Reaching Iran

Wednesday, September 26th, 2012
Despite the fierce filtering used by the Iranian government, Christian agencies have had success reaching people through the web with the Gospel and even hosting churches (see ‘Suffering but growing church’ section). And when sites are blocked, many Iranians know how to use ‘Virtual Private Network’ software which locates their computer in another country and so bypasses the filter. Now this ministry is under...
Thursday, September 06th, 2012
Education is revered in most countries and Iran is no exception. This can be a problem for the church since it is wrong to assume that someone who is educated can preach. Preaching is a skill to be learned like any other. To avoid this problem it is important that training programs put a strong emphasis both on the importance of spirituality and anointing for preaching and homiletics, the skill of preparing and...
Wednesday, August 15th, 2012
Research based on interviews with over 900 ‘born again’ Americans has shown that 43% made a commitment to Christ before they were 13 years old; 64% before they were 18 years old. The age of confessing Christ would be older in Iran, due to the closeness of most families which means that children would very rarely think of publicly leaving the religion they were born into. They would wait till they were young adults...
Friday, July 27th, 2012
As well as the 53 Iranian athletes and their support teams coming to compete in the London Olympics, there will be thousands of other Iranians coming to cheer on their countrymen. London is a city full of church spires and there will be many Christian evangelistic teams out in force seeking to reach all Olympic visitors, including Iranian visitors. Away from the stifling conditions of their own country, this is...
Tuesday, July 10th, 2012
Moses would be delighted that the new Persian translation of his long term best seller, the Pentateuch, has been such a success. Recently, before a public reading of the scriptures, an Iranian preacher smiled broadly, and said what a joy the new translation was. Clarity, accuracy, and elegance are the trade-marks of the New Millennium team and they are certainly to be found here. The New Millennium translation has...
Saturday, June 23rd, 2012
By the end of September 2011 65 million mobile phones were being used in Iran; the estimate for September 2012 is over 80 million. Nearly everyone has a phone. And despite the vastness of Iran, these phones can get reception in over 90% of the country. When mobile phones first took off they were mainly used for calling and texting, but that’s long changed. Now we can watch films, listen to radio programmes, work on...
Wednesday, May 30th, 2012
If a group of Christians meeting in a house church can get hold of just one good teaching book, they use this to instruct the other members. With most of the believers having absolutely no previous knowledge of the Bible or Christianity, there is no doubt that solid Bible teaching is crucial for the health of the house church movement. The challenge, though, is for the international church to get that one book to...
Friday, May 04th, 2012
Almost every night a zealous Christian, whom we will call Hussein, has meetings with his internet church. Scores of his members come on line at the same time; they can see him, as he teaches the Bible and prays with people. Unbelievers also come and he answers their questions. He is planning to soon celebrate Holy Communion with his members. He will explain who is eligible to partake in the sacrament and then...
Thursday, April 12th, 2012
Satellite TV and the internet have had a massively positive impact on reaching Iran with the Gospel. There have always been challenges, but in recent months the levels of hostility towards technology has clearly intensified. There have been reports of the authorities trying to jam the satellite TV signals from Christian broadcasters. This has been largely unsuccessful. A key part of the TV outreach programme is the...
Thursday, March 08th, 2012
The film version of Luke’s Gospel is the most watched movie in history. According to Campus Crusade, the agency that produced the title, the film has been seen by about five billion people since its launch in 1979. The film has been available for many years in Persian. It is regularly shown on Christian satellite TV and agencies work hard to make sure keen Christians are able to give the DVD of the film away free....
Friday, February 17th, 2012
It would be hard to find an Iranian who has not seen Asghar Farhadi’s brilliant film, ‘The Separation of Nader from Simin’ (Released in the West as ‘A Separation’). The winner of numerous prizes in Iran and beyond, the film is now tipped as the favourite to win the award for best foreign film at the Oscars. Iranians are talking about the film, not just because of the superb directing and acting - so good that you...
Friday, January 13th, 2012
The cover of Elam’s New Testament in Iran is famous. It is even recognised on public buses. Thousands have been given out by courageous Christians on crowded streets to busy pedestrians and on lonely country lanes to weathered famers. This year Christians around the world believe it is God’s will to make it more famous and for more Iranians to know that it is truly the Bread of Life for their souls. Plans are in...
Wednesday, January 04th, 2012
Seven TV, an independent Persian Christian satellite TV station, is now up and running. Its programmes beam into the whole of Europe, North Africa, and the Iran Region from 6.30 p.m Iran time, till 11.30 p.m. While the station is new, the broadcaster is a veteran of Christian satellite TV. Indeed Pastor Hormoz Shariat was one of the first Iranian Christian leaders to seize the potential of satellite TV, and since...
Thursday, December 22nd, 2011
Everyone in Iran knows that Christmas is about the birth of Jesus. Greetings will be given to the Armenian and Assyrian Christians living in the country, and thousands of Iranians in the Diaspora will join in celebrations. As in the West, this is a crucial time to take the opportunity and to explain what Christmas is all about. In all the evangelistic activity that Christmas inspires, perhaps most important of all...
Tuesday, December 13th, 2011
Christians can put on as many seminars and conferences they like about how to reach Iran; they can stay up half the night designing websites and translating books and writing TV programmes, but without prayer, it’s all human activity, religious froth and hype. There is nothing of eternal value. Reaching Iran is all about prayer. Iran 30 exists to encourage prayer, and since its launch in 2009 there has definitely...
Tuesday, November 29th, 2011
The CCTV cameras which protect the Iranian church in Van show people pouring out of the building as the earthquake began at 13:41 on Sunday 23rd October. But then the pastor returns, and holds out his prayer towards the wall of the first church to be registered in Van for nearly a hundred years. He knew it was important for the cause of Christ that the church survive the quake. It did. And immediately it became a...
Saturday, November 05th, 2011
Elam Ministries has recently published a new translation of the five books of Moses, the Torah. As with all its publications, the final product is of an exceptional standard, both in terms of the quality of the translation and the printing. Apart from the Good News and the Paraphrase Living Bible, there has been no translation of the Torah which links back to the original Hebrew since the 19th C. So this is an...
Friday, September 30th, 2011
Elam Ministries has made the whole Bible available for iphones. For the New Testament Elam’s translation, The New Millennium Version is offered, and for the Old Testament the version known as the Old Persian Version is on line. This is a major breakthrough. Iran’s population is predominantly young, internet savvy, and as long as they have enough money, they will make sure they have a good iphone. And in a country...
Monday, September 05th, 2011
How to give a promising Iranian Christian some theological training? Inside the country there are obvious practical problems. A recognised church can start classes, but less than happy government officials will interfere. The house churches are vibrant, but they have to work hard to keep their own meetings secret, keeping a whole training programme below the radar would be very challenging. A lot can be achieved by...
Thursday, August 11th, 2011
The summer months mean Christians are on the move, usually visiting relatives. Christians are going to the Iran Region, and their families and friends in Iran are travelling to Christians in other countries. This is a time when the Gospel is shared, and its authority begins to move through family networks. And even if an Iranian travelling outside the country does not encounter the Gospel amongst his own family,...

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