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Overview:

The Islamic Revolution of 1979, led by Ayatollah Khomeini, created the world’s only Shiite Islamic theocracy and profoundly changed every aspect of life in Iran. Today, many of those who committed their lives to Islam and Islamic rule are filled with despair. This disillusionment has opened new doors for the gospel, which is sweeping across the nation via Christian media and bold evangelists in Iran’s growing house church movements. However, the government continues its attempts to thwart this move of God. Christian leaders and pastors are often arrested, tortured and imprisoned, and their families are harassed. Some are left with no option other than to flee the country.

Major Religions:

More than 97 percent of Iranians are identified by the government as Muslims, but the reality is that a significant segment of the population has abandoned Islam and many have come to Christ.

Persecutor:

Christians are persecuted by government authorities, which have a network of informants in each city. Family, friends and community members also persecute Christians, especially when news of a conversion becomes public.

What It Means To Follow Christ In Iran:

The Iranian government is among the most oppressive regimes in the world. It is illegal to leave Islam, and Christians face the constant threat of imprisonment and being falsely charged with “acting against national security” for owning Bibles or even talking about Christ. Christians are routinely fired from their jobs, and it is difficult for a known believer to find a job or rent a home. Many Christians gather in secret fellowships and receive teaching through Christian media smuggled into the country as well as through broadcast media. Several Christians are currently imprisoned, and many others are under house arrest awaiting sentencing.

Access To Bibles:

It is illegal to own, print, import or distribute Bibles. Since they are so difficult to obtain, Bibles are treasured by Iranian believers. Few have their own copy of God’s Word. Give Bibles

VOM Work:

VOM provides encouragement, support and training for former prisoners as they rebuild their lives. We also provide discipleship and leadership training for current and future Christian leaders. VOM is actively involved in distributing God’s Word to believers inside Iran. Give to VOM’s Global Ministry

Prayer Requests:

  • Pray for house church leaders who have lost a spouse this year.
  • Pray for Christian students who are kicked out of their university.
  • Pray for Ebrahim Noroozi, who is in internal exile after being released from prison in 2019.
  • Pray for the training and equipping of house church leaders in Iran.
  • Pray for those smuggling print and digital Scriptures to believers in Iran.
  • Pray for Christian prisoners who were released from jail last year at the outset of the pandemic.
  • Pray that the children of Christian families will stand strong while attending Muslim schools.
  • Pray for Muslims who are leaving Islam and accepting Christ.
  • Pray for the release of Christians who are still in prison.