The Nation of Iran

The Islamic Republic of Iran

  • Neighbour to:
    • Turkey
    • Iraq
    • Armenia
    • Azerbaijan
    • Turkmenistan
    • Afghanistan
    • Pakistan

Iran Geographyiran1

  • 1,700,000 square kilometers
  • A central desert ringed by mountains

Pray for Iran:

  • Ongoing persecution of Christians
  • The closure of many churches
  • The arrest of Christian leaders
  • Protection for all MBBs
  • For Iranians moving out of their nation – that they come to understand the Gospel and convert
  • Free access to internet

Statistics

  • 78,000,000 people
  • Capital city – Tehran 7.2 million
  • 69.5% live in cities
  • 25% are under the age of 15
  • Life expectancy is 71.2 years

People

  • 100 ethnic groups
  • Dominate groups by size are:
    • Persians (52.4%)
    • Azerbaijanis (22.2%)

Languages

  • Official language is Persian – has three main dialects: Farsi, Dari and Tajik
  • Almost all Iranians speak Persian and then their own mother tongue (another dialect)
  • 82.4% are literate
  • 79 different languages
    • 4 have Bibles
    • 6 have New Testaments
    • 7 have portions of Bible

iran2Economy

  • 80% of export earnings received through oil and natural gas trade
  • 20% of the economy is “private” and 80% is government controlled
  • Millions of young people are jobless
  • Unemployment rate – 28%
  • Average annual income $4,600 or 10% of the income of an average Canadian

Politics

  • Theocratic Islamic Republic was declared in 1979
  • Everything controlled by the Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamanei
  • Constitution states there is religious freedom but in practice this is not true

Religion

  • Shi’a Islam is the state religion
  • 89% of Iranians follow this
  • 31 Christian denominations with 385,000 members
  • Anyone who converts to another religion is arrested
    • The men are put to death
    • The women are imprisoned for life

Praise Report

  • In 1979 there were 500 MBBs / Muslim Background Believers
  • In 2012 there were over 100,000 MBBs in one year
  • Estimates are that one million are now true believers
  • Move of the Spirit – miracles, signs and wonders; dreams and visions

Greatest Need

  • There is a need for 10 million Bibles
  • Great demand and very short supply
  • Would need to be smuggled in to Iran as Bibles are not allowed to be printed in Iran or imported
  • Need for more Scripture to be translated into other ethnic dialects
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