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    Glen sent me this email:

    Glen B Smith
    To:Lou Newton

    Dec 11 at 12:41 AM

    The fastest growing church in the world

    Film: Sheep Among Wolves

    1 hour 58 minutes

    The fastest growing church in the world is in Iran. That Islamic republic, a pioneer of jihadist terrorism, is now undergoing an extraordinary Christian awakening–particularly among women, who are joyfully proclaiming their faith despite brutal persecution.

    This is the subject of a two-hour documentary film entitled Sheep Among Wolves, Vol. II. (Vol. I, released several years ago, was about the persecution of Christians in the Muslim world. Vol. II is about Muslims becoming Christians, despite that persecution, in Iran.) You can view and download this film, which the producers, Frontier Alliance International, are making available free of charge, at this web site.

    From a review of the film by Caleb Parke:

    “What if I told you Islam is dead?” one unidentified Iranian church leader says in the film, which was directed by Dalton Thomas and produced by Frontier Alliance International Studios.

    “What if I told you the mosques are empty inside Iran?” he continues. “What if I told you no one follows Islam inside of Iran? Would you believe me? This is exactly what is happening inside of Iran. God is moving powerfully inside of Iran.”

    The pastor adds: “What if I told you the best evangelist for Jesus was the Ayatollah Khomeini? The ayatollahs brought the true face of Islam to light and people discovered it was a lie…After 40 years under Islamic law — a utopia according to them — they’ve had the worst devastation in the 5,000-year history of Iran.”

    Most moving is the utter dedication of these Christians, most of whom are women. Here is what one woman had to say:

    “We know that if they get us, the first thing they will do to us as a woman is rape us and then they will beat us and ultimately they will kill us,” one believer said. “This is the decision we have made that we want to offer our bodies as sacrifices. Because I have this thought when I wake up, that when I leave, that door I might not come back.”

    This underground church, meeting in secret, focuses not just on making converts but making disciples:

    “Disciples forsake the world and cling to Jesus ’till he comes. Converts don’t,” the leader said. “Disciples aren’t engaged in a culture war. Converts are. Disciples cherish, obey, and share the word of God. Converts don’t. Disciples choose Jesus over anything and everything else. Converts don’t. Converts run when the fire comes. Disciples don’t.”

    The Iranian church operates by prayer and utter dependence on Jesus:

    . . .a pastor explains everything they do underground is built on prayer.

    “We find people of peace through prayer. We even find locations through prayer,” he says. “[Jesus] has come in their dreams or he’s come miraculously in their lives. When we hear this, we know that Jesus has gone ahead of us.”