Reaching Iran

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,...
Wednesday, February 13th, 2013
An exciting new publication is available for Christians in the Iran region. The first book of its kind to be printed in Persian, it has the potential to reach a new generation of Iranians with the truth of the gospel. The Action Bible: New Testament is a full-colour graphic-novel style New Testament that vividly brings God’s Word to life for older children. It tells Bible stories through action-packed,...
Thursday, January 24th, 2013
The Gospel is spreading in Iran in many remarkable ways. But most commonly it spreads as Iranians who fall in love with Christ simply share him with their friends and family. Mehdi’s story is a great example. Mehdi surrendered his broken life to Jesus in 2006 and immediately began to follow Christ wholeheartedly. He later trained with Elam for ministry and has now led well over 100 Iranians to Christ, including...
Tuesday, January 08th, 2013
Over the Christmas holiday everyone phones everyone. It’s the time when Iranian Christians can more easily share the Gospel with their families, just with a short sentence about the true meaning of the baby in the stable. It is also a time when – both inside and outside the country – visitors come to the church. Many Iranians are genuinely pleased Christians have such a happy festival. They have nothing...
Thursday, December 06th, 2012
In TV ministry there is the hard work of preparation and studio filming – and then comes the joy: the phone call or email or text from someone touched by the program. A new friendship begins. But it takes careful logistics for TV follow up to work well. As well as having all the contact facilities in place – emails, phones, texting, websites – wise judgement is needed on when follow up staff should be manning the...
Tuesday, October 30th, 2012
Ministry to women is important in any country: this is especially true in Iran. Since the spreading of the house church movement more than ten years ago women have played a crucial role in leadership and mentoring. There are almost certainly more women in these churches than men. And while generally all Iranians are open to the Gospel, women are especially so, not least because they see how their religion treats...
Thursday, October 11th, 2012
Throughout most of Iran there are few opportunities for Christians to hear solid biblical teaching because most of the members of the house churches have only been believers for a few years: hence the crucial importance of the Bible teachers on TV. Believers in Iran confirm their value. Those who can watch satellite TV are so grateful for the Bible teachers who minister. It’s interesting to note that two of the...

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