Persian house churches, especially those meeting in apartments, worry that worshiping loudly could attract the attention of suspicious neighbors and authorities. One Iranian Christian recalls:
“When we gathered [at] a house [we would play] worship songs on CD or a satellite program…and if we had a worship leader they would lead us in worship. But very quietly and with no clapping. We had to be especially careful in apartments. Sometimes, we would use blankets to soundproof doors for extra security.”
LIMITED PERSIAN WORSHIP
Another challenge for Persian believers is that the repertoire of Persian worship material is limited, and musicians are relatively scarce. In other parts of the world, the church has had the benefit of worship music going back centuries, but the Farsi-speaking church lacks this rich musical heritage.
NO LONGER WORSHIPING IN SILENCE
In response to an environment of risk, and limited Persian worship resources, SAT-7 produced and is airing the weekly live program Heavenly Worship.
Behind closed doors, they watch to learn about the miracle of salvation they’ve experienced, to fellowship with the hosts and pastors, and to join in songs of praise. They receive vital information and support in the midst of opposition. And through the broadcasts, they receive the Word of God.
“We get feedback from our viewers who meet at home and are unable to sing aloud,” shares Producer Mostafa Keshavarz. “Some don’t know how to sing. We make sure the song words are on the screen and invite the viewers to join in with the singing and worship – whether silently or aloud. Viewers get in touch and tell us how happy they are that they had the opportunity to join us in praise and worship, and this is really encouraging for us.”
Our prayer for our Christian brothers and sisters everywhere is that they are freely able to worship the Lord in spirit and truth. Thank you for helping to make opportunities for worship and fellowship over the air possible!
*A viewer support case is a series of conversations between a viewer and Audience Relations Counselor on a topic.
SAT-7 programs like Heavenly Worship are helpful for providing worship resources for Persian Christians. For as little as $10, you can support 10 growing house churches in the Middle East and North Africa today.