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Prayer for today:
The wife of an Iranian pastor serving a ten-year prison sentence has herself been given a five-year sentence. Shamiram Isavi Khabizeh was sentenced on 6 January for “acting against national security and against the regime by organising small groups, attending a seminary abroad and training church leaders and pastors to act as spies.” Her husband, Victor Bet Tamraz, was found guilty of similar charges and their son has also been accused. Allegations of this nature are often made against Iranian Christians who are simply engaging in ministry, especially if they have links with Christians outside the country. Pray for Shamiram and Victor as they endure incarceration in Iran’s notorious prison system, that they will be strong and take heart because of their hope in the Lord (Psalm 31:24) and that their bold witness to Christ will draw those they meet in prison to faith in Him.