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Economic conditions in Iran have led to extremely high inflation and increased unemployment. However, many Christians there are using these difficulties as an opportunity to share the Gospel.

With no support from the government or help from their communities, many people are homeless, and frontline workers have seen children foraging for food in rubbish bins to survive. Due to the great need, Christians have begun outreach work to these children on the streets. “The Lord put it on the hearts of the pastors and workers of one of the house church networks, to seek to meet some of the physical 

 

 

needs and in this way show the love of Christ to those in need,” a frontline worker said.  

Through intentional and careful efforts, these workers provide for the immediate needs of homeless children, giving out blankets and hot meals while also introducing them to the truth of the Gospel. As the children demonstrate a spiritual hunger to know more, the frontline workers give them Bibles so they can gain a deeper understanding of Christ’s love for them. “Their method of working is to make the truths of the Gospel very clear,” the worker said. “They are very careful not to give the impression that the purpose of giving out food is to make them Christians. They want to give ample opportunity for the children themselves to become curious and develop an interest so that it will completely be their decision to believe in Christ.”

Working under the oppressive Iranian regime, which has criminalised leaving Islam and often imprisons Christians under false charges of “acting against national security”, the Christian workers must conduct their ministry activities in secret to avoid detection. “At first, they do not say that they are Christians,” the frontline worker explained, “but they say that the Lord has sent them to provide food at this time. After three or four visits, the people come to realise that the food has been given to them by Christians. The evangelists then use this opportunity to talk about Christ. Of course, it is all done quietly so that others cannot hear.”

Over the course of a few months, hundreds of meals and blankets were distributed, and several children have expressed a desire
to know more about Christ. Many others have also responded favourably to the ministry efforts, as they experience the kindness of Christians in contrast to their Muslim community. “It is now being spread around that these Christians are good people,” the frontline worker said. “They say, ‘[The Christians] not only think about our physical needs, but as people, we are significant and respected by them with humility and love.’”