Impact Iran | 27-10-2023

Tears, joy and gratitude – Sara and Homayoun from Iran have a message for you


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Many of you prayed for Sara and Homayoun from Iran, who were released from prison earlier this year. Both Christian converts, they were arrested for belonging to a house church and have been held in prison since August 2022. Homayoun is particularly vulnerable, as he has Parkinson's. Through our friends at Article 18, Sara wanted to show their immense appreciation for all your prayers with this message…
“As we were sent to prison, one thing calmed my soul in this stormy and noisy moment and propelled me towards peace and joy. In one moment, the Spirit of God reminded us of everything that He taught us since before our arrest in 2019 until that very moment.

“As soon as I remembered all of this, I wiped my tears from my face and told Homayoun not to worry, that God was with us and that we would be acquitted and released soon. I said we would only have to be there for a while and must do God's will among the people we were sent to be in their midst, and that Jesus was alive and would fulfil His promise to us even in the valley of the shadow of death.

“Even though this was a difficult experience, I am very happy and thankful to God for allowing us to have experienced it. I learned so many lessons that I could not have learned anywhere else. Certainly, it has been very effective in the development of my personal faith in Jesus, and His saving work. It has made me more determined than before in my spiritual life.”

Give thanks for this encouraging testimony! Please continue to pray for the couple as they readjust to daily life, particularly in light of Homayoun suffering with Parkinson’s disease. And please keep praying for your Iranian brothers and sisters still serving sentences today. Thank you!

Information in this article, and the picture of the couple, come from Article 18.
please pray
  • Praise God that Homayoun and Sara have been acquitted and released, and pray that other imprisoned Christians will also be released
  • For healing and God’s mercy as these believers recover from the trauma of their experiences in prison
  • That Iranian Christian communities would receive abundant love, wisdom, unity and power from God.
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