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Iranian believers studying the Bible - Photo: Release International www.releaseinternational.org
Photo: Release International

Iranian Christians are witnessing one of the fastest growing underground church movements in the world. Yet, along with this exponential growth, are the fires of intense persecution. Any form of evangelism committed by Christians is considered illegal and, therefore, can even lead to the death penalty. Faith in Christ results in serious consequences and converts from Islam face arbitrary arrest and detention. In addition, they are often forced to divulge information on other Christians.

Despite the severity of opposition, the Iranian church is growing rapidly. One media outreach, Sat-7, reports that at least two to three people every day contact the ministry to acknowledge their newfound faith in Christ. Today's media has proven to be a major resource in reaching this nation which is presently closed to more traditional methods of evangelism. To further utilize the effectiveness of media ministry, VOMC also partners with Hovsepian Ministries in the production of videos that are being used for outreach throughout Iran and around the world. For more information, go to Hovsepian.com.

Current Ministry Fund

By funding television broadcasts, VOMC is making it possible for a vast audience of viewers to be reached throughout Iran with the "Good News" of Jesus' love via satellite.

Project Fund: Underground Church

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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