Daily Topic for October 21, 2013
What a confirmation that the power of the gospel does not lie in human ingenuity. The gospel only spreads through the power of the Holy Spirit! What a thrill to know that the gospel continues to bear fruit throughout the world! As mentioned in today’s prayer entry, the gospel has never before spread so rapidly in Iran. Where will the gospel go next? Could it soon go to where you are praying for receptive hearts?
Pray that believers in the Persian bloc will overcome the difficulties they face in moving out to share Christ with peoples who have never heard the gospel.
Iran may be a closed land, but the people have open hearts. Since the Islamic revolution in 1979 Iranians have become increasingly disillusioned with Islam. Some think Iranians are the most open Muslim people to the gospel in the world. More have become followers of Christ since the 1979 revolution than in the previous 1,300 years put together!
Senior Iranian church leaders founded Elam in 1988 with a vision to serve the growing churches in their region. In 1990 six emerging leaders arrived in England from Iran to begin their fulltime ministry training.
In 1979 there were fewer than 500 known believers in Iran. Today no one knows how many there are, but some estimate millions. Elam’s vision is that all people of Iran would have the opportunity to come to know the Lord Jesus Christ. Their goals are three-fold: train leaders, equip churches with resources, and send leaders and workers to strengthen existing churches and plant new ones. There is such spiritual hunger and disillusionment with the Islamic regime that church leaders believe that millions can be added to the church in just the next few years. The Holy Spirit is truly at work preparing hearts to recognize the truth when they hear the gospel!
Pray that the spiritual cries of the people of Iran will be heard, and that the Holy Spirit will touch every broken life. Pray that no matter what obstacles they face, Elam will continue to be faithful in proclaiming the gospel in Iran.-JSLearn more at joshuaproject.net