15 Jan Iranian Good News
The fastest growing church in the world is in the United States! Wait…no…I misread that. Apparently we are leading in the declining category and not the growth one. The country that is leading the growth rate list would surprise you.
Iran is the fastest growing church in the world. In fact, a news article about their growth says, there have been more converts to Christianity in the last 20 years than the previous 1,300 years since Islam swept through Persia. Yes, you read that correctly. There is a documentary about the church in Iran called “Sheep Among Wolves Volume II.”
You might be wondering what the Jesus followers in Iran are doing, but the formula is nothing new. Living under the Islamic regime for 40 years has driven many away from that faith because of the harsh treatment by the government. They are searching, and they are finding Jesus. An unidentified pastor in the film says, ”It (the movement) owns no property, no buildings, no central leadership, and is predominantly led by women.” If you think it sounds a lot like the Early Church, you are correct.
Their system is not rocket science. Their government may be spending a great deal of time and resources on developing a nuclear warhead for a rocket, but their people want Jesus more. The Christian movement is not welcomed in the Islamic utopia.
To listen to their accounts and read their words is humbling. One disciple says, when she and her husband leave the house, they know they may not come back home safely. They are resolved to that uncertainty, because they have offered their bodies to Jesus as sacrifices. They believe sacrifice is part of following Jesus. Their commitment is bearing fruit as well. They hear from Jesus in their dreams and visions, and they are seeing prayers answered miraculously. They are our brothers and sisters in Christ.
You and I know these things happened in the Early Church and throughout history, but we start to believe those days are gone. The church in Iran is teaching us today that miracles are possible and likely when people are wholly committed to Jesus and His purposes. I have been inspired by their story, and I hope you are, too. May we see that inspiration grow on our own journeys and develop into stories that become our witness to the world.
Blessings to you,