In November of 2009, CVCC gathered to pray for the persecuted church across the world. On the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church prayers were lifted up for families, pastors, orphans and prisoners who were suffering because of their faith in Jesus Christ and their refusal to denounce their faith in Jesus Christ.
Today I got an e-mail from one of our prayer warriors that told me the two women he prayed for and wrote a letter to have been released from their Iranian captors.
We first heard about Marzieh and Maryam at PrisonerAlert.com:
Thirty year-old Marzieh and 27-year-old Maryam are being held at Evin Prison, which is notorious for treating women badly. “Both women are allowed just a one-minute telephone call everyday to their immediate families. Both are unwell and in need of urgent medical attention,” FCNN reported. During their last call on March 28, Mazieh said that she was suffering from an infection and high fever. She said, “I am dying.”
Marzieh and Maryam’s apartment was searched and their belongings were confiscated. “Their only crime is that they are committed Christians who follow the teachings of Jesus,” FCNN added. “They are being unfairly labeled as ‘anti government activists’ because of the hostility of the government towards practicing Christians.”
Today, CBN is reporting Marzieh and Maryam have been released!
They endured eight months of repeated interrogations and solitary confinement in Tehran’s notorious Evin prison. They refused to recant their faith in Christ, even though it meant they could have gone free.
They were released in November, but still faced trial before an Islamic court. On Monday, the two were acquitted of all charges and have left Iran.
“I believe our arrest, imprisonment and subsequent release were in the timing and plan of God, and it was all for His glory,” Rostampour said. “The prayers of people encouraged and sustained us throughout this ordeal.“
Praise God for his grace and mercy!
Several other prisoners that were prayed for during our IDOP event in November have been released as well. You can view a complete list of freed prisoners HERE.
Continue to remember our brothers and sisters suffering for the sake of Christ in other nations. Your prayers are heard!