October 3, 2017
The Reconnect 10-3-17 | LifeWay Research: Suicide & Church response | Afshin Ziafat shares his story: From Iran to Christian Pastor
This weekend marks the one year anniversary of Pastor Andrew Brunson’s wrongful detention in Turkey. Join us in praying for him and spreading the world. Read More for background and how to get involved: Free Pastor Andrew Brunson
Recent LifeWay Research found that while 8 in 10 pastors believe their churches are well-equipped to intervene in someone’s life who is threatening suicide, but a far smaller portion of attendees believe church leaders even knew when a loved one was suffering. There is still a big gap to overcome when removing the stigma of mental health in our churches. Read the research: LifeWay Research: Suicide Remains a Taboo Topic at Churches
Afshin Ziafat fled Iran with his family during the revolution. They moved to the United States to find refuge, but were often greeted with distrust and hostility. Afshin shares his incredible conversion story from Islam to Christianity thanks to a second-grade tutor who loved on him and shared a copy of the New Testament. Afshin shares with us amazing things God is doing in Iran today and how you can love and serve your Muslim neighbors.