Youcef Nadarkhani has been released after three years in an Iranian jail. He had been on death row; at times it seemed his execution was imminent. The pastor was arrested in October 2009 for challenging the requirement that all children be taught the Qur’an. In September 2011 he was tried for apostasy.
One news source stated that the Iranian government has “bowed to international pressure over the pastor’s imprisonment.” But there’s far more to the story. The American Center for Law and Justice coordinated a Twitter campaign titled “Tweet for Youcef.” It mobilized more than three million people to pray for the pastor and tweet their support. In a pre-social media world, he would likely have been executed. But God is using current technology and global intercession to move nations.