Remembering the Martyrs

November 12, 2018


It is Veteran's Day in America, and as we take time to reflect on those who served this country and risked their lives in the name of freedom, we thought it appropriate to take this week to bring to remembrance those Christian leaders in Iran who lost their lives for the sake of the Gospel.


According to Sharia Law, the penalty for "apostasy" or converting to Christianity is death for men and life in prison for women. Every house church in Iran operates under the shadow of death. We must pray for those dear Iranians who are imprisoned for their faith and also for those who have had a loved one executed for their faith in Christ. 


Elam Ministries, a world-renown Iranian training and church planting ministry published the names of several Martyrs who faithfully served Jesus Christ in Iran. 


Here we take a moment to remember their legacy and pray for those affected by these tragic deaths. It is unclear who is responsible for the deaths of many of these leaders, but their legacy will live on. 


Rev. Arastoo Sayyah 

-Priest of an Anglican church in Shiraz 

-Throat slit in February 1980 


Bahram Dehghani

-Son of Anglican Bishop 

-Shot dead May 1980 


Rev. Hussein Soodmand 

-Assembly of God Pastor in Mashhad 

-Hanged in Prison December 1990 


Rev. Tateos Michaelian 

-Pastor of a Presbyterian church in Tehran 

-Shot dead in June 1994 


Rev. Mehdi Dibaj 


-Shot dead in June 1994 


Bishop Haik Hovsepian-Mehr 

-Campaigner for religious freedom and Superintendent of AOG churches 

-Stabbed to death in January 1994 


Mohammad Yusefi 

-Pastor of Sari churches 

-Hanged in September 1996 


Ghorban Tourani 

-House Church Leader 

-Stabbed to death in November 2005 


While these are only a few of the many who have given their lives for Christ, we write to bring to remembrance each and every one of them and honor their sacrifice. 


Revelation 6:9

"And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held." 




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