The Iranian revolution of 1979 established a hard-line Islamic regime. Since then, Christians faced increasing opposition and persecution: missionaries were sent out of Iran, any form of evangelism was forbidden, Persian (Farsi) Bibles were banned, and several pastors were killed. Many feared the small Iranian church would soon wither away and die. Instead, the church in Iran has become one of the fastest growing churches in the world, and it is influencing the region for Christ. In 1979, there were an estimated 500 Christians from a Muslim background in Iran. Today, there are hundreds of thousands—some say more than 1 million.
Last year, DPM started equipping underground church leaders with solid Bible training, based on Derek Prince's Bible teaching. Now, DPM representatives in Iran are launching a new project—the DPM Correspondence Bible School in the Farsi language. This course covers the foundations of the Christian faith, based on Hebrew 6:1-2, including topics like repentance and faith, baptism in water and baptism in the Holy Spirit, and the resurrection of the death.
Another way DPM is reaching out to believers and non-believers in the Persian Gulf area is through radio. We have now completed the entire year of daily devotionals in Arabic. We contacted eight radio stations in the Persian Gulf Region, and four began to air them last month. The devotionals are already used on our mobile app and website.