Nukes and sanctions are just the tip of the iceberg in Iran. E3 Partners Middle East expert Tom Doyle
says a spiritual war is underway in the Shiite Muslim-led nation.
"There's the external: They want to go after Israel.
There's the internal: They want to wipe out the church.
And I just think Satan is behind this because it's a massive spiritual war," Doyle
"Iran, we believe, with this new peace pact, will probably be accelerated in their march to getting nuclear weapons that they've promised to use against Israel," notes Doyle
says Obama's silence regarding Abedini's release could speak volumes to Iran's leadership.
In recent years, Iran has been responding to international pressure.
"When there's no international pressure," Doyle notes, "then they just have a free pass to do what they want."
Abedini's wife, Nagmeh, recently shared a prayer for her
husband on the 8thirty8 Facebook page. Doyle says she
is highly concerned for Saeed's well-being.
"Saeed has been transferred to another facility that has even more hardened criminals there, [and where there] appears to be less supervision; there's more of a chance for him to be hurt there," Doyle
"It's so difficult, but he's
standing firm; he
has a great love for Jesus," Doyle
"We are so thankful for this brother.
is in the midst of that, sharing his
faith in this prison."
Leaders like Abedini-and the Iranian church
in general-personify a paradox faced by persecuted Christians worldwide.
"Where the church is being persecuted is where it's effective," Doyle
"Where it's being left alone, like in Europe and largely in America, we're very much marginalized and often not taken seriously."
Efforts to combat or block the gospel are backfiring, Doyle
adds, especially in Iran.
"Anything the government gives their endorsement to-'This is bad'-the people of Iran want to check out.
That's one of the reasons the gospel has been making such an impact on Iran," he
"In the places where the church is under fire-North Korea, Egypt, Iran-that's where God
is moving powerfully.
We want the persecution to pull back, but we want the church to keep accelerating," he
How can you help?
The first and most important step is prayer.
"We must pray," Doyle
expounds: "We want our brothers and sisters in Christ in North Korea, Iran, Egypt, Nigeria to know that the body of Christ stands with them, and they're fervent for their deliverance and for their safety."
Finally, click here for specific ways you can get involved in Middle East ministry through e3 Partners.
"God's moving in the midst of persecution; only He
could do this," Doyle
Recently Tom Doyle was interviewed by Chris Mitchell of CBN on a range of topics about the Middle East.
, e3 Partner's director for the Middle East and Central Asia, was a guest on the 700 Club Friday July 29 to discuss the phenomenon of Muslims who are leaving Islam to follow Jesus as their Savior.
Tom's book Breakthrough!
The Return of Hope to the Middle East tells the stories of these amazing Muslim- background believers who risk their lives when they become Jesus' disciples.
encourages believers to pray for Muslims worldwide during Ramadan which begins August 1st.
Elam recently joined e3 Partners in an official capacity after several years of assisting Middle East Region Director Tom Doyle on many e3 expeditions.
e3 Partners Vice-President and Middle East Regional Director Tom Doyle continues to be a confident voice of truth in national television and radio interviews regarding the turmoil and changing political landscape in that volatile region.
Tom Doyle, Middle East director for E3 Partners, a Christian missionary organization that works extensively in Egypt and the surrounding region, and author of "Breakthrough: The Return of Hope to the Middle East," tells FOX that colleagues on the ground report the murder of 15 more Christians outside Al-Minya, about 150 miles south of Cairo.
"With the Muslim brotherhood rising up, Christians are very nervous about who might be next in line to take over for Mubarak," explained Doyle
Tom Doyle with E3 Partners says this is a new wave of discontent across the Middle East.
says, "In times of desperation, people put back and retreat and get more established into their religion, so we have seen secular, moderate Muslims switch in just a minute when things were on the line."
The prayer for Christians globally is simple, says Doyle
is hopeful secular Muslims will fill the political vacuum in Egypt, he's
still concerned about the Islamic Brotherhood winning.
"If they do, they're the largest country in the Middle East and North Africa. [They have] nuclear weapons.
This does not look good if it moves away from moderates."
support national pastors in these nations.
is asking you to help support them, especially during these uncertain times when people are open to hearing about Jesus.
Vice President of Church and Ministry Partnerships with e3, Tom Doyle, says those who receive the training were young.
"Many of them 22 to 25 are pastoring churches throughout Iran.
And the church is growing in Iran.
says many are turning to Christ.
says the way they're doing so is amazing.
"We found that Muslim-background believers, many of them, in our informal surveys -- maybe even as many as half of them -- had a dream or a vision before they came to Christ.
They became a 'seeker,' found a believer, heard a message on the radio, or found a Bible."
This phenomenon has created an idea for a book Doyle
is writing titled, "Divine Intervention - God Rocks the Muslim World with Dreams and Visions.
says this phenomenon has caused e3 to focus on it.
Just this morning, I received a report that we have now issued 146 loans to date and currently serve 127 active borrowers! As if this isn't reason enough to celebrate, the best news is that our Sudanese staff accomplished the latest round of loan disbursements and orientations all on their own while Thomas, Managing Director of Seed Effect: SUDAN, was on R&R in London. Seeing the email below, from our staff accountant, come across my desk last week literally brought me to tears.
explains the simplicity.