Christians make up less than one percent of Iran's 70 million people. The majority of these Christians are from the Armenian, Assyrian or Chaldean churches. And because these churches do not actively seek out new believers, the government tolerates them. One notable exception is evangelical Christians, whose numbers are said to be growing. Many are Muslim-born Iranians who converted to Christianity as a result of dreams and visions. And for these people, life is often more challenging.
(December 15, 2009)