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Written and organized by  Keith Hobkirk, a Missionary in Nanking, China who is busy serving the Lord by supporting underground churches in communist China. He comes up with all kinds of wonderful, Christ-Centered devotionals and information about China and elsewhere.

Pastor Hobkirk has recently been under ever increasing persecution and censorship for his work planting house churches in China, which he is prohibited from doing by the government there. He is ever in need of intercessory prayer.

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This group is made up of Noonday (and other times/occasions) Devotions, which are written or collected together by Keith Hobkirk, a Missionary in Nanking China.

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  • From Pastor Hobkirk in China:


    Population 8,300

    Christians 20-30

    These people offer sacrifices to animals and nature. Please pray that this bondage would be broken.

    These people are hard to locate and therefore have been largely untouched by the gospel. Years ago ,Chinese preachers came to them and several responded. Please pray for these few believers, that through them, the rest of these people would hear the gospel.

    Please pray that they have resources in their language.







    POPULATION 360,000


    These people live in Hunan province, which is a spiritual desert. Please pray for the small group of believers to grow into a thriving church.

    This group is isolated, but some have heard the gospel. The sharing of the gospel is foolishness to them. Please pray that the seed that has been sown would bear fruit; please water it with your prayers and tears.

    They worship spirits, so please pray this would be overcome in the Name of Jesus.

    They have no Bible in their language. Please pray that they would have the word of God.
    Chesu in China
    Joshua Project profile for the Chesu in China
    • It is interesting that the Chinese government, while claiming to be against all religion and beliefs systems, has left these people alone, yet, has been heavily clamping down on persecuting Christians more than ever. That shows that the enemy is more at work in China than the communist government.

      I praise God that He, in all Hi s loving mercy, has not forgotten the Chesu people. I had read that the Chesu language is currently being replaced by the Nisu and Chinese languages. I will pray that makes things easier for those who are wanting to hear and read the gospel in that area of the country.

      How wonderful it is to know that while every nation fears China we have a God who does not. While China is forcing many believers to die because of them we have a Savior who died FOR them.
      Chesu in China
      Joshua Project profile for the Chesu in China
  • Dear Friends

    Thank you for your prayer support for me and Helen and for our little church in China.

    We thank you also for your prayers through using the monthly prayer letter Battle Stations, this months battle stations is below

    Every month, I will be sending Battle stations, so how can you help us?

    First of all, you can pray for us 1 Thess 3:1-3

    Secondly, you can share Battle Stations by the following ways:

    You can share with your email list, many of you have hundreds of contacts. Are you prepared to share Battle Stations with your friends/contacts?

    You can share it with your church:

    Please print it out and post on your church notice board

    Please ask your pastor, if you can print it out and give to all your church members

    Please hold a special time of prayer focused on Battle stations, two pastors .. pastors Thomas and Amyana have mobilised their churches and organised special times of prayer for us, would you be willing to do the same also?

    If people want to start a prayer group for us, please do so

    I am appealing especially to pastors, please become involved with us, please become a partner or partner church with us

    Many people have social media access, such as Groups on Yahoo, Ning and Facebook, many of you on Facebook are members of numerous groups and have many followers, please let all these groups know about us and the church in China
    please share Battle Stations on there

    We want to have a wave of people, who are totally committed to pray for China, using Battle Stations. Our aim is to have 100 churches and 10,000 Christians praying for China

    Please go to websites about the persecuted church, be informed

    We meet for early morning prayer at 6;30 every morning and at 7:30 pm on Thursday evening, would you be willing to join us at the same time, in the USA you will be 12- 15 hours behind us

    If you are willing to join us, then please let me know. Please let me know the name and location of your church, or if you are an individual let me have the information re location and name.

    If you wish to subscribe to my devotions and Battle Stations, please e-mail me at

    Thanks once again for your support and prayers

    Note: The "Battle Stations" that accompanied this notice is posted in the Prayer Request group.
  • From Pastor Hobkirk:


    POPULATION 17,000


    There are a small number of Christians among these people. Please pray that fruit would grow and mature.

    They are trapped in believing in the spirit world, so again, prayer is needed so that this bondage can be broken.

    The Scriptures need to be translated into their dialect. Please pray that this would happen


    POPULATION 9,000


    These people are completely bound by evil spirits. Much intercession has to be made and workers called to go to them.

    A Thailand Bisu have asked a Christian family to come live with them, and create a written script for their language. Please pray that they would respond and be prepared to go to their Chinese counterparts.

    Thanks for your prayers for this needy people.







