Easter Event – Belfast

We were thinking and praying about how we could encourage Iranians and reach out to Iranians in Belfast that are not connected to the Iranian church. We decided to organize an afternoon of worship in Farsi on Easter Sunday. We invited Darius an Iranian Pastor & Worship leader who lives in the Netherlands to come and lead the Worship for our Easter Event and help with the outreach. Marco a pastor from the Netherlands was also invite and he played the keyboard. They were joined by Pedrum and some of the Iranians from Belfast. George a local believer joined us and sang a few English songs for us. We invited our supporters to come to the event and see how the ministry has grown and to be blessed by the worship. We were blessed with about 20 English speakers. Normally Iranians are familiar with 10-15 minutes worship in a church service but they were blessed with a few hours of worshiping and praising God in their own language. There was a great sense of worshiping the Lord and the presence of the Holy Spirit. The worship was so encouraging we went over time enjoying the worship.

This was the first big event we organized, since the beginning of the ministry in Belfast. We learnt a lot from this first event, and we are hoping and praying in the future we can do an event like this every year.

 

The Lord is working in the lives of Muslims and Iranians and we love to be able to do more outreach events amongst believers to encourage them in their faith and help them to grow and to reach out those who don’t know the Lord Jesus as their Lord and Savior yet. This is only possible with the Lords grace and your prayers and financial support

Posted 28/04/2017

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Iranian Church Belfast

The monthly Iranian Church Service in Belfast is growing very fast. We now have over 50 Iranian coming to the service on a monthly basis. There are new Iranians arriving in Belfast all the time.

The weekly Thursday Bible Studies are going well and also growing. I have seen the fruit of how these Bible studies have helped the Iranians grow in their faith and come to see and share the love of Jesus for themselves and others. We are so thankful to Keith Preston and the staff at the Meeting Point for the opportunity and space to do this.

We are so thankful to God for the team in Belfast that has helped the Ministry in Belfast to grow. Wilson & Dorothy have been with the Iranian Ministry since it started in 2009. Stanley & Dorothy came on board a few years after them. Without these two couples the ministry in Belfast would not be able to function and grow the way it has over the last few years. There has been some hard times through the years but through all of these they have continued to love Iranians and support them not matter what. We really want to honour and commend them for their service to the Lord Jesus Christ and his people especially Iranians. Recently Janeen Martin has come on board as an associate mission partner with Irish Church Missions to help further the work amongst the Iranian Women in Belfast. The plan is for Janeen to start a Women’s Bible Study and a prayer group and to work with the team to further the ministry to the ladies.

Posted 11/04/2017

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Iranian Church Dublin

The monthly Iranian Church Service in Dublin is going well. At the last service we had over 25 people. Many of the Iranians coming to the Iranian Service now have their status and live in Dublin and this has helped the Iranian Church in Dublin grow.  I continue to have a weekly group and one to one Bible Studies, and go to visit Iranians in their homes and try to encourage them and help them grow in their faith. One of the other things I do is help them practically by trying to find them houses to rent, to get connected to Social, Setting up utility Bills and opening Bank accounts. This can be very challenging at times as I don’t think a lot of the places realize how difficult it is for Asylum Seekers and Refugees to set all these things up when they don’t know the system and cannot speak the language.  The good thing is that most of the time  I don’t have to go looking for Iranians they all come to me when they arrive whether they are Christian or not and this gives me opportunities to share the Gospel with those that do not know the Lord Jesus Christ.

Posted 03/04/2017

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Iranian New Year Celebration

The Iranian New Year (Nowruz) this year was on Monday the 20th March. This is a very important time for Iranians all around the world. The New Year lasts 13 days and ends with a picnic on the last day called Sizdah Bedar. The last Wednesday in the year before the New Year, Iranian Celebrate a day called Chaharshanbe Suri. Wilson and Dorothy once again opened their home to the Iranians on this day to celebrate Chaharshanbe Suri. There were around 100 people celebrating together. The Iranians themselves this year organised the celebration and paid for all the food. The event was co-ordinated by Dorothy M along with the Iranians. The rest of the Iranian Ministry Team supported them wherever was needed. This year they made it extra special by having Fireworks. This is a good event to invite Iranians who do not attend the Iranian Services and Bible studies. Nowruz was on the same day as the Iranian Service and was held in Windsor Presbyterian Church organised by the Iranians. The Iranians put a lot of work into this, as they wanted to share part of their culture with the people in Windsor Presbyterian Church.

Posted 30/03/2017

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Iranians who have received their Status

Ali

Some of you will remember Ali who we baptized in South Hill Church in May last year. Ali was in Tralee for a few months and then sent back to Dublin. This was a miracle, as the government doesn’t normally do this. We are pleased to let you know that in January Ali received his status and is now able to live in Ireland permanently and start his new life. He has become an integral part of Immanuel Church, serves on the welcome team and has shown his commitment by helping Iranians when I am not available. He is also an important part of the monthly Iranian service in Dublin. Ali has recently found a place to live, obtained his safety pass and received his provisional drivers license. He is a carpenter by trade and is in the process of looking for a job.

Nassar & Masomeh

Are Shokofeh’s parents. They were baptized in September 2015 in South Hill Church. They received their status as well and are relieved and happy that they can also begin to freely live their lives in Ireland. They are delighted to be with their daughter, son-in-law and grandchildren. Nassar continues to write poetry as the Lord leads and is such a blessing to the Skype Church on Mondays by sharing his poems with the Iranians.

