Reaching Iran

Thursday, August 27th, 2015
As Behnaz finished sharing her family's story I tried to absorb it all: so much suffering for their faith. Fighting back my anger at the trauma they had been forced to endure in Iran, I asked Behnaz how we could pray for her. Expecting her to mention her family’s uncertain future, or their difficult present circumstances, I was surprised by her response: ‘Pray for Nadia: she has had no...
Tuesday, July 28th, 2015
This week hundreds of thousands of Iranians will be travelling. Thousands will be travelling from the West to Iran to visit their families. Some will be Christians and will be praying for opportunities to share the Gospel and to strengthen the faith of believers inside the country. Some will be taking precious Bibles, Christian books, and other resources with them. Thousands will be travelling out of Iran...
Monday, June 22nd, 2015
Over a month ago, we shared the exciting news that a new house church had been born in Iran.* The church had begun through a providential meeting between the brother of an Elam graduate, and Amir, a new believer. And thanks to this meeting, Amir was able to connect with Babak, the Elam graduate. Babak has called weekly to teach and pastor Amir and seven other new believers ever since this...
Friday, June 05th, 2015
Two years ago Elam convened a week-long conference on evangelism. One of the participants returned directly to his city and shared the Gospel with his neighbours – a mother and daughter, Arezoo and Elaheh. They both came to Christ. Now Elaheh has attended two Elam conferences herself. She’s keen to be equipped to serve the Lord. Elaheh’s story shows that training is vital for the ongoing spread of the Gospel in...
Friday, May 22nd, 2015
Elam’s TV programme ‘Women’s World’ is already very popular. A week ago it became even more popular when it tackled the evil of temporary marriage in Iran. In Iran it is legal to get a marriage license for a few hours. As soon as the programme finished, the phones started ringing. It was clear to the counsellors that temporary marriage, known as ‘Sigheh’ in Iran, was not just on the increase, but was causing...
Tuesday, May 05th, 2015
Roya packed her case carefully, knowing the huge danger she was facing.  Taking a deep breath, she glanced across at her friends with whom she’d spent her holiday. She saw in their eyes the same trepidation that she herself was feeling. But this precious cargo was worth the risk. Covering the Bibles and Christian books with her own clothes and possessions, she zipped up her suitcase and joined her friends to...
Friday, April 17th, 2015
Samira is one of a group of twelve students who graduated from an Elam three-month training program earlier this week. She testifies to the difference the training has made in her life: “I gave my heart to the Lord twelve years ago and I’ve been involved in ministry for many years.   I’ve completed ministry courses and study programs, and I’ve read so many Christian books, but I kept coming to a...
Thursday, March 05th, 2015
“I love Garden of Friendship, Aunty Maryam,” says one small voice at the end of the phone. The young girl is calling the hotline to express her thanks after watching an episode of Elam’s children’s ministry program.  Garden of Friendship (Baghe Dusti), a vibrant, fun show for kids, is a discipleship lifeline for many Iranian Christian families. Many Christian families in Iran have no...
Thursday, March 05th, 2015
Over 18,000 Persian New Testaments have been given out in the Iran region in the past week. This is the good news from evangelists who are in the midst of two-weeks of dedicated outreach to mark Norouz (Persian New Year). Norouz always heralds intensive evangelism for Iranian churches, and this year New Testaments are being snapped up thick and fast.  Over 6,000 New Testaments have been distributed in one...
Friday, January 30th, 2015
Roya was invited to a recent ladies conference. She discovered that the Lord had greater plans for her than she had expected. As a result, other members of her family now follow Christ. “At first I thought the conference would not have anything new to offer me.  I felt like I knew it all and felt comfortable where I was spiritually. "But God surprised me. "Even though I had been a believer for years, never had I...
Thursday, December 18th, 2014
Iranian Christians will celebrate Christmas next week with the full New Millennium Version of the Bible in their hands for the first time. It will be the first Christmas when they will read the Old Testament prophesies about Christ in this accurate and beautiful translation. As we also celebrate the birth of our Lord, let’s pray that He would lead the church in Iran into ever-deepening faith and maturity through the...
Thursday, November 20th, 2014
Disappointed by all the violence and corruption blasting across the media in the name of religion, Ali – from a devout city in Iran – had become an agnostic. A Christian friend then sent him a link to a worship song over the Internet. Out of curiosity he listened. And something strange happened. When he heard the name of Jesus in the worship song, his heart shook. Every time. These songs were not ordinary. This...
Thursday, October 30th, 2014
In Iran, sharing the good news is dangerous. Gathering as a church is risky.  Labourers can feel isolated and lonely. This is why they love to gather together for training whenever possible. Following a recent conference in the Iran region, leaders returned home encouraged and determined to persevere through the difficulties: “I live in a very tiny town.  It is so easy to feel isolated in your ministry and start...
Friday, October 03rd, 2014
“I’ve been waiting for this new translation for many years. Before, I had to use several Persian-to-Persian dictionaries to understand the older translation. Now I understand the words clearly. It’s wonderful.” This was one Iranian house-church pastor’s reaction to Elam’s new translation of the Bible, which he voiced at a leaders’ conference in the Iran region, following the Bible’s launch in late September 2014. ...
Thursday, August 21st, 2014
Following a recent, fruitful women’s conference in the Iran region, the ladies who attended wanted to share their thanks with you, the supporters of Elam. “Having freedom to worship, to sing out loud, to cry, to bow, to sit silently and especially taking part in communion was a dream come true for me,” reflected one woman. “We don’t have such freedom back home.  I absorbed every moment; every second. Thank you so...
Friday, August 01st, 2014
Sat 7 Pars is one of the major Christian TV channels for the Iran Region. They have a massive satellite footprint, 24/7. As well as broadcasting in Persian, for two hours a day from London and Cyprus, they also have programmes in Dari. Every day millions are able to watch their programmes which have a reputation for solid Bible teaching. Elam Ministries partners with Sat 7 in providing programming. There is no...
Thursday, July 17th, 2014
All forms of leadership training are possible in this new digital world. But when it comes to building healthy leaders who stand the test of time, there is still nothing that can replace face-to-face training.  That’s why Elam is committed to investing in and providing residential training for emerging leaders in the Iran region. Sending Bibles and Christian books is necessary. Being on the end of the phone...
Tuesday, June 24th, 2014
Iranians are addicted to the internet.  Seekers are flooding there to ask the questions they are not allowed to voice in public; new Christians are gathering there to learn and be discipled; believers are forming churches in cyberspace. One internet pastor explained, “Much like a normal church, we have a weekly service, with music and prayer, and I will bring a message from Scripture.  We [elders] also minister...
Thursday, June 05th, 2014
Iranian Christians are constantly planting new churches. What’s the strategy? Simple: start with families. Ask any Iranian church planter, and they'll talk about starting by sharing Christ with family, gathering new believers for a weekly Bible teaching and fellowship, and then encouraging and praying with them to go and share with their friends and family. One church planter shared this testimony: "A new believer...
Thursday, May 22nd, 2014
In response to the growing demand for ministry training opportunities from Iranian believers, a local church in the Iran region has started using Elam's three-month training program. There are so many Iranian Christians who want to receive ministry training that unfortunately many have been waiting years for an opportunity to enroll on a course. This strategic new training centre will enable more Iranian believers...

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