“Hamsayeh” in Farsi means “Neighbour”
Jesus commanded his followers to “love your neighbour as yourself” (Mark 12:31) and there is no better way to obey this command than to share the good news of Jesus Christ in word and deed. This lies at the heart of our vision and is expressed in our name: hamsayeh which means ‘neighbour’ in Farsi. While every person in the world is of course a neighbour, our focus is on one people group often overlooked by churches: Persians (whether from Iran, Tajikistan or Afghanistan). As well as concentrating on the Persian diaspora living in the UK, which is estimated at 400,000, in the last few years the ministry has expanded to those living further afield.
Disillusioned by religion and subject to the harshness of life that it brought I was desperate for freedom and change. I longed for hope and a purpose in life. Over the years I tried to find fulfilment in many ways but eventually only true freedom, hope and purpose were to be found in Christ.
This is the story of millions like me in Iran, Afghanistan and Tajikistan. They are spiritually hungry and are searching for food for their souls. Their need is urgent and their hearts are ready for the truth, the only truth that can set them free.
In light of this Hamsayeh International has been set up to seize this window of opportunity to introduce some of the most vulnerable, desperate and spiritual needy in our world to the transforming power of God.
In essence this is a story of beggars showing other beggars where to find food…”
Prayers & Latest News
After four years of imprisonment relating to charges of acting against national security, Maryam Naghash Zargaran has been released from Evin prison. She was released on 1st August. Maryam, aged thirty nine, a convert from Islam, was ‘first questioned by intelligence officers in January 2010 because of her work with underground churches’. She was arrested in January 2013, alongside Iranian-American pastor Saeed Abedini, in connection with their work at an orphanage and both were sentenced a few months later. While … read more