As I have mentioned in previous posts, the purpose of Iran Alive Ministries is to plant churches through the vehicle of satellite TV. With an estimated audience of 3-6 million viewers at any given time, our network has been the bane of the Iranian government for years.
Just today, one of our close friends heard from family inside Tehran that the government is again confiscating satellite dishes. While illegal to own in Iran, the BBC estimates that 80% of Iranians have access to satellite TV. In fact, if you look at photos of most Iranian cities, you will notice the pervasive presence of satellite dishes on nearly every rooftop and balcony. I have mused that the satellite dish is the true “National Flower” of Iran.
Typically, within 24-48 hours of these types of raids, the dishes are sold back the original owners on the black market. Many people own two dishes for this very reason…one to use and one to keep as a backup.
Satellite TV provides millions of Iranians with their only connection to the outside world and a direct connection to the Gospel. Join us in praying that the Lord will use this latest crackdown as a opportunity to further strengthen the resolve of the Iranian people to seek the truth and find it in the only One who truly embodies Truth.
In a recent video posted on YouTube that has gone viral, two universal truths concerning the state of Iran is beautifully illustrated simultaneously:
- The youth of Iran is vibrant, energetic, playful and longing for ways to express themselves…just like youth around the world.
- The government of Iran is bent on squashing any form of individualism and expression of free thought, regardless of how innocent it may be.
All told, six young people were arrested for making a playful video to the popular song, “Happy.” Five have since been released, with the director of the video continuing to be imprisoned for his crimes.
Please join me in praying for the youth of Iran. Pray that the Lord will use them to transform Iran into a Christian nation in this generation. Pray that they will not lose heart, not lose hope and not lose their zeal for life in the midst of their dire circumstances.
Please take a moment to read this encouraging article on GodReports about our ministry to transform Iran into a Christian nation in this generation!
One of the things that I treasure most, as I look back on my children’s younger years, is the long list of people who invested in the spiritual foundations of each of them. My children grew up in the US, enjoying religious freedom and precious fellowship with other believers who sharpened and challenged their walks with Christ. In Iran, children enjoy zero religious freedom and very little, if any, fellowship with other believers.
As a result, one of our key strategies has been to develop solid, biblical, simple and fun children’s programming that serves as a form of “Sunday School” for our Church 7 programming, which provides church for the 97% of the believers in Iran who have no access to fellowship of any kind, including the underground church.
The video below will give you a glimpse into the “Secret Agent” world of Kidz 7. A place of discovery, intrigue and intimacy with the Savior, whose love for children can only be described as fierce.
Please join me in praying for the children of Iran, who are the key to transforming Iran into a Christian nation in this generation.
No matter the trials or suffering that you – or your Christian brothers and sisters in Iran – may be going through today, know that new birth has given you a living hope. Hallelujah!
May you and your family be blessed this Easter. And I thank you for your prayers and partnership in sharing this Good News with so many others in Iran God bless you!
As I mentioned in a previous post, Persians around the world have been celebrating Nowruz, the Persian New Year. I explained the Haft Sin Sofreh and the symbolism behind each item.
Today, I thought you might like to see a brief video of our own Haft Sin Sofreh that we have been using to connect the symbolism of this secular holiday to the hope of Christ. It is actually a very easy thing to do, as you will see.