Reaching Iran

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,...
Thursday, July 07th, 2011
Despite periodic raids on people’s homes where satellite dishes are confiscated and the owners fined, satellite TV continues to be the people’s choice. Millions are watching. And many are watching Christian programmes on the channels Mohabat and Sat 7. The response continues to be exciting as programmes receive calls from towns and villages they have never heard of. Last week a young man from Afghanistan called...
Thursday, June 23rd, 2011
Amir Javadzadeh who hosts Elam’s popular programme ‘Healing For The Broken Hearted’ with his wife Connie, has been struck down with a very serious back problem. He has been in intense pain, and at one point was only getting through the day on morphine. After several days of investigations in the hospital and at the clinic the diagnosis was arthritis in the spine which means the disk touches the nerve. For several...
Friday, June 10th, 2011
David Wilkerson’s book and film ‘The Cross and the Switchblade’ were hugely popular in Iran. Thousands knew the story of the young Christian preacher who went to share Christ with teenage gang members on the violent streets of New York in the 1950’s. David Wilkerson sadly died in a car accident in April. He was 79 years old and still preaching Christ. Prayer was the foundation for his ministry that touched so many...
Wednesday, June 01st, 2011
Elam’s four-minute film, Interview With An Unborn Child, was released this week on the internet in English and Persian. In just a few days over two thousand people have watched the film and left very positive comments. One viewer said, ‘I’ve never seen anything quite like this. It is very sad, but very powerful.’ Another, ‘This is a video everyone should see. Very powerful and it left me in tears.’ Both in Iran and...
Tuesday, May 17th, 2011
Iran is investing money and talent in making major films about the Bible. In 2007 a massive six-hour TV film was made about the life of Mary the mother of Jesus, starting with her birth. A shorter version was released for the cinema. It received very good reviews. Then in 2008 the film ‘Masih’ (Messiah) about Jesus was made with a cast of over 1,000. It has been dubbed into many languages, and has been broadcast as...
Friday, May 06th, 2011
Christians engaged in seeking to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ in the Iran region have learned through experience not to take their health for granted. One minister, talking informally about preparing for conferences in the region, said it was normal for an unexpected ailment to suddenly appear. Dealing with it was a part of the preparation. If one casts a even casual eye over major projects it is easy to see how...
Tuesday, April 26th, 2011
There is something very special about a Max Lucado book. They are easy to read. There’s a rhythm in the prose. The words feel exactly right. The illustrations are plentiful. And at the end we close the book and believe more that God is alive, His grace abundant. This is not just a personal opinion. It is what at least 65 million other readers think, for that’s how many books he has sold. Now, at last, excerpts of...
Wednesday, April 13th, 2011
A major Christian agency, Elam Ministries, will soon have all its literature resources available for Persian speakers to download onto their ipads. This is good. It will inevitably mean that more Iranians get to read Christian material, and so will spread more. Already daily devotional readings from the very popular ‘Every Day With Jesus’ series are available. Elam’s Kalameh magazine with a wealth of articles on...
Tuesday, April 05th, 2011
Websites are wonderful for Christians. They can share the Gospel, give Bible teaching, encourage with pastoral advice Iranians all over the country – as long as they fly carefully, under the censor’s radar. And with email and skype there is no need for this to be impersonal. Thousands are being reached in ways just twenty years ago people would barely dream of. But wisdom is needed. It is one thing to launch a...
Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011
It’s been a busy week. You look at the rota for teaching the children for the church meeting, and, ah!, there’ your name. OK. Out comes your Bible, but where to start, and – what’s the best way to teach children? Resources for Sunday School teachers in Persian have been very scarce. To address this Elam Ministries has recently published a Sunday School Curriculum in five separate books with over 60 lessons written...
Tuesday, March 01st, 2011
Iranian women have abortions, but the church to date has said little. With no clear lead, the loss of life, and the wounding of the mother continues. A number of Iranian Christian leaders have decided it’s time to talk. Elam Ministries will soon be publishing a book, ‘Abortion: right or wrong’ by Dr Mojdeh Shirvanian clearly setting out the medical facts and explaining why abortion can never be an option for a...
Friday, February 18th, 2011
With the constant demand for Bibles, good Christian books and films, and all the challenges of them getting into the hands of those who need them, it’s not always to leave space and energy to making sure there are resources for children. But they will always be at the meetings, and one superb book or film can speak to a young heart. Some great films are available like ‘Superbook’, ‘Story Keepers’ and ‘Bug Time...
Friday, February 04th, 2011
As news of the arrests of Christians in Iran has spread, so the world-wide church has lifted her voice in prayer. The Lausanne Conference, representing the world’s one billion evangelicals and Charismatics, has issued a strong statement of support for the arrested and urged Christians to pray. Elam Ministries has received numerous messages of support from over forty different countries, from every continent. All are...
Monday, January 24th, 2011
President Ahmadinejad congratulated the Christians of Iran during the Christmas season, but his government is severely opposed to the spread of the Christian message in Iran. As well as arresting Christians (see above), his government bans the publishing of Bibles and all Christian literature; bans the production and distribution of Christian CD’s and DVD’s; and attempts to block satellite TV and websites. At times...

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