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In Christ & Culture podcast with Dr. Ken Keathley, we explore how the Christian faith intersects all avenues of today’s culture through conversations with leading thinkers.
Today’s Episode: From Christian refugee to Christian leader. Usually working behind the scenes of our podcast, Iranian-American Nathan Rostampour takes the mic to share his amazing journey from Islam to Christianity, his experiences as a secret house church pastor, and his efforts as an online leadership trainer for the persecuted church.
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On serving the secret church in Iran.
“All the Muslim background believers like me have to go to a secret house church. We are encouraged the keep the number under 10 or under 5 to be safe.
“We started our own house church, and I was really hungry for the Word of God. So I immediately started to participate in discipleship and leadership trainings with ministries such as Open Doors International, and I would go outside the country and study intensively and then would take the courses back inside the country and teach it to my subgroups. After one or two years I started to teach basic theological or discipleship or leadership trainings, and after four or five years I started to have my own subgroups and my own house churches. I served the Lord almost 10 years in those secret churches.”
Do small secret churches work?
“It helped a lot, and it helps right now. According to OppressionWorld, with 19.6% annual growth rate, Iran has the fastest growing evangelical population in the world…. Despite severe persecution, secret house churches are growing.”