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Pastor Hossein Soodmand of Mashhad, Iran

Remember those in prison, as if you were their fellow prisoners, and those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering. Hebrews 13:3, NIV

Pastor Hossein Soodmand was charged with apostasy and sentenced to death by hanging

Assemblies of God Church, Mashhad Iran - December 3, 1990

One of Iran's leading Protestant pastors was executed in December 1990 after a sharia court (an Islamic Court) condemned him.

Hussein Soodman, an Assemblies of God pastor and a Muslim convert to Christianity, had been involved in Christian ministry for 24 years.

He was reportedly hanged on December 3, 1990, as part of a new wave of repression directed against the small Christian community in the Islamic Republic of Iran.

Apostasy: Under Islamic law enforced in Iran, a Muslim who converts to Christianity faces the death penalty.

Reported by Compass Direct

"Others were tortured and refused to be released, so that they might gain a better resurrection... they were stoned; they were sawn in two; they were put to death by the sword... the world was not worthy of them." -- Hebrews 11: 37-38.

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