Never before in the history of Islam has any nation reached a post-Islamic status as the county of Iran has. The vast majority of Iranians are turning their back on their 1400-year-old Islamic traditions. But what stands out even more striking is how fast Christianity is growing in that country. What is the cause of this spectacular migration from Islam in Iran? Centuries and decades of brutal Islamic oppression have made the people ambiguous and discontented.
According to Operation World, Iran has the fastest-growing evangelical movement globally, and the Joshua Project puts the annual growth rate at an estimated 19.6%.
A 2020 study by the GARMAAN research group revealed just 40% of Iranians identify as Muslim, and an even more significant number—about 47 percent—said they were none, atheists, spiritual, agnostic, or humanist. Another 8% claim Zoroastrianism. Of the 40% identifying as Muslims, only 2% regularly practiced their faith. Friends, this is remarkable. What an opportunity awaits God's people. We can and must respond to this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that is changing the demographics of Iran. Shay Khatiri of John Hopkins University puts it this way: "Islam is the fastest shrinking religion in Iran, while Christianity is the fastest growing religion there."
The Iranian ambiguity toward Islam is God's prospect for the Gospel there, giving us a unique opportunity to reach thousands for Christ. I want to plead with all of you, our dear supporters, to consider this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity by supporting us with your prayers and generous offerings. It may be a one-time gift, or the Lord may lay it on your heart to give regularly. Either way, we are wholeheartedly grateful to you for joining our mission. As a token of our appreciation, we will send anyone who gives $100 or more to support this mission a free copy of Pastor Shahbaz's biography "Two Sacrifices one Destiny." Let us work together and reach as many Iranian and Afghan people for Christ.
Project Kourosh (Cyrus) North America
Church plant amongst Iranian diaspora in Houston, Texas, the New England states of Massachusetts, and New York, including evangelistic seminars in Persian.
Project Kourosh (Cyrus) Europe
Church plant amongst Iranian diaspora in Gothenburg, Sweden, and Nuremberg, Germany, and possibly London, UK, including evangelistic seminars in Persian.
Weekly Zoom Bible Study
Shahbaz is conducting weekly Zoom Bible studies with Iranians from around the world.