Coronavirus and Christianity Surge in Iran

Image courtesy of Heart4Iran.

Iran’s crackdown on truth grows more severe. A member of Iran’s coronavirus task force recently told reporters the COVID-19 toll could be 20 times higher than official figures. The next day, state officials closed down the newspaper that published his quote.

This closure comes days after a BBC investigation found Iran was covering up COVID-19 cases and deaths. The cover-up is no surprise to Heart4Iran’s Mike Ansari.

“The Iranian government has been consistently inconsistent in maintaining a transparent relationship with its own citizens and the international community,” Ansari notes.

“We’re receiving several hundred daily contacts from inside Iran, and most of them report the conditions in Iran are beyond hopeless.”

Iranians reaching out to Heart4Iran paint a bleak picture. The ministry receives “multiple accounts of clinics and hospitals brimming beyond capacity, filled with the bodies of the deceased due to Coronavirus and citizens hiding in fear of contraction,” Ansari adds.

Jamal from western Iran describes the following:

“Our brothers, parents, and children are dying in front of us. When we go to the hospitals and ask for testing they turn us away, blaming the shortage of supplies on the sanctions.”

In reality, “the Iranian government turned away early help and assistance from the US government and Doctors Beyond Borders. It is worth mentioning that the US sanctions do not target food and medicine imports for humanitarian causes,” Ansari notes.

“An Iranian doctor sent us a document indicating the dire situation in Tehran’s hospitals and their inadequacy to provide basic care to the citizens.”

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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Katey Hearth

CALL TO ACTION

  • Ask the Lord to comfort and encourage Iranians in this difficult season.
  • Pray that the underground Church will become the pillar of faith in the society of Iran.
  • Pray for the deliverance of the Iranian people, and for protection of those who leave their families for Christ.
  • Pray for the safety of those who deliver Bibles in Iran and face serious charges if caught.