Iran: Change is Coming, But Are We Ready?: Mission Network News

by Katey Hearth

Iran (MNN) — Iran makes a show of strength on America’s doorstep this week. Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi toured fellow sanctioned nations Cuba, Nicaragua, and Venezuela, signing economic agreements and emphasizing unity.

Iran’s geopolitical saber-rattling and nuclear threats fill the headlines while discontent swells at home.

Protestors are back in the streets in at least ten cities, including Mahsa Amini’s hometown. Amini has become the “face” of anti-government protests, and officials want to hide her grave to squelch the protest movement. Amini’s death in police custody sparked nationwide protests last year.

“There [is] a lot that the government thinks has been burned away and silenced. But there is fire under the ashes,” Transform Iran’s Lana Silk says.

When [the] wind comes and blows it all up again, those sparks will engulf that whole region. There is much more to come still.

The next catalyst could be Iran’s failing economy. Or the death of supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. The 84-year-old leader has no clear successor. The battle for control after Khamenei eventually dies will be intense.

Whatever the winds of change may bring, “there is a sense of urgency now to make sure we are prepared and focused because there will be a window of opportunity” to reach Iran’s people, Silk says.

Uncertainty often drives people to truth and meaning. “We better be sure the (Gospel) truth is front and center when those doors open,” Silk says.

“I don’t know how long that great hunger the people of Iran have will last before all sorts of alternatives quench it.”

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“Be informed, tell others about it, and pray,” Silk says.

“Prayer is so powerful, so active, and so effective. We must not diminish the power of the global Church knowing what’s happening and praying about it.”

Originally posted on: Mission Network News.

Published on
15 June 2023
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