Iran stands as a paradox—a land of immense wealth in natural resources yet marred by corruption, injustice, and oppression. The Iranian government, fueled by oil riches, often prioritizes self-preservation over its people’s welfare. This has led to widespread poverty, with over 40% of Iranians struggling to meet their basic needs. The recent
protests in Iran are born out of financial desperation, echoing the cries of a nation pushed to the brink.
As Christians, our duty is clear. We must stand against oppression, corruption, and injustice, shining as a beacon of light amid the darkness. Our mission is not to watch from the sidelines but to actively engage with love and compassion. In a country where distrust in religion runs deep, we are tasked with demonstrating the transformative power of the Gospel through our actions.
One way we empower our community is by encouraging practical acts of love. Our believers, amidst the protests and uncertainty, offer food and water to young protesters, extending a hand of kindness in a time of need. This simple act of generosity sets them apart in a nation where self-preservation often takes precedence.
Another initiative is providing rides to young protesters at the end of the day, ensuring their safety as they return home. It’s a small gesture that carries profound impact, showing these weary souls that they are not alone in their struggle for change.
One night, a heartwarming incident unfolded, showcasing the impact of Iran Alive Ministries in the lives of Iranians. Armin, one of our dedicated ministry leaders, took our guidance to heart and ventured into the streets during the protests, extending a helping hand to those in need.
During his time on the streets, Armin encountered a weary young student who had been protesting throughout the day. Sensing the student’s exhaustion and confusion, Armin offered him a ride home. As they drove, they engaged in a deep conversation about the safety and security challenges in Iran.
To Armin’s surprise, the young student expressed his fears, sharing that he was uncertain whether he would survive the night. He revealed that the authorities and security guards were actively monitoring his neighborhood and seeking to apprehend protesters. Armin’s empathy and compassion kicked in, and he made a life-changing offer.
Recognizing the young student’s vulnerability, Armin invited him to stay at his home for the night and return to his own residence the following morning. Grateful for the support and refuge, the young student accepted the offer without hesitation.
Upon arriving at Armin’s house, a transformative moment occurred. Armin intentionally tuned in to the Shabakeh 7 channel, a platform that sparked a conversation about Christianity. In this safe and welcoming environment, Armin began to share the message of faith with the young student, opening doors to a new perspective and hope. The young student was initially skeptical and believed that all religions were the root cause of corruption (This sentiment is shared by many Iranians, as they have increasingly embraced secularism and perceive all religions as harmful). However, as the night progressed, they engaged in a deep discussion about Christianity, which continued until dawn. Remarkably, the man ultimately embraced Christ as his Lord and Savior.
Stories like this encourage us to keep ministering to Iranians. We are grateful that the Lord has positioned us to share the message of love, kindness, support, and spiritual guidance, our ministry leaders like Armin are making a tangible difference in the lives of Iranians. With each encounter, we strive to ignite hope, offer a safe haven, and share the transformative power of Christianity.
It’s crucial to recognize that many Iranians, in their rejection of Islam, remain skeptical of all religions, including Christianity. The scars of religious oppression run deep, and trust is in short supply. Our mission extends beyond proclaiming the Gospel; it encompasses the challenge of dismantling misconceptions and demonstrating the genuine difference in Christianity. We understand that Iranians are not just done with Islam; they’re wary of all spiritual paths. It’s our responsibility to show them that Christianity offers a unique message of love, grace, and redemption—one that stands apart from the religious systems they’ve known. Our actions speak louder than words, and through practical acts of love, we aim to win both hearts and minds, illustrating that there is a profound and life-transforming truth in Christ.
This single transformation, like the story of the young student, symbolizes our commitment to valuing each individual. We don’t measure success in numbers but in changed lives, understanding that one person’s salvation is worth more than all the riches in the world, just as Matthew 8:34 reminds us, “For what benefit is it if a person gains the whole world but loses their soul?” This profound truth propels us to tirelessly pursue every heart in Iran, to pray for each person’s journey, and to demonstrate that one soul truly matters.
Our work has evolved as Iran shifts away from traditional religion. We not only proclaim the Gospel but also demonstrate God’s love in tangible ways. Your support empowers us to be a light in this changing landscape. Every day, as we witness young souls like the student once skeptical of religion find hope and transformation, we are reminded of the profound impact of your partnership. Your generosity doesn’t just change statistics; it rewrites the destinies of individuals who have been scarred by oppression and despair. As we navigate the skepticism and mistrust that shroud Iran, your support becomes the beacon of hope that draws these souls closer to Christ. Together, we are not just making a difference; we are igniting a spiritual revolution—one soul at a time.
In this October newsletter, we introduce a special opportunity to double the impact of your generosity. Year-to-date, we face a $400,000 budget shortfall. A generous supporter has stepped up with a $200,000 matching gift challenge. There’s no better time than now to make a difference.
Iran is changing, and so are our approaches. With your partnership, we will continue to illuminate the path for those seeking light in the darkness. Together, we can transform lives and bring hope to a nation. As we navigate this shifting landscape and witness the skepticism giving way to faith, we are inspired by the countless stories of transformation, like that of the young student who found hope in Christ. Your support isn’t just a financial contribution; it’s a lifeline for individuals who have longed for a glimmer of hope. With each soul that discovers the truth of Christ, we see the potential for a brighter future for Iran. Your involvement isn’t just about changing the present; it’s about shaping destinies and rewriting the narrative of a nation. Together, we are not just witnessing change; we are becoming agents of it—one soul at a time.
Thank you for your steadfast dedication to our mission. Your support molds the destiny of Iran, one life at a time, weaving a story of hope, love, and transformation.
Your generosity shines brightly, offering a glimpse of God’s love in action. To contribute and be a part of this incredible movement, please visit our website at www.IranAlive.org/Donate or use the QR code on this page.
Together, we are making a difference—one soul at a time.
• Pray with us for the prayer requests listed below
• Help us meet and exceed the matching gift challenge to bridge the $400,000 shortfall this year so far.
Pray for the continued transformation of hearts in Iran.
Ask for divine revelation to reach those seeking truth, hope, and a deeper connection with God.
Pray for protection and courage for those who have embraced Christianity in Iran.
Lift up the unity among believers and the strengthening of house churches.
Intercede for the training of pastors and mentors in Iran.
Pray for the success of our “Healing & Freedom” program, reaching the young generation.
Seek God’s guidance as we aim to overcome our budget shortfall through the matching gift challenge.
Pray for Christians unity in transforming the trajectory of Iran.
Pray for Christian leaders to rise up in reshaping the future of Iran