My name is Nasrin and I serve God by sharing the Good News amongst Iranians and Afghans in Turkey. In our church in Central Turkey, many have committed their lives to Jesus, among them are twelve Afghans. One Afghan family who recently joined our community came to Turkey six months ago with absolutely nothing, having been persecuted for their faith in Iran. They spent their first five months in Turkey living in a park near the bus terminal before they became connected to our church. A fellow Afghan has since taken them in, allowing them to spend the nights in his home.
This is their story…
In 1979, Majeed migrated from Afghanistan to Iran with his wife Forozan, first living in Zahedan, then in Mashhad. This couple committed their hearts to Christ in 2010 via a programme on Mohabat TV called ‘Avaz masih’ (The Song of Christ) which was specially made for Afghans. Five of their six children have also committed their lives to Jesus, thanks to the witness of their parents.
In early 2012, two of their sons, Kader and Farah, and their Iranian daughter-in-law, Somaye, were arrested by the intelligence agency when undercover special forces broke into their home and arrested them. Their parents pursued their case through the court and police, but were unsuccessful. Shortly afterwards, their daughter Taban and her husband were arrested in Tehran, and although Taban was released after two days, her husband stayed in prison for six months. Although he was officially accused of robbery, all the interrogators’ questions were about his faith in Christianity.
'A friend of his brother, who worked for the intelligence agency, told him that his daughter-in-law had been killed and that they shouldn’t follow the case anymore...'
Ten months after these incidents, Majeed was arrested by the intelligence agency and held for one day. He was interrogated and tortured so much that there are still marks on his body to this day. During the interrogations, they told him that they were the ones behind the arrests of his sons and daughter-in-law, Kader, Somaye and Farah.
After his release, Majeed continued to search for answers about what happened to his children, until a friend of his brother, who worked for the intelligence agency, told him that his daughter-in-law had been killed and that they shouldn’t follow the case anymore due to the dangers involved.
Since then we hadn’t heard any news regarding their situation until they arrived in Turkey. They fled in March 2016 and registered a file with the UN. Majeed is now too old to find work and has no income, hence the family living in a park when they first arrived in Turkey.
'Now they are safe and connected to our believing community where they can be supported physically, emotionally and spiritually.'
Other family members in Iran have committed their lives to Christ through the father of the family, but the severe persecution and danger made it impossible for this family to remain. Now they are safe and connected to our believing community where they can be supported physically, emotionally and spiritually. This family has endured enormous hardship and bears the scars in many ways. We ask you to join us in prayer for these beloved brothers and sisters, for healing from the past, hope for the future and a deeper knowledge of the unfailing love of our God.
Thank you for your prayers and support.
*names changed to protect identity