Thank you for your intercession for Maryam and Marzieh and your many messages of support. Please continue to remember them: Their health suffered in prison and they are still due to face a court hearing. Maryam and Marzieh have again expressed their deep gratitude to Christians around the world for praying for them. We hope to share more soon.
Celebrating Christmas in Iran : Keep it a Silent Night
Would you go to Christmas parties and celebrations if going could mean persecution?
House church Christians in Iran love Christmas and try to celebrate in anyway they can. “Christmas means so much to us because Jesus came to save us,” said one new believer recently. However, they have to celebrate without drawing attention to themselves. They gather together in small groups to celebrate Christ’s birth, some may even have a small, decorated tree to put up. One leader says, “The night before Christmas, we have a small party of usually 10 people or so. We can’t make much noise. But we fellowship together, have a time of worship and give gifts to each other.”
This Christmas pray for Iranians celebrating Christmas for the very first time. Pray they’ll be safe.
Tehran store keeper closes early to repent
J, an Iranian Christian in Tehran , recently went shopping to buy a gift in a small store. While there he had the chance to witness to another shopper. After the discussion, the other shopper thanked him and left. Meanwhile, the storekeeper had listened to the conversation and so approached J. He explained that just three weeks earlier someone else had given him a Bible. He said he was gripped by the words and thought it was so beautiful. J spent two hours explaining the Gospel. The storekeeper then went and closed the store for the day so that he could pray and repent and make Christ Lord of His life.
Please pray for this new believer to be established in the faith.
Support for the Iranian Church this Year End
Praise God for the unprecedented opportunities in Iran for church growth.
Please pray for the release of finances this year end to enable even more church growth.
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Thank you and Merry Christmas from Elam and the church in Iran
Finally, on behalf of the Elam team and the church, we wish to take the opportunity to thank you for your faithful partnership and support in 2009. Your prayers and support have made a huge difference in so many lives.
In His Grace,
Pray for Iran