Iran (MNN) — Iran’s president blames the United States and Israel for anti-government protests sweeping the nation. The current unrest poses the biggest threat to Iran’s leadership in years.
“There is something big going on, and that is standing against tyranny and proclaiming the basic rights that every citizen needs across Iran,” Mike Ansari, President of Heart4Iran and MohabatTV, says.
“MohabatTV stands in solidarity with the people of Iran in seeking freedom and human rights.”
At the same time, Iran is launching missile and drone strikes on Kurdish communities in neighboring Iraq. “The general sentiment among many experts in the region is that Iran is testing its reach [by] taking action against the sovereignty of another country,” Ansari says.
“[Additionally,] Iran is acting as an extension of Turkey and the Erdogan administration to crush the Kurds. Also, Mahsa Amini, who was murdered by the Iranian morality police, was from the Iranian Kurdish territory.”
Pray the Lord will overcome manmade barriers so that Gospel broadcasts can reach inside the country and people can connect with Heart4Iran.
“Calls from Iran have dropped dramatically because the Iranian Revolutionary Guard controls and limits communications and internet access to its citizens,” Ansari says.
“The few reaching our call center seek the international community’s support. People contacting us ask, ‘would you guys please talk about our plight on your broadcast?’ That’s exactly what we have done. We have launched programs on both TV and social media.”
One new program, Freedom Iran, provides up-to-date information. “We’re bringing in experts, and we share videos from inside Iran with the international community to let them know the Iranian Christian community sees itself as a part of this movement,” Ansari says.
Header image depicts Iranian protestors on the Keshavrz Boulevard in Tehran. (Wikimedia Commons)