A few weeks ago I took my dog for a stroll and on the way back, someone called out to me. It was a young lady who was working at a hair salon just around the corner from my house. She is from Iran and renting a room next to my house. This meeting took place some time after I prayed that the Lord will bring people to me that need to hear the Gospel!
I started a relationship with Farah (not her real name) and shared my testimony with her. She told me that she is a Muslim, but not by choice. She likes Zoroastrianism, an ancient Persian religion. Essentially it is about the fight between good and evil and eventually a redeemer will restore humans and give them eternal life. She told me that when they pray, they have to stand in a bright light like the sun, a fire or candle. I shared John 8:12 with her: Jesus said: “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”
Before the recent lockdown she informed me that she will return to Iran, since she can’t find employment. But due to the lockdown, she has to stay at least another two weeks. Time God is giving me to minister to her. I helped her move to a temporary home this week, but she was very stressed out and too anxious to receive any teachings. I just cared for her and helped her move in. Hopefully I will be able to share the Gospel with her before she leaves.
According to Operation World, Iran has the fastest growing evangelical movement in the world. In a 2020 survey 40% of Iranians identify as Muslim, 47% said they were “nones”, 8% claim Zoroastrianism and only 1,5% to be Christians. Persian speaking Jews, descending from those exiled to Babylon, are now mostly living outside of Iran.
- Please pray that God’s Word will not return empty, but will achieve the purpose for which it was sent. (Is 55:11).
- Please pray that I will be able to share the Gospel with her in a way that she will be able to understand before she returns to Iran, and that she will accept Jesus as the Light of her life.