Only a few weeks ago, Iran was in the news as a hotspot for the COVID-19 pandemic. However, now that the pandemic has touched almost every corner of the world, Iran has mostly fallen out of headlines.
But according to David Curry of Open Doors USA, there’s still plenty to talk about when it comes to Iran. COVID-19’s continued influence, anti-government protests last fall, and recurring unrest leave many Iranians looking for answers and help.
Iran landed ninth on Open Doors’ World Watch List, a ranking of the top ten most difficult countries for Christians. That’s why it’s surprising that the local Church is meeting that call for help.
“It’s a church that’s been forced underground [and] into home and house churches,” Curry says. Despite, this, “People, many people, are coming to know Jesus, not through coercion, not because it’s a Western religion, as the Iranian government will tell you, the extremist Iranian government, but because people are desperate for answers.”
The Church has a unique draw because it understands what it means to thrive under pressure. For many Iranians undergoing current crises, that’s an attractive thing.
“You have populations that are scared, that are nervous,” Curry says. “So when you have a group of people who have an eternal perspective like the Iranian church that’s seen hard, hard times and know what that’s like – this isn’t a soft church by any means.”
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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Alex Anhalt
CALL TO ACTION
- Pray for Iranians struggling with crisis after crisis.
- Ask God to protect the young Iranian Church.
- Thank Him for the continued growth of the Iranian Church.