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Extreme Boredom

Iran

The Apostle Paul said he suffered from imprisonments, beatings, shipwreck, stoning, bandits, tiredness, hunger, thirst, cold, and dangers. (See 2 Corinthians 11.) Christians in many places around the world suffer from the same problems today. Another problem some persecuted Christians face is having almost nothing to do for a long time.

Farahnaz, her husband Namdar, and their children are Christians in Iran, a Muslim country where it is illegal to share the gospel with Muslims. After hearing that the government might be looking for them, the family moved secretly to another part of their city. Then they found out that their neighborhood was filled with secret police. But they had to stay for a year because they had signed a one-year lease with their landlord.

The family had to stay out of sight as much as possible. The parents could not work, and did not even check their email in case the police were monitoring their email.

“It was a really hard year,” Farahnaz said. “But through it all, I could see God’s hand molding me,” She read the Bible, and she sensed the Lord drawing her closer to Him.

Today the family continues their Christian work.

To Try
For one day at home, try to talk only in whispers to other family members. Don’t turn on a computer, phone, TV, or radio. Stay inside as much as possible. What would it be like to live that way for a year?

Source: May 2014 The Voice of the Martyrs magazine.

To protect their identities, the names of some of the people on this website and some identifying details have been changed. Some of the quotes and stories have been edited and paraphrased from the original sources for clarity.


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