IRAN PERSECUTION

Believers Like Tina – Persecuted for their Faith

“Your visit was a really special day in our life, thank you for all your kindness and love that you gave us. We could not sleep. Also say thanks for all the people who did help us behind the scenes. This is our destiny and meant to happen. This is the work of Jesus Christ.”

HURRICANE by Marc Andre

Tina Rad was beaten

Tina Rad was beaten in prison

Tina and Makan Arya shared their feelings and emotions, while two Open Doors (OD) colleagues (Gary and Michelle) visited them in their new environment outside Iran.

Makan (31), Tina (28) and their daughter Odzhan (5) escaped Iran a few weeks ago, and they were willing to share their story more in detail. Gary, from OD says: “When we arrived at their new place, Makan and his daughter Odzhan ran into us. ‘We are happy,’ he said over and over again. They feel safe, being away from all the pressure and stress in Iran. We took a Farsi Bible and Christian lecture with us and all the letters people wrote to them. It was hard to get this mail into Iran, because of security issues. Tina and Makan were so happy to see so many people caring for them! As she started to open the mail, the first card said: Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. As Tina read this, her eyes started to tear. ‘This is the scripture I hold on to,’ she said. ‘God is speaking to me. I know Jesus is near all the time.’

Their little daughter Odzhan was so happy to see all the paintings and letters children made for her. She couldn’t wait to open them all.

Michelle continues: “After a while we took off and spent time together to talk, to pray, to encourage. We were walking along the water when suddenly Tina stopped. She was not able to walk any further. I asked her: ‘What is wrong?’ She showed me her knees. They were full of scars and her knee was not functioning anymore since the tortures back in June 2008. The police humiliated her badly. We sat down near the shoreline. Tina shared that her parents told her they never want to see her again and that she is no longer their daughter. Again, her eyes were filled with tears when she told me this.”

CONVERSION

Gary adds: “Both are coming from a strong religious Muslim background, but firstly Tina came to know Jesus as her Saviour. A friend gave Tina a Bible. At first she didn’t want to accept it, since she was a Muslim and Muslims believe the Bible to be ‘haram,’ corrupted and so impure. But she accepted the Bible and started reading it. Then Jesus appeared to her in a dream and He told her to go to a certain church. When she went there, she found that the church was closed for several days.

“Yet, a woman appeared. She said that God told her to go to the church, although she did not know why. When she met Tina there, she knew. For security reasons, churches in Iran are quite reluctant to involve themselves with Muslim who now claim that they follow Jesus. They talked and the woman helped Tina find a place where she could meet other believers for fellowship. Tina accepted Jesus.”

HISTORY

Within three months of accepting Christ as their saviour, Tina Rad and her husband, Makan Arya, were arrested in June 2008, held in custody and then physically and mentally tortured for four days.dungeon-2

Kept in an unknown jail, they were badly bruised from the beatings. Tina Rad was so ill because of the abuse that she could no longer walk. The Iranian authorities also forced them to leave their four-year-old daughter Odzhan Arya at home, unattended, and threatened to put her in an institution.

Both were told that they killed their spouse and that they would never see their daughter again. Tina was also told that if she continued attending a house church and holding Bible studies, she could be imprisoned for a very long time. An officer also told Tina that authorities could conduct a drug case against them, and then they would be punished as drug smugglers. Tina and her husband were released on bail of US$50,000 and they were forced to sign a statement that they would not go back to their house church, and that they would have no further contact with other Iranian Christians.

HIDING PLACE

Shortly after their release, they went to the hospital. The police once again raided their house. Someone informed them and they were able to escape just in time. With their daughter Odzhan they went to a secret place and hid themselves for almost one year. Tina and her daughter stayed inside the whole time as Makan was working. This caused them a lot of stress.

ESCAPE

They tried to escape because their life was no longer safe and the pressure on the family was too big. The escape was successful and during the whole trip God protected them. This is the first time for them to be outside Iran. The trip was very stressful. When they arrived, Odzhan was not able to sleep or eat for three days.

