Maryam Rustampoor, 27, and Marzieh Amirizadeh, 30, were arrested and sent to Evin Prison in Tehran, Iran. The two women did not rob a bank, kill a man or beat up someone.
Their crime? Loving Jesus. And it is for this reason alone they are still imprisoned.
In August during a court hearing, the two were questioned repeatedly about their faith. They were told to return to Islam.
“We love Jesus,” was their reply. Prosecutors asked the women, who had already spent five months in prison, if they regretted being Christians.
“We have no regrets,” they said. “We will not deny our faith.”
The judge sent them back to Evin Prison – notorious for its brutality – to “think about” their decision.
“We have already done our thinking,” they told him.
—From The Voice of the Martyrs