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Jan 04, 2019 by Dick

This Abused Muslim Woman Became A Pastor

Leading two churches in Sweden, bringing more than thousand Muslims to Christ and speaking before the Queen of Sweden is something no one would have expected from a Muslim woman from Iran who was fighting for her life. Says Annahita Parsan to CBN.

Born in Iran, Annahita Parsan was raised in a Muslim culture and grew up feeling powerless and irrelevant. She hoped for a family one day and to have a good thriving marriage. But unfortunately her first loving husband died unexpectedly in an accident, and brought her into a second marriage that was violent and terrible. She feared for her life and thought the abuse would be the end of her. 

Abusive husband and father
In her book: 'stranger no more' she writes about the abuse but it is not something she likes to adress now: "It's not that easy speaking about that." She says about her abuse: "I didn't know anything. It was darkness. It was a really bad life." 
Being stuck in an abusive marriage where she was beaten by a shovel by her former husband and would have bruises and cuts all over her body. Parsan shares that she tried to commit suicide through an overdosis of pills.

Roksana, Parsans daugther can remember the violent actions of her father. When she was just a little girl her father threatened to slit her throat. "We wanted more cookies. Supernormal, and we ran up and we like said, 'More cookies! More cookies!' And he came up with a knife, put it to my throat and he said, 'Ask for cookies again.'"

"We wanted more cookies. Supernormal, and we ran up and we like said, 'More cookies! More cookies!' And he came up with a knife, put it to my throat and he said, 'Ask for cookies again.'"

Roksana speaks about her mom: "She was striving to just survive for us, just survive to make a better life for us. And maybe that was something God had implanted in her so that she would have something to hold onto."

From Iran to Turkey to Christ
The Journey Annahita Parsan has walked sounds like a Hollywood movie script. It has has the dramatics and the happy ending. 

In 1984 Parsan and her husband and children fled Iran through the mountains to Turkey. Eventually they made it to Denmark where she divorced her still abusive husband. This is also where she heard the gospel for the first time. But her faith came alive in Sweden. She and her two children moved there and prayed. "We are Christians, from now on."

"We are Christians, from now on."

The happy ending 
Annahita Parsan has in the mean time led more than 1500 Muslims to Christ and leads two churches. She is passionate to disciple Muslim believers and seeing her church filled with 'the God who loves'.

But danger still lurks and Sweden has had an increase of Muslim immigrants and also dangerous radicals. Parsan said about Sweden: "…is a free country. But it's dangerous, too."

From a life of abuse and hopelessness, she can see that God had a different plan. "God loved me and he was in my life from the beginning," Parsan said. 



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