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"... In the last days ... I shall restore the fortunes of Elam (Iran), declares the Lord." Jeremiah 49:39

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From: STEVEN SIMPSON
To: ici-opinion@farsinet.com
Subject: Iranian Christians

Dear ICI

I have looked at your website and find it very informative and educational. While I am not a Christian myself, I sympathize with the terrible plight that your co-religionists in Iran are going through. I cannot understand how the so-called "Christian West" can look on with indifference to your sufferings.

Here in America (especially in New York City) there does not appear to be a week that goes by where the media does not talk about the "plight" of the "Palestinians." Yet, there is never a story about the real plight of the Middle East: Oppressed Eastern Christians who suffer from Muslim persecution. Why is there such a double standard?

I commend you for your strength and faith. Your story is one that needs to be heard by the masses of decent people here in New York and the rest of America.

Good Luck and Be Strong - Steven Simpson

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From: Kyle
To: info@iranchristians.org
Subject: Comments

Great page, very informative. I didn't realize that there are as many Iranian Christians as you indicated. My prayers will be with them, as well as other Muslims in that part of the world. The Gospel will be preached and it will be heard. History has shown how powerful God works in areas where persecution is greatest. China is a current example. I hope many more will see your page, its very good.

Your brother in Christ; Kyle

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From: K.
To: "'info@iranchristians.org'"
Subject: Regarding Iranian Martyrs

To whom it may concern:

Hi my name is K., an Iranian from LA California. I am a student attending ... University studying molecular Biology. I was very surprised to read about Iranian Martyrs in Christianity! Regarding the number of converts, I thought that whoever is a convert in Iran is recognized as a "mortad" and according to Islamic Republic's law their punishment is death. So I am wondering how these people are able to live and work in that society? On the second hand I want to make a comment on where in this essay (Who are the Iranian Christians?) you mentioned about Iranian Muslims "shouting down to America." I think those that you mentioned are a minority representing Iranian Muslims as a whole to the western world.

There are many many Iranian Muslims who are truly humble and sincere individuals who love god and are totally submitted to the god they have faith to.

My own mother is the best example of that! I think it is not right to exclude people who love god and others from god's family and the harmony of his grace. In the Bible, 1 John 4:7 it states: "Beloved let us love one another, for love is of god; and everyone who loves is born of god and knows god."

The last thing I wanted to say was why you put a parentheses next to "Elam" in the quote you provided from Jeremiah because in my Bible I didn't find that. By all means I found your web page very interesting to look at and am looking forward to look at more new materials.

Very Sincerely yours, K.



Dear K.,

Thank you for your note, comments and questions. I have forwarded your note to the author of the article "Who are the Iranian Christians" to respond to your questions.

As far as why Elam (Iran) is used in the translation of Jeremiah 49:39, it is to explain and associate "Elam" with its current geographical location "Iran".

The question of Elam & Iran was answered for another visitor a few months back. Please check out ICI Public Opinion.

If you don't agree with the explanation, please let me know and I would be glad to forward it to the ICI Publication Editor for further review and explanation.

Regards, ICI webmaster

PS. Your questions and this response is included in the ICI public Opinion page. Name & email address are removed. You had several good comments and questions and I feel it could be useful to others as well. If you have any objection to including just the content of your note in the public opinion please let me know.

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From: B.W...@aol.com
To: info@iranchristians.org
Subject: Ancient Church of Persia

I have been searching for those connected with the ancient Church of Persia which separated from the Latin/Greek churches in the fourth century AD because they did not agree to the terminology of the Council of Ephesis accepted by these churches. Have I found this group or do I need to search further? If I have found you then how can I find out what you believe?



From: info@iranchristians.org
Subject: Ancient Church of Persia

Dear B. W.,

Hello and thanks for your note.

ICI is an international organization dedicated to Iranian Christians Worldwide. ICI is not related to the Ancient Church of Persia. There are several books available on the subject, but we don't think any of the existing Churches in Iran are associated with the Ancient Church.

I am forwarding your note to the ICI main office as well as the Iranian Christian Church of San Diego. If they have further information they would respond to you directly.

Would you please let us know and share with us what you discover/compile in your research of the Ancient Church of Iran. It would be a perfect match for our Iran InTheBible Web page at http://www.farsinet.com/iranbibl/.

If you are still interested in finding out what the Iranian Christian Churches of US believe in you can visit http://www.farsinet.com/iccsd/faith.html or http://www.farsinet.com/icc/html/iccfaith.html.

