Barnabas Fund. The well-respected leader of a church in Iran has been arrested and held at an undisclosed location. The Rev. Wilson Issavi, the leader of a church in Karmanshah, was arrested on 2 February while visiting friends. Security forces entered the home of Issavi’s friend and took him away, along with the host couple and another visitor. Friends and family have found it virtually impossible to discover the whereabouts of the church leader or his state of health. One month before Issavi’s arrest, the church in Karmanshah had been sealed by a number of plain-clothes security agents, and they ordered the Christians not to re-open it. The church, a historic building and the only one in the west of the country, was used only for weekly Christian worship and was in dire need of repair.The Director of the Committee of Iranian Christians has condemned Issavi’s arrest, calling it a “deplorable act”, and has demanded his immediate release, especially “considering his age and state of health”. • Praise the Lord for Issavi’s humble and tireless service to the church in Iran. Pray that he will receive all the legal help that he needs in detention and that he will soon be released safely.


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