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Tens of Thousands of Muslims Coming to Christ, Says Iranian Leader
The Christian Post ^ | Ovtober 20, 2010 | Michelle A. Vu

Posted on 10/20/2010 9:25:34 AM PDT by wmfights

CAPE TOWN, South Africa – The mood was light Tuesday evening – thanks to leg-swinging praise music – when Lausanne III participants wrestled with the difficult topics of reconciliation in the Middle East, HIV/AIDS, and human trafficking.

Speakers gave hopeful messages of how God is moving and bringing hope despite addressing some of the darkest and seemingly most hopeless situations in the world today.

The Middle East, which has become almost synonymous with violence and Islam, is experiencing an unprecedented level of Muslims becoming followers of Jesus Christ, said Sam Yeghnazar, founder of Iran-focused Elam Ministries. There were only about 500 Iranian Christians from a Muslim background at the time of Lausanne I in 1974, he said. But over the past 30 years, more Muslims have come to Christ than in the past 1,300 years.

“Iran today is a closed land with countless open hearts,” said Yeghnazar. “It is the most open nation to the Gospel in the entire world. Tens of thousands of Iranians are turning to Christ.”

“Betrayed by the government, disillusioned with the religion, depressed by the prospects of the future, Iranians when they come to know the Lord Jesus Christ are completely transformed,” he said. “They proclaim Christ in the marketplace. Entire families, men and women, are coming to Christ.”

Two weeks ago, two of Yeghnazar’s people were imprisoned and within a week they brought six people to Christ, he shared.

Meanwhile, Palestinian Christian Salim (last name withheld for security reasons), spoke about hope for true peace in the Middle East through Christ. By understanding Jesus’ death on the cross, Palestinian Christians “shy away from the poison of hatred” and are compelled to explain to the world about peace and justice.

“Anchoring our identity in the messiah, we can open our hearts to angry Muslim neighbors and to fearful Jewish soldiers behind check points,” said Salim. “[There is] a divine one who can change stone hearts to flesh.”

The theme for Tuesday at the Third Lausanne Congress on World Evangelization in Cape Town, South Africa, was reconciliation. Each day, the program focuses on a theme that determines what plenary speakers will present and what small dialogue groups will discuss. Themes for the conference include truth, world faiths, priorities, and integrity.

In addition to addressing reconciliation in the Middle East, Tuesday evening’s plenary session also spotlighted the global issues of human trafficking and HIV/AIDS.

A moving video was shown of a young Cambodian woman (her face was not shown due to the sensitivity of the subject) who was rescued from a brothel in Thailand. At the young age of 16, she was tricked into working as a sex slave. She was drugged, beaten and raped for four-and-a-half years, at times forced to have sex with as many as ten men in one day. But she and other girls at her brothel were rescued and taken to a World Vision trauma recovery center for women and children who are victims of sexual abuse. There she has received counseling, vocational training, health care and has begun her spiritual journey to know Jesus Christ.

Tuesday’s program concluded with the inspiring stories of two Christians living with HIV. Christo Greyling, a South African who now lives in the Netherlands, and Princess Kasune Zulu of Zambia shared about their journey of finding out that they are HIV positive. Their inspiring yet challenging stories demonstrated how a disease meant to destroy a person can be used for God’s glory.

“Many times when we hear of HIV or AIDS we think of people who are already dying, but in many cases there are people like me who are healthy, who have so much to offer,” said Zulu. “We as a Church are called to be the hope for those who feel hopeless.”

The HIV/AIDS advocates challenged the global church to be at the forefront of the HIV/AIDS battle and to show unconditional love and reconciliation to people with HIV/AIDS who are in desperate need of comfort and hope.

More than 4,000 Christian leaders representing over 190 nations have gathered for Lausanne III, also known as Cape Town 2010. The purpose of the Lausanne Congresses is to bring the global body of Christ together to discuss how to best evangelize the world. The Congress also will discuss global problems facing the Church, including secularization, Islam, HIV/AIDS, prosperity gospel, and environmental concerns, among other topics. The conference program will conclude Sunday.


