Witness Statements

Farhad and Shahnaz

Farhad and Shahnaz

My name is Farhad Sabokrooh and I was born in Ahvaz in 1964. And my name is Shahnaz Jizan and I was born in 1961. We were raised in families of Mandaean faith, but became Christians shortly after the revolution of 1979.

Mojtaba Keshavarz Ahmadi

Mojtaba Keshavarz Ahmadi

My name is Mojtaba Keshavarz Ahmadi, and I was born in 1967 in Tehran, to a religious Muslim family. My inclination towards Jesus Christ wasn’t at all out of hatred for religious matters, or Islam. But I needed someone to come and fill the void in my heart.

Esmail, Fariba & Helma

Esmail, Fariba & Helma

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.

Nima Rezaei

Nima Rezaei

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.

Atena Fooladi Helabad

Atena Fooladi Helabad

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.

Ehsan Khoshgoo

Ehsan Khoshgoo

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.

Iman Shahvari

Iman Shahvari

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.

Marjan and Mani

Marjan and Mani

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.

Leila and Peyman

Leila and Peyman

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.

Emma Safaei

Emma Safaei

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].