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Church grows, crackdown continues

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In Iran , many Muslims are coming to Jesus Christ. Alarmed by this development, the Iranian government is stepping up persecution of Christians.

03/04/2009 Iran (MNN)-A great spiritual hunger in Iran has caused many to turn away from traditional Islam, resulting in an ever-increasing number of conversions. Words of Hope President Lee DeYoung says that conversion is viewed as a serious offense in Iran, and the government continues to hunt those suspected of turning to Christianity.

“We continue to hear reports of government inquiries,” DeYoung says, “and people being called in for questioning about alleged Christian activities.”

Many believers have taken to exercising their faith “underground” to avoid officials’ prying eyes.

DeYoung adds that in Iran , conversion could result in punishment by death. Many Iranians are tired of the disillusionment associated with Islam and Iran ‘s government. The disillusionment has resulted in a great spiritual hunger in Iran . As the hunger grows, so does the number of converts to Christianity; God’s family is growing despite continued persecution.

“The work of God in Iran testifies to the power of the Gospel,” said Victor Atallah, founder of the Middle East Reformed Fellowship (MERF).

“People there are courageous,” DeYoung said. “They need wisdom, and they need God’s protection so that they can continue to minister in Jesus’ name both on the radio and in other ways.”

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