Currently, the situation in Iran is difficult for all peoples, including the Laki. The economy is bad and getting worse. Iran has high rates of unemployment, with over three million peoples looking for work. As much as 40% of those holding university degrees cannot find jobs in their respective fields. Iran’s depression rate at 12%, is one of the highest in the world. The drug addiction rate has more than doubled in the last six years to three million users, with opium the most popular narcotic. The government restricts many freedoms, such as religion, speech, assembly and other civil liberties. Iranians often feel isolated from the rest of the world. Many express a feeling of hopelessness, a sense of dread for their future.
Yet, there is hope with Jesus! God often uses dire circumstances to soft hearts and open minds.
Pray for those Laki that feel hopeless. Pray they will hear the Good News of Jesus!
Pray they will realize only Jesus can meet the deepest needs of their hearts.
“Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30