According to Open Doors USA, thousands of people are accepting Christ each year in Iran. According to Mohabat News, there may be as many as one million people involved in the underground
house church movement in Iran. Most are young, and 70 percent are female.
Recently Elam Ministries reported that in one region of Iran, there have been two large baptisms with over 240 Iranians committing their lives to Jesus Christ. Though technically closed
to evangelism, God has blessed Iran with people who have open hearts for the gospel of His kingdom. Today Iranians are perceived as the most spiritually open Muslim people group in the world.
Getting a New Testament in Iran is difficult. It is illegal, and the religious police are watching. “But the church has its ways,” Christian News and Insight from Elam Ministries reports. When
someone requests a Bible, it gets well used in Iran. Typically when someone reads the Bible, God changes him, and his family becomes interested in why that person is changing for the better. Soon they are reading the Bible together, and a house church begins.
All over Iran God is using dreams to reveal Himself to people searching for spiritual truth and righteousness. There are many people in Iran who have seen Jesus in their dreams. Many
such people have become followers of Jesus Christ. Why are people leaving Islam in an Islamic theocracy? People in Iran see the hypocrisy of the government-run form of religion. Shi’ite
Islam was founded by Hussein, who was martyred.
Ironically his ways are held high by a government that oppresses its own people. In another bit of irony, Ayatollah Khomeini, the founder of the Islamic Republic, is sometimes called “the
greatest Christian missionary” to have served in Iran since he drove so many to Christ!
Source: Global Prayer Digest; joshuaproject.net
Bible Study: Colossians 4:3
MAY: Pray that God would continue to use dreams to reveal Himself to those with spiritual hunger in Iran. Ask God to break the hold that Islam has on the people groups of Iran. Pray that persecution will only spur new believers on to share Christ’s spiritual answers with others.