Suffering But Growing Church

Friday, November 22nd, 2019
Christian convert Ebrahim Firouzi has been exiled to a remote part of Iran, following his release from prison on 26th October. He was imprisoned for six years. A friend reports Ebrahim as saying, "God was in control when I went to prison, and I am sure he will still be in control in my exile. He will show me His ways in His own time." Ebrahim is said to be in good health. Ebrahim was arrested in...
Wednesday, September 25th, 2019
Please pray with us for teenage believers in Iran under intense pressure from family members because of their conversion. We’ve recently heard from a number of Christian young people who are struggling with the daily stress of living with antagonistic parents. While whole families do sometimes come to faith together, still there are many young people who are the only believers in their household....
Thursday, August 22nd, 2019
We praise God that hundreds of new Iranian and Afghan believers have been baptized in recent months in cities across the Iran region. Those baptized include some of the teenagers who were deeply impacted recently by an Elam youth discipleship conference. The large-scale baptisms have been occasions of great joy and celebration, often lasting from morning to evening. More than 100 more new believers will...
Monday, August 05th, 2019
At least 35 new house churches have been planted directly as a result of Safar since its launch in 2018. We praise God that this innovative 1-to-1 discipleship process is not only helping disciple individuals, but is also proving to be a powerful tool for growing the Iranian church. As thousands of new believers are discipled through this highly relational and biblical process, they are soon...
Wednesday, July 24th, 2019
It is 25 years since the tragic murder of Rev. Tateos Michaelian in Iran. Rev. Michaelian, a brilliant scholar and translator as well as pastor, was killed in June 1994, just weeks after agreeing with Sam Yeghnazar (Elam's founder) to take a leading role in Elam’s new Bible translation project. Following Tateos's death, the endeavour was named ‘the Michaelian Project’ in his honour. As a true...
Monday, June 24th, 2019
A member of Iran’s Expediency Council (an advisory body for Iran's supreme leader) stated in a recent interview that Muslims who convert to Christianity deserve the death penalty, whether “man or woman, boy or girl." The comments of this council member - Seyed-Hashem Bathaee - are the latest in a long tradition of public rhetoric against Christianity from the authorities. But Bathaee is...
Thursday, May 23rd, 2019
"Christianity is spreading in parts of Iran," announced Mahmoud Alavi, Iran’s Minister of Intelligence during a speech to Shia Muslim clerics at Qom (an Iranian city full of Islamic seminaries) on May 4th.   Alavi also confirmed that his Intelligence ministry has been summoning Christian converts for questioning. This is a public admission of the systematic violation of Iran’s own constitution,...
Thursday, March 21st, 2019
The Christian community in Iran continues to face arrests, arbitrary detentions, interrogations, court cases and other injustices.   Just recently we heard of a brother who lost his job after a period of detention and interrogation. He is now worried about how to provide for his family. Other breadwinners also fear what will happen to their families if they are arrested. Others are already struggling...
Tuesday, February 26th, 2019
Sanaz is a new Iranian believer in a refugee camp in Europe. Her personal bible is just covered with notes, highlights and underlining. Now, that is hunger for the Word of God!   Sanaz has loved studying her Bible ever since she came to faith. Devouring sermons and books that help her to understand God's Word, she takes careful notes. So when other refugees ask questions about Jesus, Sanaz is ready...
Tuesday, February 26th, 2019
Following an intensification of persecution in the lead up to Christmas, arrests and interrogations of Christians in Iran have continued into the new year.  Recent arrests include five female Christian converts, one of whom is Ruhsari Kamberi, a 65-year old  who was arrested and detained in Karaj, and forced to endure ten days of intensive interrogation. Early one morning, shortly before Christmas...
Friday, January 25th, 2019
Following an intensification of persecution in the lead up to Christmas, arrests and interrogations of Christians in Iran have continued into the new year. Of those arrested in December, some were released on bail before the new year. They have been warned against engaging in any Christian activities and will be watched by the government. Others remain in prison, subject to interrogations and harsh treatment....
Wednesday, December 19th, 2018
Well over 100 Iranian Christians from a Muslim background have been arrested inside Iran within the past several weeks. The intensification of persecution and arrests by the Islamic Republic of Iran is common in the weeks leading up to Christmas. When arrested, house church members are interrogated. When released, they are then warned not to carry on with any Christian activities. They are watched by the...
Wednesday, November 21st, 2018
Nearly 100 Persian-speaking Christians were recently baptised in one city in a country neighbouring Iran. We celebrate the work that the Lord is doing in each of their lives, and pray that He would use them to grow His kingdom.  Please pray for: those who were baptised as they continue to grow in their faith. their pastors and leaders as they teach and disciple them. their witness to family and...
Wednesday, November 21st, 2018
Saheb Fadaei and Fatimeh Bakhteri have received prison sentences of 18 and 12 months respectively for "spreading propaganda against the regime." It is written in the verdict that for Christians to claim that Jesus is Lord and that the Bible is their final authority can be perceived as an attack against Islam. Saheb was additionally sentenced to 2 years’ internal exile in Nehbandan County, close to the border with...
Saturday, September 29th, 2018
This month Elam held a conference for 19 women, each hand-selected from across the Iran region. Many had been abused or experienced other traumas. These women came thirsty to know how to witness and how to be more productive for God’s mission. The week-long conference was a huge blessing to all who were there. Teaching: on being rooted deeply in Jesus, leaving their problems to God and receiving from His Word...
Thursday, July 19th, 2018
Friends of Mohammadali Yassaghi (Estifan) praise the Lord for his release from Babol Prison in Mazandaran Province, North Iran. Mohammadali (age 52), from a Muslim background, was arrested in Mazandaran Province on 10 April 2018 and charged with 'propaganda against the establishment.' It is common in Iran for vague political charges to be brought against those arrested for religious choices and activities of...
Thursday, July 19th, 2018
Ramiel Bet Tamraz, son of Pastor Victor Bet Tamraz and Shamiram Isavi Khabizeh, has been sentenced to four months' imprisonment for "acting against national security" by joining house churches. There is likely to be an appeal, with Ramiel's lawyer asking for the sentence to be reduced or cancelled. On 26 August 2016 Ramiel, a Christian from an ethnic Assyrian background, was arrested with four Christian convert...
Friday, June 29th, 2018
There is much to pray for as we consider our brothers and sisters facing prison sentences in Iran. On 6th January, Shamiram Isavi Khabizeh was sentenced to five years' imprisonment for acting against national security and acting against the regime by organising small groups, attending a seminary abroad and training church leaders and pastors to act as spies. During her appeal hearing on 9th May, which lasted...
Tuesday, March 20th, 2018
The judge who heard the court appeal of Iranian Christians Eskandar Rezaie and Suroush Saraie on 8th March is expected to issue his verdict soon. The two Christian defendants have been charged with “acting against national security”. Suroush faced an additional charge of “forgery,” as the pastor of a church in Shiraz, for issuing letters for the children of Christian converts seeking exemption from Islamic...
Friday, February 23rd, 2018
Two members of a Tehran house church who were arrested on 17th November 2017 remain detained in Evin prison. Majidreza Souzanchi Kushani and Fatimeh Mohammadi are awaiting sentencing. They could face years in prison. Similarly, Ali Amini remains detained in Tabriz Central prison after he was arrested at his workplace on 10th December 2017. Ali, who is the father of two young children, is believed to be held...

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