Religious freedom charity Middle East Concern (MEC) says it’s thanking God following the release of Maryam Naghash Zargaran from prison, who served a full four-year sentence, which began in July 2013.
Maryam was charged with “acting against national security,” for her work in an orphanage with a former Christian prisoner Saeed Abedini.
During her time in prison, she went on hunger strike as a statement to the authorities who would not permit her medical treatment. Maryam is a victim of heart disease and is said to be suffering from depression due to the harsh prison conditions, according to MEC.
The charity is calling on Christians to pray for Maryam. In a statement, it said: “[Pray] that the Lord will strengthen Maryam mentally and physically, that Maryam will receive the medical attention she needs. For a joyful reunion with family, and that Maryam will adjust well to ordinary life after her long prison sentence. Pray that those responsible for the persecution of Christians in Iran will love mercy, act justly, learn about Jesus and choose to follow Him.”
Iran ranks 9 on the Open Doors World Watch List which measures persecution against Christians, whilst the act of converting from Islam is punishable by death.
Author: Damilola Bolaji
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