There is some good news to report concerning a Christian imprisoned in Iran.
Jason DeMars of Present Truth Ministries tells OneNewsNow that Benham Irani was arrested for converting from Islam to Christianity in May 2011, and he could have received the death penalty for that.
"They sentenced him to a five-year prison term for crimes against national security, but there's the fear there that one day … they'll pursue the death penalty for him," DeMars laments.
Irani was in solitary confinement for several weeks, then transferred to the general prison population, "and he was allowed to be beaten up on a consistent basis, almost daily, for several months," the ministry spokesman continues.
He was seriously injured, developed stomach ulcers and intestinal bleeding, and even passed out on one occasion. And despite being promised medical attention, he never received it because he is Christian.
"The good news we've received," DeMars reports, "is that Pastor Benham was able to be transferred to the hospital and received the surgery that he needed, and it was a successful surgery, and he was recovering in the hospital."
Though he is now back in prison, the pastor's hospital stay allowed him to visit with his family and some of his house church members.
DeMars is asking for continued prayer.