Maryam*, a single mum with two young children, has been following Jesus for about a year. Amid the coronavirus lockdown Maryam lost her job and - with no income - her cupboards soon became bare.
Finally, one agonising night, Maryam had to put her kids to bed hungry. In anguish she cried out, “Jesus, have you forgotten us?”
As she slept, Maryam had a vivid dream. Jesus himself turned up on the doorstep. Ushering him in, Maryam felt ashamed she had no refreshments to offer. But as she went to the kitchen to fetch water, she was surprised to see the fridge suddenly bursting with food. She ran back to thank Jesus, but he had disappeared.
Just then, the doorbell woke Maryam from her dream. Two men were outside with a large parcel. Maryam opened the package, and – seeing it was filled with food – she fainted. As the men were bringing Maryam round, they explained that they were Christians, out secretly making deliveries of food. Maryam could not stop weeping as they parted ways: she realised Jesus had not forgotten her.
These delivery men were two of Elam’s 230+ trained leaders that are serving across the Iran region. Many of these leaders have been organising and delivering aid to those in the most acute need as an opportunity to share the love of Christ.
*Maryam is a pseudonym.