Regards and best wishes in your research, Koroush

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From: Ruth
To: "'info@iranchristians.org'"
Subject: Prayer request from Canada

Hi.. Dear friends

I am a Chinese Christian who came from Malaysia and now lived in Canada. I always have strong burden in Muslims as Malaysia is a Muslim country too. The Muslim converts in Malaysia are facing tremendous persecution too, and we as Christians, we are not allowed to preach to Muslim, if we do, we will be in jail.

I came across an Iranian who just migrated to Canada few months ago, he is still a Muslim, few days ago when he spoke to me he mentioned to me that he has lost faith in his god, I am working in an employment agency and helping him to find a job, he has been looking for job for three + months but still could not find one, he asked me to pray for him and we start to talk about Christianity, I didn't managed to share too much about gospel to him except tell him some of my personal testimonies.

I need some help from an Iranian Christian. I am not too good in evangelism, and I feel that with help from someone who knows about the culture would be better. I lived in Toronto, Canada. Do you know anyone in Toronto whom I can call? Is there any church in Toronto helping out in Iranian ministry?

May God bless you.
Servant in Christ, Ruth

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From: pcj <...@...jaring.my>
To: info@iranchristians.org
Subject: bless u bros and sis
URL: http://www.farsinet.com/ici/who.html

hello.... just wanna say that u ppl r doin a superb job and bless u everybody. just hope that the Muslims in m'sia will 1 day see the truth. KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK.

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From: Peter H.
To: info@iranchristians.org
Subject: We are missing Mojdeh Magazine

I have been told that we have not received any copies of Mojdeh since about spring of this year. I see summer and winter 1996 editions listed on your web page. Would you please see that we are still on your mailing list?
P. & G. H.
Chico, CA 95928

And can you tell us if there has been any news from Iran, recent martyrs, church information, etc.?
God bless you in all your ministry.

with Love,
from Father P. H.
Rector, St. Augustine of Canterbury Episcopal Church
Chairman, ChicoLife
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost...

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Subject: Glad to find your website!

Thanks so much to the Lord and to you for persevering in ministry for so long. While in college in the early 1980's, I began receiving ICI literature because I had met so many Persians and wanted to be sensitive to them and share Christ with them. I'm no longer located close to a university and it has been a long time since I have had contact with Persians, but now I have a Christian friend who married a Shi'ah Muslim Persian man and there's is once again the opportunity to share Christ. I had lost rack of ICI over the years and now that I have a computer I just plugged in a web search and there you were! Thank you once again for being there! Amy R.

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Subject: Christian Churches

Dear ICI,

I found your website and I think it was by Divine Intervention. For sometime, I have developed an interest in Christian Communities in Muslim countries. I have been following the developments in Algeria and Sudan particularly and I have only learned recently about the Churches in Iran.

I would like to learn more about your activities especially with Afghan refugees. I am a Physician Assistant Student at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. I truly believe that it is God's Will that I am in this program and that He wants me to help those who are most in need. I will be starting my clinical rotations next fall and I have three months of electives. I would like to do a month overseas. I would be interested in doing work providing medical care to the refugees.

I am also interested in your publication and I am interested in learning how Christians here in the United States can help our fellow Christians in Muslim countries.

God Bless and I will pray for your success.

John

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Subject: Need an ICI Catalogue

I tried to print your catalog of books and tapes from the internet and my printer told me there were no pages to print. So I am asking you to send me a catalog on all your items and to put my name on your mailing list. I'm also interested in the persecution of Christians. My address is John Orchanian, 42-65 Kissena Blvd, Flushing, N.Y.11355 My e-mail is jjinc@christcom.net thank you

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k Subject: Inquiry of children's literature

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

I was very delighted to find your website. Do you have any Christian children's literature in farsi? Or could you tell where I could find some.

May the Lord Jesus cover you with his loving kindness and mercy.

Yours - Pasi T.

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Subject: Farsi Bible

Dear Fellow Christians,

We would very much like to purchase a Farsi version of The Bible. This is for a student friend who is from Iran (He is requesting one!). Will you please direct us to a source for such a Bible?

Your Website is beautiful. I look forward to taking some time to read your various articles. Keep up the good work and may God continue to bless you.

Thank you. Diane M.

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Subject: Please Help

My wife and I minister to International students at our local university. We are searching for a source for Persian Bibles, videos, and tracts to win the Iranian students to Jesus.

Please e-mail me or mail your information to:

Bryan Hupperts

Church of the Nations

1108 Perry Avenue

Cape Girardeau, MO 63701

Thanks!

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Subject: An Iranian Christian in Washington, D.C.

