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Lord, we pray for mercy and protection for our brother Hassan. And we lift up others who have turned to you in militant Islamist regions. May they find refuge in lands that proclaim life and liberty.

Germany is a leading power of the European Union (EU), which ascribes to values that welcome refugees fleeing persecution in their native countries. But one Iranian Christian facing possible imprisonment or death if returned to Tehran just received a cold shoulder from German and EU authorities — a potentially ominous development for other brothers and sisters in Christ in similar circumstances.

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“Hassan” (a protective alias according to Alliance Defending Freedom International) converted to Christianity in Iran thanks to the faithful witness of his wife’s brother. Even though this brother was incarcerated and eventually killed for his faith, Hassan saw that he “had become a different person by becoming a Christian.”

“One day my brother-in-law said to me and my wife that he had good news,” Hassan recounted in later legal proceedings. “There is a treasure, there is a living God, Jesus Christ, we are His children and not His slaves… He said there is a free salvation available.”

Hassan and his family accepted Christ and fled from Iranian security forces to Turkey and then to Germany.

“In Germany I share the gospel, I organize prayer circles here in the accommodation,” Hassan said. “I want to be a good example, to win the others to faith in Jesus Christ. My greatest goal would be for my children to be able to find Christ in freedom, and to do good.”

But German authorities doubt the veracity of the 44-year-old refugee’s faith. In fact, one court brazenly assumed it was “not particularly likely” that a Muslim like Hassan would really choose Christianity after seeing his brother-in-law killed. And EU officials at the European Court of Human Rights were no help either after they quickly dismissed Hassan’s appeal this month and left him under the sword of deportation.

Not only is this ruling heartbreaking for Hassan and his loved ones, it is also concerning for thousands of other Christian converts from Islam seeking protection in Europe. The EU contends its member states are duty-bound to treat asylum seekers with dignity and fairness, but ADF International’s release called out the “tragic disregard for the application of a uniform and objective standard of examination for these kinds of dire asylum cases, in violation of international law.”

In another recent press conference, German pastor Gottfried Martens also decried indifference among state officials to Iranian Christians facing deportation and the “pure game of chance” as to whether they will get a sympathetic judge in asylum proceedings.

“In many cases these administrative judges presume to be experts in matters of faith in such a way that one is simply stunned,” said Martens. “They would sometimes openly say that they knew better about the seriousness of a conversion than a pastor.”

Martens is passionate on this matter as the leader of a church with a sizable Iranian and Afghan refugee community in its congregation. A 2016 Atlantic article noted that his Berlin church then had roughly 1,000 such Iranian and Afghan baptized members. That path to baptism was one that involved classes and serious examination to ensure true conversion — not simply a feigned change in order to secure a visa.

“There is a Christian awakening among Iranians and Afghans on a large scale. That’s something that these German atheists cannot understand at all. Why don’t they come here for just one Sunday and then they will know better?”

Will you pray for Christian converts seeking asylum from Iran, Afghanistan, and other dangerous regions? Let’s pray that Germany and other nations on both sides of the Atlantic that proclaim fealty to values of life and liberty would treat them with justice and compassion. And may our church communities shine as beacons for and with these brothers and sisters in Christ.

How are you praying for persecuted Christian converts around the world? Share your thoughts and prayers below.

Aaron Mercer is a Contributing Writer with two decades of experience in Washington, D.C.s public policy arena. Photo Credit: Kevin Woblick on Unsplash.

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August 21, 2022

Hey y’all don’t forget.. When Abraham interceded fr Lot , God sent Angels-in the physical-to rescue him ! It is imperative that we as believers-all around th World- remain steadfast and United in our prayers to destroy satans global agenda . We loudly proclaim THY KINGDOM COME and THY WILL BE. DONE in our precious saviors name we pray ! Amen and Hallelujah!

Darlene Estlow
August 21, 2022

Father, open Germany’s eyes to the conversion of may Iranaians, Afghans and other dangerous countries.
I pray you would protect your children, give them courage and strength.

August 20, 2022

Dear Lord save these true converts and open the hearts of the judges and other stakeholders in Germany and the EU. I ask this in Jesus’ name!
Thank you Lord for your love for us!

James Morgan
August 20, 2022

I don’t think any of us are prepared for that level of persecution, I have a real problem with do I kill to protect
my family or not. I have trained with guns and hunted game, but I still pray about what level of defense to
use when they come to my house.

Linda k Rice
August 20, 2022

Perhaps God will touch Europe through Muslim converts. Wouldn’t that be grand!!

So grateful my great grandfather emigrated from Germany. What a dark place Europe is.

    August 20, 2022

    How can you call Europe a dark place? This article talks about some closed minded judges and EU bureaucrats.
    Please visit Europe before making such statements!

      Susan CC
      August 20, 2022

      The “Amen” was a slip of my finger. It was not intended. My husband is European, we both realize how secular these countries have become. I agree with Linda, in relation to Christ, it is a dark place but the US is much the same. Sadly, those who should have no voice are the ones in leadership both here and abroad.

August 20, 2022

Germany, and many other countries in the EU, need to wake up and allow God’s truth to be proclaimed freely and without retribution.

Therese R
August 20, 2022

Dear Lord, just as you strengthened Timothy and gave him perseverance through all persecutions and rescued him from them all, we pray on our brethren’s behalf that your same mercy is given to Hassan and his family and all those experiencing persecution in any way. May Your Will be done on earth as it is in heaven. (2 Timothy 3:11)
And we pray for all of those in positions of power – we pray for their conversion, salvation and redemption in Christ so we may live quiet and peaceful lives with dignity as we worship and honor and serve our Lord. (2 Timothy 2:2)

Susan CC
August 20, 2022

Voice of the Martyrs: Iran

Luke 6:38 Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you.
Mark 3:10 For He had healed so many that all who had diseases were pressing forward to touch Him.

Dear Heavenly Father, Iran is growing in Christ. This is Your will. It is good. I pray Pastor Marten’s ministry is enlarged not only in number but in Your favor. I also pray these “German atheists” will accept his invitation and attend a service. Please protect Hassan all others who face persecution from their government officials who deny You. Would You give dreams and visions to the unbelieving leaders in Iran, Afghanistan, Germany and every country of the world? May each individual and ministry spreading the Gospel experience Your full measure Lord. May this goodness flow in prisons, homes, and governments. Your full measure is Glory. I pray this and so much more in the Name of Jesus Christ who heals and saves. Amen

    Therese R
    August 20, 2022

    Dear Sister Susan CC – The Lord has blessed you (and us through you) with these prayers with His Word- thank you for sharing. Printing this one off to pray often.

August 20, 2022

Father we ask that you intervene in Hassan’s life only you know his heart. May your perfect will be done.

Sue J
August 20, 2022

Father God- Please help “Hassan” and other believers like him to gain asylum in Germany and not be sent back to their original countries, where they would be persecuted. Move the hearts of the judges involved to have mercy on these believers. Protect them and help them to stay where they are free to worship you in Spirit and Truth. In Jesus Name, Amen


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