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.


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...

Samira felt God renew her passion for ministry at a recent conference.

Thursday, January 27, 2022

Samira's past couple years of house church ministry have been challenging, but after attending Elam's leaders' conference recently, she felt her passion for ministry renewed. When she arrived back home in Iran, her Muslim father, who is in his 80's, looked at her inquisitively. When she asked him what he was thinking, he said, "I am thinking about your God and the change I see in you."...

Iranians are eagerly sharing the joy of Christmas

Tuesday, December 21, 2021

All over the Iran region, Christians are eagerly sharing the joy of Christmas with others through evangelism, Scripture distribution and outreach. In one city, Armita has been faithfully participating in street evangelism. Recently, she shared the reason for Christmas with a local Iranian businessman and he asked if she would come and share the Gospel with his 60 employees. In...

New believer is overjoyed to receive her first Bible

Monday, November 29, 2021

After receiving a Bible for the first time, Maryam left a message for the person discipling her: 'I am forever thankful! You’ve made my heart so joyful! Thank you for this valuable gift! My heart is so happy!' There was overwhelming joy in her tear-filled voice. Maryam is just one of the thousands of new believers who have been discipled this year by another Iranian believer. She was able to...

She asked God, "Please tell me your name"

Friday, September 24, 2021

Nasrin was a devout Muslim woman, practicing Islam faithfully every day. However, she felt an emptiness that led her to pray, "I am trying to know you, but I'm not sure if you are real or not." She received no response.
Later, still distressed, she remembered hearing about the power of the God of the Bible so she decided to pray to Him, "Please tell me your name...

My family and I want to know Jesus

Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Anahita and her family were given a Bible last year by a relative visiting from out of town. He was a new believer and encouraged them to...

Hours from ending his life, Vahid finds new life in Christ

Tuesday, June 29, 2021

Vahid is one of hundreds of new believers who have recently been through our 2-week discipleship course, deepening his understanding of God's Word and being trained to share the Gospel and serve others. 
But, before Vahid had met Christ or been discipled, his journey had been difficult. For years, he longed to experience real freedom in his life. In his search, he had...

A young boy shares the Gospel with his grandfather

Friday, May 21, 2021

Nima is a six-year old boy inside Iran whose family came to Christ in 2020. Recently, he was thrilled to receive the gift of a...

Shahnaz finds healing from past abuse

Monday, March 22, 2021

Shahnaz had worked hard to forget the cruel names and hurtful words a close family member had persistently spoken to her years before. 
But, while attending our women's conference last month on the theme of identity, those devastating words and names unexpectedly resurfaced in...

A car ride. A worship song. A Gospel conversation.

Thursday, February 25, 2021

When Behrooz, a young Muslim in Tehran, flagged down a passing car for a lift one morning, he couldn’t have imagined what was in store for him.
Hamid, a house-church Christian going through an Elam discipleship program, had been praying for an opportunity like this one to share his faith and he gladly offered Behrooz a ride.
As Hamid and Behrooz set off...

Dariush from Iran says, "Thank you!"

Tuesday, January 26, 2021

A brother in Iran recently sent a message for all our dear partners:
"Greetings to you brothers and sisters... Praise God for every one of you dear ones who serve us and build us up through the Word of God. The grace of God has enabled us to serve and share the good news of the Gospel with many others." 
Dariush,* the man who sent this message, is...

Online 'retreat' fuels Iranian ministers for year ahead

Tuesday, January 26, 2021

During January, more than 160 Christians who are serving on the ground in the Iran region enjoyed a week of virtual fellowship, worship and teaching to prepare and pray for 2021.
With teaching that drew on the themes of endurance, encouragement and unity in Romans 15:5-6, the group was deeply encouraged and many had powerful encounters with God. After a...

"This conference was a Christmas gift to us."

Tuesday, December 22, 2020

"We had a problem in our marriage for three years," recalls Mahnaz, whose husband recently attended an online men's conference with Elam.
"There was no affection there. I was desperate and praying to God. But since this conference, the way he communicates with me has been different. He has started being affectionate for the first time. I know it’s a new...

Time for Worship: Special Christmas episode

Tuesday, December 22, 2020

Ever wondered what 'O Holy Night' sounds like in Persian? Wonder no longer.

Yesterday, a brand new, Christmas episode of our popular Persian worship show was streamed live, attracting thousands of viewers. It remains available to watch on YouTube and on Time For Worship’s Instagram.
With an opening message from Titus 3 about the transformation...

Discipleship: going deeper in the Word

Monday, November 30, 2020

“In the past, I would read three pages from the Bible and write down three sentences. Now I read three sentences and write down three pages of notes about what I get out of them."

These are the words of Mehran, who recently took part in an online discipleship programme with Elam. Through the course, his relationship with the Bible was transformed and he was...

Prayer resources:

Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Our Persian-language resource website,, has a rich catalogue of material on prayer. 
From a powerful video teaching series by British pastor and author, Pete Greig, delivered in English and Persian at a conference in the Iran region, to helpful articles and recommended books, there is something for everyone.
We praise God for all those who have made...

Weekly Fellowship: "I learned God wants to use even me"

Monday, September 28, 2020

New believer Hassan was burdened by guilt. Before coming to Christ, he had lived a life of promiscuity, seeking out relationships with many women. So Hassan was convinced God could not use him.
Then, one week, Hassan's fellowship group gathered and used Elam's 'Weekly Fellowship' resource to structure their meeting. As Hassan listened to the recorded sermon from...

"I didn't think anyone cared about us..."

Monday, September 28, 2020

Behnam is a labourer in Iran. When Christians recently offered him a food parcel as part of our pandemic-prompted relief ministry, Behnam said something remarkable:
“I didn’t think anyone cared about us. For the past ten months I’ve only earned enough to buy bread. Tonight, my family can eat rice for the first time. You are surely messengers from God.”














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