Persecution Rises in Iran
Forty-year-old Afsaneh and her cousin were dragged into the street and lashed 70 times when authorities discovered they had converted to Christianity. Barely alive, they managed to escape with the help of friends to Germany where thousands of Iranian Christians are now fleeing to escape the violence.
Our brothers and sisters in Iran—church planters, mothers with young children, teenage converts from Islam—are undergoing more persecution today than at any other time in recent history.
The Iranian regime is governed by Sharia law, making it a crime to defer from Islam and to practice any other religion, but especially Christianity.
In the past three years alone, over 300 believers have been arrested and forced to serve harsh sentences in Iran’s notorious prison systems.
Christian literature is routinely confiscated by authorities and burned in plain sight to inflict fear into those who might own such materials. Christianity is seen as a direct threat to the regime, representing freedom of thought and promoting the inherent value of every human being, despite gender and social standing. These ideas are revolutionary and dangerous to a system governed by tyranny and oppression.
However, these book-burning demonstrations have sparked something quite different. Intended to be a public symbol of intimidation, the practice has actually achieved the opposite affect—making the demand for God’s Word in Iran greater than ever before.
The scarcity of the Word of God has made its presence in the hands of Iranian believers all the more powerful. Every copy of the Bible is a treasured possession, passed among close groups of believers in secret.
Our partners are able to print and distribute Iranian New Testaments to persecuted believers, but they need our immediate help. A gift of any amount can make a drastic difference in the life of a struggling believer.
$250 impacts 250 people with God’s Word
$500 impacts 500 people with God’s Word
$1,000 impacts 1,000 people with God’s Word
Thirty-four-year-old Farshid is one of the dedicated pastors we partner with to strategically distribute Bibles in Iran throughout the underground church.
In 2010, Farshid was arrested for his treasonous activity—pastoring secret meetings of believers and illegally smuggling Bibles—and sentenced to six years in prison for his “crimes.” He is held in solitary confinement—forced to huddle in a room where he is continually interrogated, beaten, and harassed.
Despite this great suffering and abuse, Farshid’s greatest desire has never wavered. Every communication we receive from believers in hiding or in prison is an urgent plea to see their nation transformed by the Word of God.
The privilege of owning any portion of the Bible is not taken lightly among believers of Iran’s persecuted church. It is memorized, meditated on, and celebrated as a shining source of hope even in the darkest of times.
Each word is life-giving. Each page is touched by dozens of hands. It is a true treasure—one that we must continue to offer our brothers and sisters preparing for the gravely uncertain days ahead.
This is one of the greatest opportunities we have to sow seeds of the Gospel in one of the most oppressive regimes on earth.
Join me today in generously responding to our brothers and sisters in Iran who willingly lay down their lives for Jesus Christ. Pray, and please help me put a Bible into the hands of these persecuted believers.