Siamak grew up in a city in Iran with a population just under a million. He speaks the local language of his area as well as the national language, Farsi. He was raised in a typical Muslim family. His father attended Mosque once a week. Then, when he was 23, Siamak came to faith in Christ. His heart was passionate for knowing God. He devoured the Word, reading through the New Testament many times in the first months after he found a Bible. He is a gifted evangelist and shares the gospel with all of his friends–even traveling to smaller cities and villages nearby to do the same.
Although Siamak was kind and gentle, it didn’t take long for the wrong people to get upset. The police questioned him many times. Siamak was imprisoned for several days, his back beaten with an extension cord. His father disowned him, and with nowhere to live he bounced from couch to couch, staying in a different house every day for a month. When his picture was published in the local paper, Siamak was suddenly unwelcome everywhere he went. Under pressure, he left Iran but continues to stand for Christ. Siamak is now seeking UN refugee status.
“Do not be afraid of what you are about to suffer. I tell you, the devil will put some of you in prison to test you, and you will suffer persecution for ten days. Be faithful, even to the point of death, AND I WILL GIVE YOU THE CROWN OF LIFE.”
–Revelation 2:10, NIV
Please pray for Siamak, asking God to make his path clear and the Holy Spirit to be his Comforter.
Pray for the many believers in similar situations. Ask God to give them continuing opportunities to share the gospel with those who have never heard and the grace to stand strong under persecution.
Ask God to help believers find ways to stay in Iran. They need protection from the authorities and jobs in order to provide for themselves.