Suffering But Growing Church

Monday, September 30th, 2013
The world’s most famous evangelical Christian, 94 year old Dr. Billy Graham, has added his voice to the campaign for the release of Iranian Christian Saeed Abedini from Evin Prison, Tehran. Let us pray that high profile voices like Dr. Graham’s will help secure freedom for Saeed Abedini, Farshid Fathi, and the nearly forty other Christians reported to be behind bars for their faith. Dr. Graham wrote to Iran’s...
Tuesday, September 10th, 2013
An Iranian family is exhausted by the social and economic oppression in Iran. They decide to leave and go illegally to Europe. All is going well until their smuggler suddenly abandons them whilst they are en route in Turkey: the family soon falls into the hands of the Turkish police and all seems lost. Held for days in a dismal asylum camp, the family is depressed and feeling hopeless. Then, just as the family...
Thursday, August 22nd, 2013
At least 13 Christians have been arrested across Tabriz, Isfahan and Tehran in the past six weeks.  The charges against the individuals remain unknown. A crackdown on Christian converts in Tabriz began last month when three men, Farshid Modares, Aval Samad Kazemi and Hamid Reza, were arrested on July 10th following raids on their homes.  Fellow believer Yashar Farzin No was arrested the following day and Mohammad...
Tuesday, August 06th, 2013
Hassan was a fire safety officer in a huge factory and a Christian. He witnessed to at least eighty people in the factory, including, Masoud, a co-worker who responded and began coming to work wearing a cross. This infuriated his manager. Angrily he told Masoud either he take the cross off, or be demoted. Masoud replied: "I am ready to work where you send me. I prefer being demoted to taking off my cross." Masoud...
Thursday, June 27th, 2013
Rev. Robert Asserian was released on Tuesday 2 July following six weeks’ imprisonment in the notorious Evin prison in Tehran. However, whilst the pastor is no longer incarcerated, he will remain under the close surveillance of the authorities, and therefore he cannot be considered to be completely free. Robert Asserian, an associate pastor at the Central Assemblies of God church in Tehran, was arrested on the...
Wednesday, June 12th, 2013
Rev. Robert Asserian remains imprisoned over three weeks after his arrest in Tehran. The central Assemblies of God church, where Robert served as an associated leader, remains closed with a sign on the door declaring that the church is ‘closed for essential repairs’. On May 21 Rev. Asserian was arrested when he arrived to lead a prayer meeting at the central Assemblies of God church in Iran’s capital city. The...
Thursday, May 30th, 2013
Why I wrote out the Gospel of John: inspiring video at elam.com (Click to watch) If you had no Bibles for evangelism, would you write out Scriptures by hand? What if you could be executed for doing so? "Why I wrote out the Gospel of John" is a new, inspiring 6-minute video that tells of a young Iranian girl’s obedience and witness in Iran, even after her father had been martyred. This powerful story reminds us of...
Thursday, May 02nd, 2013
In a Middle Eastern hotel in the balmy heat of early summer, a big, burly man named Akbar gives a moving testimony. Akbar bravely shares about his past lifestyle of promiscuity, violence and addiction, and the consequent rejection he suffered at the hands of his family, and especially his father. A hushed gathering hears how, broken and alone, Akbar called out to Jesus in a moment of utter desperation. Because of...
Tuesday, April 02nd, 2013
Pastor Farshid Fathi has now been detained for more than two years and three months: that’s more than 822 days spent inside Iran’s brutal Evin prison. With no signs that the Iranian government will be lenient and shorten the unjust six-year sentence handed down for simply practicing his Christian faith, Elam is continuing advocacy efforts to secure an early release for Farshid. The Free Farshid Campaign has kicked...
Friday, March 01st, 2013
Iranians compare their own personal freedoms with those in the West and feel frustrated. Most families will have had some brush with the law over something very trivial. For example it is illegal for a woman in Iran to wear nail polish, but women like wearing nail polish, and so many have been stopped in the streets. They go back home feeling bruised. They switch on their internet or satellite TV and every woman who...
