We were privileged this week to have a visit from Dr. Hormoz Shariat, the president of Iran Alive Ministries. Dr. Hormoz shares with millions of Iranians around the world each week via satellite television, and receives calls back from hundreds of viewers. Some report amazing miracles and the fact that they are now following Jesus. Some call to argue or to threaten. Here are some highlights from his visit to VOM as he talked about the growth of the church in Iran.
“Persecution happens when two kingdoms clash. When there is persecution, there is suffering—yes. But there is also the greatest opportunity to advance the Kingdom.”
“Iran is the only country where Islam is on the defensive.”
“There is no hope inside of Iran. Their hope was the (Islamic) Revolution, and the Revolution was the biggest disaster inside of Iran. Islam has shown its true nature in Iran.”
Operation World reports that Iran has the fastest growing church in the world. Some estimate that there are more than one million believers there. Please pray for the nation of Iran today; pray for believers there and pray for ministries like IAM who are reaching out with the gospel. Learn more about Iran here, and read stories from Iranian Christians ministering on the front lines there in VOM's May newsletter.