Christianity is on the rise in Iran.
A new translation of the Bible into modern Persian, which was launched in London on Monday, marks a significant moment for Christianity in Iran. According to a news release from Elam Ministries, the organization behind the translation, at the time of the Islamic revolution in 1979 there were no more than 500 Christians from a Muslim background in the country. Now Iran is believed to be one of the fastest-growing congregations in the world.
David Yeghnazar of Elam Ministries said in a press release, “A very conservative estimate puts the number of Christians in Iran at 100,000. The generally-accepted estimate is 370,000. Some believe there are 700,000, some over a million. Operation World puts the annual growth rate at 19.7 per cent. If that is the case, Iran will very soon have one million Christian believers.”