Reaching Iran

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....
Monday, June 24th, 2019
As a gang lord, Arash controlled his local community through violence. Arash had seized the properties of five prominent families in his town. They had fled, empty-handed and terrified. Everyone feared Arash and his men.   But then Arash began an online conversation with Ali, who kept talking about Jesus. Curiosity piqued, Arash demanded a New Testament.   Through God's Word...
Monday, June 24th, 2019
We firmly believe that God is calling the next generation of Iranian Christ-followers to do greater things than the generations that have gone before. That's why we are committed to investing in the young people of the Iranian church.   Over the summer, around 200 Iranian teenagers in the Iran region will have the opportunity to gather together to learn more about our glorious God...
Monday, June 24th, 2019
“My husband has come home changed. Thank you!” reported a number of the wives of the 300+ Iranian Christian men who attended recent day-long men’s conferences.   A key area of teaching at the conferences was on the man’s role within the family. Many of the men admitted to not knowing how to love their wives well. Some confessed to mistreatment or even abuse. The teachers explained from the Bible...
Thursday, May 23rd, 2019
This summer (2019) 25 Iranian believers will be graduating from Elam's three-month leadership and church planting course. They will go on to serve the Persian-speaking church as evangelists, ministry leaders and church planters in Iran and nearby countries. As they minister they will continue to be mentored and trained by Elam. The group includes: A: who has been imprisoned twice for...
Thursday, April 18th, 2019
In just one city in the Iran region more than 13,000 copies of the New Testament were given out by Christians during the New Year holidays, which began on 21st March. Many thousands more were given out in other cities. We praise God that so many Iranians and Afghans were happy to stop and chat, hear about Jesus and take home a copy of the New Testament in Persian, and other evangelistic materials...
Thursday, March 21st, 2019
Hamid and Maryam – two disciple-makers inside Iran - would answer that question with a resounding ‘yes’!    Discover Hamid and Maryam’s remarkable story in this powerful article by Elam’s Executive Director, David Yeghnazar for Lausanne Global Analysis. David shares thoughtful and informed reflections on the strengths and pitfalls of using technology to aid discipleship....
Tuesday, February 26th, 2019
Last year we launched ‘Safar’ (Persian for “journey”), a new initiative to mobilise discipleship on a larger scale than ever before. By God’s grace, it is already having an impact. One new believer told his pastor, “The man that you introduced to me has had such a wonderful impact on me - he sends me verses, encourages me”.  After a couple of weeks of discipleship, he began helping in small group playing...
Wednesday, December 19th, 2018
Three 3-month courses which began in September are now coming to an end. In the coming days, each of the new graduates will return to their homes where they will serve as evangelists, ministry leaders, or church planters. Please pray for: Safety in travel as the graduates return home Encouragement and fruitfulness in their new ministries An impact that will multiply as they lead and disciple others
Wednesday, December 19th, 2018
Despite the dangers, this Christmas many thousands of Iranians will gather together in house churches all across Iran and in larger gatherings throughout the surrounding region to worship and celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. Please pray: That many will hear the gospel for the first time as Christians reach out to family, friends and strangers with the Good News. For safety and security at church...
Wednesday, December 19th, 2018
Yeganeh grew up in a Muslim family in Iran. Five years ago, a colleague, Ahmad, shared the gospel with her and gave her a New Testament. As she read the Word she saw love and light. Ahmad introduced her to another Christian friend, Rosa, who prayed with her to commit her life to Christ. At first, her family rejected Yeganeh’s new faith in Jesus. But after becoming a Christian, Yeganeh said she always felt...
Wednesday, November 21st, 2018
Every day Iranians are talking about Jesus across the Iran region - and many others are listening in. Magda and Maryam* met recently for discipleship in a coffee shop in a country neighbouring Iran. They sat and shared from the Bible for almost 2 hours. As they were finishing their conversation and getting ready to leave, the man at the next table caught their attention: “Excuse me, I overheard you talking – can...
Wednesday, November 21st, 2018
As part of our commitment to ongoing leadership development, graduates of the 3-month course are participating in weekly webinar training. Currently a group of about 60 pastors and leaders log on each week to participate in a one-hour, web-based seminar. An experienced bible teacher is leading them through an in-depth study of the book of Hebrews, which speaks of faith and endurance in times of suffering and...

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