Christians in Iran face relentless persecution. Ranked ninth on Open Doors' list of countries where it's most dangerous to be a Christian, open churches are forbidden and converting from Islam – the state religion – is punishable by death for men, and life imprisonment for women. Last year more than 100 Christians were arrested or imprisoned and allegations of torture have emerged.And yet, the church in Iran is thriving.In 2015, mission organisation Operation World named Iran as having the fastest growing evangelical population in the world, with an estimated annual growth of 19.6 per cent. According to Mark Howard of Elam Ministries, an organisation founded by Iranian church leaders with the purpose of expanding the church in Iran, more Iranians have become Christians in the last two decades than in the previous 13 centuries combined."In 1979, there were an estimated 500 Christians from a ...read more: http://tinyurl.com/zvf3oc4
_________________SI Moderator - Greg Gordon
Tertullian was correct when he said that the blood of the martyrs was the seed of the church.-bbs-
Could well be true. As a side effect of the large scale influx of refugees we see a Iranian fellowships popping up everywhere in local churches. We just baptized a number of them. I heard some amazing testimonies how people in Iran came to Christ and fled to Germany.The church in Germany is in a low state, however it is great to see how many German Christians are reaching out to them in many ways.