Most have heard of the daily protests across Iran. The people are demonstrating against the government as they feel hopeless and that life will not get better. This is a key time for Iran and the Gospel.
Demonstrations have erupted in nearly every province and the main cause for
these demonstrations is economic pain and desperation. Last Fall, Kathy and I had dinner with Dr. Hormoz Shariat and his wife Donnell. He shared with us how God is using his ministry in amazing ways in that country. Out of 36 channels broadcast in Iran – secular and spiritual – his is the #6 channel viewed by millions.
Dr. Shariat shared that in the past six months, about 30 percent of the incoming prayer requests have been related to the economic situation. One viewer said that she and her husband are so financially desperate they were considering selling their 3-month-old baby to traffickers!
Here are some of the reasons for the rioting.
- Basic goods such as milk, cheese, and eggs are unaffordable.
- More than 85% of the economy is controlled by the clergy and the Iranian Guard. Those in power live in luxury. More Lamborghinis, Ferraris, and Maserati’s travel the streets in Tehran than Beverly Hills.
- Unemployment is 25% and among young adults is as high as 40%. The highly educated have no jobs and struggle to find menial labor. Many must live with parents.
- Addiction is rampant.
- The Islamic government spends millions each month to support revolution in Lebanon, Syria, Yemen, and Iraq.
During this unrest, Dr. Shariat has broadcast every evening to the people. He has shared:
- God knows their pain and cares about what they are going through.
- God has a plan for Iran and wants the people to know his mind and heart for them.
- This plan is found in Isa al-Masih, Jesus the Messiah.
The people are crying out in pain and looking for answers. On January 25, I will be on the live, prime-time program. This will be noon to 1pm CST but in the evening in Iran. Later that afternoon, I will record a half-hour program to be viewed later.
Thank you for praying for these programs, for praying for Dr. Shariat’s ministry, and for the country of Iran.
– Jonathan Williams
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