(Open Doors USA) — It all started with a phone call.
Not a phone call from Payam himself but a phone call from his Muslim mother. She was concerned about her son’s behavior. He was selling everything they owned to buy drugs. The 21-year-old was even beating his father for money. “I don’t know what to do anymore,” she told me over the phone. “Can you please talk to him?”
I started praying for Payam, and I called him on the number his mother gave me. He wasn’t very eager to talk to me. “Who is this and why are you calling me?” was the first thing he said to me. I continued praying and calling him every once in a while to ask how he was doing. One day he sent me an email. “Please call me,” he wrote, “I am in trouble.”
When I called him, he started to cry. “What’s wrong?” I asked.