A Church for the Larestani
Using the language of his youth, Majid quietly spoke to his brother in their grocery store. The customer at the counter felt uncomfortable, assuming the brothers were using their secret language to overcharge her. Actually, Majid was simply reminding his brother to order some more candy bars.
Majid and his brother work long hours in their small grocery store in the busy city of Dubai. They are Iranian citizens, and their hometown is just 150 miles to the north across the Persian Gulf. They come from the area of Larestan, and their language is Larestani. Many of the men come to Dubai to work, and send money home to their families.
Recently, an Iranian pastor from another part of the country visited Larestan. While there, the pastor met with Jelal, who was very curious about Jesus. They studied the Bible for many hours and eventually Jelal decided to become a follower of Christ.
The Bible hasn’t been translated into Larestani and, to many like Majid, God’s words of faith, hope, and love sound strange and foreign.
“Utterly amazed, they asked: ‘Are not all these men who are speaking Galileans? Then how is it that each of us hears them in his own native language? Parthians, Medes and Elamites; residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia…’” –Acts 12:7-9, NIV
Pray for efforts to communicate the gospel to the Larestani in their heart language.
Ask the Holy Spirit to lead Jelal to study his Bible, so he can share God’s message with friends in Larestan, and a church would start.
Pray that the Larestani shopkeepers’ pursuit of money and commerce would lead them to the eternal treasure of salvation in Jesus.