You’ve touched the hearts of Iranian brothers and sisters you may never meet this side of heaven. Even their names and faces remain anonymous for their own safety. But we know them by their fruit and their love.
One of these believers, Nisha*, has the gift of teaching. A pastor inside Iran’s underground house church movement – who knows Nisha and wishes to be unnamed – tells us her story:
Once she got ahold of a Farsi Bible, she just couldn’t stop talking about it. She digested the information by talking to people about it. She got her sister, friends, and neighbors together to tell them about what she read.
She got access to satellite TV programs. That gave her more information, more knowledge of the Word of God, about who Christ was.
Because she’s in a wheelchair, she has a lot of nervous energy. She did a teaching on fear at a [private gathering]. She said, ‘There is nothing to fear but the fear of the Lord. That’s the only thing you have to be concerned about.’
Those who have the gift of teaching, they just can’t stop. They look for every opportunity God provides them to share. Even if it’s an agent, there’s still hope that his heart or her heart will be touched.”
Nisha is a testament to what Solomon writes in Proverbs, “The righteous are bold as a lion.” She has everything to lose. Agents could raid her home, seizing her phone and computer to dump for information about her network. She risks arrest, interrogation, imprisonment, getting fired from her job, and maybe even death. This would also compromise the safety of her friends and family. Yet she boldly professes her Christian faith.
Keep praying for Nisha, and believers like her, who count on SAT-7 discipleship programs as they strive to know and follow God under intense pressures.
*Names and photos have been changed for security.