Pray for: Iran

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Key Stats

Religion & Geography
Category Statistic
Continent: Asia
Capital: Tehran
Population: 85,028,760
% Urban: 76.3 %
Population Under 15 Yrs: 24.7 %
Official Language: Persian (Farsi; Dari and Tajik are major dialects); almost all Iranians speak some form of Persian as a mother tongue or second language
Languages: 79
Literacy Rate: 85 %
HDI Ranking: 70 / 189
% Christian: 0.5 %
% Evangelical: 0.2 %
Largest Religion: Muslim
% Largest Religion: 98.6 %
People Groups: 97
Least Reached People Groups: 84
% Unevangelized: 65 %
Persecution Ranking: 8 / 50

Iran

Title: Iran

Tier: 1

Type: country

Massive numbers of Iranians have come to Jesus in recent years! From only 500 Muslim-background believers in 1979, many estimates suggest the number is even greater than 1 million just in Iran alone. Large numbers of Persian people have also encountered the risen Christ outside of Iran. The Church in Persia has not grown this fast since the 7th century. In Iran, a person can receive a death sentence for apostasy (abandoning religious faith). This growth is a remarkable move of the Holy Spirit, with many signs and wonders, dreams and visions.

Iran

Title: Iran

Tier: 1

Type: country

The 1979 Islamic Revolution promised peace and prosperity, but 40 years later it still has not come. Instead, a legacy of bloodshed, cruelty, injustice, corruption, and economic hardship left many disappointed with the conservative religious leaders and their narrow version of Islam. An estimated 13 million Iranians live below the poverty line. Around 200,000 of Iran’s best-educated young people emigrate every year. Iran has one of the highest rates of opium addiction in the world, 200,000 street children, and widespread (but hidden) prostitution. Iran is an ancient, noble, and proud civilization. But in the modern era, these struggles have made many people, especially young people, very open to the gospel. Pray that Iranians’ desires for greatness, prosperity, freedom, and even for righteousness might ultimately be met through worship of Jesus.

Iran

Title: Iran

Tier: 1

Type: country

Iran contains some of the largest unreached, unengaged peoples in the world. Missions are not free to minister in Iran, but some tentmaking opportunities exist. Pray for the door to Iran to open in God’s perfect timing.

  • The Zoroastrians (Parsees) follow an ancient Persian religion founded 1,000, years before Christ.
  • The Baha’i religion started in Iran, but the government seeks to drive its followers out. Very little Christian love and witness to them exists among either the 300,000 in Iran, or the 5-7 million worldwide.
  • The nomadic and semi-nomadic Luri, Bakhtiari, and Qashqai live in the Zagros Mountains. Only a few dozen known believers exist from these groups. Persian Christians have begun to reach out to them.
  • The Turkic Azeri and Turkmen in the north have had almost no positive contact with Christianity. Azeris form the largest minority group within Iran.
  • The Gypsy communities have no Christian workers committed to outreach among them.
  • The Persian-speaking Jews descend from those exiled to Babylon 2,700 years ago. Their numbers decline as more and more move away to escape harassment, but a number have become active, witnessing Christians!

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Content taken or adapted from Operation World, 7th Edition (2010) and Pray for the World (2015). Both books are published by InterVarsity Press. All rights reserved.