We think it worth highlighting a documentary film sent in by Martin Evans entitled “Iranian Christadelphians”.
The film is 40mins and covers what is happening at Liverpool, Sale, Rochdale and Derby ecclesiae (and is similar to things happening in many others in the UK).
The story of Iranians in Britain is complex, driven by its turbulent history before, during and after the Islamic revolution of 1979.
After the Iranian Revolution of 1979 lots of Iranians fled from their home country where there became less and less freedom.
The 1981 census showed 28,617 persons born in Iran (18,132 men, 10,485 women). Iranians were not separately distinguished in the 1991 census.
The 2001 census recorded 42,494 persons born in Iran of which half of them living in London, indicating the city’s importance as a haven for those who fled both the former Shah and his overthrower, the Ayotollah Khomenei.
At the time of the 2011 census, 79,985 Iranian-born people were recorded in England, 1,695 in Wales, 2,773 in Scotland and 282 in Northern Ireland making up for 84,735 Iranian-born people residing in the UK who mostly preferred to be known as Persians to avoid a connection with Muslim Iran. Iran is a primarily Shia Muslim country, though there also can be found Jewish, Bahá’í, Christian and Zoroastrian communities, a fact reflected in the migrant population in the UK.
In 2017, the Office for National Statistics estimated the Iranian-born population to be 70,000.
The community of Iranian expats in the UK is going very strong, with members having roots all across Iran – from Isfahan, over Mashad to Tehran. More recent arrivals of refugees and asylum seekers from the country have been spread far more widely leading to clusters in cities like Newcastle, Sheffield and Glasgow. They seem to find their way to people who do not mind foreigners and those who like to help them to introduce in the English way of life. Many brothers and sisters are there to help them to go forwards in life.
The Christadelphian community helps Iranian compatriots to get in contact with each other, but also to build up a better life than in their home country. The gatherings in several ecclesiae give an opportunity to get to know like-minded expatriates in real life meeting them and sharing ideas and excursions, as well, being able to worship the Only One True God.
The underneath video touches on what attracts Iranians: asylum, genuineness and integration and is positive and uplifting.
It is great that we may witness the calling of God and find people who honestly chose to become members of a brotherhood which intends to worship the Only One True God, and continues to share the Gospel or Good News of the coming Kingdom of God.