From a book review by David Mays of Iran: Open Hearts in a Closed Land by Mark Bradley, Authentic, 2007
While the Iranian government is actively strangling the established churches, the underground churches are growing. Its continued growth is likely for three reasons. One, it is very secretive and hidden from authorities. Two, the churches are very active and vibrant. Most have never been in a church building, so Christianity grows up around the Scripture, spreads by relationships, and takes on natural cultural forms. Three, new members recognize the urgency of telling others and take on a sense of ownership very quickly.
While Christianity fades in the West, it is flourishing elsewhere…including very difficult places such as Iran where the law stipulates execution for Muslims converting to other religions. Do you see the lessons Iranian disciples can teach us?