The story of a trained Iranian church planter

April 18, 2017 | by Anthony Marr

Persian-language New Testament

Behrouz was trained through Elam Ministries’ three-month leadership and church planting course, in a country near Iran, during 2016. His name has been changed for security reasons.

The day after he returned to Iran, Behrouz went to a park to pray, asking the Lord for an opportunity to share the Gospel. A stranger soon approached him, asking for a cigarette. Instead, Behrouz bravely handed him a New Testament.

Intrigued, the stranger revealed he was disillusioned with his religion and that he’d been wrestling with whether to become a Christian or a Zoroastrian.

Right there in the park, he gave his heart to the Lord.  Behrouz continues to disciple this new believer.

Elam's mission

The mission of Elam is to strengthen and expand the church in the Iran region, which it defines as Iran and the surrounding nations and beyond.

Elam was founded in 1990 by senior Iranian church leaders with a vision to serve the growing church in the Iran region. From the beginning, Elam's passion has been to train and equip Iranian Christians to reach and disciple their countrymen and women.

“During 2017, our goal is that at least 48 more emerging leaders like Behrouz will go through the three-month training course,” Elam says. “Hundreds of others will receive training through two-week discipleship courses. Thousands will participate in discipleship conferences.”

Those already serving in ministry will continue to receive advanced training and mentoring, Elam says.

Prayer request

Please join Elam in praying for:

• Protection and favor in the ministry of Behrouz

• All Elam graduates bravely serving the Lord in Iran and the wider region

• All those who will receive training during 2017


Topics: Discipleship, Evangelism & Outreach, Fellowship & Community, Outreach, Prayer, Sunday School and Small Groups, Worship


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