Faith in Iran.

I’d like to introduce you to a friend of mine from Iran.  However, because of potential persecution, I can’t give you his name or location.  We’ll just call him, Steve’s friend.  I have not actually met my friend in person yet but we have been in correspondence through email, mail, and a few phone calls for about 12 years now.  My first contact with him came with an international Christian correspondence course called International Bible School.  The program works by placing ads in international papers offering free online courses.  My friend and I worked through all the lessons and have maintained a growing relationship.  The exciting part is that my friend began to follow Christ and we were able to get him connected with an underground church movement in the area.  Today, I am posting a few questions that I recently asked him along with his answers.  Many of us in the West have misunderstandings about people who live in parts of the world like Iran.  I’m embarrassed to admit this, but I just assumed that my friend spoke Arabic.  While he does; his native language is not Arabic, but Farsi.  I would have known that if I had done some more homework.  That is just one illustration of the many things we in the West don’t know about those wonderful people living in the Middle East.  We see the headline news stories and hear about the persecution against Christ followers in those countries and many of these stories are true.  But there are also a huge number of folks who are open to the love of Jesus and the kingdom of God.  So take some time to read through the answers from “Steve’s friend” and feel free to leave any other comments you might have or questions also.  Yes, I’m thankful for my friend from Iran and pray for him often.  I hope you will as well. (more…)