Maryam and Marzieh Acquitted

Praise the Lord! Maryam and Marzieh have been acquitted of all charges by the Iranian judicial authorities. Elam Ministries says that they arrived safely in another country today. You can read the press release here. Thank You, Jesus! Thank you for praying, Siestas!


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  1. 51
    Deanne says:

    Thank You Lord! I read about this story for the first time in your last post about them. I was brought to tears by their story. I remember touching their story on the screen of my computer, just wanting so badly to reach out to them. I tearfully prayed for their safety and freedom and I’m not the crying type lol. Their faith and love for Jesus moved me and has taught me much. The sacrafices they have made certainly put things in perspective, and make me realize just how “easy ” it is to serve Jesus here in the USA. If in their shoes, could I possibly have thier courage? Would I have their faith in times of trouble? Could I have their endurance? I doubt not….I’m almost afraid to ask God to change that in me. Yeah…you know why.
    I pray these two beautiful women get to experience the completeness James 1:2-4 speaks of. They truly inspire me to just be more of everything for Jesus.

  2. 52
    Ginger says:

    Truly Praise the Lord for He faithful!!! Truly His hand at work!

  3. 53
    BurningHeart1 says:

    That is just wonderful News!
    Praise You most Merciful LORD!

  4. 54
    Pam Shuler says:


  5. 55
    Tara says:

    Praise the LORD!!! The world is not worthy of them.

  6. 56
    Michaela C. says:

    Praise God, praise God! I’ve been thanking him since yesterday! God is so good!

  7. 57
    Susan "Evangelism Chick" says:


    Thank you for allowing us to be a part of this journey with them. It was a privilage to pray for them.

    Praise God from whom all blessings flow!

    Giving God the Glory,

  8. 58
    Allison says:

    Praise God!!! What a testimony these two women have for Christ!

  9. 59
    Carolina Cheesehead says:

    Awesome News!

  10. 60
    Jen H. says:

    That is the most wonderful news! Thank you, Jesus!

  11. 61
    Jana says:

    Oh PRAISE God.

    Our God is bigger
    Our God is stronger…

  12. 62
    Nancy says:

    So thankful for this wonderful news! The Lord is good!

  13. 63
    Miranda says:


  14. 64
    Donna B. says:

    Praise Jesus for freedom! This is wonderful news to read just before going to sleep tonight. =) Thank you for sharing!

  15. 65
    Julie Brainard says:

    That is truly amazing! What a story!

  16. 66
    Joni says:

    To God be the glory! All power, all rule, all authority goes to Him! Amen and Amen!

  17. 67

    That’s truly wonderful Amanda. thank you for posting that.

    Here are two women half a world away who will never know how many women cried for them and prayed for them. Lets not stop praying for them… coming back to their children and families… are they married? Life needs to start again for them and I still feel compelled to pray for them…

    I’m reminded of Psalm 40:2-3.
    He lifted me out of the slimy pit,
    out of the mud and mire;
    he set my feet on a rock
    and gave me a firm place to stand.

    3 He put a new song in my mouth,
    a hymn of praise to our God.
    Many will see and fear
    and put their trust in the LORD.

    That’s what I’m praying for Miryam and Marzieh.


  18. 68
    Crissy says:

    Praise the Lord!


  19. 69
    Linda LaFrombois says:

    Praise be to God! I know God is good, even if in His sovereignty he would have ordained that Maryam and Marzieh would spend the rest of their days in prison – but it is so amazing and wonderful and sweet to taste His kindness, mercy, compassion, and strength in their release. Thank you, merciful Father. Nurse them back to health quickly, and splash your truth and glory around the globe through what you have done and will do in and through those precious lives.

    • 69.1
      Kathy B says:

      Love the way you worded that, Linda. “…splash Your truth and glory around the globe…” I hope that rings in my ears all day. Thanks!

  20. 70
    Gina says:

    Obviously the Lord is not finished with them. Yeah God!

  21. 71

    I have been hoping to see this post, what a praise! Thank You, Father, and we pray You pour showers of refreshing blessings into their lives and let their light shine for the whole world to see!