TOPICS: Charismatic Christian; Evangelical Christian; General Discusssion
KEYWORDS: christ; christians; convert; evangelism; muslims
“Iran today is a closed land with countless open hearts,” said Yeghnazar. “It is the most open nation to the Gospel in the entire world. Tens of thousands of Iranians are turning to Christ.”

“Betrayed by the government, disillusioned with the religion, depressed by the prospects of the future, Iranians when they come to know the Lord Jesus Christ are completely transformed,” he said. “They proclaim Christ in the marketplace. Entire families, men and women, are coming to Christ.”

Two weeks ago, two of Yeghnazar’s people were imprisoned and within a week they brought six people to Christ, he shared.


1 posted on 10/20/2010 9:25:39 AM PDT by wmfights
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To: wmfights

Holy fatwa, Batman.


2 posted on 10/20/2010 9:29:16 AM PDT by the invisib1e hand (defeat islam.)
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To: wmfights

Oh, Praise the Lord! Thanks for posting this good news. I would to God that all Muslims put their faith in Christ and be saved.


3 posted on 10/20/2010 9:29:53 AM PDT by backwoods-engineer
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To: backwoods-engineer

I’m quite sure that they are tired of being pushed all the time to worry about being perfect at all moments of every day. Christianity is a reamarkably liberal religion.


4 posted on 10/20/2010 9:31:15 AM PDT by Niuhuru (The Internet is the digital AIDS; adapting and successfully destroying the MSM host.)
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To: wmfights

This is encouraging. It can’t be a simple matter to renounce the evil god allah in the territory he has invaded.


5 posted on 10/20/2010 9:32:39 AM PDT by pallis
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To: wmfights

Living under a crushing and human-hating theocracy may indeed have provided fertile ground for the Gospel. I would to God it was so.


6 posted on 10/20/2010 9:34:08 AM PDT by agere_contra (...what if we won't eat the dog food?)
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To: wmfights

Praise His mighty name. We know that every tribe and tongue and nation will be in Heaven. Thanks for sharing. Good news about the good news indeed.


7 posted on 10/20/2010 9:34:39 AM PDT by Paved Paradise
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To: Niuhuru
I’m quite sure that they are tired of being pushed all the time to worry about being perfect at all moments of every day. Christianity is a remarkably liberal religion.

Indeed, it is. Orthodox Jews and Muslims alike are served by the Grace of Christ that frees them from perfect obedience of law; expectations of perfection are replaced with obedience out of gratitude for forgiveness. In other words, law is replaced with love.

8 posted on 10/20/2010 9:34:50 AM PDT by backwoods-engineer
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To: wmfights

Since Mohammed was “the last prophet”, there can be no “Reformation Islam” except by REJECTING Mohammed’s bastardized Biblical text and RETURNING to the Judeo-Christian text as either Jews or Christians.


9 posted on 10/20/2010 9:35:26 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (The establishment clause isn't just against my OWN government establishing state religion in America)
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To: wmfights
I've met several Muslims over my lifetime who had turned to Jesus Christ, but did not care to be vocal about it lest they put themselves of their families in danger.

If Christianity was allowed to be preached openly in Muslim countries the way Islam is preached in Christian countries, I have no doubt that tens of thousands would be turned to millions.

In the end, Jesus Christ knows his own and will be able to sort out the silent Christians from the "social justice" and other faux Christians.

10 posted on 10/20/2010 9:37:38 AM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: wmfights

I’ve heard Sam speak. I have spoken to several people who move about as free as you can in Iran and other areas of the middle east. They say it takes about 10 minutes of evangalizing to get the men and women they talk to profess a faith in Jesus as savior. There is a hunger for Jesus in places like Iran that has never been greater.


11 posted on 10/20/2010 9:37:51 AM PDT by Til I am the last man standing (It's the internet Senators; We can see what you are doing!)
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To: Niuhuru

[ Christianity is a reamarkably liberal religion. ]

Especially when comparing it to a 7th century vicious cult like creation of a madman.....


