Reaching Iran

Monday, March 22nd, 2021
Shahnaz had worked hard to forget the cruel names and hurtful words a close family member had persistently spoken to her years before.  But, while attending our women's conference last month on the theme of identity, those devastating words and names unexpectedly resurfaced in her memory. She was caught off guard, having thought she'd put that part of her life behind her. However, God was writing a...
Thursday, February 25th, 2021
When Behrooz, a young Muslim in Tehran, flagged down a passing car for a lift one morning, he couldn’t have imagined what was in store for him. Hamid, a house-church Christian going through an Elam discipleship program, had been praying for an opportunity like this one to share his faith and he gladly offered Behrooz a ride. As Hamid and Behrooz set off into the city center, Behrooz was captured by the...
Tuesday, January 26th, 2021
A brother in Iran recently sent a message for all our dear partners: "Greetings to you brothers and sisters... Praise God for every one of you dear ones who serve us and build us up through the Word of God. The grace of God has enabled us to serve and share the good news of the Gospel with many others."  Dariush,* the man who sent this message, is one of hundreds of new evangelists in...
Tuesday, January 26th, 2021
During January, more than 160 Christians who are serving on the ground in the Iran region enjoyed a week of virtual fellowship, worship and teaching to prepare and pray for 2021. With teaching that drew on the themes of endurance, encouragement and unity in Romans 15:5-6, the group was deeply encouraged and many had powerful encounters with God. After a challenging year of ministering amid a...
Tuesday, December 22nd, 2020
"We had a problem in our marriage for three years," recalls Mahnaz, whose husband recently attended an online men's conference with Elam. "There was no affection there. I was desperate and praying to God. But since this conference, the way he communicates with me has been different. He has started being affectionate for the first time. I know it’s a new beginning." Mahnaz's...
Tuesday, December 22nd, 2020
Ever wondered what 'O Holy Night' sounds like in Persian? Wonder no longer. Yesterday, a brand new, Christmas episode of our popular Persian worship show was streamed live, attracting thousands of viewers. It remains available to watch on YouTube and on Time For Worship’s Instagram. With an opening message from Titus 3 about the transformation that comes through Christ, and...
Monday, November 30th, 2020
“In the past, I would read three pages from the Bible and write down three sentences. Now I read three sentences and write down three pages of notes about what I get out of them." These are the words of Mehran, who recently took part in an online discipleship programme with Elam. Through the course, his relationship with the Bible was transformed and he was equipped to help disciple others. There is a...
Tuesday, October 27th, 2020
Our Persian-language resource website, Kalameh.com, has a rich catalogue of material on prayer.  From a powerful video teaching series by British pastor and author, Pete Greig, delivered in English and Persian at a conference in the Iran region, to helpful articles and recommended books, there is something for everyone. We praise God for all those who have made this material available...
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...

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