In what was reminiscent of the times of the Apostles in the early church, two persecuted Christian missionaries in Iran were arrested and put in jail for sharing their Christian faith.
Two women, Marziyeh Amirizadeh and Maryam Rostampour had been put in one of Iran’s notorious prisons, Evin Prison, known worldwide to legally torture and execute prisoners.
However, while there, they witnessed how the dark prison was turned into a church and an experience of light by God.
While in the prison, they kept praying every day and continued sharing the gospel with their co-prisoners, and that was the beginning of a prison revival that spread even to the prison guards.
Soon the prisoners gave their lives to Christ and they began to see God’s miracles through the life of Marziyeh and Maryam.
Marziyeh told God TV, how the prisoners came to them after God answered their prayers immediately.
Since then, all the prisoners respected them and they became interested in spending time with both of the missionaries.
Prison Guards touched By God
In an extension of the miraculous work of God, some guards came to apologize one day for their behaviour and asked for their prayers. Other guards too, became curious and sought to know about Jesus when they read the letters fellow Christians sent to the imprisoned women.
Marziyeh and Maryam endured nine months of interrogation, fear of life imprisonment or possibility of execution, they were eventually released.
But it wasn’t to much joy, as they knew they had to leave their friends behind.
“We promised ourselves and we promised most of the women in that prison to be a voice for them, and to share their stories to the world,” Maryam told God TV.
“We feel that God had a purpose for putting us in that prison,” she continued. We had seen many injustices and today we feel that God had put this burden in our hearts. We feel responsible for those people,” Maryam said.
Marziyeh and Maryam’s story may be one similar to the Apostle Paul and Silas experience in the prison, and they are sharing their story all over the world to give hope to persecuted Christians.
They however encouraged Christians “not to take their freedom for granted.”
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