The Iranian government arrested, imprisoned and sentenced us to death because of our evangelical Christian faith in 2009.
Last month, we shared our story, testifying to the brutal restrictions on religious freedom in our home country, at the U.S. State Department’s first-ever Ministerial to Advance International Religious Freedom.
We thank God for all the ways America’s leaders are seeking to advance religious freedom throughout the globe, affirming that no one should be forced to choose between practicing their faith and living safely in their country. Until Iran and other repressive regimes respect religious freedom, though, we pray that persecuted Christians and other religious minorities will continue to have access to the U.S. refugee resettlement program
Both of us grew up in nominally Muslim families but became Christians as young adults. We met while studying leadership and attending Christian seminars together in Turkey, then returned to Iran to share our faith. We were both arrested and spent 259 days in Tehran’s notorious Evin Prison, where we learned why Iran is classified as among the countries where followers of Christ face the most extreme persecution. read more…