Believers Flee Iran – Help Youcef

Voice of the Martyrs has been kind enough to post a Prisoner Alert for brother Youcef. We can now go to the link below and send a message of protest to Iranian officials, as well as write an encouraging letter to Youcef. Please do so with haste as there is not much time left.

http://www.prisoneralert.com/pprofiles/vp_prisoner_206_profile.html?_nc=a6a139416125b06a8865823dec54e718

You can also contact the following by email or Fax the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Republic,  Ayatollah Sayed Ali Khamenei, + 98 21 774 2228;  the President Dr. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Fax: + 98 21 649 5880, and the Minister of Foreign Affairs,  Mr. Manouchehr Mottaki, Fax: + 98 21 390 1999, requesting the release and remission of all charges against Pastors Youcef Nadarkhani, Behrouz Sadegh-Khandjan, and other Christians and prisoners of conscience in Iran.

Amin Pishkar

Brother Amin Pishkar was able to flee the country over the weekend. The Iranian government allowed him to leave, and he is able to avoid his one year sentence to prison. Also, leaving with him was Hamed Pishkar, Amin’s brother, and Hamad’s wife and daughter. Earlier this year Hamed was also arrested and released on bail.

Brother Davoud, an evangelist arrested in January 2010 and released on bail in February, has also fled the country with his daughter and pregnant wife. They are now in Turkey. There are two other families that have fled Iran as well.

God is opening doors for ministry to the Iranian refugees in Turkey, but the situation is difficult. In Turkey refugees are not legally allowed to work. Though many work “off the books,” they are frequently mistreated at their jobs and they are almost never paid a fair wage. “But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:19

Pray for the believers inside Iran, that their faith would not fail them. Pray that they remain strong and courageous, and that if they must flee, they would do so under the leadership, wisdom, and peace of the Holy Spirit. “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Matthew 10:28

For all of us it is very important to put Jesus Christ first before our lives, our family, our work, our finances, and everything. If we do not count all things as loss, we are not truly following Christ Jesus. “Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ, And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith.” Philippians 3:8-9 Paul speaks not from the comfort of a palace or a beautiful home, but from a jail cell in Rome. He had lost everything for Jesus Christ and he counted all those things as dung compared to knowing Jesus Christ. We, as Christians, must do the same. Even in the mundane, every day, ordinary life we must count everything as loss that we may win Christ.

Jason DeMars

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  • APPEAL TO UN AND HUMAN RIGHTS,

    Everybody of you got the opportunity now, to help the “family members from King of Kings”. It’s very easy, as you only need to copy and submit. Please foward the following “request” and the instrucitons to forward the letter.Thank you and God bless you.

    Dear ladies and gentlemen of the UN and Human Rights, November, 2010

    we simply request you to pay attention to the matter of any other religion than Muslim in Iran, to the Minorities of religion. As any other country even financial support building Mosques in their countries and give them the right to practice their faith, how can it be right that as Minorities of religion want to assemble together and do no harm, they have to be sentenced to death for and tortured and imprisoned for in a land that only take religious freedom in other countries, like Iran? Rights groups have suggested that the crackdown against non-Muslim religious minorities in Iran is likely related to the disputed June 2009 elections. After last year’s election, government forces have cracked down on various citizen groups.

    Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei warned in his speech in Qom, second Holy City, on October 19th 2010 against minorities of religion in many ways as he says “they threaten Islamic faith and deceive young Muslims. Is he simply setting up internal enemies in order to distract citizens from economic problems? It is well known that after those speeches have wide ranging effect on the security services and the religious police as they take measures against the excesses that Khamenei warm up against.

    “This pattern of arrest and harassment of religious minorities, coupled with increasing inflammatory rhetoric from President Ahmadinejad and other leaders has not been seen since in the early years of the Iranian revolution,” Leo remarked from an U.S government body in charge of monitoring religious freedom in the world. He is pointing to demand to release Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani who is in prison for the “Crime” of apostasy and sentenced to death now by hanging. This written verdict was delivered November 12, 2010 while he is in Security Prison in Lakan, Iran. Behrouz Sadegh Khandjani is in Security prison in Shiraz, Plate 100, Iran. In his case no written verdict and both are not allowed to have any contact, not even to their lawyer or family.

    The non-partisan commission noted that past experiences with Iran have shown that pressure from the international community can influence the fate of prisoners.
    “This case is further evidence that there is no transparency or justice in Iran’s so-called legal system for religious minorities,” remarked USCIRF Chair Leonard Leo. “Time is of the essence here. This man’s life is at stake. We call upon our government and the international community to press for his release and ensure that Iran takes no extreme action in this case or in others like it.”

    The release of the 2010 International Religious Freedom Report, November 17, 2010 from Hillary Rodham Clinton says: “Obviously, we, like every country, must be vigilant in protecting the rights of religious minorities and building a society in which people of all faiths and people of no faith can live together openly and peacefully.” During the past year, al-Qaida issued calls for further violence against religious minorities in the Middle East. Sufi, Shia, and Ahmadiyya holy sites in Pakistan have been attacked.

    We don’t want to go on and on, but humbly ask: “Would you be so kind, please, and pay Attention to these matters immediately?” … knowing the written verdict of sentenced to death by hanging for apostasy for Youcef Nadarkhani is already delivered and count down is almost counted down in his case, never the less we don’t believe Behrouz Sadegh Khandjani is in any better positon, as nobody is allowed to get in contact with him, neither to Youcef Nadarkhani since a few weeks.

    Online Petition at: http://www.petitiononline.com/IRANPET/petition.html

    Thank you so much and God bless you.

    INSTRUCTION:
    Simply open an E-Mail, copy the Text into it, go to adressfield in your E-Mail, click on “Bcc” which is very important (that’s the only way people are unable to see, where else you forwarded the Mail to), fit in all the copied E-Mail-Adresses, that you all in One are able to copy and fill in Bcc, and submit.

    webmaster@unog.ch; nationalinstitutions@ohchr.org; gmagazzeni@ohchr.org; InfoDesk@ohchr.org; dexrel@ohchr.org; Press-Info@ohchr.org; unat@un.org; iran@un.int; http://www.unric.org/nl/; http://www.un.org/en/rights/; protocol@unog.ch; canada@un.int; prmny@international.gc.ca; safia.morsly-fikai@international.gc.ca; nycmis@um.dk; paris@hrw.org; Eleanor.Hevey@hrw.org; hrwpress@hrw.org

    These are Homepages below, simply open ’em, fill in the required fields and the copied English Message and press “Submit”.

    http://archive.usun.state.gov/Issues/Contact2.html
    http://israel-un.mfa.gov.il/contact-us

    This way we are able to contribute “good”, though the situation in Iran got a possibility to get a “fundamentally” change and a foundation for persecuted Christians is laid to be able to, at least, leave the country in peace.

    God may richly bless you and thank you a lot

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