Rev Vruir Avanessian, an ordained minister in the ‘Jamaate Rabani’ church ( known as the Assemblies of God churches in Iran) who was known as the sweet voice of evangelism and worship by all friends and members of the church , passed on to his eternal home at 6 am on 29.11.2017 in a hospital in Tehran, Iran.
He battled with kidney failure for many years and was undergoing two times weekly dialysis. Last month after dialysis he went into comma because of a malfunction of equipment in the government run hospital.
Vruir and his wife Rima, together with 60 members of an underground church they were leading in Iran were arrested on Christmas, 27.12.2012 and were detained in the infamous Evin prison for 15 days. Vruir was a bold and courageous evangelist and was not easily intimidated but his ill health and concern for family and constant imprisonment of believers forced him into seclusion.
FCNN editorial team and the entire ministry team of 222 Ministries International, extend our deepest sympathies to his wife Rima, a beloved sister in Christ, and their children, Melani, Raisa, and Steve. May the Holy Spirit comfort then in this very trying times and meet all their needs.
We will give more information on the funeral program and his life story in the coming days.