Reaching Iran

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...
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...

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