I’m 24 years old and was born in Afghanistan. I was a member of an extremist group until I escaped them and came to Iran.
I was young and loved rifles, and all I heard was about killing this person and that person because we were told they were no good, attacking infidels and those who had become Christians. We were told we have to go to war against them. One day, my father was asleep, and I ran away. I worked and earned 20 Rupees a day, and with hardship, I managed to get to Iran.
I saw smugglers, with around 100 people they were trafficking, who told me they had ways of getting there and I too went with them. I don’t know how we got across the mountains, through hunger and thirst, sleeping in the cold in the mountains and fields.
I came and worked in a shop and then, aged 15, I became a builder’s apprentice, and so the days passed. I experienced much hardship to be able to have light in my life. I got to read His book and found Him. One of my friends was a Christian and told me all about his faith over the phone. When I read the Bible, I understood that what I had been taught is very different. Someone who reads the Bible can go to his God and solve his problems.
Before I gave my heart, I read the book and today, as I sit here, if you were to ask me, I feel I am in the right place. I am happy that I have found the way for me. May the Lord allow us to open a doorway to [bring light to my family] for my heart aches for my father and mother. They don’t answer my calls and I know if they found me, they would kill me. Even here, I am in danger. To my father, I hope you live a long and healthy life. I am your child, but I don’t want to live in a dark world.
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