Spellman - Chapter 05
This chapter focuses on Iranians from Muslim backgrounds who have
converted to Pentecostal Christianity. Since the revolution Christian
missionaries have been successful for the first time in converting some
Iranian Muslims to Christianity both inside and outside Iran.
Conservative Christian missionary groupings have shown a greater
interest in evangelising Christianity to Muslims. According to the
Center for the Study of Global Christianity at Gordon-Conwell
Theological Seminary in Massachusetts, the number of missionaries to
Islamic countries grew from 15,000 to 27,000 between the years 1982 and
2001 - and around 1 out of every 3 is Evangelical. The following
research is mainly based on the experiences of those who are involved
in the Iranian Christian Fellowship (ICF) and Elam Ministries. Both
were developed in the London area in 1986. The Iranian Christian
Fellowship provides a Persian language Bible study and a Persian and
English language church service every Sunday. Reverend Yeghnazar is
also the main organiser of Elam Ministries located west of London,
which is the first residential Iranian Bible College that trains
Persian speakers from Muslim backgrounds to become Christian pastors.
It also claims to be the first college in Christian history to have
many of its courses taught via computer links from the International
Correspondence Institute (ICI) in the U.S. All of the courses are
taught in Persian.