A graduate of Elam’s three-month course recently shared his testimony with an Elam team-member. God is growing his church in miraculous ways, and truly transforming lives.
“I lay in a hospital bed bleeding critically,” recalls Masoud, “I had been stabbed five times in a fight I had started. Underage, I needed my parents to come and authorize the surgery I needed. But they did not come. My life was hanging in the balance. In that moment, all I could think of was the mess my life was in: the drugs, the dealing, the fighting, my father’s adultery, my brother’s heavy addiction, the financial stress, the stealing, the shattered relationships. Hopeless, I thought I would die with it all unresolved.
“But then one of the doctors took pity on me: he claimed to be my father, authorized the surgery, and saved my life. For the first time in my life I felt what it would be like to have a proper father: a deep yearning for a good father was sparked in me. Back at home, my brother’s addiction was so bad he left and ended up in a neighboring country, where a Christian took him in. My brother became a believer, went clean and -I did not know it at the time- but he started praying for me. Soon my mother, myself and my sisters followed my brother out of Iran. It was there that my sisters and I were also found by the Lord, and I was also set free from drugs and sin.
“The love I failed to find in my earthly father, I found in my Heavenly Father.” Masoud sits back with a smile; “Now I love to write worship songs, and it is my privilege to help lead one of the largest Iranian churches in the region.”