Although Iran is one of the most dangerous places for Christians, it is also one of the places where Christianity is growing by leaps and bounds.
Being a Christian in Iran is very dangerous. Christian converts face persecution in many forms, but that hasn’t stopped 20 Iranian Christians from recently getting baptized.
This may come as a surprise to many of our readers: Christianity is growing faster in Iran than in many other countries in the world. The population there is overwhelmingly Muslim, yet tens of thousands are abandoning the Muslim faith and embracing the Christian faith in Jesus Christ.
On a recent Friday afternoon, some 600 miles east of Tehran, not too far from the Afghanistan – Turkmenistan border, 20 Iranians were preparing to make a secret journey out of their country.
CBN News reports that many in the group of Christians converted to Christianity years ago, but have had to wait to be baptized due to the danger it places them in. For that reason, neither the identities of the converts nor the exact location of the baptism has been revealed.
The group of converts reportedly got together to make a pilgrimage to the baptism site which was outside of Iran.
“I’ve been waiting for this moment for nearly nine years,” said one convert.
“This was my wish before I die,” said another.
The mass baptism was a joyous event for these fervent believers who ranged in age from teenagers to the elderly.
Nearly all of them have faced consequences and persecution for deciding to put their faith in Christ, but they have persevered.
And although Iran is one of the most dangerous places for Christians and government authorities fear the spread of the Gospel, it is also one of the places where Christianity is growing by leaps and bounds. There are many reports of Muslims encountering Jesus through dreams and visions.
“We have been praying for years that Iranian people believe in Jesus and get baptized. Now, this dream is coming true,” said a Christian convert whose brother was murdered for his faith in 1994.
Iran ranks 9th on Christian support organization Open Doors 2019 World Watch list of the 50 countries where it is most difficult to be a Christian.