The Iranian government is among the most oppressive regimes in the world. Christians are persecuted by government authorities, which have a network of informants in each city.
Family, friends and community members also persecute Christians, especially when news of a conversion becomes public.
A Muslim religious leader and lecturer named Hamed began chatting with Christians on a Christian broadcasting website.
Source: The Voice of the Martyrs USA
He was angry that someone would proclaim Jesus as the way and the truth. Soon, Hamed began writing in every day with questions.
A week later, Hamed wrote to say that he had given his life to Christ secretly, but that he was afraid of the reaction of his family and workplace. “I felt so much peace after reading the Bible,” he said. “I studied the Bible thoroughly and searched online for more commentaries on it.” Hamed also said the content of what he was teaching his Islam students had changed, and they had noticed.
His wife confronted him, and when he revealed he was following Jesus, she threatened to divorce him.
“I am now a secret Christian and have to speak to you in private,” he wrote. “The most they can do is kill me, but they can’t take away my love for Jesus!”
Let us pray.
- Pray that Hamed and other secret believers like him will stand firm in their faith. Ask the Lord to provide wisdom, knowledge and understanding.
- Pray especially for Hamad’s wife, family, colleagues and students, that they will be moved by this strong and dramatic witness for Christ.
- Praise God for His work in Iran. The church is growing.