    Ati in China
    Joshua Project profile for the Ati in China
  • From Pastor Keith Hobkirk in China 7/17/19

    Please continue to lift up the Chinese church

    Persecution is still very strong, posters are up everywhere telling people not to associate with Christians and that Christianity is a foreign religion

    Please pray that the gospel would not be stopped and that it would go forth with power. Please pray for an outpouring of the holy spirit, that would touch millions of Chinese

    Please pray for many men to be brought into the church, the church is mainly made of of women. May the men of China be touched with the gospel

    Please pray for our little church, that we would be effective witnesses, we meet in homes , but sometimes meet in a quiet local park, please pray for God's protection on us and all churches all over China

    We need Churches and individuals to partner and pray with us

    Would you church, be willing to print out the Battle stations newsletter and distribute to church members. Please let me know if you are able to do this and the location of your church.


    God bless you

  • From Pastor Keith Hobkirk in China

    Coffee Break
    "He Doesn't Condone It"
    "And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment". Hebrews 9:27
    希伯来书9章27节 按着命定人人都有一死,死后且有审判
    There is so much false reasoning going on in the world, especially in regard to the Lord and spiritual matters. I would like to address one of those this morning.
    A lot of people have the misconception that God is condoning what they are doing because He hasn't "struck them down". They think the lack of something bad happening to them is God's sign of approval when they are living in sin and doing sinful things. They reason that if God were unpleased with it He would do something bad to them. That is not necessarily true.
    There are times when our sinful practices and lifestyle bring consequences-- we reap what we sow. There are times when bad choices lead to bad consequences. So, yes, sometimes we see the bad that is happening to us and think that it is God's way of judging what we are doing as wrong. They conclude that this is God's judgment. So, by the same token, when nothing bad is happening they conclude that the Lord is "all right" with what they are doing.
    This is false reasoning. He is never "all right" with sin. But the judgment we face for our sins ultimately comes after we leave this life. It will be what we face when we step into eternity. This is what confuses people when they see the wicked prospering now and having a "good life". The Bible says they have their reward. This is all they get as for as what we consider a "good reward". But their real reward will come after they die. Then they will face the judgment and be "rewarded" accordingly. This is when they will receive their punishment-- Depart from Me into everlasting hell fire.
    So, don't be deceived into thinking that just because nothing bad is happening to you while you are living in sin that it means God has put His stamp of approval on it. He never puts a stamp of approval on sin. Your "reward" will come later.
    Have a great day. Just because you are living in sin and nothing bad is happening to you doesn't mean that the Lord condones it.


    the lordship of Christ by paul washer and larry pan

    ye must be born again by derek tu

    luke 19;1-10 by brother tang




    The Peripheral Mongols are largely Buddhists with shamanistic beliefs mixed in. Some embrace atheism. Though less than one percent of them are believers, Christianity is now surging among them. The Bible is completely translated into the common dialect, and other resources like the JESUS Film and Christian radio broadcasting are available. Now they need discipleship and outreach strategies in the midst of a challenging economic situation.

    The Mongol people revere nature. Please pray that they would be drawn to the God who created all things.

    God is moving among the Mongol people. Please pray that this work would continue and that good churches would be formed among them.

    Please pray that the Mongol believers and Han Chinese would reach out with the gospel.

    Please read the following link for more details

    Thanks so much for praying,



    the blue robe by andrew lanning 43 minutes

    losing my religion by kyle paisley phil 3:7-9

    why me lord? by gerard hemmings job 28
    基督是主 - The Lordship of..
    Paul Washer | HeartCry Missionary Society
  • CHINESE DEVOTION from Pastor Hobkirk in China

    The Wednesday Word:
    Glorious Gospel Grace!
    Salvation is entirely by grace. It is both unearned and undeserved.

    We are chosen by grace (Ephesians 1:4).

    We are given to Christ by grace (John 6:37).

    By grace, we are made alive together with Christ (Ephesians 2:5).

    He has glorified us by grace (Ephesians 2:6).

    We are redeemed by grace (Ephesians 1:7).

    We are justified by grace (Titus 3:7).

    It’s Grace! Grace! Grace from beginning to end.

    It is clear that in Scripture, God does not give one iota of credit to man regarding salvation. It is all of grace! Amazing Grace. Glorious Gospel Grace. The making alive, the undeserved favor, the adoption as children into God’s family is all by grace.
    很显然,在圣经中,上帝没有给与一点声望给至于救赎的人。 所有的就是恩典!奇妙的恩典。光荣的福音恩典。复活, 不配得的恩典,像儿童般被神的家所接受都是因为恩典。

    He made us accepted by grace (Ephesians 1:6).

