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Iran: Believers Acquitted

Praise God! On May 22, Maryam Rustampoor and Marzieh Amirizadeh were acquitted of all charges by the Iranian judicial authorities, according to Elam Ministries.

Iranian authorities warned Maryam and Marzieh that any future Christian activity would be dealt with seriously. “We are most grateful to everyone who prayed for us,” Marzieh told Elam Ministries. “I have no doubt that God heard the prayers of his people.” Maryam added, “I believe our arrest, imprisonment and subsequent release were in the timing and plan of God, and it was all for his glory. But the prayers of people encouraged and sustained us throughout this ordeal.” Following their acquittal, Marzieh and Maryam left Iran for another country.

In March 2009, Marzieh and Maryam were arrested and labeled “anti-government activists.”  Their apartment was searched and their belongings were confiscated. The women were reportedly interrogated numerous times and were held in three different police detention centers before being sent to Evin Prison.

On Aug. 8, they were summoned to an Iranian court and ordered to deny their faith verbally and in a written statement. They were pressured to recant their faith after the chief interrogator recommended they be charged with apostasy. Praise God, they stood firm and replied, “We love Jesus. We will not deny our faith.”

 Maryam and Marzieh were released from prison in November 2009. Praise God for his mercies and the final acquittal of these women. Thank God for their courage and resilience, and pray that God will continue to protect and encourage them. Pray that their courage and testimony will draw their persecutors into fellowship with Christ.

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