Allow me to introduce myself. My name is R. and I do peace and justice work for the Washington office of the United Church of Christ. I have a Masters of Divinity from Union Theological Seminary in New York City (the first Iranian ever to graduate from there) and am in the process of being ordained by the United Church of Christ. My work in Washington, D.C. involves covering the Middle East on behalf of my denomination (1.6 million members) and advocating issues related to Middle East peace.

As an Iranian Christian, I am eager to meet others like me. In fact, I was beginning to wonder if there were any other Iranian Christians out there. That is why I am greatly interested in your group and I would like to find out more about you. To what denomination do most of you belong? Where do you stand on American foreign policy effecting Iran, Iraq, Palestine, and Israel? What do you do politically to improve the lot of Iranian Americans (secular, Jewish, Muslim, and Christian) in the United States? I would appreciate a reply on these various issues.

One final question: is it possible for some one to send me an old or current issue of Mojdeh so that I know what subjects ICI members are interested in? Thank-you for your time. Take care and God bless.

Sincerely, R.

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Subject: looking at your website

GOD Bless you

treetech@dmv.com

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Subject: Iranian coworker

I am a born again believer who accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior about 2 1/2 years ago. I have developed a wonderful relationship with an Iranian coworker by the name of Mohammad A.. He has been in the US for about 16 years and is a very nice and noble man. He is married to an American and has two young boys. Although not a practicing Muslim he is Islamic by culture and obviously a non Christian. I have developed a great relationship with him and talk openly about my faith and the bible. I have never gotten into any deep discussions about Christianity vs Islam nor have I ever presented the Gospel to him in a concise manner. I feel the Lord has placed us together for the purpose of sharing the gospel with him. I recently purchased "How to Respond to Islam" by Philip Lochhaas and have read up on the fundamentals of Islam. The scriptures say a "prudent man seeks wise counsel". I would like some advice on sharing the Gospel with on of the Islamic faith.Also I would love to present him with a Farsi Bible. Could you give me some information on how to get one and/or any Farsi Gospel tracts that you may be aware of. Also if you want to contact him his email address is ...

I thank God for your very important ministry.

Yours in Christ, Frank S.

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Subject: Mission to Central Asians

Dear ICI:

Greetings to you in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. I do hope that all is going well for you and the wonderful ministry that you do for our Lord at ICI.

You may remember me. I am a Presbyterian clergy person serving the Covenant Presbyterian Church in Austin, Texas. I am sorry that I was not able to make the conference in Tulsa last month. I do hope that I will be able to speak to you about sponsoring refugees to Austin.

I have not forgotten to send to you my copy of my Master of Philosophy dissertation on the Church in Persia. That shall be forthcoming.

I would like to call you soon and talk to you about something. For many years, I have wondered about starting a mission organization which would seek to make disciples among the people of the newly independent nations in Central Asia. I would appreciate your input.

I was also wondering if it would be possible to consider becoming an umbrellas group under ICI (of course, I would have my own funding)

I wonder if we could talk about this. I would be happy to hear from you.

May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ continue to go with you. I am sincerely yours

In Christ, Rev. J. Selden Harris, Jr., B.A., M.Div., M.Phil.

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Subject: "Why I Became a Christian" pamphlet

I was wanting to order the pamphlet "WHY I BECAME A CHRISTIAN"......

I called ICI directly and they were out....Can you please let me know where I get get hold of around 10 of them?

Thanks a bunch.... they are really needed here in Houston...

Also, does anyone at ICI have any info on the ICI Church in Friendswood Texas? I live VERY close by and wanted more info...

My return address should come but if not it is... TLG4904@JETSON.UH.EDU

Thanks, Troy

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Subject: Elam & Iran

Salamun Alaikum,

In your scrolling image, you identify Elam as Iran. The Iranians of today are not the same as the inhabitants of Elam. Elam is known to be a Semitic speaking area close to Mesopotamia. Do not consider the border between Semitic/Aryan that exists today as the same one around the time of Christ.

May God punish those who attempt to deceive the Muslims.

Eltemase Do'a - H.


Subject: Elam - ICI Webmaster's Response

Dear H.,

Thank you for your note and comments regarding Elam. I am sorry to hear you disagree with the fact that reference to Elam in the content of Jeremiah 48:39 is reference to Iran. But let consider the following few facts and if still not convinced, I would be glad to further examine your proof (not just your opinion, although I respect your opinion).

