Maryam Rostampour and Marziyeh Amirizadeh were Christian friends in Iran, where most people are Muslims. After they became Christians, they shared their faith with others and gave Bibles to people in their country.
But in Iran, it is a crime for a Muslim to become a Christian, and for Christians to encourage Muslims to give their lives to Christ. Men and women called the “basiji” help enforce the rules.
One day, the basiji came to Maryam and Marziyeh’s apartment to investigate. The woman and two men asked Maryam and Marziyeh a lot of questions and searched all their rooms. They searched for more than two hours and found hundreds of Christian CDs and many New Testaments in Farsi, Iran’s main language.
“We were on dangerous ground,” Marziyeh later wrote.
How do you think you might feel if dangerous people were searching your house for Bibles? What would you do?
Marziyeh told what she and Maryam did. “Maryam and I brought them New Testaments and CDs they had overlooked, and even helped to count them: 190 New Testaments and 500 CDs.”
“I will always trust the Lord,” Marziyeh had told friends before the basiji came to the apartment. Her calmness showed the Muslim officials that she was sure of her faith. Maryam even handed a New Testament to one of the basiji and said, “You should take one of these and read it.”
Maryam and Marziyeh were arrested and sent to prison. They were released after 259 days. God helped the stay strong in their faith during their imprisonment.
(Source: Captive in Iran by Maryam Rostampour and Marziyeh Amirizadeh. Preview recommended before sharing the story with children.)