Persian Christian satellite TV broadcasting is one of the main reasons there has been remarkable and rapid church growth in Iran over the last several years.
An estimated 30 million Iranians have access to satellite TV, despite it being illegal in Iran. The evidence from response rates to Christian programming indicates that large numbers (probably more than one million) - believers and non-believers alike - watch Christian TV.
There are many powerful testimonies of people who have come to know the Lord through TV ministry. For people who have given their lives to Christ, Christian TV is often the only source of connection with the church and Bible teaching. These people watch these TV shows faithfully to learn and to grow.
Elam’s media ministry produces content for both seekers and believers:
- "Time for Worship" - half-hour episodes of musical worship and bible readings.
- “Donyayezan” – meaning 'Women's World'. Exploring women’s and family issues from a Christian perspective.
- “Bible for All” – Foundational Bible teaching series suitable for new Christians and more mature believers.
- “Baghe Dusti" – meaning 'Garden of Friendship'. Introducing children to Jesus and the Bible.
Websites and telephone hotlines for each of the TV shows enable seekers to continue their journey toward Christ. Interested viewers can call up the hotlines to ask their questions. The follow-up ministry team regularly leads callers to Christ and helps them access a copy of the Bible and plug into Christian community.
Elam's internet pastors also engage daily with evangelism and discipleship online, through various platforms. Internet church gatherings meet regularly for Bible-reading, teaching, worship and prayer. Internet church meetings are powerful vehicles for discipleship, especially for those who are unable to meet for face-to-face fellowship with other believers.