The stories of Iman and Mohammad begin with a Christmas service hosted by an Elam church in a country near to Iran. On this one night these two men received a message that would transform their lives.
Iman is a refugee from Iran. He attended this Christmas service and heard the Gospel proclaimed for the first time. His heart was open and he eagerly took home a copy of the New Testament.
One week later, a small group leader from the church received a phone call from Iman.
“I’ve read the New Testament twice from cover to cover since Christmas,” Iman said, “How can I follow this Jesus?” That night, Iman joined the small group and gave his heart to the Lord.
The group was overjoyed.
Mohammad, a visitor from Iran, was in the same Christmas service. Unlike Iman, Mohammad’s heart was hard. Church members spent time explaining the Good News but he was not interested. He very reluctantly took a New Testament before returning home to Iran.
The same small group leader later received a second phone call. This time it was Mohammad calling from inside Iran.
The leader was surprised to hear Mohammad weeping down the line. His heart had changed since he had returned home. He had read the New Testament and had come to understand that he needed Jesus.
So over the phone, Mohammad was also led in a prayer of repentance.
We praise the Lord that thousands of people heard the Good News through Christmas outreach efforts in Iran and the wider region. At least 95 people, including Iman and Mohammad, made a commitment to follow Christ.
And we are so thankful for your prayers and support that make this kind of outreach, and the ongoing discipleship of new believers, possible.
Please pray for:
- Iman and Mohammad to grow in their new faith
- Those who are discipling new believers
- Ongoing outreach efforts during 2018.
*Names have been changed for security reasons.