Published on Jun 27, 2012 by OfficialACLJ
Iranian Christian Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani has been charged, convicted and sentenced to death for apostasy — becoming a Christian. When Iranian officials demanded that he recant his faith in Jesus Christ or die, he responded, “I cannot.” He has been illegally imprisoned and separated from his wife and two boys since 2009. We are fighting to save his life and win his freedom.
The ACLJ has confirmed that Iranian judicial authorities have ordered Christian Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani to appear in court on September 8th. The purpose of this court appearance is unclear at the present time, but it will come exactly two months after Pastor Youcef’s 1,000th day in an Iranian prison.
Sunday, July 8th, marks Pastor Youcef’s 1,000th illegal day of imprisonment for his faith in Jesus Christ: 1,000 days apart from his wife and two young boys; 1,000 days resolute in his refusal to recant his Christian faith.
Watch the video above, and share his story. He was arrested in October 2009, convicted and sentenced to death in September 2010 because of his faith, and his execution sentence was affirmed in September 2011 when he said “I cannot” recant my faith.
The worldwide call for his release continues as the ACLJ’s Tweet for Youcef campaign is now reaching more than 2.5 million Twitter accounts in 234 countries and territories around the globe each day. Sign up for Tweet for Youcef today, and if you have already signed up, see how far your impact for Pastor Youcef has gone.
We are urging everyone to commemorate Pastor Youcef’s 1,000th day in prison this Sunday, by praying, tweeting (please use the hashtags #Nadarkhani & #1000illegaldays), and sharing his story with others.
Go to the ACLJ website for a timeline of key events of his #1000 illegaldays in prison. You can share each key moment on Twitter and even print it out to give to your pastor.