FOROUGH PIRSEYEDI, 1939–2015
Forough was born into a Muslim family in Tehran, the capitol city of Iran, in February 1939. She married Shahab who became a manager of the Agriculture Bank. Forough and Shahab were married for 56 years, during which time she gave birth to their firstborn son, Shahriar, then to three daughters, Sharzad, Lili, and Ladan. During the marriage, Forough and Shahab moved to different Iranian cities due to Shahab’s work, and settled in 2013 in Northern Iran, near the Caspian Sea.
In 2013, Forough came to the United States to visit Rahi, Lili, and Sam. She had not seen them for 6 years. During her trip Jesus met with Forough. She received him as her Savior and Lord and was baptized at SRC on her last Sunday in the United States, September 15, 2013.
Returning to Tehran because of family health concerns, Forough went to be with her Savior around midnight on Monday, March 2, 2015. She died in hospital in Tehran hospital due to a bleeding stomach, and went to her Father in Heaven. This is her testimony:
Almost four years ago I heard that Lili and Rahi had come to Christ. I could not believe it and was saddened by the news, yet I did not take the news seriously. That is, until six months ago I came to America and recognized that they had become earnest believers and very insistent that I, too, believe in Jesus Christ.
I was very sad. When they spoke about the Word of God and of Jesus Christ during the first two months, I just got angry and told them to please stop. I even told them that if they continued I would go back to Iran, for I had just come for a visit and not to change my religion. I asked them not to speak anymore about Christianity. So they spoke no more about their faith, but I saw in their actions how they lived their lives. A miracle had happened to them. I also saw their contact with the church and other believers. This made me think deeply about Christianity. I had many questions about it. A few times, when Dr. Tim visited me, he answered my questions very logically and I really felt comforted. I recognized that I was living as a Muslim only in name, and was not really a Muslim. In fact, I did not have any religion.
I discerned in all this the plan of God. He brought my children to the United States and then he brought me to visit them, and, in doing so, to meet Jesus Christ. I saw, thereby, the need to believe in Jesus Christ. I am so glad and thankful for that. At last, at the age of 74, I now recognize my religion. I found and chose it, but, of course, I should say that God chose me and found me and gave me in Jesus the grace of salvation.
“But we ought always to give thanks to God for you, brothers beloved by the Lord, because God chose you as the firstfruits to be saved, through sanctification by the Spirit and belief in the truth.” (2 Thessalonians 2:13)
What I meant for evil, God meant for good!