For over twenty years Elam has supported the church in Iran. When the government closed down the Bible Society and made training impossible, Elam took on these responsibilities (see Reaching Iran). And whenever persecution has been unleashed against the church, as has happened in recent months, Elam has spoken out for her to the free world. When tragically Christian leaders have been martyred, Elam has been there for the families.
Children's deaths not in vain
On October 24th, 1969, Mark and Gladys Bliss, close friends of Elam founder Sam Yeghnazar, lost all three of their young children in a car accident. More than 40 years after the tragedy, their memories of Karen, Debbie, and Mark are as poignant as ever. But this is their witness: ‘The Lord has been so good.’ And that witness in the midst of such suffering deeply impacted the Iranian church. READ MORE
ABOUT SUFFERING BUT GROWING CHURCH
Iran must be held to account for persecution of Christians
But other Christians still held
Nothing is certain.
More background on the Christians being held solely for their faith.
A special report documenting six months of heightened persecution of Christians in Iran.
Accounts of the arrest of Christians over the festive period.
The pressures on Church leaders in Iran
Some have been released but many more are still held in prison for their fatih.
The amazing story of Mojtaba and his family.
First hand account of their time in Iran's notorious Evin Prison
Brave Christians that have paid the ultimate price
The orbituary of Rev. Soodmand
Read how a couple being chased by the secret police gain favour with a hotel manager
Planting churches in Iran sounds like a difficult challenge because of the real danger of persecution. Read how it is done
Find out how despite of the persecution, the Iranian church is growing.
Set to Samuel Barber's poignant 'Adagio for Strings', a video presentation highlighting the ongoing persecution.