Group of school children walking towards the Naqsh-e Jahan square in Isfahan
Friends of Yousef Nadarkhani – a pastor previously sentenced to death for apostasy and presently in Evin prison due to his Christian faith – and his wife Tina Pasandideh request prayer for their sons’ educational situation.
Daniel (17) and Yoel (15) are presently unable to receive high school diplomas as the state refuses to recognise them as Christian, despite their parents being well-known converts, and insists that they complete Islamic education. This is a source of anxiety for their parents, Tina and Yousef, but it is also a common challenge for all convert families in Iran.
In 2009, Yousef protested a change in Iranian educational policy that required all students, including his children, to take a course in Quran study in school. That led to him being charged with apostasy and evangelism and receiving a death sentence. However, in 2012 he was acquitted of apostasy and released after having served three years in prison for conducting evangelism.
In May 2016, Yousef was re-arrested, with Tina and three other converts (Yaser Mosibzadeh, Zaman (Saheb) Fadaie and Mohammadreza Omidi) when security forces raided a house gathering of the “Church of Iran” in Rasht. In 2017 Yousef as well as the other three men were each sentenced to 10-year prison sentences for “acting against the national security through propagating house churches and promoting Zionist Christianity” and they are presently serving their sentences in Evin prison, Tehran.
It is reported that Yousef is very concerned about his sons’ lack of educational possibilities and friends request prayer that:
- A solution will be found for Daniel and Yoel so that they will be able to complete their education
- The Iranian authorities will not oblige the children of converts to participate in Quran classes or Islamic studies at school and respect religious freedom
- The Lord will help Yousef and Tina to cast their cares for their children’s education on the Lord
Source: Middle East Concern
Let Us Bless All Convert Families In Iran By Psalms 112:
Praise the Lord. Blessed are those who fear the Lord, who find great delight in his commands.
Their children will be mighty in the land; the generation of the upright will be blessed.
Wealth and riches are in their houses, and their righteousness endures forever.
Even in darkness light dawns for the upright, for those who are gracious and compassionate and righteous.
Good will come to those who are generous and lend freely, who conduct their affairs with justice.
Surely the righteous will never be shaken; they will be remembered forever.
They will have no fear of bad news; their hearts are steadfast, trusting in the Lord.
Their hearts are secure, they will have no fear; in the end they will look in triumph on their foes.
They have freely scattered their gifts to the poor, their righteousness endures forever; their horn will be lifted high in honor.
The wicked will see and be vexed, they will gnash their teeth and waste away; the longings of the wicked will come to nothing.