17. Reverend Donald Fareed - Iranian Ex-Muslim
Donald Fareed, a former Iranian Shiite Muslim turned evangelical Christian and President of the non-profit organization Persian Ministries International, is partnering with Sattar Deldar, a pro-democracy Muslim television broadcasting executive, to promote democracy and regime change in Iran.
A former Shi’ite Muslim, Reverend Donald Fareed is fulfilling his call to reach Muslims for Christ. An ordained minister and founding pastor of the Bay Area Persian Churches of San Mateo and Santa Clara, he is also the founder and president of Persian Ministries International(PMI).
Through his ministries millions of Muslims have heard the Gospel and thousands received Jesus Christ.
Fareed and the PMI team are determined to continue reaching out to the estimated 100 million Persian-speaking people of the world, the majority of whom live in Iran, Tajikistan, Afghanistan and the Southern part of Iraq. Fareed has teamed up with Muslim satellite television stations to broadcast a unique message of not only the gospel, but a message of democracy and religious freedom.
Ex-Muslim Seeks to Transform Iran with Christian Broadcasts
The head of a California-based ministry aimed at reaching Muslims for Christ says the gospel of Jesus Christ is not the only message he takes to millions of people in Iran. The U.S. evangelist, born in Iran, is also preaching the virtues of democracy to people in his native country at every opportunity.
Donald Fareed, a former Muslim himself, came to know Jesus as his Lord and Savior 14 years ago. He went on to become an ordained minister and the founding pastor of the Bay Area Persian Churches of San Mateo and Santa Clara, California.
Fareed also began Persian Ministries International, an evangelistic outreach based in San Jose, through which he works to fulfill his call -- to bring others out of Islam and into the knowledge of God through a relationship with Jesus Christ. Today he uses his weekly satellite television program to carry the gospel back to his homeland.
But the ministry founder notes that many social and political obstacles to evangelism exist in Iran, and Persian Christians face severe persecution. "As soon as people convert," he explains,"[the authorities] catch them and put them in jail. So we need democracy there. We need freedom."
Still, Fareed acknowledges that spiritual change must take precedence over social or political change. "Freedom without Christ is going to bring corruption, of course," he says. "So the first thing is the gospel and the second thing is democracy."
On the other hand, Fareed does make use of his weekly broadcasts to encourage his former countrymen to push for a new government. At the same time, he tries to educate his listeners, because he wants the Iranian people to learn about the positive values, standards, and ethics of Western culture.
"Preaching the gospel is not the only thing," the Christian pastor and evangelist asserts. "Of course we're teaching them about ideal Western values, and we're encouraging them to [pursue] a referendum -- free elections."
Fareed is hopeful that, through Persian Ministries, he can help to effect spiritual transformation among the people of Iran by turning hearts toward Jesus. At the same time, he is praying for and sowing seeds toward a transformation of values that will usher in a freer, more just and democratic Iran in the future.
His Testimony : http://www.persianministries.org/about/donaldfareed.php
Why I am not a Muslim : http://www.persianministries.org/video/high_why.wmv
His WebSite : http://www.persianministries.org