Primary Language: Farsi
Primary Religion: Islam
Evangelical Christian: 0.2%
Recent news: Iran is putting more pressure on Christians. In recent days, the government demanded personal details from members of a Tehran church. “People thought maybe a hundred or so would come forward, and over 700 came forward, gave their names and addresses and said, ‘Here we are. Here’s where we stand,'” an Operation Mobilization worker focused on Iran told us at Urbana 12. The Islamic republic of Iran ranks #5 on Open Doors USA’s World Watch List, a compilation of countries most resistant to Christianity. Under Iran’s harsh apostasy law, anyone from a Muslim background who becomes a Christ-follower faces the death penalty. The OM worker said for “Muslims who follow Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior, there are often huge obstacles and problems…they’ll lose their jobs, their bank accounts are frozen, and in general, life becomes very difficult.”
Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW) reports that December marks a traditional crack-down on Christians by the Iranian regime. Despite a myriad of challenges, believers are standing firm. There’s a resiliency among Iranians who want to follow Christ, said the worker, “sort of like the story of the man who sold everything in order to get that treasure buried under the ground. They value the precious treasure they’ve found; they’re willing to lose everything for…the sake of finding Christ.”
“Government Increases Pressure on Christ Followers”. Mission Network News, 3 Jan 2013.
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