Refugees need our prayers

Refugees cry for help

Coming into another country, in a refugee camp with many people of all kinds of cultures, was firstly overwhelming. But now they are very happy and they see God’s hand in all of this. Even on their door there are Bible scriptures painted by a former asylum seeker. They are attending a local church.

FUTURE

Michelle ends: “Tina and Makan would like to stay where they are right now, but they are in the middle of a refugee and asylum process, and they do not know yet what the outcome of the procedure will be. When it is positive, they can stay, but when it is negative, they probably have to return to Iran. They are so afraid for that, because then they most probably will be killed. Please continue to pray for them, especially for a quick and positive outcome of the asylum procedure.”

Help give believers like Tina hope today!

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Posted on October 20, 2009, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 8 Comments.

  1. Some Encouragment……

    READ: 2 Timothy 2:19-26

    He will be a vessel for honor, sanctified and useful for the Master, prepared for every good work. —2 Timothy 2:21The word hallow isn’t used much anymore, and when it is, the uses have a broad range of meaning.

    Christians use the word when we say the Lord’s prayer, as in “Hallowed be Thy name.” Often the word is associated with the last day of October, which we in the US refer to as Halloween, a shortened form of All Hallows’ Eve.

    In Scripture, the word hallow is a synonym for the word sanctify. When we hallow or sanctify something, we set it apart as being holy.

    The name of God is not the only thing that we are to hallow.
    We too are to be hallowed. Paul urged Timothy to be a vessel sanctified and useful for God by pursuing “righteousness, faith, love, [and] peace with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart” and by avoiding “foolish and ignorant disputes, knowing that they generate strife” (2 Tim. 2:21-23).

    On this last day of October, children in the US will be carrying bags filled with sweets. Thinking of them can remind us to ask:
    “What is filling the vessel of my life? Is it a bitter attitude that leads to foolish disputes and strife, or is it a sweet spirit that leads to righteousness, faith, love, and peace?”

    We can hallow today, and every day, by setting ourselves apart for God to be used by Him. — Julie Ackerman Link

    Lord, may our lives be set apart
    And useful in Your hands,
    Pursuing righteousness and faith
    As we fulfill Your plans. —Sper

    A Christian’s greatest joy is to be used by God.

    God Bless

  2. Thanks, Dennis and Newmissison,
    I appreciate your views
    you know Dennis you and Sharon taught me the most as far as going abroad and caring for those who have been persecuted and spreading the Gospel to all nations ,it was your great influence and i thank you …
    I used to be involved with the “Voice of the Martyrs” to support there efforts…
    i would like to do more…..

    Newmission, i am trying in Love to address the continuing attitude that is on this forum , i understand that the western church needs help and to be awakened , but to do it in good taste .
    to continue to bash The Western Christian church i think is not really fair, this is everyone’s responsibility globally…there are many good brothers and sisters here who Love people ….
    and have a compassion to do whatever God has called them to do…
    as far as Christlike:Love ,Joy Peace ,Patience ,gentleness,faithfulness ,kindness,self-control….these are what we need to focus on….
    You are right about the establishment…
    Jesus Christ came to Establish HIS KINGDOM
    its called the Gospel his Establishment….

    JOHN 3:16 &17
    AMEN BROTHERS

  3. Apathy: 1. absence or suppression of passion, emotion, or excitement.
    2. lack of interest in or concern for things that others find moving or exciting.

    I also joined with Open Doors in 2007 to pray every day for the persecuted and for the Muslims during the month of Ramadan. Every night from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm we prayed. This was advertised and open to the public at a church. One night we actually had 4 people show up. One was me and one was my wife the other one of the other two stayed for an hour and the other left after about 30 minutes. This is not an indictment on people of the ‘american church’ but another example much like that of Dennis’s above.

