By Faith McDonnell, Juicy Ecumenism blog
For your ongoing prayers and intercession for persecuted Christians around the world, we bring you this news from our friends at Middle East Concern (MEC). MEC is “an association of established Christian agencies and individuals advocating the human rights of the Christian communities in the Middle East and North Africa, within the general human rights context in the region.”
Iranian Christians thank us for our ongoing prayers for believers in prison in their country. They rejoice that Homayoun Shokouhi was granted conditional release on 10th November but request prayer for Masoud Rezai who was summoned on 9th November to serve a five-year sentence.
…Homayoun, his wife Fariba and son Nima were among seven believers arrested in Shiraz on 8th February 2012 when their fellowship meeting was raided. An associate was also arrested at the same time in his home. In June 2012 the eight were found guilty of “attending a house-church, spreading Christianity, having contact with foreign ministries, propaganda against the regime and disrupting national security.” Homayoun and three others were sentenced to 3 years and 8 months’ imprisonment. One of these others, Mohammad-Reza, was released conditionally on 18th May 2014.