12 posted on 10/20/2010 9:38:18 AM PDT by GraceG
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To: agere_contra; wagglebee
We are told that there are 1.2 billion muslims in the world. Millions upon millions of people have no religious freedoms within their countries and have no CHOICE but to be called “muslims”.

It's a bogus statistic.

Recognize their absolute right of religious freedom and that figure will plummet.

13 posted on 10/20/2010 9:38:42 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (The establishment clause isn't just against my OWN government establishing state religion in America)
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To: backwoods-engineer
...expectations of perfection are replaced with obedience out of gratitude for forgiveness. In other words, law is replaced with love.

AMEN!

Just BEAUTIFUL in it's simplicity and TRUTH.

14 posted on 10/20/2010 9:39:19 AM PDT by wmfights (If you want change support SenateConservatives.com)
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To: Vigilanteman
If Christianity was allowed to be preached openly in Muslim countries the way Islam is preached in Christian countries, I have no doubt that tens of thousands would be turned to millions.

Amen

God Bless those that are quickened by the Holy Spirit and do preach The Gospel in these dark, dark lands.

15 posted on 10/20/2010 9:42:09 AM PDT by wmfights (If you want change support SenateConservatives.com)
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To: Til I am the last man standing
Wow

I had the chance to listen to Joel Rosenberg in church last month. Believe it, or not, but they have established a Christian Radio Station in northern Iraq that is broadcasting now.

16 posted on 10/20/2010 9:45:40 AM PDT by wmfights (If you want change support SenateConservatives.com)
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To: Niuhuru

A relationship with Christ is ultimately liberating.


17 posted on 10/20/2010 9:46:48 AM PDT by anniegetyourgun
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To: wmfights
2 Chronicles 7:14
If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.

18 posted on 10/20/2010 9:51:00 AM PDT by Stand Watch Listen (It's the 'Land of Opportunity'... NOT... the 'Land of Entitlements'!!!)
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To: Stand Watch Listen
Amen
19 posted on 10/20/2010 9:52:54 AM PDT by wmfights (If you want change support SenateConservatives.com)
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To: wmfights

The conflict in the Middle East has provided people living under Islam a small glimpse into the differences between Islam and Christianity, and the impact Christianity makes on the treatment of other people, even the openness of Christians (and armies from their country) to selfless sacrifice devoid of the promise of 72 virgins.

When Christ is lifted up for them to see and they are given good information, not propaganda and misinformation, they are like everybody else, they make good, rational decisions.


20 posted on 10/20/2010 10:08:36 AM PDT by RatRipper (I'll ride a turtle to work every day before I buy anything from Government Motors.)
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To: Til I am the last man standing
My dream is to teach in a university someday in a formerly Muslim nation. Islam could, in God's providence, lose its credibility as fast as Soviet Communism did. May we be ready when it does!

BTW -- run, don't walk, to your library and check out the Iranian movie The Color of Paradise. It is an unforgettable meditation on what the generations owe each other, and how a venal, corrupt older generation tries in vain to "wash its hands" of the guilt it lives with. Take note, in particular, of which two characters are permitted to "see" the face of God.

21 posted on 10/20/2010 10:09:28 AM PDT by RJR_fan (Christians need to reclaim and excel in the genre of science fiction.)
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To: Niuhuru
Christianity is a reamarkably liberal religion.

Knowing that God knows what is in your heart, is pretty strict, remarkably liberal religions let you be who ever, or whatever you want as long as you perform some ceremonial actions every day.

22 posted on 10/20/2010 10:20:41 AM PDT by ansel12
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To: RatRipper

We can hope that conversions are sincere. Certainly the Spirit moves where it wills.

However, remember Spain. There were insincere conversions there by Muslims, who then proceeded to undermine the culture with Islam.


23 posted on 10/20/2010 10:22:25 AM PDT by amihow
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To: wmfights

This is so cool. It is impossible to evangelize in muslim countries, it is exceedingly dangerous to be a Christian in muslim countries, and yet the people are coming to Christ.


24 posted on 10/20/2010 10:26:04 AM PDT by marron
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To: amihow
We can hope that conversions are sincere.

