Reaching Iran

Tuesday, May 06th, 2014
A brand new TV series has been filmed for Christians in Iran and the region: ‘Bible for all’ brings clear, applicable Bible teaching to a Persian-speaking audience. Please pray with us as the series is edited, and ask for extraordinary impact when it is broadcast later this year. ‘Bible for All’ was produced because many Iranian Christians asked for more Bible teaching on TV. Many of the Christian TV shows that are...
Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014
Afsaneh could barely remember what it felt like to laugh.  She had been in unspoken mourning for 13 years, following the loss of a child. During that time, not a single day of true joy had penetrated her grief-stricken soul. Though she had chosen to follow Christ, depression still engulfed her life. Then she was invited to an Elam women’s conference in the Iran region.  She agreed to come, expecting to benefit from...
Thursday, April 03rd, 2014
An Iranian father and his three daughters were visiting a neighboring country on holiday over Persian New Year (Norouz). For years the father had been searching for truth, and for a solution to a problem he was facing. He had explored Buddhism and other religions. But his heart had not found peace.  Then, whilst on holiday, the family met an evangelism team from a local church. The family gladly received New...
Monday, March 03rd, 2014
In a nation where it is highly dangerous to evangelize and meet in fellowship with other believers, church planters and leaders have to be a special type of tenacious, prayerful, faithful and courageous person. These vital characteristics are consistently forged in human hearts by God’s hand, through the fire of Elam’s intensive training program. A recent graduate of leadership training said, "I have learnt not to...
Thursday, January 23rd, 2014
Mehdi had a profound encounter with the Lord. He told his story to Nasreen, who found herself intrigued. Unable to deny Mehdi’s transformation, Nasreen later surrendered her life to Jesus. Nasreen then told her own story to Parvin. Parvin did not see herself as religious and did not like theological debates, but she was happy to hear her friend tell a story. Parvin’s own heart was softened, and she gave her heart to...
Friday, January 10th, 2014
Beautiful. Engaging. Dynamic. Could the Action Bible get any better? Well, it just did - it just became available as an App on your mobile device. The Persian translation of the Action Bible New Testament is now reaching out to Persian-speaking children and teens on their personal iPhones, iPads and devices. This wonderful edition of the Bible, which was first published in Persian last year by Elam in...
Thursday, December 19th, 2013
Elam’s translation of the Bible into modern Persian was completed last Friday, December 13, after 18 years of work. A team of faithful translators have labored to give Iran a Bible that is accurate, elegant and clear. Working alongside some of the best Hebrew and Greek consultants in the world, every word has been checked with the original languages. The work to typeset and finalize files for printing is already...
Wednesday, November 06th, 2013
A group of Iranian Christians are gathered for morning devotions. One brother, Nima, stands and begins sharing from his heart with the group, all of whom are students on an intensive church leadership training course. Nima shares his gratitude that, through the training, God is daily ploughing their hearts, refining characters and establishing fertile soil. Nima is a farmer from the north of Iran. He knows about...
Wednesday, October 16th, 2013
“I became a Christian whilst studying at music college in Iran,” shares Reza, a professional composer and worship leader. “I realized that music plays an important role in the church, which drew me in. Soon I learnt that whilst other religious traditions consider music to be unclean, the true God created, and takes great delight in, music.” Iranians love music. So it not surprising that Jesus uses music as a...
Monday, September 30th, 2013
Iranians are fanatical about movies - making them, watching them, analysing them. This explains why the evangelistic movie review program ‘Avaye Cinema’ (Scent of Cinema) is so strategic for Iran. A new series is now airing, so let’s pray unimaginable numbers of Iranians will give their hearts to Christ as they watch. ‘Avaye Cinema’ reviews the latest Iranian movies with a Christian perspective. It’s a great way...
Tuesday, September 10th, 2013
“Behrang reads his Bible more now,” says one smiling Christian parent about her 10 year old son, following an Elam children’s conference, “He’s calmer and more attentive.” Behrang had previously been too hyperactive and uninterested to sit and focus on his Bible, but the conference prompted a profound change and gave him an excitement for getting to know Jesus. Elam’s children’s ministry team is dedicated to...
Thursday, August 22nd, 2013
Accessing Christian resources in the West is so easy.  As a result many of our bookshelves are overflowing with helpful and edifying books that we have never started, never mind completed and digested. Too often we take it for granted that we can order a topical Christian book at the click of a button. It’s a far cry from the situation in Iran.  There the printing and distribution of Christian material in the...
Tuesday, August 06th, 2013
This is the conference season for Iranian Christians in Europe. Hundreds of believers are heading off for a few days of worship, fellowship, and Bible teaching. Diaspora conferences are good news for the church in Iran. Often visitors from Iran, friends or family of a church member, attend these conferences. Some will give their lives to the Lord; believers will be encouraged. They return to Iran more determined to...
Thursday, July 18th, 2013
“I watched the whole film through my tears,” says Hessam, describing the occasion when he had sat down alone to watch a DVD known as the ‘Jesus’ film’, “I was crying after just a few minutes in, and I didn’t know why!” A friend had given Hessam the copy of the Jesus film, along with a copy of the New Testament months beforehand. Hessam had refused to read the New Testament because he was a Muslim. The DVD, a...
Thursday, June 27th, 2013
Elam Ministries is hosting a very special men’s conference all about reaching and nurturing women. Confused? Read on. For a number of years Elam has hosted conferences for women, focusing on their identity in Christ and their importance in church ministry. These conferences have been very successful. The conference wants to introduce this teaching to a group of male Iranian Christian leaders, so they will fully...
Wednesday, June 12th, 2013
Parastoo and her husband were faithful members of a house-church in their city. Then a few years ago a wave of arrests and harassment meant that continuing to meet together put them all in great danger: the church disbanded. Parastoo faithfully continued her daily devotions, but she had no female fellowship and soon felt dry and discouraged in her faith. She cried out for refreshment. One day, out of the blue,...
Thursday, May 30th, 2013
A mouse, a rooster and a camel meet on a film set. It sounds like the start of a feeble joke, but in fact it’s the start of an exciting new series of children’s Christian TV, featuring loveable puppet friends. Thirteen new fun-filled episodes produced by Elam Ministries will teach young Iranians about the main facets of true friendship, and introduce them to Jesus, the best friend of all. Currently in production...
Thursday, May 02nd, 2013
Nasrin, from one of Iran’s main cities, had many questions about Jesus. But there was no one she could ask about Him. Her family were devout Muslims. She was fearful of what her friends would think. And she did not know any Christians. But one day she discovered a website where people openly asked their questions about faith, and genuine Christians were available to answer. Her discovery was one that would...
Tuesday, April 02nd, 2013
Six Iranian young men gave their hearts to Jesus last week. They had never had the good news of Jesus clearly explained to them before, but everything began to change when, on the streets of a bustling Middle Eastern city, a fellow Iranian offered them New Testaments as part of New Year (Norooz) outreach. Their curiosity piqued, the young men went along to a Norooz celebration at a nearby church. There they heard...
Friday, March 01st, 2013
Iranians have been deeply appreciative of Elam Ministries’ modern translation of the New Testament in Persian, as well as some portions of the Old Testament. Known as the ‘New Millennium’ translation, over one million New Testaments are now in print. Iranians are very keen to have the whole Bible. There is tremendous demand. Veterans in this field say that Bible translators should expect plenty of attacks,...

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