Ali Reza

Received his status and will be baptized in the next few months. I continue to have one to one Bible studies with him. He accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as his Savior and he continues to grow in his understanding of the Word of God. He has a job and is currently looking for a place to live. We will let you know when he will be baptized and we would love if you would be apart of this special day.

Posted 01/03/2017

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Belfast – Ladies Event

The ladies on the Iranian Ministry Team organised a Ladies Craft morning on the 25th February 2017. The morning was started with a variety of craft, followed by a time of Testimony and sharing Gods Word. During the morning the ladies were encouraged to receive prayer in the prayer room.  At this event Jenny shared about the love of God and how her and I met, Mahnaz one of the Iranian ladies kindly did the translating. After the event the ladies enjoyed a time of fellowship and refreshments. The ladies really enjoyed this event and were encouraged.

Posted 27/02/2017

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Baptism in Finaghy Baptist Church Belfast

In January we were invited by Finaghy Baptist Church to join them as they baptized a young man called Michael. When Michael first arrived Roger from Finaghy asked me to meet with him and Michael. Michael attended their Church and wanted to be baptized. When he was ready to be baptised they contacted me again and asked me to speak in their Sunday morning service and to speak and be part of the afternoon Baptism service. They invite all the Iranians from the Iranian Church to the Baptism Service and a lunch afterwards. We had a lovely lunch bought from one of the Iranian restaurants in Belfast. We praise God for this connection and this wonderful Church of God. They were so welcoming to us and all the Iranians. About 50 Iranians joined with the Congregation of Finaghy Baptist Church to celebrate this joyous occasion. The day was very special and they made every effort to make us all feel at home.

Posted 10/02/2017

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Ali’s Baptism

On Sunday the 8 May 2016 I had the privilege, alongside Eddie, of baptising Annelie from Sweden and Ali from Iran.

Ali comes from a very religious family in one of the main Islamic cities in Iran.  His father is very high ranking in the Islamic regime.

While Ali was still at school his father wanted him to attend the Islamic School to study to become an Imam.  Ali did not want to become an Imam and stopped studying altogether.  Ali was approximately 14 years of age at the time and his father was not happy with him.  He felt so alone and discontented, and he started questioning Islam.

Ali started searching on the internet about Christianity. He found the Bible online and started reading it.  As he read the Bible Word of God touched his heart and he started to question Islam more and more.

In order to keep his family happy Ali continued to follow the Islamic traditions by praying and fasting etc.  He asked his father questions, his father was not happy and wanted to know why he was questioning Islam.  Over time Ali realised that his life was in danger and he left Iran in a roundabout and very dangerous way.  He eventually arrived in Dublin.

When Ali arrived in Dublin he was told about me by the other Iranian at the Refugee Centre and he came to see me.  When Ali first met with me he was very eager to know more about Christianity as well as requiring answers to questions that he had been searching for whilst still in Iran.

Ali started attending Sunday Church services, the Monday evening Skype Church as well as group Bible studies with me.  I was so encouraged to see the hunger in this young man to learn the truth.

One day Ali told me that he realised that Jesus was the one true God and he accepted Jesus as his Lord and Saviour.  He felt the love of the Lord.  Although Ali had lost his whole family he now had a new family and he would no longer be alone.

After a few months of attending Church and Bible Studies, he was ready for baptism.

Ali’s baptism was one of the most emotional baptisms for me.  I could see how much God loves Ali and as he came up from the water he was set free from the past and felt the tangible presence of God all around him.  It was beautiful to see this.

Some of the Iranian Ministry supporters were at the baptism and they were so touched and blessed by the day.  We are so grateful for their support and the fact that they showed their love by coming to the baptism.

Please pray for Ali as the Government has now sent him to Tralee where he does not know anyone.  We will keep in daily telephonic contact with him as well as through the weekly Skype Church.  We will continue to look for a good church for him in Tralee.

Posted 10/05/2016

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Dublin Church Service

At the beginning of May we re-launched the Iranian Church Service in Dublin.

Some of the families who were sent to other parts of Ireland have now returned to Dublin.  We are happy to advise that there were 14 Iranians at this service which was very encouraging.  This was the first time that some of them were able to worship the Lord together in song in Farsi.

After the service we enjoyed a meal together which was prepared by one of the Iranians.  It was a most encouraging day with wonderful fellowship.

The next day some of the people either texted or called me to say how much they enjoyed the service as well as the fellowship, and that they were so encouraged and built up.

In the beginning we plan to have at least one service a month and then hopefully twice a month.

We thank the Lord as it is He who is building His church not us, we are only servants of God.

Posted 10/05/2016

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Arash Baptism

Arash arrived in Belfast from Iran.  He is a young man and born into a Muslim family.  He had to obey and practice the Islam faith.  He did not have any confidence in Islam and knew that he could not please God with his life. He felt that he was not good enough to be right with God.

One day a friend of Arash spoke to him about Jesus and told him that Christ died that we may have life.  Arash found this difficult to understand and he had a lot of questions.  Arash’s friend took him to a home church and he started to read the Bible, and he began to see the light.   The police raided during one of their Home Church meetings and arrested some of our friends and some others ran away.  He arrived in Belfast after having to leave the country.

Arash started attending our Church services and Bible Studies as well as the weekly Monday evening Skype church.  He gave his life to the Lord during one of our church services and we prayed together.  He was eager to understand more and to grow in his new and true faith.

After a while Arash wanted to be baptised and we baptised him in the name of The Father, The Son and The Holy Spirit.

Posted 20/01/2016

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