After Soleimani’s Death, Christians in Iran Prepare for War and a ‘Tsunami’ of Gospel Opportunity

A Houthi militant stands by a billboard with posters of Iraqi militia commander Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis and Iranian military commander Qassem Soleimani during a rally by Houthi supporters to denounce the U.S. killing of both commanders, in Sanaa, Yemen Jan. 6, 2020. (Reuters)

“We need some aggressive thieves like Zacchaeus and killers like Paul, and we need to take them and polish them.”

These are the words of Lazarus Yeghnazar, a devout Iranian Christian, in a Jan. 9, 2020, interview with Christianity Today.

Yeghnazar started the nonprofit 222 Ministries International with his wife, Maggie, in 1991, as part of their work to advance Christian evangelism in Iran. They have a valuable, well-informed perspective on the situation in Iran, especially in recent weeks since Iranian military leader Qassem Soleimani was assassinated by a United States’ drone strike on Jan. 3, 2020.

Soleimani was an influential, powerful political figure, and his death will have continued international ramifications. Christianity Today sought Yeghnazar’s opinion on what the fallout might mean for Iran and the nearly one million Christians there.

Yeghnazar maintains that one day soon, there will be outright war on Iranian soil. “When it comes,” Yeghnazar said, “It will create a tsunami of disaster and a tsunami of opportunities.”

To Yeghnazar, it is most crucial to focus on leadership development in order to be ready for the evangelism opportunities war will bring.

Yeghnazar stated, “If I say to you, ‘Here is $5 million. You have two choices on how to spend it for the Kingdom: You can lead 5,000 people to Christ, or you can develop 10 apostle Pauls.’ What would you do? I would not even blink. I would spend it on Pauls every time.”

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SOURCE: Charisma News, Meredith Harbman