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"... In the last days ... I shall restore the fortunes of Elam (Iran), declares the Lord."
Jeremiah 49:39


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The ICI Partner Prayer Letter

 

July – September 2011

“You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit – fruit that will last.” (John 15: 16)

 

It is good to be writing to you as you start your summer. We thank you for your prayer and financial support which is for all seasons.

 

Last year ICI submitted a grant proposal for the purchase and installation of some computer equipment and software. Our computer equipment is 10 years old and some of our computer software is outdated. In early 2011 we learned that the granting organization no longer accepts this kind of requests. When the ICI board of directors met in April, it decided that ICI should purchase a smaller computer system to replace the old one. The budget was set to be $2,000. Therefore, we are grateful for any contribution that you can send toward meeting this need.

Hamid, Sahar and Sara, the Iranian Christian refugee family who was resettled in Colorado Springs is doing well. Hamid now has a landscaping job. Sara has become a very active 7-month old baby! We are now working with Sunnyside Christian Church to purchase a used car for the family. Hamid has saved some money for its purchase. Abe helped Hamid with obtaining his Colorado Driver’s license. Mahin has been helping the family in various ways including taking them for their medical appointments and shopping. Please pray that a well running used car can be found for Hamid’s family before the start of cold weather in October.

Ghasem’s family seems well settled with life in Colorado Springs. His wife, Mojdeh, now has a job in a hotel. Pray for the family’s health, employment and other needs.

It has been over a year since Daniel and his family in India was granted refugee status. However, so far UNHCR has not found country for their resettlement. Please pray that UNHCR will soon refer the family’s case to the U.S., where there is a sponsor.

Abe wrote an affidavit for Mina, an Iranian Christian lady in the U.S. who was being held for deportation due to a shoplifting conviction. The lady’s attorney informed Abe last week that the judge decided in favor of withholding of Mina’s deportation. Mina became Christian recently, though her spiritual journey with the Lord Jesus Christ began several years ago. Her Iranian husband also became a Christian very recently. Please pray for the spiritual growth of Mina and her husband.

We learned that Shahnaz and her family in Turkey has received visas for the U.S. and will soon arrive in San Diego. ICI prepared this family’s refugee case about two years ago. Pray that Shahnaz and her family make a successful adjustment to life in the U.S.

Soheila and her family were also refugees in Turkey. ICI also documented their refugee case for UNHCR. Soheila and her family (all are Christians from a Muslim background) arrived in Vancouver, Canada in March 2011. Please pray that Soheila and her family will find a good church where they can grow in Christ.

Glad News for Muslims, the book Abe translated to Persian over 2009 – 2010 has been published and is now available as a book. Pray that this book will lead many Muslim readers to their salvation.

The Gospel of John Commentary, the second book Abe translated over the last couple of years, is in the final phases of being prepared for printing. Please pray that this commentary will help many Iranian believers with learning about the life changing character of our Lord Jesus Christ. 

We sincerely thank you for supporting the ICI ministries during these difficult economic times. 

God’s blessings, 

Abe and Mahin Ghaffari