    We have forgiveness by grace (Ephesians 1:7).

    Union with Christ and the good works that follow as God’s purpose, after salvation (Ephesians 2:10), are all the gift of God! It’s all of grace!

    我们原是他的工作,在基督耶稣里造成的,为要叫我们行善( 以弗所书2:10),都是上帝的礼物!都是因为恩典!

    It’s no wonder then that Paul writes in Galatians 6:14: “But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world.”
    毫无疑问那时保罗写下加拉太书6:14:“但我断不以别的夸口, 只夸我们主耶稣基督的十字架。因这十字架,就我而论, 世界已经钉在十字架上;就世界而论,我已经钉在十字架上。”

    To “glory” is “to boast.” Paul is reminding us that we cannot boast in anything except the cross of the Lord Jesus. That’s another way of saying that salvation has been accomplished by grace. All of our prosperity, all of our accomplishments, all of our doctrinal understanding, and even our accumulated insights are nothing to glory about. We can boast only in the grace of God as revealed in the person and work of our Lord Jesus Christ!
    “荣耀”是“自夸”。 保罗提醒着我们不要在任何事上自夸除非主耶稣基督的十字架。 那是另外所说救赎已经被恩典成全的方式。我们所有的繁荣, 所有的造诣,所有的教义理解, 甚至我们积累的洞察力对于荣耀来说什么都不是。 我们唯一能夸耀的是作为在人们和我们主耶稣基督做工而揭示的上帝 的恩典!

    In the Old Testament, Jesus is the coming Messiah. He is the promise of grace In the New Testament, He is the realized Messiah, the true Promise of Grace apprehended.
    在旧约里,耶稣是将来到的弥赛亚。在新约里,他是恩典的承诺, 他是被认可的弥赛亚,是被理解的恩典的真实的承诺。

    Grace always brings us to Christ Jesus. He procured salvation for us. He Himself is our salvation. He Himself is the grace of God. Grace is embedded in His very name, for the name of Jesus, means salvation. Remember: “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is no other name under heaven given among men whereby we must be saved” (Acts 4:12).
    恩典总将我们带到基督耶稣那里。他为我们获得了救赎。 他自己就是我们的救赎。他自己就是上帝的恩典。 恩典被嵌入他每一个名字里,因为耶稣的名字,意味着救赎。记住: “除他以外,别无拯救;因为在天下人间,没有赐下别的名, 我们可以靠着得救。”(使徒行传4:12)

    Grace brings people to Christ, and to no one else. Grace enables us to look unto Him by faith to be saved.
    恩典把人们带到除了任何人以外,而是基督那里。 恩典使我们能够通过被救赎的信仰向他看。

    But what about repentance brother? Yes, what about it? Is that not important? Yes, it is! But let me ask you…from where do we get repentance? The goodness of God, exhibited in His Grace, leads us to repentance (Romans 2:4). There is no other way! Praise to His Name! It’s Grace, Grace, Grace, Glorious Gospel Grace!
    但是悔改如何,我的兄弟?是的,这个如何?不重要吗?是的, 不重要!但是让我问你,还是你藐视他丰富的恩慈、宽容、忍耐, 不晓得他的恩慈是领你悔改呢?(罗马书2:4)没有其他的方法! 赞美他的名字!就是恩典,恩典,恩典,荣耀的福音恩典!

    So we can say grace is:
    1) Free Grace---the gift of God (Ephesians 2: 8-9).
    2) Saving Grace---it brings us to eternal salvation.
    3) Sovereign Grace—not of ourselves, but by God’s sovereign will. Salvation is not of him that wills, nor of him that runs, but of God that shows mercy (Romans 9:16).
    3)至高无上的恩典——不是我们的, 但是通过上帝至高无上的意愿。救赎不是他的意愿, 也不是他所操作,而是上帝所展现的慈爱。(罗马书9:16)
    4) Sustaining Grace—We are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time (1 Peter 1:5).
    4)持续的恩典——你们这因信蒙神能力保守的人, 必能得着所预备、到末世要显现的救恩。(彼得前书1:5)
    And that’s the Gospel Truth!





    1 TIMOTHY 4

    12 Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity.


    I love the two epistles Paul sent to Timothy. They were words from a man coming to end of a life given largely to God's direction to a young man, who had much of his life ahead of him.

