There is a Satanic lullaby here in the West. A very subtle droning lullaby that is causing the church to drift asleep. That’s how one Iranian woman described the American church when her family moved here before deciding to go back to Iran. The simmering pressure and intensity in the underground church kept their faith alive and real, in a way that started to diminish in the lukewarm churches in the West.
That woman, along with two other women leaders in the underground church in Iran felt the Spirit of God placed an urgent prophetic message on their hearts to share with American Christians.
As they watched Biden’s speech in Sept. 2022, they were moved by him demonizing pro-life supporters as “potential terrorists.” Disconnected from American politics, they heard Biden’s words and felt an eerie similarity to verbiage they have heard in their country before.
In an interview with Charisma magazine, Joel Richardson shares some of the profound testimonies coming out of the underground church in Iran and their triumph amid the heavy persecution.
Speaking on behalf of one woman in particular, he says, “Like so many women in Iran, she had experienced profound sexual abuse growing up.” The identity of the women are anonymous for their protection. This specific woman was suffering abuse at the hands of her father’s business partner. When her father found out she had been raped, he blamed her.
The Iranian woman decided to hang herself with a thick copper wire. She kicked the chair out and the next thing she knew, she woke up on the floor after having survived. She had “a very vivid vision or dream where she was a little girl and she was sitting on Jesus’ shoulders,” Richardson says.
“We as Christians are stewards of the only message in the earth. We are stewards of the message the entire Muslim world is yearning for and seeking,” he says. That woman is now a radical follower of Jesus and a full-time evangelist in Iran. She has led hundreds upon hundreds to the Lord, baptizing 400 people in one year. She has been doing this for a decade.
In the rest of the interview with Richardson hear about Global Catalytic Ministries and the profound move of God happening in the underground church.
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Shelby Bowen is an assistant editor for Charisma Media.