Zahra, an elderly woman living in a remote Kurdish village of 200 in west Iran, had never learned to read or write. She could not read the Quran; she could not read the news; she could not read any important documents. Neither could anyone in her village.
Recently, she called to pray with the counselors at Iran Alive Ministries. The counselor realized she was already a believer. Zahra could not read the Bible. How had she learned about Jesus? The counselor prayed with Zahra so that she would have assurance of her salvation. The story Zahra then shared with her amazed her. Here is her story:
“Our village is in the mountainous areas where we get snow for six months a year. We are so remote that when it snows, we are practically cut off from the city. My family has a ranch that raises cattle and sheep. I am illiterate but have been watching your satellite programs for a long time. Through those programs, I got to know about Jesus.
“One day when I went to the river to wash my clothes, I had an encounter with Him. The water was very cold, and my hands were freezing. But when I saw Jesus, He put his pierced hands on mine, and my hands got warm.
Then He said, “Believe in me.” Right there, I told Him, “I do believe in You!”
This beautiful lady talked to the counselors for over 40 minutes, during which she quoted scriptures repeatedly. The counselor, being impressed, asked her, “You said you are illiterate. How come you know so many verses by heart?” Zahra replied:
“We have only one Bible in our village. All of us are illiterate except my son. We have no school, but my son has been going to the city a few months a year to learn to read and write. So after I encountered Jesus, I asked my son to get me a Bible the next time he went to the city. He got a Bible and has been reading it to me daily.”
“So I have memorized verses and told them to everyone in my village. As a result, many in our village have come to Christ. Many gather in my home regularly to watch your TV programs, receive your teachings, and listen to my son reading the Bible to them.”
Friends, I have been hearing stories like this for 40 years, from well-grounded, scripture saturated, mature leaders of the Church. I hope you will rejoice with this woman, her village and with what God is doing in Iran, throughout the Middle East, and the world to advance the Gospel.
On Saturday night April 30, our good friend, Hormoz Shariat, will share about the revival in Iran and stories like this that will warm your heart with the touch of Christ. We hope you will come and bring many friends.
The event is free, but we must have a count in order to prepare adequately. This link will take you to the right place to register for our April 30 WGS Vision Casting Night. We hope you will join us!