October 30, 2020

Friday, October 30, 2020
Praying for my World – Mission Focus
“… You have already heard about this hope in the word of truth, the gospel that has come to you. It is bearing fruit and growing all over the world…”  (Colossians 1:5-6; NKJ)
Do you know what country is home to the fastest growing evangelical church in the world?  Iran?  Is that what you guessed?  I wouldn’t have guessed it?
Addressing a gathering of Shia Muslim leaders, Iran’s Intelligence Minister, Mahmoud Alavi, openly admitted to summoning Christian converts for questioning, saying that mass conversions  “are happening right under our eyes.”  Iran’s intelligence minister acknowledged that “whole families” are converting from Islam to Christianity.
Compared to roughly 500 known Christians in 1979, there are now approximately 500,000 (some sources say up to 1 million secret believers). According to Elam Ministries, an organization founded in 1990 by Iranian church leaders, more Iranians have become Christians in the last 20 years than in the previous 13 centuries put together since Islam came to Iran.
Would you pray for the church in Iran?  Would you pray for God to strengthen and encourage the Christians there?  Would you pray that the Word of God would continue to grow and bear much fruit in that stronghold of Islam?