The Iranian Hunger for God

God is doing some amazing things in our church. And one of those things is that he’s bringing a lot of Iranians to our church through the witness of our friend, “R”. “R” is an Iranian Christian who has recently got his visa to stay in the UK after a long and tiresome five year wait. Through all that time, “R” has been faithful to Christ and he has provided for him. Amazing testimony!

“R” is a man who’s faith and love for Christ overflows, and this has been proved by the amount of Iranians who are now coming to our church through “R”‘s witness.

We’ve recently started an Iranian Alpha Course with all the materials in Farsi language, including giving the Iranian guys their own Farsi Bible. And I have to say, I feel so encouraged and blessed by being there in the course with the guys. They are so hungry for God it’s unbelievable. They’re full of questions and desperate to know Jesus for themselves. I think we’re gonna have to get the “baptistry” (we use a birthing pool) out again very soon!

You may think, “yeah, it’s not that amazing that a bunch of Iranians are interested in church…” but it really is. Let me tell you why…

Iran has the second highest rate of Christian persecution in the world. There is next to nothing of free choice and speech; everyone has to be a Muslim. Numbers of Christians being arrested has increased since 2010 and continues in this trend. Many of the approximately 350,000 believers from a Muslim background live in fear of harassment by the government. Many Iranian Christians have been killed and brutally tortured for their faith. Many of those try to escape and come to the UK for solace. Many Iranians who are ‘seeking’ flee the country too. To be open to Christ in Iran is to put your life on the line, literally.

And so, this is why it’s so amazing that these guys want to know Jesus. I’m so encouraged by them.

I’m going to ask all my readers who are Christians to pray for these guys that they may come to know Jesus and be completely healed of their troubled past in Iran. Pray also that they may receive Visas for the UK and that they may find somewhere to live. Also, there’s a prayer powerpoint from Open Doors which you can download here.

What an amazing thing that God is doing! God is the missionary God who comes to seek and to save that which was lost. Iran and the story of our Iranian friends at St Paul’s is a classic example of that God in action. If you’re not a Christian, please think solidly about this. It’s a serious testimony to the truth that lies in Christ.

Does anyone have any feedback for me? Any words of encouragement for the Iranian friends, prayers or something?

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Dean Roberts

Dean is a Minister in the Anglican Church. Currently he is Curate in the parishes of Bedwas, Machen, Michaelston-y-Fedw and Rudry in South Wales. He was born and bred in Wales, is married to Megan, and has two dogs called Taliesin and Melyn, and two cats named Sinsir and Hâf. He graduated from Cardiff University with a BA Hons. in Theology & Religious Studies, and has studied for an MA in Theology, Ministry & Mission at Trinity College Bristol. He also holds a Cert.RSCM from the Royal School of Church Music. He loves playing music, walking, reading, blogging and horse riding as well as going to the cinema and theatre. Read More @ http://deanroberts.net/about