A muslim who converts to Christianity is typically killed. Its a death sentence. There is no earthly advantage to becoming a Christian in a muslim country. Your family will turn on you and to preserve the family's honor they will be the ones who take you out into the desert to dump your body.

25 posted on 10/20/2010 10:29:01 AM PDT by marron
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To: wmfights
This is great news!

Maybe the time has come for the Hindus and the Jews to step up to the plate.

26 posted on 10/20/2010 10:29:04 AM PDT by Walts Ice Pick
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To: wmfights

HIS WILL BE DONE!!!!


27 posted on 10/20/2010 10:49:14 AM PDT by panzerkamphwageneinz (HALLELUJAH)
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To: ansel12

That’s a really reasurring thing to me. It makes me realize that appearances are not everything.


28 posted on 10/20/2010 10:51:52 AM PDT by Niuhuru (The Internet is the digital AIDS; adapting and successfully destroying the MSM host.)
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To: marron

Lets take a look at what Islam has done to Iran. When it was Persia, women could go out in the streets without burkas, have jobs, be human beings and men could love them without being forced to view them as objects and themselves as lesser beings who needed them to be covered in order for them to be able to control themselves.


29 posted on 10/20/2010 10:56:07 AM PDT by Niuhuru (The Internet is the digital AIDS; adapting and successfully destroying the MSM host.)
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To: Walts Ice Pick
Maybe the time has come for the Hindus and the Jews to step up to the plate.

There is plenty of activity going on in India.

Check out this organization: Gospel for Asia

30 posted on 10/20/2010 11:18:09 AM PDT by Disambiguator
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To: Niuhuru

Christianity is a reamarkably liberal religion.


No not liberal , it’s liberating .
There is a huge difference between the two.


31 posted on 10/20/2010 11:21:45 AM PDT by Lera
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To: Disambiguator
Cool.

Wouldn't it be great if all of the Muslims and Jews found Christ - a Christian Middle East?

Two thousand years seems long enough for all this division.

32 posted on 10/20/2010 11:24:37 AM PDT by Walts Ice Pick
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To: Walts Ice Pick
Wouldn't it be great if all of the Muslims and Jews found Christ - a Christian Middle East?

After all, that's where it all began.

33 posted on 10/20/2010 11:28:52 AM PDT by Disambiguator
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To: Lera

I meant liberal in the sense that it’s a broad minded religion, not in the politically correct sense.


34 posted on 10/20/2010 11:31:51 AM PDT by Niuhuru (The Internet is the digital AIDS; adapting and successfully destroying the MSM host.)
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To: Disambiguator

It’s a beautiful thing. :)


35 posted on 10/20/2010 11:34:35 AM PDT by Walts Ice Pick
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To: wmfights

I so admire Protestant missionaries’ courage and enterprising efforts to share Christ with Moslems. Where are their Catholic brethren? I never hear about them.


36 posted on 10/20/2010 11:49:08 AM PDT by married21 (As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.)
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To: married21
Where are their Catholic brethren? I never hear about them.

I think there are a lot of different reasons they don't show up prominently in the mission field. Probably the greatest reason is they have a different view than Evangelicals on how someone is saved.

37 posted on 10/20/2010 12:24:48 PM PDT by wmfights (If you want change support SenateConservatives.com)
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To: wmfights

God bless these missionaries.


38 posted on 10/21/2010 11:25:57 AM PDT by Cronos (This Church is Holy,theOne Church,theTrue Church,theCatholic Church - St. Augustine)
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To: pallis
no, it's not a simple matter. In fact, it's illegal and one can be executed legally (in Saudia, Afghanistan and I think (not sure) Iran and Algeria)

In all Muslim majority countries, from Malaysia (55% Muslim) to pakistan 98%) it is against the law for a person to convert from Islam -- even if you were a Christian/hindu and converted to Islam, then tried to convert back, it would be illegal.

So these people are really putting everything on the line for their faith. God bless them!
39 posted on 10/21/2010 11:29:25 AM PDT by Cronos (This Church is Holy,theOne Church,theTrue Church,theCatholic Church - St. Augustine)
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