Christianity thrives in Iran despite severe persecution

Iranian Christians attend New Year's Eve mass in 2015.While Christianity seems to be losing the popularity contest in America, elsewhere in the world it’s exploding in growth.  Although Iran is one of the most difficult places in the world to be a Christian, the underground house church movement there is growing rapidly. “Thousands upon thousands” of people in Iran are becoming Christians annually, according to Open Doors USA spokeswoman Emily Fuentes. In the World Magazine report, she added: “The house churches are causing such rapid growth in conversions it is unmatched by any other country in the Middle East.” According to Mohabat News, estimates suggest the underground church network could include as many as 1 million people, but Fuentes said it is difficult to accurately quantify its size. Operation World recently ranked Iran as the country with the fastest growing evangelical population in the world.  Read the full article here.