Walking Through Snow to Hear
Iraj and his friend debated back and forth. Was the mountain pass safe enough to drive at night, or should they wait until morning? They decided to ask the advice of some men from the village at the foot of the mountain.
“It’s too dangerous,” the villagers warned. “There is already a lot of snow and ice. You should wait.” Iraj agreed, but now they needed a place to stay for the night. There was no hotel in the village. “What can we do?” Iraj asked.
One village man answered, “Well, you could stay in our homes, but we don’t know whether we can trust you. What kind of men are you?” Iraj boldly introduced himself as an evangelist, knowing it would spark curiosity; it is not a term Iranians know. “I travel around and tell people about Jesus Christ,” he explained. The villagers responded enthusiastically, inviting the two men to come and tell them about Jesus as well. Late into the night, Iraj explained the gospel to them. When morning came, Iraj and his friend prepared to continue their trip. Some of the villagers approached them, “Can we join you? You can take us in your car just until the base of the mountain. From there we can walk back to our village.” They wanted so badly to hear more about Jesus that they were willing to walk several hours through the snow.
“‘The time is surely coming,’ says the Sovereign LORD, ‘when I will send a famine on the land—not a famine of bread or water but of hearing the words of the LORD. People will stagger from sea to sea, . . . searching for the word of the LORD, but they will not find it. Beautiful girls and strong young men will grow faint in that day, thirsting for the LORD’s word.’” –Amos 8:11-13, NLT
Pray that Iranian evangelists and church planters will have many opportunities to share their faith.
Ask God to cause a great thirst for His Word among the Persian people. May they be drawn to the Living Water.