Iranian ministry reaches millions with the gospel


07/07/2021 Washington DC (International Christian Concern)“I hated each of you because I considered you all to be infidels and blasphemers. I insulted you all the time in my comments on your social networks. I cursed you all the time. But your response has always been gentle and full of love. It made me even angrier.

Iran, an officially Shia Islamic country known for its religious rigor, has long been closed to the outside world. This makes it difficult to share the gospel and practice Christianity, forcing the church into hiding.

However, Iran’s alleged religious uniformity by its regime may be far from the reality of its religious demographics. A survey published in February this year by a Dutch research organization named GAMAAN showed a surprising amount of religious diversity among Iranians, in which only a third of participants claimed to be Shia Muslims.

With the advent and rapid spread of the Internet over the past 20 years, Christian ministry in countries like Iran has become easier to access information and communication. This boom in online activity and Iran’s growing religious diversity have led the regime to increase its scrutiny of online platforms and attempt to heavily regulate internet use in the country.

For the past 20 years, an evangelistic ministry founded by Iranian Christians in America has sought to provide encouragement, guidance, and prayers to Iranians seeking help. In partnership with the ICC and using satellite television, radio and social media, this ministry has spread the gospel message throughout Iran, helping the Underground Church and anyone desirous of it. listen.

While not well received by the government, the content offers citizens a lifeline when all other sources of hope fail. “One day a close friend of mine had a horrible car accident. His skull and neck were shattered… Full of despair, that night I watched your program. On the program, you said, “It is never too late for God to work a miracle. What is impossible with man is possible with God. He said: Ask and it will be given to you. So right away I called you and you prayed for my friend.

In a nation governed by strict religious legalism, the effect is transformative. “The next morning my friend’s family called me and told me that a miracle had happened. My friend was conscious, had opened his eyes and could recognize everyone. Unwittingly, I fell on my knees, I started to cry and I cried out the name of Jesus… Today I am a child of God and a disciple of Christ.

This kind of ministry has had a particular impact on women, who have suffered greatly at the hands of an oppressive society. One woman recounted that she was brought up in the Islamic tradition and learned to hate it because women are the property of their husbands or fathers. When she got married, she was abused by her husband for nine years. But after being exposed to the gospel via the ministry’s satellite channel, she found her husband broke and crying.

“Soon my husband started reading the Bible and he started to change. Now he was paying attention to me, showing kindness and a great supernatural love towards me. Then I started to read the Bible on my own. I learned that the God of the Bible considers men and women to be equally important… So when I saw the change in my husband, and after reading the Bible, my heart was touched and I gave my life to Jesus.

This evangelical program reaches millions of Iranians. The ICC partnership has provided support over the years to assist this ministry despite each new and continuing challenge presented by the government.

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