Seeger Chapel steeple against an orange sunset

Milligan hosts authors of ‘Captive in Iran’

MILLIGAN COLLEGE, Tenn. (Oct. 4, 2016) — After distributing Bibles in Iran for three years, two young women were arrested in 2009 and imprisoned for 259 days.

As chronicled in their book, “Captive in Iran,” these women, Maryam Rostampour and Marziyeh Amirizadeh, will tell their story at Milligan College on Tuesday, Oct. 11, at 11 a.m. in Milligan’s Mary B. Martin Auditorium located in Seeger Chapel. This event is free and open to the public.

“Maryam and Marziyeh’s remarkable story—their endurance of suffering for Christ, their utter faithfulness despite persecution most of us will never know—calls each of us to take our lives and calling seriously as followers of Jesus,” said Brad Wallace, Milligan’s campus minister. “Their talk will no doubt be a moving and powerful experience about faith against all odds.”

Despite being forbidden by Iran’s Islamic laws to share their Christian beliefs, Rostampour and Amirizadeh covertly put New Testaments into the hands of twenty thousand of their countrymen for years and started two secret house churches—narrowly escaping authorities numerous times.

Despite being arrested in 2009 and imprisoned in the notorious Evin Prison in Tehran—a place where inmates are routinely tortured and executions are swift and sudden—they continued to share their Christian faith inside the brutal prison, risking a possible death sentence. Learn more about their story at

Posted by on October 4, 2016.