A blind friend leads a hardened atheist to the truth
Ramin, a viewer in Iran, writes to SAT-7 through WhatsApp* on his smartphone:
I came to faith two months ago and I’m glad I found your channel two weeks ago. May the Lord bless all of you. I was struggling with heavy guilt before coming to faith and thought God would never forgive me. The more I read about God, the more I would feel fearful and hopeless. I was telling myself that my place is in hell. About fifteen years ago, one of my friends told me that he had a relationship with Christ. I mocked my friend saying, “I would rather go to hell with all my sins, which I know God won’t forgive, than to accept Christ.”
Then, three months ago, one of my acquaintances who was blind told me that he was searching for the PDF version of the Bible. He was even willing to pay to convert the PDF version to Braille. I felt bad for him because I knew that would be very expensive. I thought to myself, Jesus might not even consider me, but it was obvious that this man had experienced something with Jesus. So, I found the PDF format of the Bible for him and I paid for the print. I read the first book, The Gospel of Matthew, and I was touched. I said: “Father, I feel guilty, can you do something for me?” The next day, I felt so good and relieved. I felt peace. I was born in the 70’s but Jesus recently brought my dead soul to life.
Since I came to faith, I can sleep well and have no dreams about hell and fire anymore. I feel the presence of our Heavenly Father over me and I do not fear death. I try to share my experience with people I feel comfortable with and your lessons are very useful and enjoyable to me. Usually, the satellite signals are being interfered with after 5 pm and I’m not able to enjoy your great programs, and I need a shepherd who can guide me with my questions and uncertainties. Could you please send me in a PDF the most recent translation of the New Testament? Thank you, and glory to His name.”
Thanks to your support, Ramin will have the biblical teaching and fellowship of SAT-7 to guide him through his faith journey. New Christians in Iran face the continual threat of arrest, the loss of their jobs, and rejection by their communities. House churches are routinely raided and Christians rounded up by security officials. Scores are currently in jail, serving sentences of up to eight years. Their tribulation is a testament to their genuine and sacrificial faith, growing deeper in the Word as they walk with Christ through hard times.
*Telegram used to be the most popularly used social media app in Iran, but after authorities blocked Telegram, WhatsApp has risen in popularity.
*Names and photos changed for security.