Friday, September 2, 2011

Vahik Abrahamian released from prison in Iran!

Pastor Vahik has been released!
(Photo: Middle East Concern)
Pastor Vahik Abrahamian, a 45-year-old Armenian Christian, was released from prison on the morning of August 29, reports Farsi Christian News Network.

Pastor Vahik and his wife, Sonia Keshish Avanesian, were arrested in Hamedan along with another Christian couple in September 2010.

Sonia and the other couple were released from prison in April 2011. Officials told Sonia they would release her husband 10 days later, but Vahik continued to be detained at Iran's notorious Evin prison in Tehran.

The couples had been accused of various offences, including propagating Christianity, opposing the Islamic Republic of Iran, and having contact with exiled opposition figures (for more information, click here).

During his one year imprisonment, Pastor Vahik suffered from poor health and the prison's deplorable conditions.

A member of Pastor Vahik's family has shared that the whole family is "rejoicing" and "expressed their gratitude first to God for His gracious protection and intervention and secondly to the Christian family worldwide who have not ceased praying and advocating on their behalf."

For the full report, click here.

Thank the Lord for this wonderful answer to prayer! 
  • Ask the Lord to give Vahik and Sonia the grace and strength they need to overcome this trial. 
  • Pray also for their protection. 
  • Pray this news will serve as an encouragement to all Christian believers in Iran.

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