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Appeal – Join hands with the underground church

Pastor Jacob* has been banned from preaching in his church in Iran because he refuses to close his church’s doors during the week. Will you help pastor Jacob and others like him to continue to share the Gospel in secret and to disciple Christians in hostile places?

Today I want to share with you pastor Jacob’s story of persecution and perseverance in Christ and to invite you to continue to support brave church leaders like him.

In 2012 Jacob was ordained as the pastor of a church in Iran. His church grew to a vibrant congregation of over 100 believers.

However, he came under severe pressure by the security services to stop preaching the Gospel and to restrict the church’s weekly activities. He told them: “You have no right to decide when the people of God can meet for worship and when they cannot meet! We can have meetings every day if we want to as the door of the house of God should always be open.” The church teaches the love of God through Christ Jesus, and as a result some Iranian Muslims have come to Christ.

At great personal risk, pastor Jacob defied government orders that ban Muslims from converting to Christ by praying with these new believers in a secret location.

However, earlier on this year pastor Jacob was banned from preaching in his church and was feeling very distraught and unhappy.

You can read more about Pastor Jacob’s story below.

In Iran there are more than 10 Christian workers in prison for their faith and around twice that number who are appealing against sentences. We pray for them and praise the Lord for dozens of godly couples who are engaged in sensitive evangelism and in leading thriving ‘underground’ churches in Iran, Central Asia, Pakistan and parts of Africa, thanks to your support.

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Such faithful and brave believers like Jacob and Farshideh need our prayers and our financial support.

Will you send a gift of £25 or more to Release today to support Christian workers who are sharing the Gospel and discipling Christians in hostile places?

Thanks to your generosity our ministry partners can continue to provide financial and pastoral support to pastors and evangelists like Jacob enabling them to share the Gospel, serve local churches and disciple new converts.

By sending a gift today you can help respond to Richard Wurmbrand’s plea to Christians like you and me to: “Join hands with the members of the underground church and give them the financial means to travel about with the gospel.”

Let me encourage you to give as generously as you can to help our brothers and sisters in Christ who are not afraid of persecution or going to prison for preaching the good news of Jesus Christ.

Please send your gift today using the response form and envelope provided. Also, you can donate quickly and securely online at: releaseinternational.org

On behalf of all of us at Release International – and of our ministry partners and workers in hostile places – thank you so much for your prayers and your generous gifts.

Paul Robinson Release International CEO

Here are just a few things that your generosity can make possible:

  • A gift of £25 could support a Christian worker in Central Asia for a week, enabling them to travel and to share the Gospel.
  • A gift of £50 could help provide Bibles and New Testaments for Muslim-background believers in countries like Iran.
  • A gift of £75 could provide ten USB drives that can be loaded with Bible teaching and used by pastors and evangelists leading ‘underground’ churches.


*Names have been altered and stock photos have been used to protect the identity of the people we serve.



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Pastor Jacob’s Story

In 2012 Jacob* was ordained as the pastor of a church in Iran. His church grew to a vibrant congregation of over 100 believers. However, he came under severe pressure by the security services to stop preaching the Gospel and to restrict…


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A Prayer For Pastor Jacob

Loving Father.

Thank you for being the source of strength and salvation for Pastor Jacob, and his wife Farshideh, as they seek to spread your word in Iran. Keep them safe, Father, and give them the words that you want them to share as they minister to our brothers and sisters in that land.

Reveal to them, Lord, the plans that you have for the future of their ministry and continue to provide the means necessary for them to continue your work in Iran.


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