Thursday, September 29, 2011

Iranian pastor Youcef Nadarkhani refuses to recant, faces execution

Pastor Youcef and his family. (Photo: Present Truth Ministries)
Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani, an Iranian pastor sentenced to death for apostasy in September 2010, refused to recant his faith during four court hearings held on September 25-28. He now faces an imminent verdict of the death sentence, which is expected to be issued within seven days.

"They probably won't kill him today, but they can do it whenever they want," a source said. "Sometimes in Iran they call the family and deliver the body with the verdict."

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). At the recent hearings, the court in Rasht ruled that Pastor Youcef was not a practicing Muslim before becoming a Christian but that he remains guilty of apostasy because of his Muslim ancestry.

Please pray!
  • Pray for continued strength and grace for Pastor Youcef. 
  • Pray that all charges against him will be dropped. 
  • Pray that Pastor Youcef will rely on the Lord to give him the words to say when he stands before accusing authorities (Matthew 10:19). 
  • Pray that Iranian authorities will act justly in this case.

Please act!
A source in Iran has shared that it is critical for foreign governments to negotiate and engage in diplomacy with Iranian authorities about Nadarkhani's case, adding that Youcef's predicament could be more hopeful if they intervened. Please raise a voice on Pastor Youcef's behalf by writing Canada's Minister of Foreign Affairs, your local MP, and the Iranian embassy. For addresses and a sample letter you can use, click here.

(Sources: Compass Direct, Present Truth Ministries, Christian Solidarity Worldwide).

1 comment:

  1. We are praying Pastor Youcef and his family. God has not forgotten you.

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