New Survey Reveals Explosive Growth of the Underground Church in Iran

Image shows Tabriz, a major city in Iran. (Image by mostafa meraji from Pixabay)

We’ve previously reported about the explosive growth of the underground church in Iran. How big is this church exactly? A new survey gives some stunning results.

Mike Ansari of Heart4Iran says, “For the first time, a secular organization has come up with unprecedented data to back up the claim of the missionaries. It is very exciting to know that the number of Iranians that are self-identifying to be Christian is about 1.5% [of the population], which is roughly one million inside the country of Iran.”

Despite the massive number of conversions, Ansari says the Church in Iran faces several obstacles, including limited access to teaching and to each other.

Heart4Iran works through satellite tv to bring Christians together, but Ansari says, “As good as satellite TV is, it will never replace face-to-face fellowship. That is where the growth of the church happens. The vast majority of Iranian believers are new converts living in isolation due to severe persecution. Isolation is the biggest enemy of church growth.”

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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Kevin Zeller


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