Reaching Iran

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...
Friday, October 23rd, 2009
Imagine you have been led to faith on the phone by a friend in another country and you have experienced the joy of Jesus in your heart and have a longing to read the Scriptures and hear more. But you have no Bible in the house and you have no idea where to buy one. All you know is that Bibles are banned. And you only know there are churches for Armenians and Assyrians who hold services in their own language which...
Tuesday, October 13th, 2009
Though 25% of Iranians are Azeris – ethnically Turks - they are very well integrated into Iran and are represented in all walks of life. Indeed the Supreme Leader, Ali Khamanei, is half Azeri. And though they have their own spoken language, Azeris have the same passion for the Persian language that all Iranians have. Persian is the only language they read. Due to this integration translating the Scriptures into...
Monday, October 05th, 2009
Such is the success of Satellite TV in giving people an opportunity to learn about Christianity that the government has made their own film which attempts to warn people of the danger of tuning in the Christian channels. It would seem the warning is not being heeded as Satellite TV agencies are growing – increasing their output, taking on more staff, and most crucially seeing an increase in the number of people...
Monday, September 28th, 2009
There are about five million Kurds in Iran, the rest of the 20 million are mainly either in Turkey or Iraq. In Iran there are some reports of Kurds coming to faith in Christ, but in terms of church growth, much more seems to have been happening in northern Iraq. It might well be that their faith will impact their kinsmen in Iran, as the Gospel in the East often moves along family networks. This is to be prayed for...
Friday, September 18th, 2009
There is a Christian book famine in Iran. The West has hundreds of thousands of titles; the Arabic world thousands; but for highly literate Iran, there are just a few hundred titles. Despite a chronic lack of investment by the wider church in this area, some agencies have managed to expand the list in recent years, so now for example Iranians can read some C.S. Lewis classics - over fifty years after their...

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