Iran Authorities Raid House Church in Rasht

02/12/2019 Iran (International Christian Concern) –  On February 10th, authorities raided a house church in Rasht. The pastor, Matias Haknejad, was ministering at the time of the raid and was subsequently arrested. He is married and has one daughter.

Earlier this year, two Christian converts from this church were also arrested. They are currently detained in Lakan Prison and the exact nature of their charges is not known. It is anticipated that they will soon be referred to court. Their names are Kalil Dehkanpour and Hossein Kadivar.

Iran celebrated its 40 anniversary yesterday, on February 11th. It is no coincidence that the Rasht house church was raided on the eve of this anniversary. The Iranian Government views Christianity as a threat against national security. Iran defines itself as an Islamic nation, and judges are tasked with upholding these principles. As discontent with the current government grows, Iran has responded by increasing its crackdown against Christians.

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