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“Many women risk imprisonment and torture by being active evangelists,” she said. “And because God gives them the strength to take this risk, each day new people, men and women, get to know the love of Christ and get to know their true identity: beloved children of God.”

In the Christian charity’s 17-page report, Women Rebuilding the Future of the Church, it found that women often work as evangelists, Sunday School teachers and house-church leaders. In addition, more women are playing a key role in underground churches compared to many Western countries.

Open Doors revealed that at least 193 Christians were arrested or imprisoned for their faith in Iran last year. Christianity is suppressed in the country. Although converting away from Islam is illegal there, an estimated 800,000 became believers, mostly from Islamic backgrounds. They attend underground churches throughout the country.

Azada, who runs a house church, told Open Doors that Christianity appeals to Iranian women because they gain a new found confidence in Jesus. She said she is in contact with female converts on a daily basis.

“Many women risk imprisonment and torture by being active evangelists,” she said. “And because God gives them the strength to take this risk, each day new people, men and women, get to know the love of Christ and get to know their true identity: beloved children of God.”

Another convert, Shifa, has created an online church group where new members of faith can connect with other Christians and encourage each other.

“What I didn’t have then – pastoral care and someone to disciple me – I can give to them now,” she said. “The Bible alone is not enough. To grow as a Christian you also need your fellow Christians to grow and to pray with.”

Sources:
Worldwatchmonitororg. (2017). World Watch Monitor. https://www.worldwatchmonitor.org/2017/01/4871168/

Premier. (2017). Premier. https://www.premier.org.uk/News/World/Women-play-a-major-role-in-the-spread-of-Christianity-in-Iran

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