    This verse was on my Thomas Kinkade daily calendar today:
    Proverbs 4:18
    But the path of the just is as a shining light, that shineth more and more unto that perfect day.

  22. 72
    Tiffany says:

    Praise Him!!!! This is great news. Thank you for letting us know about these beautiful sisters.

  23. 73
    Deidra says:

    Praise God for His tender mercies. He is greatly to be praised.

  24. 74
    Kay says:

    Thank you for hearing our prayers!

  25. 75
    Nan Madding says:

    Praise God for hearing our many prayers – He truly is the God of miracles!

  26. 76
    Sparki2003 says:

    HALLELUJAH !!! Praise the Lord !!! I will continue to pray for these dear sisters, however.

    In Christ’s Love,

    Jennifer O.

  27. 77
    Nancy says:

    Our God is so amazing, and our knowledge of His power is even so limited. I know we in America don’t know the half of what other Christians go through for the faith, and I know many of us don’t realize how blessed we are. Thank-you for sharing the news clip, what are encouragement to my faith today. And I just happened to have needed it.
    Imagine that…

  28. 78
    Kristen says:

    Praise the LORD!!!

  29. 79
    Amanda D. says:

    Thank you so much for sharing this wonderful news!! My coworkers and I have been praying for both of these ladies ever since you first put their story on your blog. They are blessed women of God who have been given a powerful testimony – I pray their neighbors will hear and believe in the powerful, mighty God they serve!!

  30. 80
    Margaret says:

    Praise God our Great Deliverer!

  31. 81

    This is wonderful! Thank you for the update!! Praising the Lord for his mercy!

  32. 82
    Kristi Walker says:

    Praise to our Father!!! Thank you, Lord Jesus!! I simply cannot fathom one of my children being in that situation and my heart has ached for them!! Sending up prayers filled with thanksgiving to our Savior who is our “very present help”!

    South Carolina

  33. 83
    amybxhill says:

    praise the LORD! for reasons we may never fully understand, the prayers of the righteous are powerful and effective. thanks and praise be to the Lord Jesus Christ, who by His sinless life, death, and resurrection, justified sinners like us so we are righteous to stand in prayer before the Holy God of heaven and earth. prayer works girls! it works! our God is awesome… this is wonderful news!

  34. 84
    Brenda Johnson says:

    How wonderful, I am so happy for them and praise our mighty God for his faithfulness to both women.

  35. 85
    Katie says:

    Praise the Lord!!!!

  36. 86
    JoAnn from Houston says:

    Psalm 56: 3-4 When I am afraid, I will trust in you. In God, whose Word I praise, in God I trust. I will not be afraid. What can mortal man do to me?

    Thanks and praise to our Almighty and Loving Father who hears our crys and delivers us to freedom. Thank you ladies for trusting His timing and receiving God’s strength and courage. You inspire the very essence of trusting our Redeemer ! How very brave you are. We are so blessed from your story. Glory to Him who saves.

  37. 87
    Gail says:

    Just another testimony on the power of prayer! God is Great!

  38. 88
    Kimberly says:

    praise the Lord!

  39. 89
    Dionna says:

    Yay! I am cheering from here!~ Thanks for the update as I had been wondering about them….

  40. 90
    Kristi says:

    “Praise to the Lord, the Almighty, the King of creation! Oh, my soul praise Him for He is thy health and salvation. All ye who hear, now to His temple draw near; Join me in glad celebration!”

    “Praise to the Lord, who o’er all things so wondrously reigneth, Shelters thee under His wings, yes, so gently sustaineth! Hast thou not seen how all thy longings have been Granted in what He ordaineth?”

    “Praise to the Lord, who doth prosper thy work and defend thee; Surely His goodness and mercy here daily attend thee. Ponder anew what the Almighty can do, If with His love He befriend thee.”

    “Praise to the Lord! O let all that is in me adore Him! All that hath life and breath, come now with praises before Him. Let the Amen sound from His people again: Gladly for aye we adore Him.”

    (Couldn’t help thinking of these words from an age-ole hymn.)

