Iran (Mission Network News) – We’ve been hearing how the Church in Iran is the fastest growing church in the world. But the shape of the Church is actually underground and in the form of numerous, individual house churches—and the Iranian government wants to shut them down.
Church Growth Despite Challenges
Ironically, the Iranian government created this underground movement when it made it illegal for Farsi speakers to attend physical churches. When that happened, everyone became an evangelist and house churches began popping up across the country.
“One of the leaders we met, he said, ‘I used to have 100 people that came to my church and when they closed the Farsi speaking churches, now we had 100 house churches and 100 house church planters’… so when they shut one down, they just create five more,” Heart4Iran’s *David shares.
Now, those believers are being persecuted. Iran is ranked #10 on Open Doors USA’s World Watch List. But, there’s also a disconnect among believers in Iran. Most of them think they’re alone.