October 4, 2019
A couple of years ago Stephanie and I read a book “Captive in Iran.” It was a powerful account of two Iranian Christians who were arrested for sharing Christianity with others. Another book recently was written describing the rapid growth of Christianity in Iran, it is entitled, “Too Many to Jail.” Last week I saw a report saying the fastest growing church in the world is found in Iran and it is led mostly by women.
I was intrigued and began to do a little research. Since the spread of Christianity in Iran is an underground movement it is hard to find definitive statistics. Recently a documentary was released entitled “Sheep Among Wolves.” They were able to interview some of these church leaders and their stories were powerful.
One believer said in the video that they understand the danger of participating in the Iranian Awakening, but it is a risk they must take. “We know that if they get us, the first thing they will do to us as a woman is rape us and then they will beat us and ultimately they will kill us. This is the decision we have made that we want to offer our bodies as sacrifices. Because I have this thought when I wake up, that when I leave, that door I might not come back."
It is no wonder the church is growing. When the disciples of Jesus have this passion to share the Good News no matter the cost, it is not a surprise God is blessing. The church is without buildings, property or central leadership, but still, it is steadily growing. The movement's aim is not to plant churches, but to grow discipleship.
What a contrast between the Disciples of Jesus in Iran and the Disciples of Jesus in Wichita. May God forgive us, and may God help us to become more like Jesus and these Iranian Christians.
I mentioned last Sunday a little about our financial situation as a church. Our church board and leadership team has some difficult decisions to make. Here is the giving record for the past 9 weeks…the total amount needed to meet budget for those 9 weeks is $33,300…the total amount we raised is $27,406 which leaves us with a shortfall of $5,894. Please pray for our leaders as they seek God’s wisdom and direction for our church.