MELISSA, Texas (ANS) — In October, Iran Alive https://iranaliveministries.org received amazing news: they reached 10,000 salvations through their broadcast ministry since May!
To honor this joyous occasion, the ministry’s Hormoz Shariat put on his nicest clothes: “my best suit, white shirt, and red bowtie, and we celebrated on our live church broadcast.”
“In the almost 20 years of our broadcast ministry to Iran we have never seen such a rate of conversion!” Shariat told Assist News in a ministry update.
Shariat said it is apparent that Iranians are desperate to hear the Gospel. “They are depressed, and suffering under governmental control. They are looking for spirituality outside of Islam. But, we noticed an even more radical shift in the early months of 2020. With the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, most Iranians were confined to their homes, so our viewership increased exponentially.”
Shariat continued: “When we realized this, we declared May to be our month of evangelism, and dedicated the entire month to special broadcasts about this topic. Suddenly, salvations increased 10-20 times what they were before. We have been consistently getting 400-500 declared salvations per week since this month of evangelism!
“So, we celebrated our new family in Christ on our broadcast. We celebrated with a beautiful Christian Happy Birthday song that our worship team composed. We shared testimonies of changed lives and miracles. I reminded them all that all of heaven rejoices when even one person comes to faith in Christ. We should mirror that excitement, and that joy when we see others come to faith in Jesus!”
Shariat shared a story from one of Iran Alive’s broadcast viewers.
The writer to Iran Alive said: “I lost my earthly father two years ago, and since I have struggled with devastating depression. Through watching your programs, I have found the love of my Father in Heaven—my Father who is alive, and compassionate, and who never leaves me. Knowing this saved me from depression. Ever since I found God, a new hope lives in my heart.”
Testimonies like this are just the beginning, said Shariat. “Now that so many have come to faith in Christ, we must now equip them for their Christian life ahead of them. During our celebration, we encouraged new converts to sign up for our online churches and new believers classes.”
At Iran Alive, the ministry is emphasizing evangelism again for the month of December. “Pray with us that we will see 10,000 more Iranian Muslims come to Christ during this Christmas season!”
Prayerfully consider making a donation today to support the renewal of Iran Alive’s broadcast license, and to help fund necessary updates to our failing equipment. We are praying to raise $500,000 by the end of the year. With your prayers and financial support, we will continue to bring the Gospel to the Middle East through our transformative broadcasts.
Iran Alive Ministries may be reached through https://iranaliveministries.org or by mail at: PO Box 518, Melissa, TX 75454.
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