Persian identity, at least in terms of language, is traced to the ancient Indo-European Aryans who arrived circa 2000-1500 BC. The first known written record is from an Assyrian inscription of 834 BC. Starting around 550 BC, from the province of Fars, the ancient Persians spread their language and culture to other parts of the Iranian plateau through conquest and assimilation. Looking to link the modern state with the imperialist past, the Reza Shah government switched the country name from Persia to Iran in 1935. The synonymous usage of Iranian and Persian persists today.
The Iranian government strictly controls any kind of Christian evangelistic ministry within the country.
Pray for laborers to sow God's Word to persons and households of peace, which will in turn catalyze movements to Christ among the Persians.
The Lord is calling many Persians to himself in these days. Pray these new believers will grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and will know this love that surpasses knowledge.
Pray for the people of Iran to have access to the good news about Jesus. Pray also for peace between Iran and its neighbors.
"The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Therefore beseech the Lord of the harvest to send out workers into His harvest." Matthew 9:37-38