Iran has been in our news lately. Sadly, Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old Kurdish Iranian woman died mid-September while under arrest for not wearing the hijab in accordance with government standards. Witnesses reported Amini was beaten, and died as a result of police brutality. You may have seen how Amini’s death sparked protests in Iran and around the world. As acts of defiance, women have removed their hijab or cut their hair. The Iranian authorities have responded to the protests with increasing restrictions and violence.
The Iranian Church which meets in our church is very distressed by these events. Many of these people have fled their country because of difficulty. But their families and communities are still in Iran. They have mothers, wives, daughters deeply affected. In addition to this, Iran is the 9th most dangerous place in the world to be a Christian.
The Iranian Church are inviting you to join them in prayer for their nation. There is a Prayer Night, Saturday November 26, 6 – 9pm at Unley Park Baptist. For those attending please register here or scan the QR code, as there will be a light meal following the prayer service. For those unable to attend, pray with our Iranian sisters and brothers.
- Pray for women, who have little legal protection. Pray Amini’s tragic death and ongoing protests might lead to real change where women are protected and have increasing rights and liberty.
- Pray President Raisi will honour the rights and contributions of Iran’s religious minorities.
- Pray God will help the authorities see Christians aren’t a threat, but a valuable part of society.
- Pray house churches will continue to powerfully equip believers to serve Jesus.