Reaching Iran

Wednesday, July 19th, 2017
Fatemah* was depressed, addicted to drugs and contemplating suicide. When she turned on her TV she happened upon an episode of Elam’s popular show, 'Time for Worship’. As she heard the message of hope, she wept. Fatemah gave her life to the Lord during a phone conversation with our follow-up team. She later explained, “Jesus has given me hope and new life.” She has been freed from...
Friday, July 07th, 2017
Meet Amir. Amir is in his 70s and lives in Tehran. Amir's son Mehdi* is a refugee in a country near to Iran. Recently Amir was surprised to receive an insistent invitation from Mehdi: "Papa, you must come and visit me." Because of his age and health, Amir was reluctant, but finally agreed. “I didn't know why I was making this long journey.” On arrival, Amir learnt that his son had become a Christian after...
Thursday, April 13th, 2017
Behrouz* was trained through Elam’s three-month leadership and church planting course, in a country near Iran, during 2016. The day after he returned to Iran, Behrouz went to a park to pray, asking the Lord for an opportunity to share the Gospel. A stranger soon approached him, asking for a cigarette. Instead, Behrouz bravely handed him a New Testament. Intrigued, the stranger revealed he was disillusioned...
Monday, February 13th, 2017
  Playful. Dynamic. Full of truth. Elam's TV show 'Garden of Friendship' teaches young Iranians about Jesus and the Bible. Very little is available to reach and disciple Iranian children, so this show fills a serious void. Please join us in praying for: The show to be useful and effective for Iranian churches and families as they disciple children; 'Garden of Friendship' to reach...
Thursday, December 08th, 2016
Dr. Behrang Masoumi is a core member of the Elam team, training many Iranian believers for ministry. He shares his story: “You like parties, Behrang, so why not come to the Christmas party at my church? It’s a birthday celebration for Jesus!” That was the first time I learnt one of my relatives was a Christian.  I was shocked. I was even more shocked to discover that she had been secretly...
Thursday, November 03rd, 2016
Revd Canon J.John, a popular British evangelist, is having an increasing impact on the Persian-speaking world. Elam translated and dubbed J.John’s excellent and challenging ‘Just 10’ series of televised sermons on the 10 Commandments. Now the dubbed series is being broadcast weekly by satellite into Iran and the wider region, reaching vast Persian-speaking audiences with the preacher’s challenging, relevant,...
Friday, September 23rd, 2016
214 Iranians and Afghans were baptized earlier this week in a joyful service in a country near Iran.  People from eight different Persian-speaking churches gathered together to share the story of how Jesus had changed their life, and to be baptized. The theme for the whole day was ‘Jesus changes lives’, and this powerful truth was underscored by every testimony. Mohammad was suicidal, but Jesus had...
Tuesday, August 30th, 2016
“Mahmoud has become a totally new person since he met Christ,” beams Vahid, talking about his disciple. “Honestly, I’m jealous of the deep love Mahmoud has for the Lord. He’s the one ministering to me these days.” Vahid, an Elam internet pastor, tells more of Mahmoud’s story: “I was introduced to Mahmoud online.  He was a volatile young man: he had a very short fuse and used fifthly language freely. He...
Monday, July 25th, 2016
More than a million migrants and refugees crossed into Europe in 2015, and the inflow of people has continued unabated in 2016. The mass movement of people away from their homelands is a tragic symptom of chaos and brokenness in the world.  But God can shine light into any darkness. Many churches across Europe are opening their doors and their hearts to the incoming refugees. Individuals and...
Tuesday, June 14th, 2016
Invited to speak to at a conference for  Christian missionaries in a European capital, Iranian evangelist Bahram wondered whether the long journey would be worth it. But he had made a commitment, so he went. At the conference, Bahram shared about his ministry in a city in the Iran Region where every Sunday about five hundred Iranians gathered. In the last couple of years over four hundred new...
Friday, May 06th, 2016
Every day Iranian pastors and evangelists are sharing the gospel with people inside Iran via the Internet. On Skype, Facebook, WhatsApp, Viber, and many others platforms, pastors are talking about Jesus. By God’s grace, people are coming to Christ. And house churches are being formed. New believers are discipled one-to-one over the internet, and they are also connected to an internet church. These meet in...
Friday, April 08th, 2016
During the recent Persian New Year (Norouz) outreach in a country near Iran, an Iranian family was given New Testaments by a team of street evangelists.  The family excitedly declared that they had been searching for the Scriptures inside Iran for a long time without success.  And following a deep conversation, the whole family gave their lives to Christ right there on the street. They have returned...
Friday, March 18th, 2016
Persian New Year (Norouz) falls on March 20th and the whole country shuts down for two weeks. Nearly everyone is on holiday, and thousands travel outside Iran to neighbouring countries. This is a fantastic opportunity for Christians to share the Gospel. As the evangelism teams reach out with the good news, they need our prayers. Thousands of Persian New Testaments will be given out as evangelism teams...
Thursday, February 18th, 2016
“With this program we can worship in a new way.” Elam’s new TV program ‘Time for Worship’ is proving very popular with believers in Iran and beyond.  Most house churches in Iran have no one to lead worship. This program is designed to give Christians and house churches a weekly, fresh worship experience in which they can participate. Each half-hour episode of 'Time for Worship' features Iranian...
Wednesday, January 20th, 2016
Beautiful. Engaging. Dynamic. In 2013 the New Testament 'Action Bible' was launched in Persian. Now 30,000 copies of the whole ‘Action Bible’ have come off the press. This magnificent publication has enormous potential to enthuse Iranian children and youth with a love for the Scriptures. The New Testament 'Action Bible' has been incredibly popular with Iranian children and young teens....
Monday, December 21st, 2015
Everyone knows the Middle East is a region in conflict. But it’s in conflict not only in terms of the wars we see on the news. People in the Middle East are also dealing with the day-to-day interpersonal conflict that plagues all people, everywhere. And the reality is that the church is no exception. In Iran’s young church, it is vital for leaders know how to manage conflict well. That’s why Elam organised a...
Thursday, November 12th, 2015
During the summer months 35,000 New Testaments were distributed to Iranian tourists in one city alone in a country neighbouring Iran. Iranians like Hassan received them: Hassan was travelling outside Iran. Somebody gave him a Persian New Testament and he took it gladly. In his own city, which is very religious,  he had had no idea how to get hold of a New Testament. Now he has one, and he is reading it...
Thursday, October 22nd, 2015
Iranians can now read the new Persian translation of the Bible on their smart phones and devices via the YouVersion app.  The celebrated Persian Bible has been released on the world’s most popular Bible application and website. Millions in Iran have smart phones, meaning they can access the Word digitally. This exciting milestone is the result of hard work by the Elam and YouVersion teams...
Thursday, September 17th, 2015
“I had kept my faith secret for years. I come from a Muslim family and I had never found a way of telling my parents that I had converted to Christianity. I was especially concerned about my mother’s reaction, as she is very devout. “But when my parents came to visit me recently, everything changed. And all because I had been reading 'Mere Christianity' by C.S.Lewis in Persian.  I had spent three weeks...
Thursday, August 27th, 2015
As Behnaz finished sharing her family's story I tried to absorb it all: so much suffering for their faith. Fighting back my anger at the trauma they had been forced to endure in Iran, I asked Behnaz how we could pray for her. Expecting her to mention her family’s uncertain future, or their difficult present circumstances, I was surprised by her response: ‘Pray for Nadia: she has had no...

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