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IRAN 30 PRAYER GUIDE

PRAY FOR IRAN

PRAY FOR IRAN

Pray in a more informed way for the Church in Iran and for Iranian believers.

You are invited to join the global prayer movement for Iran.

Discover this spiritually thirsty land. Pray across 30 days. Transform the spiritual future of a nation.

 

Before the Islamic revolution of 1979, there were fewer than 500 Christians from a Muslim background in Iran. In 2020, many estimate there are a million or more. Despite severe persecution, the church is growing rapidly.

 

Prayer has been a vital part of the story of Iran’s church. In the 1950s a group of believers met every night for four years to pray for Iran’s millions. Today, as persecution continues, the need for prayer is as great as ever. With faithful intercession, Iran can become a strategic missionary-sending nation to the entire Middle East and beyond.

 

Iran 30’s short, easy-to-read prayer topics will help you play your part in the beautiful story God is writing for Iran and beyond.

Pray for Persian New Year Outreach

Wednesday, March 20, 2024

Nowruz, or Persian New Year, is the first day of spring and an occasion for much celebration and joy among Iranians.

Christians in Iran are particularly praying for chances to start conversations about Jesus as they mark the occasion with relatives.

Training leaders for the Iranian church continues

Thursday, February 22, 2024

26 emerging leaders are currently studying our foundational 3-month church planting and evangelism course in the Iran region.

The students are bonding well together amid their intensive studies, and are already catching the vision to share the message of Jesus with others. The students regularly take part in practical ministry assignments in addition to classroom learning, including prayer walks, practical service and evangelism.

Persian New Year approaches: please start praying

Thursday, February 22, 2024

In one month, the biggest celebration of the year for Persian speakers (Iranians, Afghans, Tajiks) will be upon us: Nowruz, or Persian New Year.

In Iran this beloved celebration falls this year on March 20th. It is followed by a holiday period in which many Iranians travel the country to visit family, and others take the opportunity to go on vacation overseas.

New Persian-language youth worship album

Monday, January 22, 2024

We are praising God that our worship team has just released a brand new album of worship music for Persian-speaking youth.

The title song, "Only One" (which refers to Jesus being the only true Lord, and the only one worthy of our worship), was recorded at one of our youth conferences in the Iran region in 2023.

"The Songs of Christmas" Weekly Fellowship resource for Persian speakers

Thursday, December 21, 2023

During December, our Weekly Fellowship resource unpacks the four "Songs of Christmas" in Luke's Gospel. The significance of Christ's birth is explored through the songs of Mary, Zechariah, the angels, and Simeon, with a new resource released each Friday.

He stole the Scriptures. Now he's celebrating Christmas

Thursday, December 21, 2023

A few months ago, a thief mugged a Christian. At first the Christian tried to plead for his phone, but the thief threatened him and took everything he had - including his phone and backpack which contained several New Testaments. 

Later, the thief read the Scriptures and felt a conviction he’d never sensed before. He wanted to know more. He switched on the stolen phone and called the recently dialled numbers on the phone until he managed to track down the owner.

Soccer and Salvation: Saeed's story

Tuesday, November 28, 2023

In 2023, hundreds of Iranian and Afghan kids and youth have been impacted by sports ministry run by local Iranian churches. One of them is Saeed.

Saeed’s mother died when he was just nine years old.

When his abusive, drug-addicted father then abandoned the family, young Saeed was left to fend for himself. Separated from his brother and sister, he scraped a living on the streets of Iran before being taken into a state-run welfare home.

20 years of the New Testament: thank you and please keep praying

Thursday, October 26, 2023

20 years ago, the first New Testaments were printed in the New Millennium Persian translation. No one who was there to receive that first shipment could have imagined the immense impact this New Testament would have on Iran over the following two decades.

"They are a generation hungry for the Lord"

Monday, June 26, 2023

Over the past week, the Lord has ministered to the hearts of more than 170 Persian-speaking teenagers through residential retreats in the Iran region.

