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Nine Christians Arrested for Evangelism in Iran

Wednesday, September 15, 2010 (6:24 am)
Posted in: Christian Persecution, Christian Persecution - Middle East, Iran

By George Whitten, Worthy News International Correspondent

JERUSALEM / TEHRAN (Worthy News)– Iranian State television reported the arrest of nine people on the charge of carrying out evangelism just outside of Hamedan, a well-informed Christian Network reported on Wednesday, September 15.

According to an Iranian State Television report monitored by the Farsi Christian News Network (FCNN) these nine Christians were cooperating with Christian-Zionist organizations.  The TV report labeled those arrested as “Christian Zionists” and “evangelicals". However, it did not mention their relationship with Israel.

According to the television program, two of the Christians were reported being supported by organizations outside Iran, in particular, the United States and Great Britain.

In a recent ranking of countries in which Christians are most persecuted, Iran ranked second only to North Korea, according to advocacy group Open Doors.


Elam Ministries, an organization supporting churches in Iran, has linked the crackdown on Christians to concern among Iran's leaders about the spread of Christianity in the Islamic nation.

"Because Iran is a strategic gateway nation, the growing church in Iran will impact Muslim nations across the Islamic world."

In 1979, there was less than 500 known Christians from a Muslim background in Iran according to Elam ministries.  However, by the most conservative estimates at least 100,000 believers are in the nation today.

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  • Marshall Ramsey II

    Hallelujah! The church of God is growing even in the midst of persecution!

  • Joel B

    what exactly is a "Christian-zionist"????

  • islamsucks

    Elam ministries is horrendously wrong. There were tens of thousands of Assyrian Christians from a non-Muslim background before 1979.

    Obviously another Protestant group that denies the designation "Christian". What a great sign of Christian unity.

    • http://www.worthynews.com George Whitten

      So Assyrian Christians were "former muslims"? If you read the article closely, you'll see that Elam ministries says "less than 500 known Christians FROM A MUSLIM BACKGROUND."

  • Faye Mansourzadeh

    Awesome that people will go on with Jesus no matter what. I pray we all have a heart for the persercuted!!! I was saved in the mist of Iran in the 1970's. I thank God for the couple who reached out to us.

  • Eddie Wells

    There are so many mission fields for living sacrifices who are willing to die for the Lord and for his glory, but the laborers are few. What an incredible impact believers could make in this world if we realized we were bought with a price and are not our own.

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