The rapid growth of the Christian church in Iran — one of the world’s most suffocating Islamic strongholds — is yet further demonstration that the Kingdom of God reigns triumphant.
Tat Stewart, an American who grew up partly in Iran with his missionary parents and witnessed the beginnings of the Iranian Revolution, recently reflected on what he saw happen to the Church during that time of regime-driven persecution that began 39 years ago: “The church used to be a sleepy church, because there was so much prosperity and so many foreigners living in Iran. They (Christians) went from sleepy, once a month members, to a church on its knees.”
According to statistics, there were only 500 known Christians in Iran before the Revolution of 1979. Now there are an estimated 360,000! The Revolution forced believers to meet in secret and hold church services within the privacy of their homes.
Given that the Iranian church is the fastest growing in the world today, our partner ministry at work in Iran is meeting the crucial need for house-church pastor training and discipleship for converts from a Muslim background. One student from the ministry’s leadership training program remarked: “I have been praying for four years to have this chance to study and prepare to serve Jesus. We have been without a pastor for four years. The forty members of our house church are desperate for me to return and teach them what I’ve learned.”
“Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.” — Psalm 91:1
3/1 — Praise God for the tremendous growth of His Church in Iran and rejoice that many Muslims have been added to the Kingdom since the spread of persecution.
3/2 — Pray that Christians in Iran will rest knowing that no man-made weapon formed against them will stand and that the Lord goes before, beside and behind them.
3/3 — Pray for the Church in Iran to recall that no power on earth can separate them from the love of God in Christ Jesus. Pray for their love of Him to grow daily.
3/4 — Pray for God to establish justice and peace in Iran for the sake of His persecuted Church.
3/5 — Praise God for the work of evangelists and pastors spreading the Gospel today to hungry souls in Iran. Pray for Iranian church leadership’s unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. (Ephesians 4:3)
3/6 — Pray for God’s peace that passes understanding to guard the hearts and minds of Iranian Christians.
3/7 — Pray for growing zeal for God and passion for His Word among believers in Iran.
3/8 — Pray for the training and raising up of many house-church pastors in Iran to effectively minister to the needs of His gro