"They are a generation hungry for the Lord," reported one of the ministry leaders. "They arrived carrying many wounds and burdens but, as they've come with open hearts, the Lord has been at work beautifully among them."

Ministry to refugees in Greece: 250 hear the Gospel in two days

Thursday, May 25, 2023

There are tens of thousands of Persian-speaking refugees in Greece, and trained Iranian Christians have a heart to love and serve them while reaching them with the Gospel.

Last month, 250 Persian-speaking refugees attended two evangelistic worship nights in Greece where many of them heard the Gospel explained in their own language for the first time.

Pray for 13 youth leaders in training

Wednesday, April 26, 2023

Right now, 13 Iranian youth leaders are taking part in an eight-week training program in the Iran region. These emerging leaders represent nine churches serving 80+ youth. They would greatly value your prayers.

The group recently started their training with a one-week residential module.

Thousands sharing the Gospel at Nowruz

Tuesday, March 28, 2023

Iranian Christians are giving out tens of thousands of New Testaments during the ongoing Persian New Year (Nowruz) holidays.

Eighteen of those out sharing the Good News are students currently on our three-month evangelism and church-planting course in a county near Iran. They have had many encouraging encounters so far.

Pray for Christmas outreach, Iran and beyond

Tuesday, December 20, 2022

There are many outreach events and initiatives happening during the Christmas period, with a vision of introducing more people to Emmanuel, our God who is with us. We would deeply value your prayers for the following:

"I've never seen love like this"

Tuesday, November 22, 2022

"I have never seen love like this" said Iranian social media influencer Ahmad Moinshirazi recently in a reel shared with his 600,000+ followers.

Ahmad - a retired Iranian pro-kickboxer in exile - was talking about his experience of visiting an Iranian church in the region and seeing them pray passionately for the current unrest across Iran.

Iranian worship leaders profoundly changed

Thursday, August 25, 2022

Through a recent advanced training course, 23 Persian-speaking worship leaders have developed new skills and gained a fresh passion for ministry.

The worship leaders - who had previously completed a foundational worship training program with Elam - enjoyed two weeks growing in core musical skills together. While the focus was practical, God's work went deeper into many hearts. “God really surprised us,” shares one of the mentors and teachers, Roozbeh. “There were many healings, dreams and visions. Shy students became confident. Wounded hearts were mended.”

She assaulted a colleague. Now she serves Jesus.

Thursday, July 28, 2022

Elnaz swung fiercely at Leila, hitting her hard across the face.

Their co-workers stared in astonishment. They had seen Elnaz and Leila argue previously, but it had never before escalated to violence. Leila was quivering in shock, shielding her rapidly-bruising cheek and damaged ear.

Thank you to everyone who has got me this Bible!

Tuesday, June 28, 2022

In June 2022, new believer Amir received his first Bible. From Iran, he left us this voice message:
“Thank you! Thank you to everyone who has got me this Bible!”
Amid his joy, Amir understood that God had used many faithful people in the process of getting the Bible into his hands.

In Iran, Bibles in Persian are not freely available because the government knows that when Persian-speaking, Muslim-background people read it, many meet Jesus.

The Sound of Prayers

Wednesday, April 27, 2022

Nasrin lives in Iran where, despite the risks, she faithfully practices her Christian beliefs.

A few years ago, Nasrin spent nearly 3 weeks in solitary confinement in Iran, facing regular interrogations about her ministry and faith in Jesus.

One New Testament, two church planters trained

Tuesday, April 5, 2022

Afshin and Saloumeh lived in a broken marriage but were determined to stay together for the sake of their son. Then, one day, someone gave Afshin a Persian New Testament.

Marriage course launched to bless thousands of couples

Monday, February 28, 2022

Golnar is from a very small, remote village in Iran. She and her husband were among twelve couples who recently took part in the launch of a new marriage course specially designed for the Iranian church. At the end of the course, Golnar shared, "When I was young, each winter we would help my dad fix the mud walls of our house. We'd fill in the cracks to keep out the cold. Now my husband and I know that...

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