Open Doors- Iran


Since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you and asking God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all spiritual wisdom and understanding.Colossians 1:9 [NIV]

Iran – Middle East

In December 1993, an Islamic judge in north of Iran condemned a zealous Christian convert from Islam, Mehdi Dibaj, to death. His crime was apostasy. Dibaj had already served ten years in prison.

Bishop Haik Hovsepian, the leader of Evangelical Christians in Iran, launched an international campaign for Dibaj’s sentence to be overturned. Haik’s campaign was successful, and Dibaj was released only a few days before his execution date.

However, in January 1994, Bishop Haik Hovsepian disappeared. 12 day later his body was found, it had been stabbed 26 times.

Since then several other Christians have been brutally tortured and put to death. Today, Iran is a theocratic republic of 69 million people. Many Christians are trying to leave the country because of local community pressure. They lose their jobs, cannot have higher education, cannot get married, and face persecution of many kinds. The government uses this pressure to weaken the Church which has existed in Iran since biblical times.

Please pray…

  • For Micah, an Iranian believer. Please pray for his well being and that of his family. He has already spent time in prison but now faces another trial and an uncertain future.
  • For the leaders of house churches and cellgroups who have great responsibility but are often new converts themselves with little experience.
  • For all the people who are involved in literature distribution and seek to overcome huge risks to ensure others can read the Word of God.

Thank you for praying with us.

Communications Team


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