Convicted by the challenge to operate in the work environment as salt and light to those around her, without engaging in dishonest practices common in the professional climate, this businesswoman began to share her struggles with the tension of her “Work” persona, and her “Christian” identity.
As we worked through this complex issue, I asked her how she became attracted to Christ in the first place. Her answer, while not uncommon, encouraged and astonished me nonetheless.
Realizing that Islam only instills hopelessness and fear in people, she began a search for something else. She knew that if there was a God, He simply could not be like the distant, uncaring God she knew from Islam.
After trying Zoroastrianism, an ancient Persian religion based on pantheistic beliefs, she decided to look for a Bible. If you know anything about Iran and the government restrictions surrounding any non-Muslim religious activity, you understand that finding a Bible is a difficult and dangerous task.
She decided to try a small bookstore. Cautiously and with much fear, she quietly asked the owner if he happened to know where she might be able to find a small Bible.
Shocked, the owner looked around the store and waited until no one else was around and asked, “What do you want with a Bible?”
She explained that she wanted to find out more about Jesus and didn’t know where else to look. Disappearing to the back of the shop for a few moments, the owner returned and said, “I have one.” He handed her the Bible and within days, she was transformed into a Follower of Christ!
My staff is working to translate the video, which I will post so that you can see firsthand, this amazing testimony.
God is about the business of transforming Iran into a Christian nation in this generation! What a privilege to see it happen before our very eyes.
I recently had the privilege of sitting down in our studio with my dear friend, Joel Rosenberg. You may know Joel through his many NY Times bestselling books, his educational and charitable organization, The Joshua Fund, or his blog (http://flashtrafficblog.wordpress.com) and Twitter account (@joelcrosenberg), both of which I follow and strongly recommend you do as well.
I know Joel as passionate Follower of Jesus Christ, whose heart for the Gospel to be proclaimed and embraced in the Middle East, even in Iran, is unmatched and genuine.
During his visit, Joel and I sat down and had a wonderful conversation about the Middle East and specifically his thoughts related to Iran in the Scriptures and the unique role the Lord has in store for this dangerous, beautiful and spiritually open country.