Iran has been making headlines lately.
But under its political front, what is Iran like? Like any country it is a country of people! and the people make the country what it is.
What would you do if you lived in a country that does not know freedom of speech, press or religion, hasn’t for as long as you can remember, and has little or no hope of doing so—ever? Imagine that you are not allowed to study certain things for yourself or arrive at or express your own conclusions logically. (For instance, imagine that your schoolteacher merely refers to the United States as the “Big Satan” and to a nation like Israel as the “Little Satan”, to be hated even before they are understood.) Imagine that the army, police and justice system have agendas other than the defense of basic human rights? As Americans we truly can’t imagine what it is like . . . what it is like to live life in fear. Yet it is so for many. Multitudes are still covered by a curtain of personal oppression black as a chador.
It is against such blackness that the heart freedom that Christ can bring will shine the brightest. Here is a testimony from Voice of the Martyrs and three key prayer points from Operation World.
“As a Muslim, I loved God very much, but I could never reach him or find him. I moved the vacuum cleaner back an forth across the rug on the same spot. Then, frustrated and tired, I fell asleep.
“A few weeks later, one of our relatives from abroad came to visit us. We saw that he had changed. We asked him, ‘What happened to you? What has changed you?’ He began to tell us about Jesus and his miracles. The he said, ‘I had a dream. In my dream, Jesus told me to come to you and bring you the good news.’ He gave us a Bible.
“I began reading the Bible and gave my heart to Jesus. I became kinder, nicer. My husband became angry. He was a radical Muslim. He said, ‘Are you a Christian? I know what to do with you.”
“I remembered the scripture where Jesus said that if we deny him, then He will deny us before the Father. I thought, ‘Well, he is going to divorce me anyway. I will tell him the truth.’ After I told him, he said, ‘What a good thing that you are a Christian. I want to read the Bible. I want to change, too.’ He took the Bible and left our house for a week. Then he called me and said, "’I believe in this God.’
“Now we have a ministry. We go to the streets and witness to people, anyone we can find. Some have believed. . . .”
- Pray for courage, love and wisdom among our Christian brothers and sisters in the church of Iran
They are in the middle of one of the most supernaturally-written stories of all time.
- Pray for access to the Bible
Some reckon that 10 million Bibles would be gladly received were there opportunity.
- Pray for unreached people-groups
Of seventy ethnic groups only eight include (known) groups of believers.