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Intense Intercession.  Intense Teaching.  Intense Proclamation.  This is a story from one of our 2017 Intensives: We short-termers walk in groups of twos and threes, searching the tourist areas of this beautiful city for new friends. We look for Iranians who will allow us to talk with them and thereby lead them with questions toward the gospel story. We were…

Catch a glimpse behind the scenes, written by one of our on-the-ground team members: I’m always amazed by God’s Holy Spirit during times of sharing the Gospel.  Today, our team did not rush through prayer.  We took the time to prepare our hearts for sharing the Gospel on the streets of our city. As we…

Intense Intercession.  Intense Teaching.  Intense Proclamation.  This is a story from one of our 2017 Intensives: Two new friends and I walked towards a tourist attraction that draws many of the Iranians visiting our city. On the way, we met two young men from Iran who allowed us to share the Gospel story with them….

Intense Intercession.  Intense Teaching.  Intense Proclamation.  This is a story from one of our 2017 Intensives: A few years ago, while attending a university outside of Iran, a young couple became believers in Jesus. When they felt the Lord leading them back to their home country of Iran, they obeyed. Living in Iran after experiencing…

Intense Intercession.  Intense Teaching.  Intense Proclamation.  This is a story from one of our 2017 Intensives: During the last Intensive, I was sharing the story of Jesus in the streets of our city (which borders Iran).  I wandered down a main street and saw two young Iranian men just ahead. I greeted them and gave them both the Gospel of…

Intense Intercession.  Intense Teaching.  Intense Proclamation.  This is a story from one of our 2017 Intensives:   Five years ago in Iran, a young man was watching a Christian program on TV. A pastor on the program invited watchers to pray a prayer with him. Suddenly, the young man felt the presence of the Holy Spirit,…

Thank you for continually praying with us!  One of our team members shares a recent highlight: Recently, my husband and I were video chatting with a young Iranian woman.  She became a Christian 7 months ago and is passionate about sharing her faith.  The people she has led to Jesus now meet in her home…

Now What? Over the past several days, we have gotten to know the Azad family.  We read about how Farzin, Nayyar, Sami, and Elham were introduced to Jesus.  These characters were imprisoned by despair and depression; they were desperate for hope.  As they encountered Jesus, the family discovered a new life of joy, purpose, and…

Epilogue Shortly after Sami’s dream, the Azads were baptized in their own home, Farzin doing the honors.  After baptizing his family, Farzin asked his wife Nayyar to baptize him as well.  The Azad family felt the sweetest of joys knowing they were being obedient and showing their love for Jesus the best they knew how,…

Sami (noun) – Elevated Sami rolled over, away from the late morning sun, and wondered what motivating thought would get him out of bed today. Friends, good food, driving around the city, time on the internet? There was little purpose to his daily activities, and the only result was a growing unease that he was…

Elham (noun) – Revelation Elham knew her parents needed to be alone.  She had felt the tension between them the night before, and she also noticed their looks during family dinner. At 14 years old, people often told her she was insightful. But her experience at the Imam Reza Shrine was beyond ‘insightful’.  It was…

Farzin & Nayyar Farzin paced the floor as he waited for his wife to come home.  He knew he should pray, but he didn’t know how.  So far, the prayers of his new faith had consisted of pleas for answers and thankful whispers of newfound hope.  He wasn’t sure how he should approach God about his wife and family, though. Does she know I am studying Christianity? He…

El·ham (noun) – inspiration Elham inhaled deeply as she floated into a bright, white cloud. She felt weightless and fearless.  In fact, for the first time in her life she felt… peace. When she inhaled again, a fragrance of incense floated toward her. Someone was coming. He was radiant with a honey gold light, and she instinctively…

Nay·yar (noun): radiant Nayyar read her husband’s text message and set down her phone; he would return soon with the bread. The ghorma sabzi was simmering nicely on the stove.  Nayyar had already par-boiled the basmati rice, so she drizzled olive oil on the bottom of a pot and placed potato slices in the hot…

Far·zin (noun) – learned   Farzin pulled into the grocery store parking lot.  His feet felt heavy as he walked inside to buy some barbari (bread).  His wife Nayyar was waiting at home with a home-cooked meal, but Farzin wasn’t thinking about ghorma sabzi (spinach entrée).  The only thing on his mind was the question…

Sa·mi (noun) – elevated Sami finished his cup of sweet, hot tea and relished the last bite of lavash flatbread spread with feta and jam. For a moment, he closed his eyes and sighed. At 24 years old, he still felt like a little boy when it came to Persian breakfasts. He wiped his mouth,…

      To the unreached in Iran,   We pray continually for you, that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.       Introduction Iranian New Year (Nowruz) celebrations begin this weekend. Thousands of visitors will flood…

