Oh, my, the gospel is indeed the power of God unto salvation for those who believe!
I read this report today in Voice of the Martyrs’ Newsletter, December, 2009 issue about the current spiritual climate in Iran, third on the world watch list of countries most likely to persecute Christians:
There is a revolution going on in Iran, but it is not a revolution at the ballot box or among marchers on the streets. It is a revolution embedded in the soul of many Iranians.
Iranians are coming to Jesus Christ. Not just a few, but thousands. Recently one of our Iranian contacts told us that if Christians say the name Jesus out loud in a public place, people will come up to them and ask more about him. Many are so hungry for Christ that they will pray to receive him as soon as the gospel is presented to them. Some estimate that there are now more than 1 million Christians in Iran, and the number grows daily (p. 12).
The earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord as the waters cover the sea (Hab. 2:14)! The gates of hell shall not prevail against the church Jesus builds (Matt. 16:18)!