Every member of the Shekoohi family paid a heavy price for converting to Christianity. For the father, it meant more than 3 years in prison, and 9 months in prison for the mother. For their daughter, Helma, who was just 12 years old, the impact was severe as both her parents were in prison.
My name is Nima Rezaei and I was born in 1979 in Sari. I became a Christian in 2006, and from that day on I started attending a house-church.
My name is Samira Fooladi Helabad, known as Atena, and I was born in 1984 in Isfahan, into an Azeri family. I have four sisters and one brother. We all grew up in Isfahan. I became a Christian in 2000 after being very attracted to the humility and love of Christ.
My name is Ehsan Khoshgoo. I was born in 1991 in Kermanshah [western Iran] and grew up in Tehran and Karaj. I was 19 years old when a friend spoke to me about Christianity and gave me a Bible.
My name is Ali Shahvari, and I was born in Tehran in 1968. After I became a Christian, I changed my name from Ali to Iman [which means “faith”], and everyone has called me by that name since then.
My name is Mohsen (Mani) Aliabady Ravari, and I was born in 1978 in Tehran. My wife Manizheh (Marjan) Bagheri was born in 1983 in Hamedan.
My name is Leila Fooladi Helabad and I was born in 1976 in Isfahan. And my name is Abbas Kiani, known as Peyman. I was born in 1975 in Khorramshahr.
My name is Azam Safaei, though now I prefer to be called Emma. I was born in 1977, and am originally from Khorasan [northeast Iran].
My name is Alireza (Parham) Mohammadpour, and I was born in 1990 in Nahavand, Hamadan Province, to a Laki-speaking family from the city of Harsin, in Kermanshah Province.
My name is Iman Ghaznavian Haghighi, and I was born in 1986 in Shiraz. My father passed away when I was 11 years old, so I had to study and work at the same time. A while later, I became a Christian and an active member of a Christian youth group.