A vigil is to take place in London on 12th September.
Maryam and Marzieh have now been in prison in Tehran because of their Christian faith for over six months and their health is deteriorating. This is the most urgent matter for prayer – that the Lord heals them directly and miraculously for the glory of His name and their encouragement.
Both women are suffering from sore throats, irregular painful stomach aches and often intense head aches. Both have lost much weight during their ordeal, because of their sicknesses and lack of nutrition. Marzieh’s tooth infection is only being treated by painkillers and if the infection spreads could become critical.
Due to the overcrowding in the prison and the limited medical facilities, they have not received adequate treatment. There are also many other sick inmates and so there is a constant risk of picking up other viruses.
Regarding their case, the judge has said that they are ‘not cooperating’ meaning Maryam and Marzieh would not deny Christ but were faithful witnesses. The implication of his remark is that they continue to stay in prison. This is the normal punishment for female apostates: they are kept imprisoned until they recant. This is a stark reminder that in some Muslim states it is unlawful to leave Islam to follow Jesus.
Lord I pray that this judge is either removed from the case or he orders their release.
Click here for more details of their story on the Elam website.
Vigil for Maryam and Marzieh – London 12th September 2009
On Saturday 12th there will be a vigil outside the Iranian embassy in London from 12.30 pm till 09.30 pm. The organizers (Iranian Christian Women) are asking for women to join them in a silent and prayerful vigil of support for Maryam and Marzieh. Those who come are asked to dress in white so there can be a powerful image sent to Iran’s leaders about the need for justice in this case.