Christians in Iran are providing aid and humanitarian assistance to their Muslim neighbors struggling without jobs during the coronavirus pandemic.
According to a Christian post report, David Curry, head of Open Doors USA, has revealed how underground churches in Iran have surfaced in the Covid-19 crises, in response to Jesus’ call to love their neighbors.
“It just began with people spending their own time and their own money to make sure neighbors have the care and support they need because of lost incomes and the COVID pandemic fallout,” Curry said.
He also added that efforts have become more organized over time as local church networks have gotten involved.
Muslim-majority Iran is ranked by Open Doors USA as the ninth country in the world when it comes to Christian persecution.
The laws by the Islamic-governed society ensures that churches are banned from holding services in the nation’s most popular language, Farsi.
Christians caught attending underground house churches are prone to been arrested and many are arrested every year.
“The church serves as a rally point and centers of care and compassion for Muslim Communities that they are living in,” Curry stated.
“It is just Christians loving their Communities. They will interpret it as a reason to crack down on Christians.”
“The church has always been strong in the underground among supporting each other. This is something different because they are having to come ‘above ground,’ so to speak.
“They are starting in their pockets and their Communities and neighbors, people who they know who are hungry and need hygiene kits and things like that, but it has gotten more organized, which brings greater risk.
“They have not done this sort of above-ground relief before. It’s a historic thing,” Curry said.
According to Curry, any underground Church activity aimed at serving neighbors in need is termed as illegal in Iran.
“They would see that as trying to coerce people. There is no evangelism involved in this. It is just Christians loving their Communities. They will interpret it as a reason to crack down on Christians, certainly,’ He said.
Iran has recorded over 213,000 coronavirus cases since it’s the first case was reported in Qom, on 19, February 2020. Almost 10,000 deaths have also been recorded, with 172,000 plus recoveries.
Meanwhile, COVID-19 cases around the world, rises towards 10 million mark, with United States on top of the list with over 2.4 million cases.