After seeing the Lord’s Prayer in a Hollywood movie, an Iranian man was led to accept Christ as his personal savior.
In 2016, “Bahram,” an Iranian man, saw the movie Hacksaw Ridge. The movie was about Pfc. Desmond Doss, who was the first conscientious objector to be awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for serving as an unarmed medic during World War II.
There is a momentary scene toward the beginning of the movie when a framed lithograph of the Lord’s Prayer is shown on-screen near Doss:
Father, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come. Give us each day our daily bread. Forgive us our sins, for we also forgive everyone who sins against us. And lead us not into temptation.
Before seeing the movie, Bahram had never heard of the Lord’s Prayer, according to Lee Grady, a Christian writer and missionary living in Georgia. But that would hardly be the last time he saw the passage.
Bahram, who now lives in Perth, Australia, checked up online about it and soon in the next two days, 2 loose pages torn from a Bible appeared on Bahram’s doorstep, maybe blown by the wind. The two pages were from Luke 11, in which the Lord’s Prayer appears.
“Bahram saw this as a sign from God, and he gave his life to Christ,” Grady wrote. “To this day, he keeps those pages in his Farsi Bible as a reminder that Jesus came looking for him.” Grady got to know of Bahram’s testimony when he recently visited Perth. He met with many Iranian converts, who told him that the Christian church is growing in thriving in their country.
The church in the middle eastern country has been growing despite the religious persecution, believers there are forced to practice their Christianity in clandestine ways.
A two-hour documentary released recently, “Sheep Among Wolves,” is about Iranians, especially women who are leading Christian revival among the Muslim-majority country. ‘Sheep Among Wolves’: Iran Is the Surprise Nation With ‘Fastest Growing’ Christian Church — and It’s Led by Mostly Women.
“The fastest-growing church in the world has taken root in one of the most unexpected and radicalized nations on earth,” according to the documentary. “The Iranian awakening is a rapidly reproducing discipleship movement that owns no property or buildings, has no central leadership, and is predominantly led by women.”
As brothers and sisters in the Lord we need to keep our Iranian brothers and sisters and the church in prayer especially since they are facing tremendous persecution for their faith.