P.O. Box 25607, Colorado Springs, Colorado 80936 USA
Phone: (719) 596-0010 Fax: (719) 574-1141
"... In the
last days ... I shall restore the fortunes of Elam (Iran), declares the
ICI has helped the suffering Iranian Christian refugees around the world since the early 1980's. This ministry has greatly expanded since 1994. ICI carries on this part of ministry with very little financial and personnel resources.
What can we in the West learn from these persecuted believers? Could it be that the Lord will use these believers, who have suffered in so many incredible ways, to wake up the sleeping Church of the West? Could it be that the Lord is using the dispersion of Iranian Christians to the uttermost parts of the world, as Jeremiah 49:36 prophesied, to not only build His glorious church among the Iranian Diaspora but to build His church, worldwide?
What does the Lord want us to do in response to the legitimate needs of Iranian Christian refugees? Can they count on us - 30,000 Evangelical Iranian Christians residing outside Iran and millions of devout Christians worldwide - in this hour of need?
The steadfast church of Iran is not frail. It has given seven known martyrs.* Those who leave Iran do so reluctantly and only because they and their families are in danger of losing their lives. One thing is clear, as followers of the Lord Jesus Christ, we cannot be apathetic to their plight, we must respond.
*Chronologically, these martyrs are: Rev. Arastoo Sayah, Muslim convert (1979); Brother Bahram Dehqani-Tafti, Muslim convert (1980); Brother Manuchehr Afghani, Muslim convert (1988 - ICI only learned of this martyrdom in 1995); Rev. Hossein Soodmand, Muslim convert (1990); Bishop Haik Hovsepian-Mehr, Evangelical Armenian (1994); Rev. Mehdi Dibaj, Muslim convert (1994); Rev. Tateos Mikaelian, Evangelical Armenian (1994); and Brother Mohammad Yousefi, Muslim convert (1996). After 1996, dozens of generally unknown Iranian Muslim convert Christians have disappeared and have been martyred.