Book of Jeremiah was written sometimes around 600 B.C. (Source: The Student Bible, New International Version, Jeremiah)

"At the southwest corner of Iran is the alluvial plain of Khuzistan, which was dominated in antiquity by the city of Susa (Shushtar). This area, known as Elam, was a region intimately linked with Sumer in southern Mesopotamia in the third millennium B.C. The region is drained by the Karun River, which is navigable seventy miles from its mouth." (Source: Persia and The Bible - Dr. Edwin M. Yamauchi)

Mr. H., Dr. Yamauchi's book makes over 30 references to Elam and Elamites as part of Iran, Subjects of Persian Kings and the area closely related to Persian king palaces and cities. The city of Susa (Shushtar) is located 100 KM north of Ahwaz and 60 KM west of Masjid-i-Sulaiman. At the time of Jeremiah, Elam was a part of Persia and subject to Persian Kings according to Several historical books I have examined, and it is still a part of Iran today.

I suggest you visit the Virginia Univ. library and spend some time on the matter. Even better, I suggest you visit the History Dept and discuss this issue with one of the scholars. If you find solid and reputable evidence that What Jeremiah refers to as Elam in 600 B.C. is anything other than Old Persia/Persian Empire/Persian Kingdom please forward the information to me and I promise to examine the information carefully and forward it to Dr. Yamauchi and other Persian History Scholars at the University of Chicago. If they agree with you, I WILL ASK ICI TO REMOVE THE REFERENCE TO IRAN FROM THE JEREMIAH 49:39 REFERENCE IN THEIR HOME PAGE.

May God Bless you and all who seek the TRUTH,

Regards, ICI webmaster

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Subject: Testimonies of former Muslims? and more...

Dear ICI,

I got your email address from Sasan, who met you at the Iranian Christian Conference in Oklahoma. He told me that you have some testimonies of former Muslims especially of women that might be suitable for my web site. I have a web site with the purpose of apologetics and evangelism among Muslims and the testimonies section is a valuable part of it:

http://www.math.gatech.edu/~jkatz/Islam/Testimonies/

Especially those former Muslims who are willing to correspond with others who want to react to their testimonies. Several of those already on my site get regular feedback and have a wonderful ministry over email. Currently I don't have any testimonies of women yet and would be glad to receive some of these, but also always love to add more of men too.

Please have a look at my site and consider if we could work together and also link to each other. My site is visited by about 150-200 people per day, most of them Muslims. Are you comfortable if I put up a link to the ICI and ICC pages? You might get a number of nasty responses when Muslims discover how successful missions work among Iranians is. Let me know how you feel about me linking to you.

Also, if you have people in ICI who would love to contribute to this outreach page or would like to build something similar on their own, I would love to be in contact with them.

Your brother in Christ, J. K. -- Web Site "Answering Islam"

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Subject: Reaching Iran for Christ

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ Jesus,

Please send me information on how I can help. The Lord has convicted me to work to spread His Word to Unreached people groups. I am a professional, and I have many assets. I am an engineer, and I am willing to do tent making work. I am fluent in French.

Please send me any information possible. I am aware of the great hunger in Persia.

Feel free to send me information via U.S. mail: Yours in Christ, Ray Rogers, Elkhart IN 46514

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Subject: Hello!

Hi,

I wrote to you at your other email address, but I don't know if you received the message.

I'm so glad to see ICI on the Internet! I think it's a great opportunity to share the "Mojdeh" and the site is very attractive!

A., I was going to ask you if you're originally from Kashan. My wife's brother was saying that on their side of the family they have relatives from there. M., I hope your ankle is doing better.

We're getting ready to get back into the "work/school" routine, so as usual we're keeping busy.

Congratulations and God bless! -- Barney

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Subject: Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

This is a quick note intended to reach ICI.

My name is Peter. J. H., perhaps you remember me. I attended the ICI conference at La Foret a couple of years back. As you may recall, at that time I was working with the Navigators, and in fact I still am associated with the Navs. Since the last time we talked I have found employment in Abu Dhabi. I am sure you are aware that the Iranian population in the Emirates is very high. It is my goal, and I believe the Lord's leading, to work among the Iranians of Abu Dhabi while I am living there. I would love to share more with you about this. And I would also like to know if you have any contacts (Iranian Christians or people interested in/committed to labouring among Iranians) in the United Arab Emirates.

Thanks. I look forward to hearing from you soon. - Peter J. H. - Abu Dhabi, UAE

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Subject: Iranian Nestorian Christians

Dear ICI !

Have Iranian Christians International (ICI) a phone number ? or fax number ?

I'm looking contact to Christians in Iran for a visiting, especially to Nestorian Christians, which leader (Patriarch) lives in Orumiye.

Can you give me any names, addresses, ...

Regards, Robert Regn, Denmark regn@informatik.uni-ulm.de

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