    We know that Timothy was a fairly reserved and shy character and therefore he had to be gently encouraged to fulfil the ministry God had called him to fulfill. Paul, in his final epistle, said Timothy was to stir up the gift that God had given him, to use it.

    Timothy was the pastor/evangelist in the church at Ephesus and maybe there were people more senior in age to him and Timothy felt really nervous about conducting his ministry before them.

    I am reminded of what Jeremiah said in Chapter 1 verses 6-9; your age does not enter into God's thinking when it comes to serving Him. He will equip you, however young you are.

    Paul counsels Timothy that he is to be the shining example in all he does, to all the believers in Ephesus:

    In His words,

    In his love to others,

    In fervour and faith,

    In his moral character,

    Are you and I an example in all these areas?

    I know one of my greatest joys is to see young believers truly serving God; having lives that are a shining example in all these above areas.

    If you are young and reading this, your age is not a barrier to serving God. God will use young people. My advice is to live for Christ, and be a true example to the rest of the church in which you serve. It makes a big impression and stirs those of us, who are a little bit older, whom God can also use. LIVE FOR CHRIST EVERY DAY IN EVERY WAY.

    To those of us, who are a little bit older. What are you doing to stir the young people in your church and to activate them into ministry? Instead of saying... "you are too young to try preaching or leading or some other position," give them opportunities to serve!

    I remember at my old church, there was a group came from another church. In that group was a young girl of 14 who stood up. I thought she was going to give her testimony. No! She preached, and very well too.

    Let us not despise our young people, let us activate them and encourage them, so they become like Jesus and effective witnesses to share his gospel.. just like Timothy

    God bless you





    Psalm 137 诗篇 第137章
    Bro Patrick Liew | 怡保宣道改革宗浸信会 Logos Reformed Baptist Church


    Text: “Plead my cause, O Lord (Jehovah), with them that strive with me: fight against them that fight against me.”

    Psalm 35:1.


    Good morning, persecuted Christian! This is a day of anti-Christian apostasy and continued, and increasing, persecution of those of us who are Spiritually regenerate, Bible-believing, Christian followers of the Living Lord Jesus Christ. Fact.


    In an earlier Bible Lesson in this Searching In Psalms series I wrote: “As we witness ‘the falling away’ of the professing Christian church, we can clearly see how today’s outward professing church has been smitten, as it were, with a plague of flattering hypocrisy!


    "True Christians, including my humble self, can become very cynical in the midst of such an apostate plague. Perhaps our cynicism is a healthy one? We must be very alert in this increasingly apostate age. All these signs are being fulfilled daily!


    Perilous Times: “This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.” (2 Timothy 3:1) Pakistan. Vietnam. China. Nigeria. The Sudan. India. Burma. Iran. These nations are imprisoning, persecuting, and even burning believers in their church buildings and in their homes DAILY - and we hear little fuss about it on the international news channels! Please pay particular attention to these prophesied facts, Christian friend.” (Searching in the Psalms, 2. A Plague of Flattering Hypocrisy! Psalm 12:2, Dr C.K. McClinton)


    With the facts of these anti-Christian persecutions clearly in view, Psalm 35 becomes even more relevant to any Christian believer who, at this crucial time in the prophetic history of God’s dealings with mankind, feels under such pressures, and in desperate need of Divine help and Spiritual support.


    “Title: ‘A Psalm of David.’ Here is all we know concerning this Psalm, but internal evidence seems to fix the date of its composition in those troublous times when Saul hunted David over hill and dale and when those who fawned upon the cruel king slandered the innocent object of his wrath, or it may be referred to the unquiet days of frequent insurrections in David’s old age. The whole Psalm is the appeal to Heaven of a bold heart and a clear conscience irritated beyond measure by oppression and malice. Beyond a doubt, David’s Lord may be seen here by the Spiritual eye.” (C.H. Spurgeon, Treasury of David, page 169)


    When beset by such cruel, unjust, persecutions, slander, and ill-treatment, Psalm 35 can be offered up by the clear-conscienced Christian as his/her personal plea to God for a prompt and Divine ‘confounding’ of our anti-Christian enemies.


    “Bonar entitles this Psalm, ‘The awful utterance of the Righteous One regarding those that hate Him without cause’; and he makes the following remarks thereupon: ‘On that day when their views of justice shall be far clearer and fuller than now, we shall be able to understand how Samuel could hew Agag in pieces and the godly hosts of Israel slay utterly in Canaan man and woman and child, at God’s command. We shall be able, not only to agree in the doom, ‘Let them be confounded,’ etc., but even to sing, ‘Amen, Hallelujah,’ over the smoke of torment (Revelation 19:1-2).” (Treasury of David, page 169)


    What is contained within the God-breathed Scriptures – Old Testament and New – should be what informs our conscience, not popular trends, and the shifting moral standards of international worldly opinion. God’s Word alone is TRUTH.


