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A Brief History

A Brief History of the Diocese

There have been Christians in Iran since the earliest days of the Church and the indigenous Churches continue as minorities in this predominantly Muslim country. The Anglican presence arose out of missionary work by the Church Missionary Society and there is a small Church which looks to the Bishop for spiritual leadership. The diocesan institutions - schools and hospitals and work among the blind - were expropriated, as were those of other denominations at the time of the Islamic Revolution in 1979 but the tiny Church persists.

Members of the Church need much prayer for strength to witness to their faith and for protection from the opposition. There have been martyrs since the Revolution, and the situation can only really be described, in human terms, as unpredictable. Yet there is, from time to time, news of great joy and peace in believing.