A Christian woman imprisoned in a harsh Iranian prison in Tehran is near death and in desperate need of prayers. Nasim Naghash Zargaran, 36, was arrested in January of 2013 for her involvement in an Iranian church-planting ministry and her connection to pastor Saeed Abedini. Zargaran was one of the first people who converted to Christianity after meeting Abedini and was one of Abedini’s main church leaders.

On Friday, Zargaran began a hunger strike to protest the denial of much-needed medical treatment. Abedini told the Baptist Press Zargaran suffers from diabetes, severe pain and an atrial septal defect heart condition. She began her strike after a prosecutor repeatedly denied permission to transport her to a nearby hospital for treatment. FULL REPORT