Reaching Iran

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
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
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, 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, 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...
Saturday, September 29th, 2018
Arash and his wife Sepideh were on holiday in a country near Iran when they met an evangelist, Amir, giving out Persian New Testaments on the streets. Arash eagerly began asking Amir questions about the Bible. It soon became apparent that Arash was already familiar with many parts of the Scriptures. Sepideh was surprised and asked her husband, “How do you know all these verses?” Arash confessed that he been...
Saturday, September 29th, 2018
Last month’s worship conference was by many accounts the best ever. Thank you for your prayers. The conference provided training for worship leaders and teams from many different churches throughout the Iran region. Those who were leading the conference have said that they too had encounters with God. It was a deeply encouraging time. Javad is active in worship, serving as a leader in the church, but he felt he...
Saturday, September 08th, 2018
Every day across the Persian-speaking world, lives are being transformed by the love of Christ. These changed lives are a powerful witness, leading many others to ask questions about Jesus and engage with the Bible. Darius* grew up in a Muslim family in Iran. His story of faith is a great example of how many are finding salvation: Darius ran into an old friend, Massoud*, who had become a Christian. Darius...
Saturday, September 08th, 2018
Filming is underway for a new 14-episode season of Elam’s children’s TV programme, ‘Baghe Dusti’ (‘Garden of Friendship’). Created for Persian-speaking children aged 5-10, the show follows a group of fictional characters while each episode focuses on a different story from the Bible. This season is set in a toy shop where the owner has the heart of a child. "Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like...
Thursday, July 19th, 2018
Young Mahtab* was abused by her brother for 10 years. It happened hundreds of times. As a result, she was broken, ashamed and alone. When one of Elam’s ministry team visited her church two years ago, the message he shared gave her some hope that healing is possible. Later she received a message from another Elam team member: "Your life will be so effective that the devil will regret that he ever bothered with...
Thursday, July 19th, 2018
Next month Elam will host a training conference for 100 worship leaders from across the Iran region. This is an important part of deepening the culture of worship in the church.  Please join us in praying that each of these leaders and their churches will be strengthened as a result of the conference, as they receive training, enjoy fellowship, and experience God through worship together. We pray that...
Friday, June 29th, 2018
By God's grace we already have people using Safar in over twenty cities across Iran – and the number continues to grow. Technology is also allowing for hamsafars from outside of Iran to disciple people still in Iran. Our desire is to see deep one-to-one discipleship taking place all across Iran. Over 50 Persian-speaking churches in countries neighbouring Iran are also already using Safar – and the number of...

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