SCRIPTURES IN IRAN
The Bible has been transforming lives for thousands of years— and it’s still happening today inside Iran.
Despite being banned in the Farsi language, courageous Iranian Christians are taking great risks to distribute Bibles and New Testaments to people in Iran who are searching for truth. And as people read the Scriptures, they are encountering the living God and finding new life in Him.
During this third series of the Jesus Speaks Farsi podcast, we’ll learn the story of the Bible in Iran’s church through the generations, how it came to be translated into modern-day Persian (Farsi), and the impact it is having on millions of people across Iran.
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THROUGH THE GENERATIONS
David Yeghnazar, Executive director of Elam Ministries, joins Jen and Dara Lynn today in the first episode of our new podcast series, “Scriptures in Iran.” In this series, we’ll be hearing from different Iranian believers about how the Bible in Farsi is transforming lives across the region despite its being banned by the Iranian government.
In today’s episode, David shares his personal journey with the Bible as well as his perspective on the trials and victories of the Scriptures in Iran through the generations. Over the years, David has been part of the exciting movement of the church in Iran that has seen over 2 million Scriptures distributed across the Iran region. We hope you'll be encouraged by our conversation.
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August 19, 2022
THE WORD THAT CALMED THE STORM
Today, Roozbeh is a beloved Iranian worship leader, but as a young man his life was full of anger and hate and he always felt like a storm was raging inside his heart.
In today’s episode, Joe and Roozbeh talk about Roozbeh's experience reading the New Testament for the first time and how he became a follower of Jesus while living inside Iran. They'll also discuss why reading the Scriptures was so impactful to him and how it filled his life with a peace he'd never felt before.
We hope you enjoy hearing how the Scriptures transformed Roozbeh's heart and ultimately changed the trajectory of his life.
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September 2, 2022
A PERSIAN PERSPECTIVE FOR THE WESTERN WORLD
Join Dara Lynn as she chats with Afshin, one of the only Iranians with a PhD in biblical studies. As a student, Afshin's focus was on the Old Testament, specifically the Psalms. Not only is he a celebrated teacher in the Farsi-speaking world, but he is also part of the team that translated the Bible into modern-day Farsi.
His wealth of knowledge of the Scriptures and the way he understands them from a Persian perspective is both beautiful and challenging. We hope you enjoy today's conversation with Afshin.
SCRIPTURES IN IRAN E3
September 16, 2022
BEHIND EVERY STORY
On today’s episode, Joe shares one of his favorite stories from the church in Iran about a man whose dream about Jesus led him to a Christian who gave him a Bible. Joe reminds us that behind every incredible testimony like this is the faithful obedience of countless believers who have prayed, shared, given, and served. While Jesus is the story's hero, He also invites each of us to play a part.
We hope you enjoy this short episode of Jesus Speaks Farsi.
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September 23, 2022
FROM DRUG DEALER TO BIBLE TRANSLATOR
In today’s episode, Joe speaks with his good friend Ali about Ali’s fascinating journey to faith and his current work, Bible translation.
Just like Afshin (episode 3), who is a mentor of Ali’s, Ali is working on translating the Bible into languages that have never had the Scriptures before. Ali’s team is currently working on 20 translation projects including the Shekaki, Qashqai, Dezfooli, Ahvazi Arabic, Bandari, Kalhori, and Sistani languages.
SCRIPTURES IN IRAN E4
September 30, 2022
In this final episode of the Scriptures in Iran series, Joe, Dara Lynn and Jen sit down over a cup of chai to talk through the stories we’ve shared. We discuss our thoughts as Westerners about the stories we’ve heard about the impact of the Scriptures in Iran.
Grab your cup of tea and join us for another episode of Jesus Speaks Farsi.
SCRIPTURES IN IRAN E5
October 14, 2022