What comes to mind when you think of the nation of Iran? A fundamentalist Islamic regime? Anti-Americanism? The movie “Argo”? Most people hear the name “Iran” and picture what they see on the news and in the movies. There is much more to Iran than what the media portrays. Iran has a rich cultural heritage and…

What comes to mind when you think of the nation of Iran? A fundamentalist Islamic regime? Anti-Americanism? The movie Argo? Most people hear the word “Iran” and picture what they have seen on the news and in the movies. However, there is much more to Iran than what the media portrays. Iran has a rich cultural heritage and…

Iranians are very aware of the dangers in becoming a follower of Jesus. They feel the government’s watchful eye and mistrust in their social circles. They understand the ramifications on family life that they would experience. Iranians clearly know the reality of persecution even before they believe, and yet Jesus is so compelling that they willingly endure the risk and…

Ever wonder how our Live Dead Iran workers stay connected with new Christians in Iran?  One family shares their experience with e-discipleship: We are by no means experts as we have only been on the field a short time. Even so, we have already connected with many new Iranian friends and even experienced some divine appointments…

Intense Intercession.  Intense Teaching.  Intense Proclamation.  This is one worker’s story from a 2016 Intensive. #livedeadiran We turned out of our apartment building and passed the little playground, just like every other day.   However, that day, a headscarf caught our attention. Based on the headscarf style, we recognized that the lady underneath was Iranian.   As…

Intense Intercession.  Intense Teaching.  Intense Proclamation.  This is one worker’s story from a 2016 Intensive. #livedeadiran Admittedly, we were sightseeing. The churches in this area of the world are simply stunning. There are centuries of history in the old stonewalls. My friend and I were walking through – slowly, prayerfully, in awe of God’s transcendent…

Intense Intercession.  Intense Teaching.  Intense Proclamation.  This is one worker’s story from the recent August Intensive. #livedeadiran As I was getting ready for the first day of the Intensive, I became really sick. It got so bad that I had to go to the hospital and miss the first days of our outreach. I felt…

Intense Intercession.  Intense Teaching.  Intense Proclamation.  This is one family’s story from the recent August Intensive. #livedeadiran This summer, I walked with my three sons to a popular tourist spot here. There were always plenty of people milling about, some locals and others tourists. We fit into the tourist crowd easily, but we weren’t looking…

One of our longterm team members recounts his Gospel-sharing experiences this summer.  Read on discover just how open Iranians are to the Gospel: #livedeadiran The Iranians seemed so much more open to discussing the Gospel this year. They would talk openly without fear of being seen or overheard. The other day, I had just replenished…

While our team on the ground wraps up their 10-day August Intensive, we will conclude our 10-day prayer road trip through Iran.  #livedeadiran #livedeadiran Today, we are going home.  Did you bring your boarding pass?  We need to check our bags at Tehran Imam Khomeini International Airport, and the line looks a bit long today….

Cruizing along the highway, windows down, music up… August is the perfect month for a road trip!  Alright I admit, we might not be able to physically road trip through Iran, but we can certainly ‘pray through’ Iran. While our team on the ground wraps up their 10-day August Intensive, we will conclude our 10-day…

Cruizing along the highway, windows down, music up… August is the perfect month for a road trip!  Alright I admit, we might not be able to physically road trip through Iran, but we can certainly ‘pray through’ Iran. While our team on the ground dedicates these next 10 days to proclamation, teaching, and intercession, let’s…

Cruizing along the highway, windows down, music up… August is the perfect month for a road trip!  Alright I admit, we might not be able to physically road trip through Iran, but we can certainly ‘pray through’ Iran. While our team on the ground dedicates these next 10 days to proclamation, teaching, and intercession, let’s…

Cruizing along the highway, windows down, music up… August is the perfect month for a road trip!  Alright I admit, we might not be able to physically road trip through Iran, but we can certainly ‘pray through’ Iran. While our team on the ground dedicates these next 10 days to proclamation, teaching, and intercession, let’s…

Cruizing along the highway, windows down, music up… August is the perfect month for a road trip!  Alright I admit, we might not be able to physically road trip through Iran, but we can certainly ‘pray through’ Iran. While our team on the ground dedicates these next 10 days to proclamation, teaching, and intercession, let’s…

Cruizing along the highway, windows down, music up… August is the perfect month for a road trip!  Alright I admit, we might not be able to physically road trip through Iran, but we can certainly ‘pray through’ Iran. While our team on the ground dedicates these next 10 days to proclamation, teaching, and intercession, let’s…

Cruizing along the highway, windows down, music up… August is the perfect month for a road trip!  Alright I admit, we might not be able to physically road trip through Iran, but we can certainly ‘pray through’ Iran. While our team on the ground dedicates these next 10 days to proclamation, teaching, and intercession, let’s…

