The Islamic Revolution of 1979, led by Ayatollah Khomeini, created the world’s only Shiite Islamic theocracy and profoundly changed every aspect of life in Iran. Today, many of those who committed their lives to Islam and Islamic rule are filled with despair. This disillusionment has opened new doors for the gospel.
Mahsa Amini, aged 22 was killed in September last year while in the custody of the Iranian religious police. This led to a spontaneous uprising. “Iranian women wanted their dignity back,” a front-line worker said. In Iran, girls as young as nine can be given in marriage, and a woman’s testimony in court is worth only half a man’s.
Front-line workers report that the young woman’s death has caused many Iranians to continue to grow disillusioned with their repressive Islamic government and search for truth elsewhere. Though the internet is highly restricted and monitored, satellite television broadcasts are not, and many are finding the truth about Christ through these broadcasts. “We have registered more salvations in the last three years than in the last 20,” an Iranian Christian broadcaster stated recently.