In 2022, the world witnessed massive demonstrations in the streets of Iran. The people are still desperately fighting for change and clinging to the idea of freedom. The tyrannical Islamic regime has had four decades of power and many feel hopeless and powerless to incite change, but some are turning to Jesus Christ for hope.
Iran is experiencing one of the largest revivals in the Muslim world and that is why, this year, BTJ is supporting a massive effort to bring in Bibles.
BTJ has always been about producing Bibles, and this year is no exception. The Lord has enabled us to do, in Iran, what we have been able to do for many years: deliver Scripture to those who are longing for it. Last year, BTJ produced a new type of Iranian Bible and, this year, it is ready for printing and distribution!
“Digital Bibles are great, but believers really prefer a Bible they can hold in their hands,” said Anna (not her real name), a BTJ partner in Iran. According to Anna, there are simply not enough Bibles available in Iran. Our partners have been working day and night to get the translation and the printing layout just right and now can report that it is ready.
BTJ partners in Iran are eagerly awaiting these Bibles, even though receiving a Bible could mean a huge fine or imprisonment. Iranian laws are strictly against printing and distributing Bibles and our BTJ partners need to be covered in prayer.
We recently received a report about the delivery of Bibles, New Testaments, and other Christian material from contacts in Iran. It stated that last month, several cities received 50 Bibles, 70 New Testaments, and 20 different books to enhance their knowledge of God. This was a small start to test the waters and, this year, we will see the number of Bibles smuggled into Iran dramatically increase.
The Bible distribution effort in Iran will not be limited to only printing, but will also include e-Bibles. BTJ has a new e-Bible that can be hidden on a mobile phone and can be distributed among house church members. The hidden e-Bible is a part of Operation Black Trumpet, which was developed by the BTJ hacker network. The e-Bible comes in several clandestine forms which cannot be described for security reasons, but allows the user to easily hide their e-Bible inside Islamic Hadiths or special Islamic books on their phone.
Please continue to pray for the church in Iran and this Bible project, and for our partners on the ground who put themselves at risk to get the Word of Life into the hands of believers. These Bible distributions are dangerous and are taking place during a very fragile time in Iranian history. The enemy is desperately trying to keep the Gospel message out of the nation of Iran, but Christian warriors are going forth with the Word of God and need prayer.