Three pastors have been called to report to prison in Shiraz within the next 20 days: Parviz Khalaj, Mohammed “William” Belyad, and Behrouz Sadegh Khandjani. Parviz has two convictions for crimes against the order and is to serve two years. William Belyad was previously convicted of crimes against the order and sentenced to 5 years in prison. He will serve a total of 6 years. Behrouz is expected to serve one year in prison.
Each of these brothers has a family that will need our prayers as well. Parviz is married to Elahe and they have a 10 year old son named Samuel. William is married to Nazly and they have a one month old son named Ariel. Behrouz is married to Miriam and they have a 7 year old daughter named Esperance.
Please pray that God makes a way of escape for them so that they can continue in the ministry.
Based upon past experience Christmas is a time of increased persecution in Iran. I ask that as you prepare for the Christmas season you remember our Iranian brothers and sisters in prayer.