The Persians are a people rich in history and culture, love and laughter, respect and honor. They enjoy a rich history of many empires of kings and kingdoms, poetry, art and advances in math and science. They were ruled by a king (the shah) until the late 1970s, when the last one was overthrown by Islamic revolutionaries. Now Iran is an Islamic nation under the ayatollah, or Shi'ite Muslim leader. The revolution is still fresh in many of their memories and the current government has a heavy hand on them in many aspects of their life. Some have fled Iran for places where they can breathe free.
Persians are mostly in Iran; however there are many living around the world, with large populations now in Germany, England, and the United States. A smaller number live in Cyprus.
Most of the Iranians who fled to Cyprus are from the middle and upper classes. Persians are devoted to family, and they have frequent family get-togethers. They enjoy music, dancing, games, and get-togethers. They love to laugh and have a great sense of humor.
Though they are officially Shi'ite Muslim, most Persian refugees are secular. They don't want to have anything to do with the religion which is ruining their country of origin. But some are finding Christ, especially in secular Europe.
Persians need a spiritual hunger that will give them the willingness to embrace Jesus Christ no matter what the cost. He came not to put them under the bondage of the law, but to set them free from sin and death.
* Pray for spiritual openness among Persians in Cyprus.
* Pray for the complete harvest of the Persian people, who have been flocking to the cross both inside and outside of Iran.
* Pray that the Persians in Cyprus would join Persians around the world who are becoming part of God's kingdom.
* Pray for a disciple making movement among Persians to begin in Cyprus.
|Profile Source: Keith Carey|
|Primary Language||Persian, Iranian (1,400 speakers)|
|Language Code||pes Ethnologue Listing|
|Language Written||Yes ScriptSource Listing|
|People Groups||Speaking Persian, Iranian|
Primary Language: Persian, Iranian
|Bible Translation ▲||Status (Years)|
|Bible-New Testament||Yes (1815-1979)|
|Possible Print Bibles|
|Amazon||National Bible Societies|
|Forum of Bible Agencies||World Bible Finder|
|Gospel Go||World Bibles|
|Resource Type ▲||Resource Name|
|Audio Recordings||Audio Bible teaching (GRN)|
|Audio Recordings||General Ministry Resources|
|Audio Recordings||Online New Testament (FCBH)|
|Audio Recordings||Online Scripture (Talking Bibles)|
|Audio Recordings||Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)|
|Film / Video||God's Story Video|
|Film / Video||Iranian Contextual Fellowship (Indigitube.tv)|
|Film / Video||Jesus Film: view in Persian, Iranian|
|Film / Video||Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)|
|Film / Video||My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)|
|Film / Video||Rivka (Jesus Film Project)|
|Film / Video||Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)|
|Film / Video||The Hope Video: View in Persian, Iranian|
|Film / Video||The Prophets Story (Indigitube.tv)|
|Film / Video||The Weary Traveller (Indigitube.tv)|
|General||Got Questions Ministry|
|Text / Printed Matter||Bible Gateway Scripture|
|Text / Printed Matter||Bible: New Millenium Version|
|Text / Printed Matter||Bible: Persian Old Version|
|Major Religion ▲||Percent *|
|Christianity (Evangelical 0.90 %)||
|Other / Small||
|Christian Segments ▲||Percent|