Iran is notorious for cracking down on Jesus followers. It’s number nine on Open Doors’ list of the top 50 countries that persecute Christians.
“Persecution is putting fear inside someone’s heart, someone’s mind, and just paralyzing them with fear. Fear is so dangerous,” Nazanin* says.
Nazanin and her husband were church planters in Iran but had to flee decades ago because of persecution. “Government authorities hated Christians with a passion,” she recalls.
“They wanted to close down the church, persecute the Christians; I remember they would come and just terrorize people.”
Faith leaders are not immune from this spirit of fear. Sometimes, when her husband left home to lead a Bible study, “I would walk with him [due to the] fear of something happening to him; [being] kidnapped or something,” Nazanin says.
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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Katey Hearth
CALL TO ACTION
- Pray the Holy Spirit will work powerfully through Heart4Iran’s Call Center to overcome fear with faith.
- Pray the Lord connects more Iranians with Heart4Iran’s call center, and introduces them to the hope and peace only available through Christ.