Saturday Youcef Nadarkhani was acquitted of apostasy and freed Saturday after spending nearly four years in prison. His crime was simply trying to evangelize Muslims.
The news of Nadarkhani struck a cord with the National Association of Evangelicals who view the Iranian pastor as a brother in the faith.
"“We are relieved for Pastor Nadarkhani, and pleased with this good decision of the Iranian government,” said Leith Anderson, NAE president. “We watch as laws are increasingly being used by governments against religious minorities, and we pray and press for more outcomes like this.”
Nadarkhani, the head of a network of Christian house churches in Iran, was arrested in 2009 and sentenced to death by hanging in September 2010 for apostasy. He now returns to his two sons Daniel and Yoel and his wife Fatema Pasindedih.