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Forgo Christianity or die: Iranian Christian women endured imprisonment deciding to be true to their Christian faith


Two Iranian Christian converts endured an imprisonment but never forgo of their Christian faith. The two ladies, Maryam Rostampour and Marziyeh Amirizadeh were booked by the Iranian authorities over charges of promoting Christianity back in 2009. The two were hooked by the authorities for distributing Bibles.

Captives in Iran

The two women spent 259 days in one of the country’ most infamous prisons however, preserved their faith. The Iranian authorities ordered them to abandon their Christian faith or else threatened to face death. Consequently, Maryam and Marziyeh waveringly refusing to waive their Christian faith and faced ordeal of about 8 months in the women’s ward of Evin Prison.

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As a consequent of pressure from the United Nations and Human Rights groups calling for their release, the Iranian authorities set them free. Followed by their release, they fled from Iran but continued to serve the Lord in the United Sates. Meanwhile they authored a book titled, “Captive In Iran.”

“We spent time going to malls to talk to people and tell them about Jesus. There were days, where we had more than 1000’s of new testaments in our basements. We later started two underground house churches to minister to people,” they say. Both of them has been distributing Bibles in Tehran for years before getting hooked by the authorities.

Christians suffer severe persecution in Iran, predominantly those who’ve converted from Islam. A Christian advocacy group Open Doors states, the situation for Christians of any denomination in Iran is “very dramatic.”

Dozens of Iranian Christians have faced imprisonments, tortures or threatened with death. In order to prevent evangelizing of Christianity, distributing Christian literature in Farsi is strictly forbidden. Only the Armenian and Chaldean churches are legally allowed to hold church services, providing they are not conducted in Persian. The Iranian police observe the churches during prayer services.