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    Praises in the Valley says:

    praise the Lord! this is a huge answer to prayer!

  42. 92
    Tiffany M says:

    Hallelujah- thank you Jesus for this sweet victory and may I be just as steadfast in my beliefs.

  43. 93
    kimberly says:

    i was so happy to hear this news! praise the Lord for showing His faithfulness and for hearing our prayers!

    i know this isn’t the best post to request prayer, but i’m desperate and coveting the prayers of fellow sisters in Christ for my friend robert. he has been battling an extremely aggressive testicular cancer for the past 14 months. they have exhausted treatment options and even had him taking medicine for breast cancer as a last ditch effort. in his last CT scan, the doctors found new tumors in several places of his body. they have told him that they will do radiation on the tumors just to make him comfortable, but there isn’t hope for overcoming this cancer. they can’t give him an estimate for how long he will live because the cancer has proved so aggressive, which means his time here could be very short. his only hope is a miracle.
    robert is 28 and has a wife and three young kids, ages 5, almost 3, and 8 months. they are breaking the news to the two oldest kids in the next few days. they still believe that miraculous healing is possible, and over the last 14 months have received numerous encouragements and promises from the Lord about healing; however, the physical reality keeps turning downhill. the time for a miracle, if the Lord chooses to heal him, is now, which is why i’m begging my fellow siestas to join me in prayer for robert’s healing. with God all things are possible, and i truly believe that God can turn this around and make robert an incredible testimony of His power. please stand with me in prayer, that God would show His faithfulness and healing to robert, and that He would restore him to his family.

    he posts updates about what is going on here on his blog: if you want to read about his current status in more detail. thank you, my dear friends.

  44. 94
    Colleen says:

    Hallelujah! All glory to God! Who is like Him?

  45. 95
    Heather M. says:

    Praise the Lord! Our God is so faithful!

    These young women are such an awesome example of faith and perseverance. Oh that we would be as faithful under persecution.

    “May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you a spirit of unity among yourselves as you follow Christ Jesus, so that with one heart and mouth you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

  46. 96
    Jean says:

    Beth – My niece, Anna Pate, met you today in the airport. Anna and her group are on their way to China to do mission work. Our ladies in our small town have been working on your Bible Studies the last 12 years. For the past two years we have passed our Bible Study material to Anna and her friends. Needless to say, I was a very proud Auntie today when Anna called to tell me she met you and how gracious you were. She said Aunt Jean, she is just like the DVD’s so bubbly and kind. I know you are not perfect Beth, but thank you for serving a perfect Savior and sharing him with our generation and the next generation.

  47. 97
    KathyKnoblock says:

    Praise God!!! Such good news, but also mindful and prayerful for other persecuted believers that are still imprisoned and under great trials. In Jesus’ Love Kathy Knoblock

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    WorthyofLove says:

    My Heart is full of thankfulness!!!

  49. 99
    Grace Vaughn says:

    We have been praying in my Sunday School class for these women. I know God has answered all our prayers. Praise His Holy Name.

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    Kelli says:

    (Sorry if this comment comes through more than once- I”m having overseas internet problems and I can’t tell if it sent or not…)

    Praise the Lord!! I was with a group of believers recently praying through Ephesians 2 for the nations and this really reminded me of that. We live in a place that is considered, well, somewhat hostile by so much of the world, and my heart just cries out for women like this who are all over this part of the world to be “fellow citizens” worshiping with us before the throne of the King. The unity of the body of Christ- all different colors and all different nationalities- is such a beautiful picture to me, and living where we do, I am reminded daily what a huge miracle and beautiful picture this will be, and how it is truly something that ONLY GOD in his infinite power can accomplish. I mean we’ve lived here for 6 years and so often we still see the picture around us as “strange” and “alien”. How my heart cries out for them to be part of our eternal family!!

    Ephesians 2:19-22 “So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints, and are of God’s household, having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus Himself being the corner stone, in whom the whole building, being fitted together, is growing into a holy temple in the Lord, in whom you also are being built together into a dwelling of God in the Spirit.”

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