Reaching Iran

Monday, September 28th, 2020
New believer Hassan was burdened by guilt. Before coming to Christ, he had lived a life of promiscuity, seeking out relationships with many women. So Hassan was convinced God could not use him. Then, one week, Hassan's fellowship group gathered and used Elam's 'Weekly Fellowship' resource to structure their meeting. As Hassan listened to the recorded sermon from the book of Joshua about how Rahab...
Monday, September 28th, 2020
Behnam is a labourer in Iran. When Christians recently offered him a food parcel as part of our pandemic-prompted relief ministry, Behnam said something remarkable: “I didn’t think anyone cared about us. For the past ten months I’ve only earned enough to buy bread. Tonight, my family can eat rice for the first time. You are surely messengers from God.” When the believers shared with him about Christ,...
Monday, August 31st, 2020
During the coronavirus pandemic, many in Iran have put their trust in Jesus as friends and family across the world have reached out with the gospel. Ali, an Iranian Christian refugee in Europe, has been praying for his family in Iran for a long time. During August, he had the joy of seeing his brother, Javad, come to Christ. As Ali and Javad started to walk through the Safar discipleship journey, ...
Monday, August 31st, 2020
A new episode of Time for Worship has been blessing thousands of Iranian believers since its release this month. Believers inside Iran have been using it to worship together, as have numerous churches in the wider region. The team behind the popular worship series has worked tirelessly during the coronavirus lockdown to keep producing new content to bless and encourage Persian-speaking...
Monday, August 31st, 2020
Hojat was a foul-mouthed and angry employer who abused others to gain wealth. One employee, Ehsan, became a Christian a few months ago and was being discipled through Safar. Ehsan was enduring Hojat's abuse daily. Then one day, after another explosive episode, Ehsan felt God say to him, “I want to bless your boss through your prayers.” Ehsan was surprised, but from that time he began to pray...
Friday, July 31st, 2020
Afshin* led three people to Christ in one week. He knew these new believers needed their own copies of the Word of God so he called an Elam-trained church planter. Within one hour, Afshin had his hands on three Bibles and ten New Testaments - so the new believers could get involved in evangelism right away. Hossein and Azin* are faithful witnesses in Iran - they are discipling...
Monday, July 06th, 2020
Ali is a young man who works in the shipping industry in Iran. In June 2020, he was browsing Instagram and - to his surprise - saw that many of his friends were sharing the same live video. Intrigued, he clicked and began to watch. His heart leapt with excitement as he realised it was a Christian worship service being broadcast from a neighbouring country. ...
Monday, July 06th, 2020
In this three-minute video, eight believers* from the Iran region explain how starting to walk with Christ changed everything for them. You will hear how God is saving souls, renewing identities, restoring marriages, granting freedom from unforgiveness, and calling people to boldly follow Him.  Give thanks to God for how he is at work in people's hearts and lives, and pray for...
Thursday, May 28th, 2020
Shervin’s mother was in a fluster. A steady stream of dirty water was leaking through the ceiling, into the kitchen. She was desperately trying to mop up the mess while worrying they wouldn’t be able to find a plumber due to the coronavirus lockdown. Just then, 11-year-old Shervin came into the kitchen and, seeing his mother’s distress, said, “Mum, we should pray.” Believers in Jesus, they stopped and asked for...
Monday, March 23rd, 2020
Three weeks ago, I spoke with over 100 key Iranian pastors and leaders on a secure, online conference call about how we can continue to strengthen and expand the church in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis.   Circumstances have long forced the church in Iran to exist and grow outside the walls of a building. In fact, it was when Iranian Christians were told they are not allowed to meet in buildings that...
Friday, February 28th, 2020
Later this year, Elam will be providing training for about 100 Iranian believers who minister among young people.   This training will inspire, equip and resource these youth leaders to love and effectively disciple the many teenagers in the Iranian church.   We want to see the next generation of Persian-speakers become faithful disciples who play their part in the story...
Friday, February 28th, 2020
Another 13 Iranian believers have recently embarked on Elam’s three-month leadership and church planting course in a country close to Iran. In this intensive process, these students are studying under some of the best Persian-speaking Bible teachers. They rise early each morning for devotions, followed by classes, personal study and practical ministry tasks until late most evenings. Over...
Friday, November 22nd, 2019
"For some of our brothers the change that had happened in their hearts was clearly visible on their joyful faces," says a ministry leader, reflecting on a recent week-long conference through which 41 Christian men from Iran were deeply impacted. "These men returned home changed. We have heard that many of the wives are amazed at how differently their husbands behave with...
Thursday, October 24th, 2019
12 new students have recently started Elam’s residential three-month course in church planting, leadership and evangelism. The group, studying in the Iran region, includes: M - who has known great suffering in her past but is now a bold evangelist; A&N - their mentors describe them as having 'courageous, warrior hearts'; R - who has a deep and abounding love for people; V...
Thursday, October 24th, 2019
Between January and July this year, more than 100,000 copies of the Word of God in Persian were distributed across Iran and the surrounding region. This huge number represents: Tens of thousands of spiritually open Iranians receiving a New Testament; Tens of thousands of new believers getting their first copy of the Bible; Hundreds of house churches and small fellowships newly able to gather...
Wednesday, September 25th, 2019
Season 13 of Elam’s popular worship show ‘Time for Worship’ is being broadcast into Iran and the wider region via satellite TV and social media (YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, Telegram), with new episodes released weekly.   'Time for Worship' is a much-loved ministry because it allows Iranian believers to join in corporate worship with the wider church. Isolated believers, small house churches and...
Thursday, August 22nd, 2019
Elam’s correspondence courses are helping hundreds of new Iranian believers learn about Jesus and grow in their walk with God. Many Iranians have little opportunity to do theological studies, so discipleship courses that can be studied via correspondence are a lifeline for those hungry to learn.   Here is some recent feedback from a few of our students: “Through the course, I learned that my...
Thursday, August 22nd, 2019
“They’ve grown so much,” beams Roozbeh, one of the leaders of Elam’s two-year Worship Leader Training course, as he reflects on 20 emerging Iranian worship leaders who are in the final weeks of training in the Iran region.   The group includes: S, who has emerged as a very gifted song-writer E, who was very shy at the start, but now leads worship confidently M, a drummer, who has become a gifted...
Wednesday, July 24th, 2019
“God was at work, doing phenomenal things all through the week!" reports the beaming leader of a recent residential youth conference in the Iran region. “I wish you could have been there to witness it!” Here are some highlights from this transformational week attended by 148 teenagers: More than 30 teenagers made commitments to Jesus on the first night.  The youth...
Wednesday, July 24th, 2019
A year ago we told you about our new discipleship programme called ‘Safar,’ which means ‘Journey’ in Persian.   I'm excited to tell you that it's having an impact right across Iran. New believers are discipled 1-to-1 and then those new believers go on to disciple others.   Recently, I was speaking to Parvaneh and her husband, Mohsen, who are discipling many people across Iran....

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