Michael H. Posner, the Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor in the State Department testified before Congress July 27, 2011 in regards to human rights abuses in Syria and Iran. You can see the article and watch a video in its entirety here.
The article states, “On May 1, the Revolutionary Court in the northern city of Bandar Anzali tried 11 members of the Church of Iran, including Pastor Abdolreza Ali-Haghnejad and Zainab Bahremend, the 62-year-old grandmother of two other defendants, on charges of “acting against national security.” This month, Iranian courts ruled that Christian pastor Youcef Nadarkhani must recant his Christian faith or face the death penalty for apostasy.”
We are glad that the State Department is making an effort to stand for Christians under persecution in Iran. Our desperate plea is that you continue to pray for the power, peace and joy of God to overcome all fears in the hearts of Iranian Christians, pray specifically for brother Youcef and brother Abdolreza that are mentioned here. But pray for the other believers to experience God’s love, power, peace and joy in ways they have never done so before.
You can also write a letter to Youcef by using a great service that Voice of the Martyrs provides called Prisoner Alert. Please write him a letter and remember him daily in prayer before God.