Iran Becoming Very Dangerous for Foreign Missionaries
This might be the most dangerous time for foreign missionaries in Iran, as the Islamic nation is being accused of openly taking foreign nationals hostage to extract concessions from the west. Iran denies any wrong-doing, but in what seems to be a little bit of North Korean diplomacy, have recently arrested two French citizens and sentenced a Swede to death.
Cécile Kohler and her husband, both French nationals, were leaving Tehran for Paris on May 7th, after a short holiday when they were detained. Immediately after their detention, the EU chief negotiator, Enrique Mora, landed in Tehran to try to revive the Vienna-based talks on the Iran nuclear deal.
North Korea would be proud.
On May 21, Swedish scientist, Dr. Ahmadreza Djalali, is set to be executed in Iran. Iranian courts set the execution not long after Sweden arrested and tried Iranian Hamid Nouri for war crimes that he committed during the Iran-Iraq war.
Foreign nationals have very little rights in Iran and Christians have even fewer. The court system is more of a show than an actual legal proceeding.
As Iranian relations with the west continue to deteriorate, their growing ties with China continue to grow increasingly important. Iran is a nation that BTJ has been working in for more than a decade and more and more Chinese feel a calling to preach the Gospel there. Chinese missionaries in Iran have many open doors that are not simply not available to any other nationality at this time.
Please continue to pray for the nation of Iran, the missionaries who live and serve there, and the BTJ projects inside the nation.
Missionary work can be dangerous in the Nation its being done in depending on many situations occurring within the Nation they are in. The Leader, Politics, wars within the Nation or with others they have, Government Anarchy and citizens not liking their Leader or how their Government handles matters and poverty and food loss and supplies and loss of income with in a Government or mishandling of Government money and other things. Missionaries go into Nations to provide food, medical supplies, medical attention, they teach land dwellers many things and they even teach school and talk about Religion for some. They aren’t there to take sides of any Government or Leader but to be HUMANATARIANS. They often get caught in the Middle of something dangerous and many need to leave. Each Nation in the World and their Leader has a right to punish people according to their Laws based on the Crime and Offense. Some Nations are harsher than others in dealing with individuals who commit crimes in their Nation. Many of us around the World aren’t on the same page as they are and don’t agree with how they do it. Cruelty and Starvation and brutal beatings are not acceptable and shouldn’t be used on any indivual or group or Mass group such as Genocide.