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Iran in the News

Parents and Teachers

Government leaders and the news media have focused much attention on the nation of Iran in recent days. But what do the increasing tensions and violent exchange mean for the church in Iran — our Christian brothers and sisters serving Christ amid the upheaval?

The Voice of the Martyrs has written a special report on the church in Iran, explaining how government oppression and internal tensions within the country are affecting our Christian brothers and sisters. The report also offers specific ways to pray for Iranian Christians during these tumultuous days.

Request a free copy here. After you preview the report, you can share any age-appropriate information with your kids and students, and pray with them for Iran.


A Wise Son

Iran

In Iran, it is against the law to share the message of Jesus with Muslims. But some bold believers go to parks and other public places to tell Muslims how Jesus can save them from sin. They remember that Jesus said, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel” (Mark 16:15).

A man and his wife from a city in Iran often walked up and down streets witnessing to people they saw. After a while, the man wondered if God was calling him to do more. He began praying with his Christian friends, asking God if he should quit his high-paying job to serve him.

The man’s 7-year-old son heard his father’s prayers and came to him. “Abraham was ready to give his son for God,” the boy said to his father. “You are thinking only about a job. It’s just a job.” (The story of Abraham and his son Isaac is in Genesis 22:1–14).

The man quit his job. He and another Christian, witnessing together, brought 30 people to Christ in one month.


Iran: Faithful Witness Brings Hope

(Source: VOM Australia)

“Lord, if You are real, You need to tell me today,” said the young woman on the bus. “Otherwise I will walk in front of the bus and let it run over me.”

The woman, who lived in Iran, was going to have a baby. But she was not married and she saw no hope for her future.

New Life
A young man was on the same bus that day. He was reading a Bible, but he kept it covered so no one could see what he was reading. He feared he could be arrested for owning the Bible.

The man felt that the Lord was moving in his heart to talk to the young woman, even though he knew nothing about her. He wasn’t sure he would obey the Lord’s leading. But after a while, he took the cover off the Bible and went over to her. “The Lord loves you,” he told her. “I would like to share a Bible with you.”

The woman cried so loudly that she drew the attention of the other people on the bus. After talking to the man, she prayed with him and gave her life to the Lord, and then he gave her his Bible. Praise God for the man’s obedience to the Lord’s guidance!

[Photo: Iranian Christians at a secret worship service in a believer’s home.]


Message from a Christian in a Muslim Country

Iran

Brother X is a Christian who works in a Middle Eastern country where preaching the gospel is against the law. He was asked, “How do you feel knowing that people are praying for you?”

Brother X answered, “Living in a place that forbids Christian worship, or even discussion of the gospel, can be very frustrating. The most important thing to me is knowing that even though I may be alone physically, I am not alone spiritually!

“Each day as I face new challenges, I can be sure that my Christian brothers and sisters around the world are standing with me in prayer. As we face new and growing persecution, we can stand firm in our faith when we remember those who are cheering us on.

“Being far away from this country does not stop you from changing the nation. From where you are, you can be part of the most exciting missions work in history through your prayers. I invite you to become part of the greatest adventure in the history of man: bringing the gospel to unreached nations.”

(Source: Christians in Crisis)


What Would You Do?

Iran

Iran is a Muslim country where Christian activities are strictly controlled by the government. Christians meet secretly in house churches. In one church, the leaders gave every member seven Bibles when they left church on Sunday. They asked the Christians to give one Bible a day to someone who wasn’t a Christian.

But sharing the gospel with non-Christians is against the law in Iran. So the Christians risked getting arrested every time they shared a Bible.

To Think About
If you lived in Iran and your pastor gave you seven Bibles to share, what would you do? Would you want your parents to share Bibles with non-Christians if it meant that they might go to jail?

Bible verse: “But Peter and the other apostles answered and said: ‘We ought to obey God rather than men’” (Acts 5:29).

Parents and Teachers: You may want to give your children seven Christian pamphlets to share with others.