Friday, June 29th, 2018
All over Iran and the Persian-speaking world, Jesus is making Himself known. That's why we are convinced that millions of Iranians can be added to the church in the years to come. As the church grows, discipleship is vital.
We are excited to share that earlier this year we launched Safar (Persian for “journey”), a new initiative to mobilise discipleship on a larger scale than ever before.
Tuesday, March 20th, 2018
At a recent youth conference in the Iran region, 36 teenage Iranians were challenged to ‘give God their yes’: to surrender their whole lives to loving and following Jesus. We praise God that at least five young people made a commitment to follow the Lord for the first time.
All the young people were deeply hungry to learn more about Jesus and follow him wholeheartedly. One young man who became...
Friday, February 23rd, 2018
Arezoo cried for over an hour as she shared her heart-breaking story at a recent Elam women's conference.
Her story shows why dedicated discipleship conferences are indispensable.
At a young age Arezoo tragically lost both parents. She grew up in a relative's house, where she was routinely abused.
A broken, depressed young woman, Arezoo married young in an attempt to escape her nightmare. But the nightmare...
Wednesday, January 24th, 2018
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.
Thursday, November 30th, 2017
Hessam* was curious about Jesus and had many questions he wanted to ask. But he did not know where to go to find answers.
Then one day a friend mentioned a Christian social media channel.
Eagerly, Hessam found the channel and started asking his questions to the moderator - a trained Elam pastor.
One day, after talking on a secure line for many hours, the pastor had the joy of leading Hessam to the Lord....
Friday, October 20th, 2017
The latest season of Elam’s ‘Women’s World’ TV show recently began airing and is already being enthusiastically received by viewers. The series focuses on the challenges of marriage.
“My wife and I are believers,” reported Hamid* recently from inside Iran, “Your programme has helped me understand how to respect and relate to my wife. I record the episodes and watch them in detail...
Wednesday, July 19th, 2017
Fatemah* was depressed, addicted to drugs and contemplating suicide. When she turned on her TV she happened upon an episode of Elam’s popular show, 'Time for Worship’. As she heard the message of hope, she wept.
Fatemah gave her life to the Lord during a phone conversation with our follow-up team. She later explained, “Jesus has given me hope and new life.” She has been freed from...
Friday, July 07th, 2017
Meet Amir. Amir is in his 70s and lives in Tehran.
Amir's son Mehdi* is a refugee in a country near to Iran. Recently Amir was surprised to receive an insistent invitation from Mehdi: "Papa, you must come and visit me."
Because of his age and health, Amir was reluctant, but finally agreed. “I didn't know why I was making this long journey.” On arrival, Amir learnt that his son had become a Christian after...
Thursday, April 13th, 2017
Behrouz* was trained through Elam’s three-month leadership and church planting course, in a country near Iran, during 2016.
The day after he returned to Iran, Behrouz went to a park to pray, asking the Lord for an opportunity to share the Gospel. A stranger soon approached him, asking for a cigarette. Instead, Behrouz bravely handed him a New Testament.
Intrigued, the stranger revealed he was disillusioned...
Monday, February 13th, 2017
Playful. Dynamic. Full of truth. Elam's TV show 'Garden of Friendship' teaches young Iranians about Jesus and the Bible. Very little is available to reach and disciple Iranian children, so this show fills a serious void.
Please join us in praying for:
The show to be useful and effective for Iranian churches and families as they disciple children;
'Garden of Friendship' to reach...
Thursday, December 08th, 2016
Dr. Behrang Masoumi is a core member of the Elam team, training many Iranian believers for ministry. He shares his story:
“You like parties, Behrang, so why not come to the Christmas party at my church? It’s a birthday celebration for Jesus!”
That was the first time I learnt one of my relatives was a Christian. I was shocked. I was even more shocked to discover that she had been secretly...
Thursday, November 03rd, 2016
Revd Canon J.John, a popular British evangelist, is having an increasing impact on the Persian-speaking world.
Elam translated and dubbed J.John’s excellent and challenging ‘Just 10’ series of televised sermons on the 10 Commandments. Now the dubbed series is being broadcast weekly by satellite into Iran and the wider region, reaching vast Persian-speaking audiences with the preacher’s challenging, relevant,...
Friday, September 23rd, 2016
214 Iranians and Afghans were baptized earlier this week in a joyful service in a country near Iran. People from eight different Persian-speaking churches gathered together to share the story of how Jesus had changed their life, and to be baptized.
The theme for the whole day was ‘Jesus changes lives’, and this powerful truth was underscored by every testimony. Mohammad was suicidal, but Jesus had...
Tuesday, August 30th, 2016
“Mahmoud has become a totally new person since he met Christ,” beams Vahid, talking about his disciple. “Honestly, I’m jealous of the deep love Mahmoud has for the Lord. He’s the one ministering to me these days.”
Vahid, an Elam internet pastor, tells more of Mahmoud’s story:
“I was introduced to Mahmoud online. He was a volatile young man: he had a very short fuse and used fifthly language freely. He...
Monday, July 25th, 2016
More than a million migrants and refugees crossed into Europe in 2015, and the inflow of people has continued unabated in 2016. The mass movement of people away from their homelands is a tragic symptom of chaos and brokenness in the world. But God can shine light into any darkness.
Many churches across Europe are opening their doors and their hearts to the incoming refugees. Individuals and...
Tuesday, June 14th, 2016
Invited to speak to at a conference for Christian missionaries in a European capital, Iranian evangelist Bahram wondered whether the long journey would be worth it. But he had made a commitment, so he went.
At the conference, Bahram shared about his ministry in a city in the Iran Region where every Sunday about five hundred Iranians gathered. In the last couple of years over four hundred new...
Friday, May 06th, 2016
Every day Iranian pastors and evangelists are sharing the gospel with people inside Iran via the Internet. On Skype, Facebook, WhatsApp, Viber, and many others platforms, pastors are talking about Jesus.
By God’s grace, people are coming to Christ. And house churches are being formed.
New believers are discipled one-to-one over the internet, and they are also connected to an internet church. These meet in...
Friday, April 08th, 2016
During the recent Persian New Year (Norouz) outreach in a country near Iran, an Iranian family was given New Testaments by a team of street evangelists. The family excitedly declared that they had been searching for the Scriptures inside Iran for a long time without success. And following a deep conversation, the whole family gave their lives to Christ right there on the street. They have returned...
Friday, March 18th, 2016
Persian New Year (Norouz) falls on March 20th and the whole country shuts down for two weeks. Nearly everyone is on holiday, and thousands travel outside Iran to neighbouring countries. This is a fantastic opportunity for Christians to share the Gospel. As the evangelism teams reach out with the good news, they need our prayers.
Thousands of Persian New Testaments will be given out as evangelism teams...
Thursday, February 18th, 2016
“With this program we can worship in a new way.”
Elam’s new TV program ‘Time for Worship’ is proving very popular with believers in Iran and beyond. Most house churches in Iran have no one to lead worship. This program is designed to give Christians and house churches a weekly, fresh worship experience in which they can participate.
Each half-hour episode of 'Time for Worship' features Iranian...