Reaching Iran

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...
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...

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