5 Incredible Women From The Persecuted Church

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By Beth Westwood | 20 June 2017

In places where Christians are persecuted for their faith in Jesus, life is particularly hard for women. Yet time and time again we hear stories of women refusing to let go of God, even in impossible circumstances. 

Their stories encourage and challenge us. If Jesus was all we had left–would it be enough?

"I will sing aloud of Your mercy in the morning; for You have been my strong tower and hiding place in the day of my trouble." - Psalm 59:16

Maryam & Marziyeh

Maryam and Marziyeh, two believers from Iran, were placed into a situation where denying Jesus would literally save their lives.

Sharing the gospel is illegal in Iran, but it didn’t stop them from handing our bibles and starting secret houses churches.

Even when they were thrown into prison, they remained faithful to God. See how they continued to shine light into one of the darkest places in the world. 

Maryam & Marziyeh in Iran


What would you risk for your faith?

Fatima was a young woman from an Islamic family in Saudi Arabia when she decided become a Christian.

She would secretly blog and share the gospel online. Fatima began receiving insults and death threats. Fatima suffered greatly for her faith. But refused to deny Jesus, even to the very end.

Fatima in Saudi Arabia


If you were to wake up tomorrow, with only the things you thanked God for today, what would you have?

Helen Berhane was locked in a metal shipping contained in Eritrea for two-and-half years because of her faith.

Helen’s decision to continue sharing the gospel despite persecution, had a huge impact on the world around her.

Helen in Eritrea


How much do we value the name of Jesus? And how willing are we to follow even if it cost us our freedom?

Susan was just 14 years old when her strict Islamic family found out she was a Christian. Her father locked her in a room and told her to sit on the mat, until she was willing to deny Jesus. She remained there for 3 months.

Susan in Uganda

Hae Woo

North Korea has been ranked as the most dangerous country for Christians for 16 years. Being a follower of Jesus is impossible without experiencing persecution - to be a Christian in North Korea is to be radical.

Hea Woo's story is one of incredible, immovable faith despite extreme suffering.

Hea Woo in North Korea

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