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Persian in Iran

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
36,483,000 Persian, Iranian Islam 1.00 % 0.90 %   

Persian in Iran

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Introduction / History
The Persians are a people rich in history and culture, love and laughter, respect and honor. They enjoy a rich history of many empires of kings and kingdoms, poetry, art and advances in math and science. They were typically ruled by a king until the late 1970s, when their last king or shah was overthrown by Islamic revolutionists. Now Iran is an Islamic nation under the ayatollah, or religious leader. The revolution is still fresh in many of their memories and the current government has a heavy hand on them in many aspects of their life.

Where are they located?
They are mostly in Iran, however many Persians fled the country during the revolution due to religious and ideological persecution. There are many living around the world, with big populations now in Germany, England and the United States.

What are their lives like?
There is a large middle class now in most of Iran. Appearance is very important, so even lower class citizens can sometimes be seen wearing designer clothes. They are fiercely devoted to family and family get-togethers happen almost everyday. Because of the Islamic government, women are expected to cover their heads and wear a special dress in public. However, most are secular and only abide by the rules in public, since penalities are strict. Behind closed doors they enjoy music, dancing, games and get togethers. They love to laugh and have a great sense of humor.

What are their beliefs?
They are traditionally Muslim by birth, but lately this has been more and more distant in their hearts. Although the majority profess to being Muslim and believing in the prophet Mohammed, it is speculated less than 10 percent of their population strictly follows the practice of Islam. Because of many disappointments with their current government and other hardships, their hearts are surprisingly open to other religions. They are not strict Muslims and very hungry to hear about the True God and His Love demonstrated through His Son.

What are their needs?
It is illegal to evangelize in the country of Iran and conversion is punishable by death. However many are coming to faith in Christ through supernatural encounters with Jesus. Also there are many who are encountering Christ through satellite TV and Christian stations.

Prayer Points
* Pray for the harvest of the Persian people, which is strong in the Lord's heart.
* Pray for a way for churches to meet legally and for religious freedom in their country.
* Pray for the believers in Iran, that they would be safe and grow in their relationship with Jesus.
* Pray the Lord would meet them in supernatural ways where missionaries cannot go.

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Country: Iran
Continent: Asia
Region: Central Asia
Persecution Rank:8 (Only top 50 ranked, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
10/40 Window: Yes
Location in Country:Widespread. Most concentrated in central, south central, and northeast.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
   
 
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  Peoples [3]
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People Name in Country: Persian
People Name General: Persian
Alternate People Names:
FarsIrani
पर्षियन
ROP3 Code: 107987
Joshua Project People ID: 14371
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 36,483,000
Population all Countries: 40,544,000
Least-Reached: Yes
   
 
Affinity Bloc: Persian-Median
People Cluster: Persian
People Name General: Persian
Ethnic Code: CNT24f
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
   
 
Language
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Primary Language: Persian, Iranian (36,483,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): pes    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
   
 
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity1.00 %(Evangelical: 0.90 %)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam98.30 % 
Non-Religious0.20 % 
Other / Small0.50 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent30.00 %
Protestant4.00 %
Orthodox58.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic8.00 %
 
(Evangelicals distributed across Christianity segments)
   
 
Progress Indicators [5]
Progress Scale[6]   Few evangelicals and few who claim to be Christians. Little, if any, history of Christianity.
Least-Reached: Yes
GSEC Status:Level 3   Less than 2% Evangelical. Widespread church planting within past 2 years
 
 
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: 1546-1965
New Testament:
1815-1979Audio
Complete Bible: 1838-1995
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
 World Bible Finder
 World Christian Resource Directory
 Gospel Go
 
 
Ministry Resources [7]
Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio RecordingsGeneral Ministry Resources
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament (FCBH)
Audio RecordingsOnline Scripture (Talking Bibles)
Audio RecordingsStory of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project ...
Film / VideoGod's Story Video
Film / VideoIranian Contextual Fellowship (Indigitub ...
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Persian, Iranian
Film / VideoMagdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / VideoMy Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / VideoRivka (Jesus Film Project)
Film / VideoStory of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
Film / VideoThe Hope Video: View in Persian, Iranian
Film / VideoThe Prophets Story (Indigitube.tv)
Film / VideoThe Weary Traveller (Indigitube.tv)
GeneralBible Visuals
GeneralGot Questions Ministry
Text / Printed MatterBible Gateway Scripture
Text / Printed MatterBible: New Millenium Version
Text / Printed MatterBible: Persian Old Version
Text / Printed MatterBible: Today's Farsi
Text / Printed MatterEasyBibles
Text / Printed MatterEasyBibles
Text / Printed MatterInternational Bible Society
Text / Printed MatterWorld Missionary Press Booklets
 
 
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Persian in Iran

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