Opening an Iranian/American Cultural Exchange Center in a strategic global city is a proven way to engage Iranians living outside their country in culturally appropriate ways. A pilot project resulted in more than 700 face-to-face opportunities to share the gospel, and a new church formed within two weeks. Through business classes, life-skills workshops, and social events, the center will provide access to meet Iranians, share the gospel, and train them to reach their own people.
The culture center enables believers to sit face-to-face with people who want to hear about Jesus but who do not have access. It also provides prime opportunities to form biblically sound churches led by nationals who can combat the errant theology disseminated in this part of the world. This Iranian/American Cultural Exchange Center is the crucial and legal next step needed to engage darkness on its own doorstep. The goal is to create a hub where to interact with Persian speakers on a regular basis in a manner that is accepted by the local community. The center offers conferences, business training, life-skill workshops, social activities, and Bible studies to evangelize and disciple Persian speakers. In addition, US churches can partner with this work by sending volunteers on a regular basis.
Your gift will underwrite the costs of renting and staffing a facility for a year on one of the busiest streets in the world. The ministry of the center will also launch new churches and train church leaders in this very dark part of the world. People who were once inaccessible can hear the good news with your help.
From the mountain peaks of the Caucasus to the steppes of Kazakhstan, the heartland of Asia is a place of mystery, having been mostly off-limits to travelers for the last 2000 years. With its blue-domed cities, frenetic bazaars, and remote yurts, Central Asia captures the romance of the Silk Road. Ancient traditions, loyal relationships, and generous hospitality make up the foundation of Central Asian values. Once home to the early church, Islam is now the predominant religion of Central Asia. Architecture, dress, and cultural expectations are all marked by it's influence.Political, religious, and cultural divisions have fractured Central Asia's governments and global relations. This instability has left people seeking an anchor for hope and peace. Jesus is their peace, but most of Central Asia's 365 million people have no knowledge of the gospel.
Pray that as Central Asians will meet the life-giver and Prince of Peace so they can experience the abundant joy that Jesus offers.