    “Sanctify them through Thy truth: Thy Word is truth.” (John 17:17)


    Verse 1. “Plead my cause, O Lord, with them that strive with me. Doth the world condemn thee for thy zeal in the service of God? Reproachfully scorn thee for thy care to maintain good works? Not blush to traduce thee with imputations of preciseness, conceited singularity, Pharisaical hypocrisy? Oh but if thy conscience condemns thee not all this while, if that be rectified by the sacred Word of God, if thou aim at His glory in pursuing thine own Salvation, and side not with the disturbers of the church, go on, good Christian, in the practice of piety, discourage not thyself in thy laudable endeavours, but recount with comfort that the Lord is thy Judge (1 Cor. 4:4).” (Isaac Craven’s Sermon at Paul’s Cross, 1630)


    Verse 1. “…Fight against them that fight against me. ‘My enemies are much too powerful for me, Lord, please fight against them with Thy Almighty power. Confound Thine enemies, oh Lord!’ This is a prayerful plea that all who seek to forthrightly serve the risen Christ must constantly pray.


    “Not by my power or by my might, but by Thy Spirit, O Lord of hosts.” (Zechariah 4:6) (my paraphrase)


    Verse 3. “Draw out also the spear, and stop the way against them that persecute me: say unto my soul, ‘I am thy Salvation.’” Sincere, Bible-believing Christians are called by God to ‘…put on the whole armour of God…’, but we are not to try to fight Spiritual battles in our own power or strength, or wisdom. The Battle is not ours, but God’s, and it is God that does the actual ‘fighting’, and it is the Lord God Who assures us, therefore, of complete and utter Victory – in Christ Jesus. Hallelujah! In Christ, we are invincible! Glory, all glory to the Victorious Lamb, Christ Jesus!


    Thought: In times of increased persecution of Christian Bible-believers – let us increase our prayerful petitions to the Lord for His Almighty and All-powerful help? We already have the full Victory through the Cross of Christ.




    Resisting Temptation
    Jimmy Li | Truth Chinese Alliance Church

    The Wednesday Word…What does that Mean?

    Faith alone

    Romans 3:21-22, 2 Corinthians 5:21, Romans 10:3

    Faith Alone (Sola Fide) was the battle cry of the Reformation. It’s a radical truth that will deliver us from self-absorption and legalism.

    It is a vital truth, therefore, we must get it straight. We receive our salvation by faith + nothing. Neither ceremonies nor rituals need apply for the job. Faith alone grasps that all which is necessary for our acceptance with God has already been done by God Himself in His great redemptive act in Jesus Christ.

    To paraphrase the Australian Forum, “Faith receives that the God/Man, Jesus Christ, in our name and our behalf, met all our obligations before the bar of eternal justice.”

    Faith understands that our salvation was secured by a complete and perfect work. Faith alone apprehends that we cannot add or contribute anything to Christ’s accomplishments.

    This, however, does not mean that faith is our Saviour. Faith was not led as a lamb to the slaughter. Nevertheless, faith causes us to look to our Redeemer, the Lord Jesus, as our only hope. Faith never looks at itself. It provides no foundation of safety for the believer.

    Gospel faith is the opposite of having a vague faith in some God out there. Having a general sort of faith is not saving faith.

    Some people may actually believe that for every drop of rain that falls, a flower grows! But, that’s not saving faith.

    Someone says, “I believe that everything will turn out for good in the end.” Good for you, but that is not saving faith.

    Others say, “It doesn’t matter what you believe, as long as you believe sincerely.” That’s not saving faith, and besides, it is nonsense. It’s like saying, “It doesn’t matter what medicine I take, as long as I’m sincere.” Welcome to the funeral parlour.

    Faith, Gospel Faith, on the other hand, grasps that God's saving work has been done completely outside of our own experience. Indeed, gospel faith comprehends that the Finished Work was in no way accomplished inside the believer. As John Bunyan pertinently says, "……., this is one of the greatest mysteries in the world; namely, that a righteousness that resides in heaven should justify me, a sinner on earth!" (Bunyan: Justified by and Imputed Righteousness).