    Western Dog, As far as the poster above bashing the american christian church, I would tend to encourage them instead of discourage them. How will anyone ever know what they are doing wrong until they are shown?
    Bash away… chop and cut at all of the religion and tradition that has been established for years and years….
    And bro, …. when you say its not Christlike???
    HUH….. Look, the American Church (in general and in a geo-political sense) has gone from a humble people to an ‘ESTABLISHMENT” that wants to rule with Moral and Ethical standards. This was the EXACT thing that Christ came against back in the day. He came to BREAK the establishment.

  4. Hi Western Dog,

    I think what Salam Alaikum wrote was tongue-in-cheek, not accusatory, pointing out the apathy that most western Christians have toward the Persecuted Church. You obviously care about your brothers and sisters who suffer for Jesus. But many, if not most Christians don’t. If you walk into every church in America on Nov. 8 – The International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church – you’ll find no mention of them in most churches, and no prayer for them at all. The article and video I put up on Sept. 11 (“Will You Take a Walk on the Wild Side”) got almost no hits and only 1 comment, which tells you something. And this, while there was a firestorm about whether I and others wrote harshly about some Christian leaders. This is very revealing, I think. Trust me, I’ve been screaming about the Persecuted Church for more than 30 years, and few really want to listen and become responsible for that knowledge. Don’t you think we all need to fight for our brothers and sisters before taking our rest? I know you do – how about everyone else?

  5. Quite frankly ,
    This is such an erroneous statement,its insulting…

    And you know I really don’t understand why your getting beaten and why people don’t like you. Gosh, we don’t have those problems, we are good people and we do good things so bad things don’t happen to us. We are BLESSED and HIGHLY FAVORED.

    Please stop with the American Christian bashing
    this is not Christlike
    to put all Christian Americans in this category is just ridiculous…
    of course we have compassion and Love for our brothers and sisters all over the world
    especially those who are being persecuted for there faith in Christ Jesus…..

    Matt 24:9
    “Then you will be handed over to be persecuted and put to death, and you will be hated by all nations because of me…..

    could it be that we all fall into this category ?
    WE DO CARE !!!

    in the Name of Jesus !

    check out this link :
    http://www.philanthropy.iupui.edu/News/2009/docs/GivingReaches300billion_06102009.pdf

  6. When I read this article 2 scriptures came to mind.

    Daniel 3:16 Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego replied to the king, “O Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to defend ourselves before you in this matter. 17If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to save us from it, and he will rescue us from your hand, O king. 18But even if he does not, we want you to know, O king, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up.”

    and also Matthew 10:32″Whoever acknowledges me before men, I will also acknowledge him before my Father in heaven. 33But whoever disowns me before men, I will disown him before my Father in heaven.
    34″Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. 35For I have come to turn
    ” `a man against his father,
    a daughter against her mother,
    a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law–
    36 a man’s enemies will be the members of his own household.’
    37″Anyone who loves his father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; anyone who loves his son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me; 38and anyone who does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me. 39Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.

    Whether God spares us or we die, or our families are divided we MUST follow Him

  7. I noticed that you changed the photograph at the top of your page. It is very nice.
    peace

  8. I am sorry, I have no room for you or your problems. You see I have my own problems here at home in America. I have lost over 40% of my yearly income and I am only living on a wage that is 8 to 10 times the average wage of people living in other countries like yours. I used to be able to choose from eight fast food restaurants on main street near my home, but now my two favorite have closed so I have to choose from six. Whats worse is that we have had to really cut back on our water consumption. We had to stop buying bottled water and have to drink the crap that comes out of the tap. How nasty, we have to drink tap water.

    Well, that’s not all, we are so busy these days with all of the stuff that we are doing at church. Gosh, we have the Monday night meeting for the sewing club and the Tuesday night couples bible study, Wednesday night is church (of course), Thursday is the men’s and women’s Bible study and Friday we usually have a Pot-Luck at someone’s house. So, you see, I really don’t have room for you in my life. How do you expect me to just drop everything that I have ever known to be RIGHT and start to worry about you and what is going on with you.

    And you know I really don’t understand why your getting beaten and why people don’t like you. Gosh, we don’t have those problems, we are good people and we do good things so bad things don’t happen to us. We are BLESSED and HIGHLY FAVORED.

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