Female Christian Converts to Face Iranian Judge

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Two young women who converted from Islam to Christianity will soon face an Iranian court.

Maryam Rostampour, 27, and Marzieh Amirizadeh, 30, were arrested last year. They were held and abused for six months in a Tehran prison. Numerous reports say the women were detained for converting to Christianity.

According to Elam Ministries, who has been following their case from the beginning, the women are still recuperating from their time in prison. Elam reported Thursday that they "remain unwell, weak and suffering from various illnesses."

Despite their sufferings, Rostampour and Amirizadeh are "determined to be faithful to the Lord and speak the truth in court whatever the consequence of personal cost," the ministry said.

At their original hearing they were asked to recant their Christian faith in exchange for freedom, but they refused.

"Maryam and Marzieh have greatly inspired us all," said Sam Yeghnazar, director of Elam Ministries, in an earlier statement. "Their love for the Lord Jesus and their faithfulness to God has been an amazing testimony."

Iran eventually released the women, but only under the condition they would return for a court hearing, which will start Tuesday.

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