So as a thank you for your faithful prayers and partnership with Elam through A4TW, I want to share seven concrete reasons why you can rejoice and take heart this Christmas.
1. Every single day Iranian Muslims are coming to faith in Christ.
As a result, it has been a record year of baptisms.
2. More than 1,000 Iranians have been taught at Elam conferences this year.
They are reaching their families, friends and communities.
3. Iranian Christians are reaching thousands of other Muslims.
They’re impacting Afghans, Syrians, Turks, Kurds and others in the region and in Europe.
4. More than 250,000 Iranians can read the New Testament for the first time.
We expect much fruit from this over the next few years.
5. More than 100,000 have watched our TV programs and visited our websites to learn more about the Bible.
The Gospel is reaching cities, towns and villages all over Iran.
6. Courageous Christians are ready to suffer for the sake of the Gospel.
Their obedience is opening doors for many to hear about Jesus.
7. Jesus is doing what he said he would do.
He is building His church.
With all this in mind, I believe 2016 can be the greatest year of harvest in the history of Iran’s church.
We deeply appreciate your support that helps us impact the Iran region with the Gospel. For those who would like to prayerfully consider a year-end gift to strengthen us as we go into 2016, I’ve shared three of our current needs below.
3 cURRENT nEEDS
We are printing a further 200,000 New Testaments to distribute from January 2016. The total cost is $1.2 million. $450,000 is still needed. (It costs about $6 to print and distribute one New Testament.)
Advanced training for 40 leaders serving in Iran
Early in 2016 we will have one-week advanced training conferences for 40 leaders serving courageously and fruitfully inside Iran. The cost is $745 per person including travel, accommodation and the training. Total cost is $29,800.
Discipleship resources for house churches
Thousands of isolated Christians in Iran are requesting discipleship resources from Elam. We are printing 20,000 books which will cost $15,000. We will also produce over 200 Bible teaching videos to distribute to these believers in 2016. To do this we need new cameras and studio equipment that can edit in real-time on set, costing approximately $75,000. This will save cost and time in the long run.