Wednesday, February 13th, 2013
Every night a nomadic family of seven gathers together outside their tent to hear the youngest daughter read the Bible aloud –she is the only literate member of the family. When she is finished the family prays to Jesus together under the stars. This nomad family accepted Christ as their Lord a few years ago when they arrived at a village to put their animals to pasture for a season. It was a village they...
Thursday, January 24th, 2013
Arrested on December 27th 2012 for celebrating Christmas with a group of believers in Tehran, 60-year-old Pastor Vruir Avanessian, who suffers from kidney failure, was temporarily released on bail on January 10th, 2013. A date for his court hearing has not been provided. Pastor Avanessian’s family and friends are grateful for the prayers of Christians around the world. At least sixteen other Christians remain in...
Tuesday, January 08th, 2013
It’s becoming a habit: arresting Christians over the Christmas holiday season. It happened in 2010 (over 70 arrests, mainly in Tehran); it happened in 2011 (the whole congregation in Ahvaz, plus children); and it’s just happened for Christmas 2012. As well as re-arresting the now famous Youcef Naderkhani, who has twice faced the death sentence for apostasy on Christmas day itself, the authorities also raided a...
Thursday, December 06th, 2012
An Iranian man from the Baha’i faith struggled with an embarrassing nervous habit for 28 years. When he was with strangers he would bite his nails and shake his feet. Contacted by an outreach team in a country near Iran, he visited the church and met with strangers. As the Baha’i spent time with the Christians, reading the Bible and praying, he realised he was neither biting his nails, nor shaking. For him this was...
Tuesday, October 30th, 2012
Farshid Fathi remains in prison along with at least ten other Christians. The latest Christians to be arrested are Afsar Bahmani and Massoud Rezaie from Shiraz. They were taken into custody on October 12th. These believers endure arbitrary arrest, the confiscation of personal goods, usually weeks in solitary confinement and long hours of interrogation, and then a prison sentence. Their crime? Faith in the creed of...
Thursday, October 11th, 2012
House churches will keep on growing in Iran because of this simple and Biblical principle. An Iranian has a powerful encounter with Jesus Christ – through a dream, a TV programme, a New Testament, a book, a desperate prayer miraculously answered – and their lives completely change. Instead of being depressed, they smile; instead of walking in fear, they trust; instead of cursing, they speak with love. No government...
Wednesday, September 26th, 2012
Believers want to meet and are hungry for good Bible teaching. But sometimes there is no preacher physically present. However, if there is an internet connection, there is Skype. It works. The preacher can see most of the people, and they can see him or her. The voice can easily be amplified over the p.a. system. And at the end, the speaker can still ask people to stand or to come forward for prayer. It is even...
Thursday, September 06th, 2012
Click here to view and order the bookmarks Christians persecuted for their faith in Iran testify that in prison they felt the power of prayer supernaturally strengthening them. Elam Ministries wants Farshid Fathi, imprisoned for over 20 months, to feel the power of at least 100,000 believers interceding for him. To help create this avalanche of prayer, the ministry has printed free bookmarks to help churches pray...
Wednesday, August 15th, 2012
At the end of a church meeting near the Iran region this summer, the preacher invited unbelievers to surrender their lives to Christ. Three came forward. Then the pastor of the church also stood up and invited other Iranians who had not yet experienced salvation in Christ to step forward. Another two came forward. The sinner’s prayer should have been said. But the pastor still hesitated. Then another leader stood up...
Friday, July 27th, 2012
It’s not easy for Christians in Iran to get baptized, or to celebrate Holy Communion. For one Christian lady, it all proved too much when during one meeting at a conference in the region, there was both a baptism service and Holy Communion: she fainted. There is not just emotion at these conferences. There is also a determination among those there to learn as much as they can, to teach others in Iran. One lady who...

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