What We Do
The historical and Biblical significance of Iran (formerly Persia)
cannot be understated. Iran’s storyline is woven throughout the Old and New
Iran is the land of the Persian kings Cyrus, Darius and Xerxes. Daniel,
Esther and Nehemiah lived in Iran. The first people groups (Parthians, Medes
and Elamites) to respond to the Gospel on the day of Pentecost were from modern
Iran Alive Ministries recognizes the work in Iran is too vast and
the opportunity too great for one organization to do it all. Iran Alive believes in
partnerships and seeks out like-minded groups to transform Iran including The
Voice of the Martyrs, International Leadership Institute, John Maxwell’s EQUIP
and Open Doors.
During the 1980s, Dr. Shariat began what is now an international
ministry in his California living room. Dr. Shariat’s heart turned toward other
Muslims (especially those from his homeland, Iran), and he asked himself the
question that launched Iran Alive Ministries: “Can one person change Iran?”
God drew others to the work, and the number of Muslim-converts
grew. By 2000, Dr. Shariat had planted six churches in California that have
grown into one of the largest Muslim-background believers church groups in the
Dr. Shariat understands the essential role house churches play in
evangelism, discipleship and development of leaders. The first Iranian house
church started in 2003, and the network of underground churches inside Iran now
numbers in the hundreds in dozens of cities – with more added every month.
Sept. 11, 2001 – or 9/11 – was the date the world woke up to
Islam. Everything changed. Islam could no longer be ignored. That single event
launched Iran Alive Ministries. Suddenly, reaching Muslims inside Iran became
more than a “good idea” – it became the highest priority!
This urgency pulses through every Ministry Program of Iran Alive
Ministries today. Iran Alive believes Iran can be reached for Jesus within one
generation. And once Iran believes, the Middle East and all of Islam will
Iran Alive Ministries has a comprehensive and proven strategy to
transform Iran. Multi-faceted Ministry Programs are designed to cohesively work
together with the major emphasis of planting and multiplying churches.
Every effort focuses on viral evangelism, obedience-based
discipleship and practical leadership development. These integrate together for
massive transformation in the lives of Iranians.