Reaching Iran

Monday, December 20th, 2010
Millions of Iranians have heard about Jesus, and again this week they will hear his name as they see Christendom celebrating Christmas. By far the best present any believer could send an Iranian would be a New Testament. For while most have heard the name Jesus, most will have never seen any Scriptures. But they would love to. There are countless stories of people being given one and they are overjoyed. Sometimes a...
Monday, December 06th, 2010
A few years ago a depressed wife sat in her flat with her sister and daughter. It was December 25th and ever since her teenage years she had lit a candle for Jesus. She was not a Christian, but she liked to light a candle. There was something about Christmas she loved. This year, as she saw Christians celebrating on the TV she suddenly began to call out to Jesus for help with a private problem. A week later she had...
Monday, November 22nd, 2010
You can’t print Christian books or Bibles inside the country, so all has to be sent. Not surprisingly most of us want every Iranian to at least be able to have a copy of a New Testament in their family circle. And so here, quite rightly in a way, is where the focus has been. Still millions more need to be sent, but at least several hundred thousand have gone on their way.             But here’s the problem – what...
Thursday, October 28th, 2010
With her leaders moving from air terminal to air terminal carrying their laptops full of strategies, mission can seem so very modern and rational: but at heart it is a mystery, for it is about God. And that puts the mystery of prayer at the centre of mission. With countries like Iran there is a tendency for the wider church to give herself to intense prayer when persecution takes an ugly turn. However, there is a...
Wednesday, October 13th, 2010
Christians the world over love their conferences, those week-end and longer special get-togethers for worship, prayer, teaching, and seeking God. Millions can point to a particular conference where God spoke to them, gave them new direction. It’s the same for the Iranian church…and however fantastic communication technology has become, nothing is going to change this basic ingredient for our Christian walk. But...
Wednesday, October 06th, 2010
More New Testaments have been printed in the last five years than at any time in recent history. One agency has nearly printed half a million. But even this level of printing is not enough to keep up with demand. From a recent print run of 100,000, stocks are running low. The New Testaments are printed; the New Testaments go. These figures prove that talk of the openness of Iranians is not based on speculation, but...
Tuesday, July 20th, 2010
Families over the summer are getting together, and this means Iranians who have found Christ outside the country will be visiting Iran, or their families will be visiting them. These visits can result in not just close family members turning to Christ, but the entire family network. But these visits need to be bathed in prayer. Some families will be hostile that a loved one has become a Christian, others will be...
Thursday, July 08th, 2010
Surveys say Iranians watch about eleven movies a month – on DVD and at the cinema. The number is probably higher. Films, foreign and domestic, are the entertainment of choice. A new Christian TV programme, called ‘Avaye Cinema’ (The Scent of Cinema) aims to attract viewers who have this interest in film. The programme reviews recent movies and gives film news, and at the same time gives the Christian view on a major...
Tuesday, June 08th, 2010
According to Wikipedia, 450 versions of the Bible have been translated into languages of the English people. There are only three in Persian, and one of those is a paraphrase. A fourth, the Millennium Bible, will be out soon. This new translation (New Testament, Psalms and Proverbs is published) is already enriching the life of the Iranian church. A lot of focus is often given to those engaged in the brave work of...
Friday, May 28th, 2010
With about 130,000 new addicts each year, there is no sign of the drug problem going away. Everyone says it’s the country’s number one problem. The government is involved in trying to stop the flow of the deadly poppy from neighbouring Afghanistan, and there are rehabilitation clinics dotted over the country. There are also very expensive private on in the cities. Success stories are hard to come by. Some churches...
Thursday, May 20th, 2010
A lady was recently speaking at a women’s conference in the Iran region and was curious to find out how some of her audience had come to Christ. As she heard their testimonies, many of them had something in common: the cartoon Superbook. This is a cartoon version of Bible stories which has been translated into many languages, including Persian. It’s aimed at children, but these mothers had been watching in the...
Tuesday, May 04th, 2010
She’s down to earth, funny, passionate, and you want to go on listening. That’s Joyce Meyer: Famous in the US, and thanks to satellite TV, also very well known in Iran. She is watched every day there: indeed on the Mohabbat Channel she can be seen four times a day, Monday to Friday. And on that channel, her programme is reported to be the favourite as she gets the most positive feedback. Perhaps there is a heavenly...
Monday, April 26th, 2010
With the arrival of satellite TV, the internet, and mobile phone technology the veteran technological tool of mission, the radio, must be wondering if she still has a role to play. The answer is definitely yes. People will always want to listen to the radio, just like people want to go on reading newspapers. It is an irreplaceable medium.             And so TWR broadcast ten Christian programmes on MW every week...
Tuesday, April 20th, 2010
The three “fifteens” in the task of reaching Iran’s children are a call for action. There are about fifteen million boys and girls under fifteen, probably more. Their minds are not yet made up on the great questions of life. They are like young people the world over: open and curious. They watch TV, they read, they love the internet – and for these fifteen million young people under fifteen, the Christian church has...
Wednesday, March 10th, 2010
Keen evangelists know a bus/rail station or airport is a good place to work, for this is where people arrive from ‘closed’ countries and can be given a New Testament and some Christian literature. Though Iranians face fairly severe visa requirements, they still travel – a lot. Thirty nine international airlines operate out of Tehran’s Imam Khomeini airport to Europe, South America, and Asia. Some of the countries...
Thursday, February 25th, 2010
Ouija boards, calling on the spirits, putting curses on necklaces, fortune telling – there is plenty of ‘jadugari’ (dark magic) going on in Iran among ordinary people. And as is true the world over there’s a heavy price to pay for dancing with the demons. Recently Elam’s ‘Healing For The Broken Hearted’ testimony based TV programme featured a lady whose talking with evil spirits led her to be possessed. Her resident...
Tuesday, February 16th, 2010
During the celebrations for the 31st anniversary, the government imposed an almost total internet blackout for a few days. Even Google was blocked. Telephone lines were also cut. This is a good reminder for Christians engaged in reaching Iran with the gospel not to pour all their resources into the digital revolution, or any ministry that ultimately depends on technology. It is people who count. And even when...
Tuesday, February 02nd, 2010
Website browsing used to be done on computers, and phoning people was done on phones. Now mobiles are really small computers – and those who can afford this latest technology are browsing on their phones: full marks to the IT industry for refusing to rest when there is another frontier to tackle. Christians involved in Iran need to make sure this new merging of computers with mobiles is used to reach millions with...
Thursday, January 21st, 2010
With 23 million browsers Iran is the mega country in the Middle East for the net. And Google, like everywhere else (apart from China) is the big name. Christians should be very thankful for this company, especially now they have developed a Persian to English, and English to Persian translation tool anyone can add to their account for free. The translation works both ways, Persian to English, or English to Persian,...
Friday, January 15th, 2010
Thousands of Iranians first experience Jesus Christ when reading the pocket size of the Millennium Version of the New Testament. They like the style: the Persian is modern, but still elegant. And they like its smart leather feeling front cover, and they especially appreciate its physical size, just 8.8 by 17.4 cm and weight, 15 grams. It’s perfect for slipping into a hand bag or an inside jacket pocket. Now Iran’s...

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