Two Simple Steps To Remember & Help Youcef

Imagine yourself in prison for your faith, separated from your family, without a bible. What would you want fellow Christians to do for you?

Thank You For Your Efforts

I would like to thank everyone for their involvement in prayer, support, and taking action to help brother Youcef Nadarkhani. Significant international attention has impacted his case, altering the willingness of the Iranian government to execute him without regard. Make no mistake; since he has been in prison, there have been hundreds of executions that have taken place without notice to attorneys or family.

667 Days In Prison

As of today’s date, Wednesday August 10th, brother Youcef has been in prison for 667 days. His case is awaiting re-examination by the local court, which could take place toward the end of September. The focus this time regards to whether he was a practicing Muslim from ages 15 to 19, prior to his acceptance of Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. The truth is he was not, but, as is often the case, the Iranian authorities are not concerned with truth.

We need to pray that God would move upon the hearts involved in this case; change them, mold them to think, feel, and act as He designs. This is a spiritual battle and Youcef needs us to engage in this battle with him. Together, as believers in the Lord Jesus Christ, we can fight against the spiritual enemy of our souls. How do we fight against this enemy? We do so by prayer. We pray scripture over the situation (ie-“Let God arise, let his enemies be scattered” Psalm 68:1), we rebuke the enemy, and we pray for the spiritual strength of Youcef, Tina, Daniel, and Yoel. Don’t forget that there are believers in Iran that are affected by not having their pastor with them. They need our prayer as well.

Don’t Delay – Take Action To Help Youcef Now!

Hebrews 13:3 calls us to remember those in prison as though we were in prison with them. Then, in Matthew 25:36, we are told that when we visit those in prison we are visiting Christ. In this case, we cannot visit him in prison, but we certainly can take action to help him.

You can write him a letter by going to http://prisoneralert.com and following the instructions. [Note: do NOT send money or gifts as it will be confiscated by Iranian authorities. Do not mention a name or organization through whom you heard about this. Do not say anything disparaging about the Iranian government]

You can also contact the Iranian ambassador in your country. Here are links and instructions.

Use your own words, but we recommend you state something like this:

“We have heard that an Iranian citizen, Youcef Nadarkhani, from Rasht, Iran has been sentenced to death for apostasy. First, it is my understanding that there are no laws in Iran that criminalize apostasy and since Iran has signed international human rights treaties this should not be happening. Second, we understand that he was not a practicing Muslim after the age of accountability. Based upon this, we request his safe release from the Lakan Prison. Please pass word on to your Foreign Minister. Sincerely,”

To remember the imprisoned as though we were imprisoned with them is not simply a nice thing to consider. It is a command to us in Hebrews 13:3. Remember Youcef and his family in prayer, write him a letter, and reach out to Iranian ambassadors requesting his release. Time is short for him and we need to act now to continue the pressure.

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Jason DeMars

Brother Jason DeMars, is an author, preacher and a missionary that plants churches in the Middle East. He travels extensively to the Middle East, but resides full time in Crystal, Minnesota where he lives with his with Amy and two daughters, Avery and Mina.
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