TEHRAN: Despite severe persecution Iranian Christians continue to find joy in Christian faith.
Despite the fact that persecution of Christians has grown increasingly in Iran, the Iranian Christians find great joy in Christ. Although some of these are forced to flee, others tortured and arrested yet they pray for “Revival” in their country.
A young Iranian Christian Raizal who suffered tremendous persecution at the hands of the Islamic State of Iraq and Al sham (ISIS), affirmed,” he never once doubted his Christianity.” He went on to say, “Growing up, I wanted to say I grew up Jesus Christ. Every time, His name was in my mind. And the next moment I started liking Christianity. It was really sweet to me, the feelings, the stories, everything. So by the time I was 15, I believed in Him, and I said I want to be a Christian.
In the face of crack down on Christians by the Iranian militants young Raizal and his brother Reza were forced to flee Iran and found refuge in Turkey. “It was really a bad situation there. I couldn’t pray to God with all my heart because all trouble was there. Even if I say ‘Jesus Christ,’ they may kill me. It became a problem for my job and my health. They tried to kill me and then I start to run away. Subsequent to arriving in Turkey, they sought refugee status with the United States. They found a Church where they preach to many online also. “The main church is my house, and through the Internet I connect to everybody. That’s why it’s become like an Internet church,” Reze said.
This young devoted Christian claims,” a great revival is underway within the Islamic Republic of Iran. Right now you can see the results of the Holy Spirit. From 1994, there were about 100,000 believers. Right now, there are 3 million. You can see what the Holy Spirit is doing with the people.
Another Iranian Christian Samira says, “It is like coming out of darkness and into the light. We are so thankful to be able to freely praise our Lord.” God is moving,” she added, “Not even Satan’s strongest army can crush the faith of Christians in our country.”
Another Iranian Christian Afshin also went through persecution at the hands of the Iranian military police. He attended the church of American pastor Saeed Abedini, who was arrested in 2012 after the church disbanded; Afshin was forced to flee the Iran. “As a result, I came out of Iran because day by day it was more difficult and it was more risky for me also. I had to change our home because I was sure that one day they would realize my home as an underground house church. I can privilege speak about] God’s Word to other guys. I can freely praise the Lord. I can easily go to church. It’s completely different. And I’m just begging, really, from the other believers, from other sisters and brothers from all over the world, to pray for Iran and to all the people of Iran to find new God and be familiar with God, with Jesus Christ,” said Afshin.