    Faith embraces that God is righteous, holy, just, and loving. Faith recognizes that we have sinned against this same God. Faith perceives that, outside of grace, we stand guilty and condemned. But, faith also embraces that Jesus is God clothed in a human body. Faith sees Him and His perfection as the substitute for sinners.

    Gospel Faith sees that all our sins have been paid for. Not one of them has been left to damn us.

    Faith receives this and makes it our own.

    Faith sees that our sins are not put away by confession.

    Faith sees that our sins are not put away by fasting.

    Faith sees that our sins are not put away by prayer.

    Faith sees that our sins are not put away by popes, prelates or priests.

    Faith, however, sees that, at the cross,

    Sin was condemned,

    Justice was satisfied,

    The Law was magnified,

    God was glorified,

    The sinner was saved and our adversary, Satan, was utterly confounded!

    And that's the Gospel Truth!
    Resisting Temptation
    Jimmy Li | Truth Chinese Alliance Church

    Note you can now find me on facebook at Keith hobkirk, my picture is that of a butterfly

    Please continue to stand with us here in China, the persecution is severe but if God wasn't working, we wouldn't be facing such opposition. Winter is here for the chinese church but winter does pass.. it ends eventually.

    Please pray for the pastors especially our beloved Z and His wife S and also GM and his wife and many many others. Please pray that they stand strong and don't bend to pressure, which is daily to move to the official church.

    Please pray for the young people of China that they would respond to the gospel in their millions and be a real blessing to this country.

    Please pray for our house churches on sunday and house groups on friday that many will come and be blessed.

    Please pray that we would make disciples and not pew warmers.

    Please pray for a man H, who I shared the gospel with, he spoke great english and understood all I said, he had watched programmes on Henry the eight and was intrigued by his change of faith.

    Please pray for the protection of all churches, people are been given money to give police their location.

    Please continue to pray for us, the situation is not impossible, please pray that this situation opens up many hearts to the Saviour and drives god's people to rely on him totally, we have no other refuge but him

    Thanks for praying, please don't ignore this, just give two minutes to pray for China.

    Buy the books Operation world and operation china, go to open doors and voice of the martrys websites, be informed and please share this on facebook, in your church and to all your groups and contacts




    Please continue to lift up the church in China, persecution is ongoing. Please pray that the church would hold tight unto Jesus. Continue to lift up Marks parents as they grow in their faith and for other people to come to faith. Please pray for the faithful preaching of God's word that it would bear much fruit. Please pray for the men of the church, that they would be motivated to take leadership roles. Pray for our church that new leaders would come to help us


    The Iranian church is growing with increased momentum. There are daily reports of church growth. Here is how this is happening:
    Trained Leaders, Courageously Preaching Christ

    Despite the persecution, Iranians Christians are showing great courage in preaching Christ. Hundreds who have received training through Elam are sharing the Gospel across the region.
    The Word of God, Feeding Hungry Hearts

    More than one million Scriptures have been distributed to Iranians since 2003. Believers are involved in regular evangelism and all report a common experience. Almost all receive the Scriptures with joy.
    Christian Television, Reaching Millions of Homes

    Christian TV is beamed into Iran by Satellite TV and is reaching the private living rooms of families that otherwise may never have heard the Gospel. The response is very significant. Thousands respond to programs every month. While dishes are banned, it is estimated that 28 million people have access to Satellite TV.
    House Churches, Multiplying ‘Underground’

    There are less than 20 operating ‘overground churches’ in Iran and they are closely monitored by the government. Therefore, believers are forced to meet in house churches, most of which have 8-12 members. For security reasons, they are forced to multiply once they reach about12 people. This helps spread the Gospel even more.
    The Power of Testimony, Can’t be Denied

    There are numerous stories of great life transformation within the Iranian church. Healing from sickness, deliverance from drug addiction, restoration from a past filled with abuse, people who see dreams and visions. These testimonies are a catalyst for the Gospel, as family, friends and even communities cannot deny the transformation caused by Christ.
    Family and Friends, Personal Witness

    While the government tries to restrict the church, general society is not hostile to Christians. In fact, because of the disillusionment with Islam, the normal expectation is that if someone comes to Christ, other members of their family will soon follow. There are many cases where dozens of people from one family have turned to Christ.
    Heathen to Hardliners, All are Included

    People from all segments of society are now following Christ. Former hardline Islamic Mullahs and drug addicts worship Jesus together. There are highly educated people, such as university professors and lawyers, as well as working class people, such as taxi drivers and street vendors, in the church. There are old and young, men and women, city people and nomads.
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