Wednesday, November 6
The Christian church has been present continuously in Iran since the first century. It has always been a minority religion, but presently Christians make up less than one percent of the population. The current diversity of political roots, the insecure economy, the uncertain status of Christians, and unresolved international affairs present serious challenges to all Iranians. However, the Evangelical (Presbyterian) Church of Iran receives the unexpected turns in the road as important parts of faithfulness. Church leaders are committed to navigating their next adventure well, celebrating it with gratitude and trusting the Lord for what comes next.
The church is diverse, with many ethnic and religious backgrounds and three language groups: Armenian, Assyrian, and Persian. Its board of education has been successful in training ministers and ordained pastors for many decades. A theological education program/Bible School in Iran was established in the 1960s. The church’s library, with more than 40,000 books, is a valuable educational resource of the church. The church ministers ecumenically through the Fellowship of Middle East Evangelical Churches and the Middle East Council of Churches.
The historic Evangelical (Presbyterian) Church of Iran still bears fruit! The secret of their survival is in their faithfulness and integrity. Love is their motivation to work, and joy is their strength. The church views ministry and mission as a responsibility, not an opportunity. As Dietrich Bonhoeffer writes, only the one “who tries to make his whole life an answer to the question and call of God” stands fast in times of trial (Letters and Papers from Prison). May our sisters and brothers in the church in Iran continue to stand fast in answering God’s call.
—Pastor Edward Eissabake, St. John’s Assyrian PC(USA), Turlock, California
Let us join in prayer for :
The Synod of the Evangelical Church of Iran
Let us pray
Gracious God, we thank you for the witness of the church in Iran. We ask that your mighty hand would uphold them and guide them as they seek to serve you. In the name of Jesus. Amen.