Sunnyvale, CA (PRWEB) August 27, 2007
According to International Antioch Ministries (IAM), the non-profit outreach foundation of The Iranian Christian Church, requests for Bibles and New Testaments for Christians in Iran is at an all-time high. Requests for Iranian-language Bibles, particularly by new believers, are being received by IAM every day. Iranian Christians, including new converts, are contacting the ministry through IAM’s 24-hour satellite TV, Iranian Christian TV (ICTV), but the requests are more than the ministry can fulfill.
IAM believes that this growing demand for Persian Bibles and New Testaments is being fueled by a number of factors. One is the rising number of Christian converts in Iran. According to IAM, the number of Christians in Iran is growing fast. Current estimates vary from 500,000 to as high as one million. Another factor comes from the difficulties of obtaining and keeping Bibles caused by confiscations by Iranian officials and the Muslim "religious police." In addition, it is not legal in Iran to print Bibles, let alone distribute them widely, yet demand for the Gospel is increasing exponentially.
Pastor Hormoz Shariat, president of IAM and senior pastor of The Iranian Christian Church said, "During our daily two-hour, live, call-in evangelistic TV broadcasts, we receive constant requests for Bibles from both Christian and Muslim television viewers which, at this point, we are not able to fulfill. We are appealing to Christians in the West, as well as to churches and Bible study groups to help IAM meet this vital need for Bibles and New Testaments in the Persian language. For only ten dollars, we can provide an Iranian language Bible, which will be shared by many, many families and those who are new to Christ. There is no better way to support our Christian brothers and sisters in Iran, than to give them the gift of God’s word."
How to Help
People who wish to help can pray that this growing need for Persian-language Bibles and New Testaments will be met. Those who are impressed to make a one-time or continuing tax-deductible donation, however large or small, for Iranian-language Bibles to be provided for Christians, Muslims and new converts in Iran, can contact: Bibles for Iran, c/o International Antioch Ministries, 740 E. Arques Ave., Sunnyvale, CA. 94085. Or, secure donations can be taken via IAM’s web site at http://www.iam-online.net/donate.html.
About International Antioch Ministries
IAM is part of 24-hour satellite TV broadcasts into Iran that have been a catalyst for bringing many Iranian Muslims to Christ. IAM plants churches, trains Iranian-speaking Christian leaders for ministry and provides humanitarian support to Iranians worldwide. IAM's California-based church plant, The Iranian Christian Church, is the largest MMB (Mostly Muslim Background) church in the USA. IAM is a non-denominational, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization devoted to fulfilling The Great Commission: first to Iranian Muslims and then to the rest of the Muslim world. Organizational supporters include CBN, Voice of the Martyrs (VOM), Sammy Tippit and Joyce Meyer ministries. For more information, contact International Antioch Ministries, 740 E. Arques Ave., Sunnyvale, Calif. 94085. T: 408 732 5050, F: 408 732 7575. Visit the English web site at: http://www.iam-online.net or the Persian site at: http://www.24hourchurch.com.
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