Daily Topic for November 02, 2010
Maryam and Marzieh have not been “promoted,” but instead, they have had to flee Iran. Though they are now safe, it is a sad thing when some of God’s brightest lights must shine elsewhere. Instead of being a light in a dark place, they are now forced to flee the darkness.
Pray for God to raise up many more like these two women who will shine for Jesus in Iran.
by Elam Ministries
Maryam and Marzieh were arrested in March 2009 because of their Christian faith and were repeatedly placed under great pressure to recant and deny Jesus Christ. They faced repeated interrogations, weeks in solitary confinement, and unhealthy prison conditions. Both became seriously sick during their imprisonment and did not receive the treatment they needed which greatly increased their suffering. Senior judges and officials also intimidated them. Despite this, they remained faithful to Jesus Christ and did not deny Him.
After their conditional release from prison in November 2009, they have had a very trying six months waiting for their case to be heard in an Islamic court where they could have been sentenced to prison again. “We have seen the Lord do miracles over and over again. He kept us and gave us favor in prison, and sustained us during a very difficult period of waiting for our final trial,” said Marzieh. Maryam and Marzieh have lived through many experiences during the last 14 months.
The days ahead are not certain. However, they are determined to serve the Lord and the Iranian church. “We hope to eventually share some of what the Lord allowed us to go through to highlight the need and the opportunity for the church in Iran, but right now we will take time to pray and seek the Lord for His will,” said Maryam.Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Continue to pray for Maryam and Marzieh to fully recover and continue in fruitful ministry.