Jesus asked Simon (Peter) “Son of John, do you love me more than these?” “Yes Lord,” Peter replied “You know I love you.” “Then feed my lambs,” Jesus told him. (John 21:15)
Our God is still at work in this world! In spite of persecution and governments efforts to prevent it. In November 2016, CCM Ministries reports that the Iranian Regime has tried to eradicate Christianity by genocide, harsh persecution and forced conversion to Islam. There is a large underground Church there-and it is growing!
Hundreds of Iranians have converted to Christianity, and many have been baptized in secret ceremonies held in private homes.
Mani Er/an, founder and CEO of CCM Ministries, has been involved in Iran’s Underground Church movement for decades. He cites an astounding awakening there, especially among younger people. It is predicted by 2020, some 10% of the Iranian population will be Christians providing hope for Christian communities across the Middle East.
Brett Larbell of Open Doors spent a week with an Iranian believer named Ara. Ara has been violently persecuted for leading a house Church network and printing Bibles. Brett realized that in spite of their differing backgrounds and experiences, we are all members of the Shepherd’s flock. Ara was tortured for his faith. Brett has been blessed to live a life in relative freedom. Brett grew even more aware that we are:
We have one Shepherd and are connected to One Vine. Pray for our brothers and sisters in Christ.
“My sheep hear my voice, and I know them and they follow Me, I give them eternal life and they will never perish, and not one with snatch them out of my hand.” (John 10:27-28)