Cruizing along the highway, windows down, music up… August is the perfect month for a road trip!  Alright I admit, we might not be able to physically road trip through Iran, but we can certainly ‘pray through’ Iran. While our team on the ground dedicates these next 10 days to proclamation, teaching, and intercession, let’s…

Cruizing along the highway, windows down, music up… August is the perfect month for a road trip!  Alright I admit, we might not be able to physically road trip through Iran, but we can certainly ‘pray through’ Iran. While our team on the ground dedicates these next 10 days to proclamation, teaching, and intercession, let’s…

Cruizing along the highway, windows down, music up… August is the perfect month for a road trip!  Alright I admit, we might not be able to physically road trip through Iran, but we can certainly ‘pray through’ Iran. Today marks the first day of the 2016 August Intensive.  While our team on the ground dedicates…

#livedead  #pray As we road trip to the beach, cruise around the Caribbean, and ‘hop across the pond’ to experience Europe, many Iranians are also traveling. Wherever they go, whether to Istanbul, Dubai, or LA, we pray that God will set up divine appointments. On behalf of Iranians who are traveling abroad this summer, let’s…

In recent years, the Internet has played a key role in spreading the Gospel throughout Iran. Pastors, evangelists, and laypeople reach Iranians through websites, chat rooms, and social media. Many people who are curious about Jesus will turn to the Internet at some point to aide their search, especially when they don’t know of any…

Once you start saying yes to Jesus and walking in obedience, you begin to see others through His eyes.  At the last Intensive, one of our short term workers had this experience.  You can read his story below. Intense intercession.  Intense training.  Intense proclamation.  This is a short-term worker’s story from one of our Intensives:…

Today, let’s pray together for those who received the Gospel this year.  #livedead  #pray Dear Jesus, We pray for the Iranians who received the Gospel this Nowruz.  Plant the words of John deep in their hearts.  Remove any hindrances so that they read Your Word with understanding and consequently experience Your transformational power.  May they…

Thank you for praying with us!  There was a noticeable difference in our interactions with people throughout this year’s Nowruz holiday week; the openness to the Gospel was extraordinary.  God is answering your prayers for Iran! Intense intercession.  Intense training.  Intense proclamation.  This is a short-term worker’s story from one of our Intensives: I’ve been a Christian since 1981.  When I…

Today, let’s pray together for Iran’s political leaders.  #livedead  #pray “I summon you by name     and bestow on you a title of honor,     though you do not acknowledge me. I am the Lord, and there is no other;     apart from me there is no God. I will strengthen you,     though you have not acknowledged me, …

Thank you for praying with us!  There was a noticeable difference in our interactions with people throughout this year’s Nowruz holiday week; the openness to the Gospel was extraordinary.  God is answering your prayers for Iran! Intense intercession.  Intense training.  Intense proclamation.  This is a story from one of our 10-day Intensives: I looked across the…

#livedead  #pray  #Nowruz   Over the past several days, your prayers have been a huge encouragement to the Live|Dead Iran team. We prepared for a week of great opportunity, and now it is finally here! Nowruz Mubarak, indeed! Keep praying for our team as we make every effort to share the Gospel with Iranians. We…

“They will come from east and west, from north and south, and recline at the table in the kingdom of God.” (Luke 13:29)   #livedead  #pray  #Nowruz Over the past few days, we have set our Haft Seen table in preparation for the Iranian New Year.  Haft Seen simply translates to ‘Seven S’s.’  Each Haft Seen…

“They will come from east and west, from north and south, and recline at the table in the kingdom of God.” (Luke 13:29)   #livedead  #pray  #Nowruz   The final item on our metaphorical Haft Seen table is somaq (سماق).  Somaq, or sumac, is a spice used throughout the Middle East.  If you like Lebanese, Arabian, or…

“They will come from east and west, from north and south, and recline at the table in the kingdom of God.” (Luke 13:29)   #livedead  #pray  #Nowruz   What does the apple symbolize to you? For most of us, we envision the Serpent handing Eve the forbidden fruit or the disguised witch offering a poisoned apple…

“They will come from east and west, from north and south, and recline at the table in the kingdom of God.” (Luke 13:29)   #livedead  #pray  #Nowruz Garlic is one of those ingredients that nutritionists love. Not only does it add flavor to just about any dish, garlic also contains many health benefits. These benefits can…

“They will come from east and west, from north and south, and recline at the table in the kingdom of God.” (Luke 13:29)   #livedead  #pray  #Nowruz The fourth item on our Haft Seen table is a sweet pudding called samanu (سمنو). Samanu is made primarily from wheat germ; it generally takes about a week to…

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