A path to Jesus’ love
Rachel’s journey toward faith took her to a house church service for the first time. Later that day, Rachel had a dream about Jesus and gave her life to Him. She went from a feeling of emptiness to being filled with Christ’s love. The love she felt from Jesus was so overwhelming that it pushed aside anything else—persecution wasn’t a concern, much less getting arrested. “I just wanted to worship God,” Rachel says. “Nothing else mattered.”
For two years she attended the house church, drinking in the “spiritual milk,” as she calls it, she received at the house church. Her husband also began to follow Jesus. Soon, they had a daughter. The journey with the love of Jesus continued.
Rachel’s house church was bursting at the seams with all the new believers who kept coming. After attending for about two years, Rachel and her husband became leaders of the house church. Being a house church leader in Iran meant carrying more risk than being ordinary church members, but even with the birth of her daughter, Rachel didn’t worry. “Of course, the risks crossed my mind every once in a while, but I always tempered that thought saying ‘God will protect us,’” she says.
Even with God protecting them, Rachel and her fellow leaders were very cautious in communication, and always used public phones to talk with each other. Kimya and the other children grew up in a church that was blessed with a Sunday school—which can be rare in the underground church in Iran—but they knew that they couldn’t talk about church with their classmates. “God gave our children wisdom,” Rachel says.
And then, one day, the secret police came for Rachel. She escaped the first time. But the second time, they were more careful. While her husband was taking Kimya to school, the police arrested Rachel and took her to prison.