Iran is a closed country that does not offer religious freedom to its people. It is estimated that one in five people in the world are Muslim, making Islam the world’s second largest religion. Islamic law states that it is criminal for a Muslim to convert to Christianity and is punishable by death. There are countless numbers of Muslims that wake up each day without hope, peace, knowledge of redemption or the assurance of salvation. They are hungry for truth and there is an unprecedented openness to the Gospel message.
Violence and crime are on the rise as Iran has the highest drug use per capita in the world. Out of desperation, people are turning to drugs, crime, prostitution, abuse and addiction to escape the pain of their seemingly hopeless situation.