Reaching Iran

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...
Friday, January 08th, 2010
The DVD Magdalena will shortly be available in Persian. It is a powerful feature film, telling the story of Jesus through the eyes of Mary Magdalene. Dramatically delivered herself from demons, Mary tells how Jesus touched the lives of other disgraced women – a used prostitute caught in adultery, a lonely villager rejected because of her promiscuity, a diseased woman made unclean by her bleeding. In recent years...
Friday, December 18th, 2009
For at least two days this week there was a clampdown on telephone lines, mobile networks, and the internet. Government opponents used December 7th, National Student Day, to demonstrate, and clearly officials did not want unseemly reports of baton wielding policemen going round the world. With such control it is important the church never allows the new technology to dominate its efforts to reach Iran. Still by far...
Saturday, December 05th, 2009
The printing of all Scriptures and Christian books in Iran is strictly illegal, so thousand of believers have come to rely on the internet for resources. Though some Christian sites have been blocked in recent years, Christians still have a presence in cyberspace. There is now a danger of increased interference. The protests about the summer presidential elections have had a large internet factor, both in terms of...
Wednesday, November 25th, 2009
A pleasure loving medical student goes out to a party, leaving his sister watching the ‘Jesus’ film that a random stranger gave him. His sister weeps as she sees Jesus on the cross and later becomes a Christian. She prays for her brother and eventually he agrees to go to church with her where he asks God to take away his addiction to nicotine. God answers, he feels sick at the thought of cigarettes. He too became a...
Friday, November 13th, 2009
Training Iranian church leaders for ministry is not an easy task – there are at least three tight ropes that those involved have to overcome. First, there is the logistical tight rope, balancing the need for training with the need for security. On this rope if you get the ‘who to be trained and the where to be trained wrong’ there can be a nasty fall. Then there is the spiritual tight rope where new believers come...
Tuesday, November 03rd, 2009
When a Christian leader does not study, the congregation, whether in a house or building, is not well fed. And for study, there must be good books, but these cannot be published in Iran. The printing of all Christian literature in Persian, the language of the majority, is strictly illegal. So this responsibility falls to the wider church committed to reaching Iran. It is an expensive business that needs the eye of...

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