Open Doors USA has ranked Iran number 9 on its list of 50 countries where persecution of Christians for religious reasons is most severe.
The Institute on Religion and Democracy recently spoke with officials of the ministry who say despite intense persecution, many more Muslims are coming to Christ at an increasing rate.
“Rafin and Nader, young coverts from Muslim backgrounds are proof of that,” Jerry Dykstra, media relations director with Open Doors told the IRD. “They are not alone. “Many Persians are coming to Christ, he added. “Many are young college students, and even some of their teachers are asking for Bibles!
Dykstra tells the IRD the Iranian regime considers anyone converting to Christ apostates – a crime which is punishable by death. Dykstra says almost all Christian activity is illegal.
According to Open Doors the harsh treatment of Christians by the regime is only fueling the flames of church growth.