10th February, 2012
Assist News Service
Farsi speaking missionaries are targeting Iranian ship crews in Christian countries to give them Bibles.
That's according to the Iranian Christian news agency, Mohabat News, which is reporting that missionaries "have taken advantage of the presence of Iranian ships and their crews in ports of Christian dominant countries...by giving away cultural items such as books and Jesus films in Farsi."
"(W)hat is apparent in the regime-backed media and the ruling wing of Iran, underlines the courage and dedication of Iranian Christians in the distribution of the word of God and the spread of Christianity."
Mohabat News said this news followed on the heels of Islamic regime websites criticising missionaries for not leaving Iranian passengers alone in neighboring countries.
Mohabat News said movements against Christianity are growing in some regime-backed religious media. An independent Shia website which bills itself as the propagator of Shi'ite thoughts in Iran, claimed that Christian missionaries have even become active in Beirut.
The organisation said the website said that for some time Iranian travelers who go to Beirut and visit the rocky beach of "Raouche Rocks", have become targets for Christian missionaries.
Many times a group of missionaries will go there at the same time with Iranian tourists to give away books and CDs containing evangelical Christian materials. The distributed films also are presented in Farsi, Turkish, French, English, Hindi, Urdu, Arabic, Russian, Kurdish, etc.
Mohabat News said it appears that the regime's religious journalists have been frustrated by the activities of Iranian Christian missionaries abroad. They feel unable with "extreme Islamist ideologies" to influence the authorities of countries in which Christian missionaries are active.
These journalists warn their own rulers about the growth of Christianity in Iran and write, "It is a long time since Christian missionaries have become active in Iran seeking to change Muslims youth's religion to Christianity by forming house churches. It seems that they don't even leave Iranian youth alone while they are abroad."
Mohabat News said, "Nevertheless, what is apparent in the regime-backed media and the ruling wing of Iran, underlines the courage and dedication of Iranian Christians in the distribution of the word of God and the spread of Christianity."