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More than a year in the notorious Evan prison in Iraq they're crying spreading the word of christianity.
After months of interrogation solitary confinement in the thread of execution they say it was through God's will and a massive public outcry that they were finally released.
To me now is Marian -- of course.
And Mars Zia Emery is a how to do it happens.
Thanks so much ladies for being here this morning you have a very heroic story to tell.
-- bring me back to the time where you met each other you report in Iran -- -- studied together in Turkey current.
And you met -- -- -- -- -- -- Five.
Be -- -- to each other in a Turkey debating my -- by it Christian conference in Turkey.
And they had planned to study tells -- -- there and -- and that's and being we tend to it Don and have you sought to -- you know.
-- he started of secret house church there.
You're not talking about christianity which it's against the law on Iraq to do that correct yes -- had to house searches.
-- our own apartment one for a prostitute and one for young people.
And of course is cynical and so you were arrested.
You were taken to Evan prison which we all know here in America is the worst prison in Iran yes you were their 259.
Days and you talk in the book about this horrific treatment that you had there.
Which one of your roommates was actually executed -- there.
One of -- best friend.
After the that's when this.
I I remember about.
A few months after the -- -- -- -- executives have.
And that was a threat that you faced on a daily basis.
We have about ten courts when -- varying -- and every time -- -- the -- -- the judges told us that it was supposed to execute just by hanging and we that he AMD's not just judges.
-- also for us.
-- -- -- -- -- So you knew that by talking about christianity in that country that you might face this kind of unknown punishment and for how long nobody knew.
What was it about your faith that.
Need to continue to.
-- -- -- -- Not just come -- to to a Christian religion of the concert that our staff.
He didn't they don't come sit down -- just religious.
-- the ability in golf it's Jesus and the had many -- our relationship with Jesus you have -- -- -- touched his -- And all of his experience.
Because of all of his experience -- me.
Come back to to christianity.
And Alfred was very important for us and because she is -- in Bible says that if you want to be my father you must pick up your own costs and -- me.
And so as -- followed up Jesus -- was very important for us to.
Past today's victory so became -- in your life mission -- I understand that you know -- -- the wife.
Of the pastor who's currently imprisoned there we covered him on this shelf pastor -- you got thinking yes he was doing the same kind of work although he was living in the US now.
He went back to Iran he's now also in Evan prison.
What you know about his captivity there and.
Com I should I went to the same church that say keeping Iran and I know him personally and there I know his wife.
I'm so sorry that teasing.
This situation I heard that their situation is not make good and is also another union passed factually Chatzky and I'm -- it's been three years at facing treason and he has the same prison for three more years.
Like say he also has found the two children and there are many Christians in and -- in prison and also other prisons in other cities.
And just because of their fates and nobody knows them and they don't have any voice outside Iran are -- -- -- -- to be ways for them you.
When you're doing just that the book is captive in Iran Marianne and Mars do you think some things --
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