Reminder That GOD Is Still Working
Noushin (not her real name) is a Christian house church leader in
Until the day when the secret police knocked on her door.
The following story was relayed to a counselor working in one of
Blindfolded, and kidnapped from her home, Noushin was taken to prison and put
into solitary confinement. As she noted, "the smell of the cell made me sick."
Having heard horrifying stories about what happens to Christians in Iranian
prisons, she was fearful that if tortured, she would give up the names of those
in her church, or even deny her faith.
Hours later, guards took her from her small cell and walked her up darkened corridors. Noushin begged the Holy Spirit to keep her strong regardless of what waited for her at the end of the hall.
Directed to sit in a chair in front of an interrogator, she was asked, "Why did you become a Christian, and why are you seducing other Muslims to do the same?" At first, Noushin was filled with such intense fear she was unable to answer. Then just as suddenly, a calming peace washed over her. The type of peace, she said, that could only come from the Holy Spirit's presence. Sitting up, she boldly responded, "It's an honor for me to talk about Jesus."
The interrogator's face twisted in anger with her every word. "You also need Jesus in your life," she added. "I want you to experience the joy and blessing of salvation. I can't keep silent about this."
Incensed, the man sent Noushin back to her cell, warning her that her testimony would cost her dearly. Later, still hearing the interrogator's words ringing in her ears, the fear returned, and she decided to keep silent about her faith. But the following day, in front of her captor, she was touched again and joyfully shared about Jesus.
Thrown back in her cell, Noushin fell asleep, only to be startled awake late in the evening by a knock on her cell door. It was her interrogator. Immediately Noushin thought he'd come to rape and torture her. "Don't be afraid," he reassured her. "I need your prayer."
Over the next hour Noushin ministered to the man who, in the end, surrendered his heart to the Lord. Following her prayer with him, he took her hands and exclaimed, "This is the first time I have experienced the peace and love of God in my life!"
My Brothers and Sisters in Christ, inspiring testimonies like these are a powerful reminder that God is still working in