(From CBN and Voice of the Martyrs) -Christians in Iran are in urgent need of prayer as they risk their lives and safety assisting protesters injured in the ongoing, nationwide uprising. “Christians in Iran are using these protests as an opportunity to minister. And one of the amazing things, there are Christians out among the protesters,” explained Todd Nettleton. “And remember, as these people are marching against their government, their government is Islam. It’s the mullahs who are in charge of the country. And so they’re not just saying we don’t like our government, they’re saying we don’t like Islam.”
Nettleton is host of Voice of the Martyrs Radio, a weekly radio broadcast and podcast. VOM assists persecuted Christians in countries where the gospel message is restricted, and hostile areas where Christians are persecuted for their faith in Christ. Appearing on this week’s episode of the CBN News program The Global Lane, Nettleton said he recently learned that Christians in Iran are sharing their faith with protesters and are providing many of the injured with timely medical care.
“If you go into the hospital in Iran right now with an injury, they’re going to ask you, did you get this at a protest? If you did, you’re going to get arrested. And so Christians are providing medical care outside of the hospital to protesters who don’t want to get arrested for being at the protests and being injured,” Nettleton said. Christians are also at great risk, simply for demonstrating the love of Jesus and assisting protestors in need of help.
Many citizens of the Islamic Republic have either grown hostile toward the Ayatollah and their country’s ruling elite, or they’ve been alienated from the Islamic faith. Many have embraced Christianity as a welcome alternative to Islam, and now Iran has become home to one of the fastest-growing Christian communities in the world. Former Muslims who have chosen to follow Jesus have paid a heavy price for their new faith. Some have been attacked by friends or family members, while others have been sent to prison for apostasy.
Yesterday, November 6th, was the International Day of Prayer. But the persecuted church in Iran, Pakistan, Nigeria and elsewhere need your prayers every day!!!