Daily Topic for October 18, 2013
This principle of personal multiplication is the key means of creating a movement. Paul intended that church planters should be trained through the principle of personal multiplication. As Paul trained Timothy to establish new churches, Timothy was to equip others to do the same. The same situation continues today in Iran. There faithful witnesses are usually in their 20s, and they, like young Timothy, are sharing Christ with others!
Pray that the Holy Spirit will empower reliable Iranians to share their faith for generations to come.
“No jobs, no spouse, and no political voice-these are the raw ingredients of youth frustration,” according to Elam whose mission is to strengthen and expand the church in Iran and beyond. Young people between the ages of 15 and 29 make up 35 percent of Iran’s population, and 70 percent of them are unemployed!
The problem is not a lack of education. Iran’s youth are well educated and Internet savvy. With just a few clicks they can see what their peers in other countries are enjoying. With no jobs, most can’t marry or leave home. Their frustration is often manifested in politically motivated violence, drug use, and illicit sex. When no future beckons, the young often decide to extract as much pleasure as possible from the present.
But there is another choice, and many are turning to Jesus Christ. They are disillusioned with their religious system and the empty promises of religious leaders. Jesus promises to meet their basic needs, give them inner freedom, and something to live for. The churches are growing, and many of the newcomers are young, some of whom have grown so swiftly in their faith that they are already leading fellowships of people in their 20s and planting churches.
Pray that the current church planting movement among Iran’s youth will affect all people groups in their nation. Pray for physical and spiritual protection for believers in a society where it is deemed both criminal and traitorous to be a follower of Jesus Christ.-JSLearn more at joshuaproject.net