Reaching Iran

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,...
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...

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