.

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