For those that remember, I first shared about the 2009 imprisonment and possible death penalty decision of 34-year old Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani back in September 2011.

Today international presses and human rights watch groups (all except the ACLU from what I can gather) are condemning Iran’s High Court verdict of passing down the death sentence for abandoning Islam.

Please read the Fox News piece in full here.

This is in no doubt part of growing international sanctions on the sovereign kingdom, further proof that these leaders require our sincere prayers, and need exactly what Youcef could now give his life for: a relationship with Jesus Christ. Although it could be argued that Youcef and his family have already been giving their lives for this purpose; it’s the lifestyle of preaching the Gospel, not a martyr’s death, that most aggravates the enemy.

The American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) recently launched a Twitter campaign to bring awareness to Youcef’s plight, already hitting over 400,000 Tweets and 150 nations (#TheOfficialACLJ).

I would strongly encourage you to share this story – whether my blog or any one of the international pieces published – with your Facebook friends, Twitter followers, email contacts, text buddies, classmates, and coworkers. And please pray for the salvation of Iran and the release of Pastor Youcef to keep doing what he was born to do; reach his nation for Jesus. ch:


Gabe · 23 Feb ’12 at 10:37 am

woah, i didn’t know about this. praying!

RyanPaigeHoward (RyanHeart) · 24 Feb ’12 at 1:19 am

Thank you for posting about this today and sharing his story. I remembered hearing about him a few years ago and I am ashamed to say that I had forgotten about him and his family.

I did a blog post on his story today and posted your blogs link in it. Thank you again. Sharing with others and praying.

    Christopher Hopper · 24 Feb ’12 at 11:47 am

    The best remedy for forgetting is doing something to remember. As you did. Well done.

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