Thank you for writing to Maryam Naghash Zargaran! After being released from prison in Iran last year, she has now been able to read your letters, and is amazed and overwhelmed at how many people were praying for her.
Schoolteacher Maryam was arrested in 2013 and imprisoned for four years because of her involvement with house churches. She was also involved with an orphanage run by Pastor Saeed Abedini, who was arrested as well.
In 2017, Maryam was eventually released. Open Doors ran a letter-writing campaign for her, and many believers from around the world wrote to her. Unfortunately, most of the letters were kept from her while she was in prison. Since being released, she has finally been able to read the letters you wrote.
Maryam was particularly impacted by a letter sent from an 11-year-old girl, who writes that Maryam inspires her with her faith.
She says, “I thought everyone had forgotten about me when I was in prison.
“One of the most difficult things in prison was being away from children. I missed the sounds of children playing around me. You don’t hear them in prison. Every September, the start of the school year, I cried. I thought I was only thinking about the children, but the children were thinking about me, too. They didn’t know me, they didn’t know I was a teacher. But they sent me letters, and now I realise that during those years in prison, when I was crying for the children, they were there with me in prayer.
I want to thank everyone who prayed for me. I may never meet them in person, I might never be able to embrace them, but they are my family. I want to say a big thank you. I send you love and kisses. You are in my heart and so dear to me.”
- For Maryam as she readjusts to life outside of prison. Pray that God would heal her wounds, and give her fresh strength as she begins this new season in her walk with Him
- For Christians in Iran who are imprisoned or facing trial, that God would fill them with His peace and wisdom, and that justice would be done
- For greater freedom of religion in Iran, that God would stir the hearts of those in power and bring about change.