Two days ago, at our annual staff retreat, we woke up to the news that Iran had targeted two US military bases in Iraq. Tensions around the globe were high. That morning our team prayed, along with many others.
Our team includes people from many nations, including Iranians and Americans. There was a remarkable love and unity as we all prayed together. I wish you could have witnessed the glorious moment when the Iranians and Americans passionately prayed for and blessed each other. It was a beautiful picture of the unity the Gospel brings.
As we interceded, a recurring prayer resounded around the room: 'Thy Kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.'
We don’t know what the future holds, but we are praying more fervently than ever that God’s Kingdom would come in Iran, that fearful hearts would find hope in Christ, and that the church would be strengthened and unified.
Elam was founded with the conviction that whatever happens politically, Jesus reigns from His heavenly throne. Our name, 'Elam', is taken from Jeremiah 49:38 where God says, “I will set my throne in Elam.” (Elam was a key province in the Persian empire). Our name is a statement of faith that the Lord will keep his promise and have his way in Iran.
That is why whatever the geopolitical circumstances, our mission remains the same: to strengthen and expand the church in the Iran region and beyond.
As we go forward into 2020, we are keenly aware of the need to have faithful intercessors like you praying with us, 'Thy Kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.'