Iran

Iran: Rising Chorus of Faith and Courage

Christians make up less than one percent of Iran's 70 million people. The majority of these Christians are from the Armenian, Assyrian or Chaldean churches. And because these churches do not actively seek out new believers, the government tolerates them. One notable exception is evangelical Christians, whose numbers are said to be growing. Many are Muslim-born Iranians who converted to Christianity as a result of dreams and visions. And for these people, life is often more challenging.

December 15, 2009
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Country Information

Designation
Persecuted

Population
85,888,910 (July 2021 est.)

Ethnicity
Persian, Azeri, Kurd, Lur, Baloch, Arab, Turkmen and Turkic tribes

Religion (%)
Islam (99.6), other, including Christian (0.3), Unspecified (0.2)

Leader
President Ebrahim Raisi (2021)

Government type
Theocratic republic

Legal system
Religious legal system based on secular and Islamic law

Source: CIA World Factbook

Pray for Iran

As the Gospel message goes forth over the airwaves, may the growth of the church continue to multiply despite persecution. Pray that the Iranian government will be open to change, allowing full rights and protection for its non-Muslim citizens as well. In the meantime, may those who are forced to flee the country find safe refuge and help so they can live in peace and worship the Lord with freedom.

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