Suffering But Growing Church

Tuesday, January 26th, 2021
The international Christian ministry, Open Doors, has placed Iran as number 8 in its annual World Watch List, which ranks nations based on the persecution of Christians, with number 1 being the most oppressive. Iran has consistently been in the 'top 10' of the World Watch List over the past decade, but Open Doors' 2021 findings are that the level of threat faced by Iran's...
Tuesday, December 22nd, 2020
At Christmas, the Iranian authorities often ramp up pressure on Christians. There tend to be more raids of house church gatherings and arrests of believers at this time of year. So now is the time to refresh our prayers for our brothers and sisters who are facing - or could face - persecution.  Pray for protection, courage and joy for house churches this Christmas. This Christmas numerous...
Tuesday, December 22nd, 2020
Shepherds and wise men are coming to worship Jesus. It happened 2,000 years ago. It’s happening today in Iran. Hassan and his family are sheep farmers. This year, they came to faith in Jesus and are faithfully sharing the Gospel with the shepherds who work for them. At night, Hassan sits out in the fields with the shepherds and shares about Jesus with them. One elderly shepherd particularly loves...
Monday, November 30th, 2020
On 15th November, Zaman Fadaei - known as Saheb - was given 80 lashes as punishment for drinking wine as part of Holy Communion. Saheb's friend Youhan had similarly received 80 lashes in October in a move which was widely condemned by international observers. Saheb, Youhan and one other from the 'Church of Iran' (a group with an unorthodox understanding of the Trinity) were sentenced in 2016 to the...
Monday, November 30th, 2020
When Nader left his rural life to find work in a nearby city, he had no idea that God would use him to bring the Gospel to his remote, tiny village. A few months ago, Nader became friends with a Christian whom he met after moving to the city. Convinced by what his friend said about Jesus, Nader became a believer and was discipled through the Safar discipleship journey. Nader soon...
Tuesday, October 27th, 2020
In July, an Iranian court ruled that Sam Khosravi and Maryam Falahi were unfit to continue caring for their adopted daughter, Lydia, because they are Christian converts. In September, an appeal court upheld this decision. Now, 120 lawyers and activists from across Iran have written an open letter to the head of judiciary, Ebrahim Raisi, asking him to overturn the decision. The letter...
Tuesday, October 27th, 2020
Jaleh had been prayer-walking the streets of her city for three hours, asking God to lead her to someone with whom she could share Jesus. She'd offered to pray for a few people but no-one was interested. She was feeling discouraged when she suddenly crossed paths with a teenage girl in great distress. Through her tears, the girl revealed that her relationship with her mother had broken down: she was...
Monday, August 31st, 2020
A Christian couple in their mid-sixties and an unnamed house church leader have recently fled Iran after their prison sentences were confirmed at appeal. Pastor Victor Bet Tamraz and his wife Shamiram Issavi left Iran on 15th August, the night before Shamiram was due to start serving her prison sentence. They and are now safe and well in another country according to their daughter, Dabrina. Shamiram was...
Friday, July 31st, 2020
Shirin has not had an easy life. At a moment of personal crisis she was deeply wounded and then abandoned by her family. She became an outcast. When a Christian couple took her and her young daughter in, Shirin had her first taste of the love of Christ. In their care, she came to know Jesus and began to walk with Him as a disciple. Then, Shirin took part in some online training that helped her grow in her...
Thursday, May 28th, 2020
In the past month more than 245,000 Persian-speakers have heard Pastor Farshid Fathi - who spent five years in prison in Iran for his Christian faith - sharing via Instagram about the forgiveness of Christ. Ahmad is a celebrity Iranian kickboxer who, after leaving Iran for a neighbouring country, became friends with Farshid. On his popular Instagram account (with 500k+ followers), Ahmad has shared seven minutes...
Thursday, December 19th, 2019
This Christmas, we ask you to take a few minutes to pray for those in Iran who are suffering for their faith in Jesus. Please pray for: Those imprisoned for their faith, including Rokhsareh Ghanbari, a lady in her sixties who is serving a one-year sentence.  Ebrahim Firouzi, who was released from prison in October 2019 and has now been exiled for two years to a remote part of Iran, far...
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...

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