Endorsements

Torch Ministries (Mashaal Ministries in Farsi) is greatly privileged to partner with other Ministries and is endorsed by those who not only support it but who are an incredible source of strength and blessing through their prayers and encouragement.

Bishop Dr Michael Nazir-Ali

My prayer is that Torch Ministries will be truly blessed by our Father in heaven as they seek to bring wholeness out of brokenness, good news in the midst of tragedy and communities of hope where there is fear and despair. I am delighted that the wonderful ministry of the saint and martyr, Hossein Soodmand, will continue through these children of his. God works in amazing ways his wonders to perform!

Bishop Dr Michael Nazir-Ali is originally from Southwest Asia and was the first Diocesan Bishop in the Church of England born abroad. He was appointed in 1994. He was the General Secretary of CMS from 1989-1994. From 1999 he was a member of the House of Lords. He has both a Christian and a Muslim family background and is now President of the Oxford Centre for Training, Research, Advocacy and Dialogue (OXTRAD).

Release International has been partnering with Torch ministries for a number of years now. It is clear from our work together that both Amir and Rashin have a heart for Persian speaking people, to reach them with the good news of the Gospel and to help them grow in their relationship with God. We have found them very good to work with, always friendly and responsive to requests for information. It is clear that they are well equipped to walk alongside traumatised people facing societal and spiritual pressures and to help them grow in their faith.

Release International is an inter-denominational Christian ministry working through local church partners in more than 25 countries, helping persecuted Christians prayerfully, pastorally and practically. Their ministry is based on Hebrews 13 v 3:

“Continue to remember those in prison as if you were together with them in prison, and those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering”.

Pastor Malcolm Steer

As someone who has had the privilege of working with Iranians for the past 50 years it is encouraging to see how God has raised up competent, well qualified Iranian workers to help reap the great harvest in Iran. Such a couple is Amir and Rashin Bazmjou whose experience and gifts are being used to build up the Church both inside Iran and also throughout the Diaspora. It is an honour for me through the Torch Ministries Board to encourage them in their vision of strengthening, equipping and training Iranian believers to follow the Lord and serve the kingdom of God.

Malcolm Steer is a trustee on the Board of Torch Ministries. He is the Chairman of Pars Theological Centre and is also a Board Member of Sat-7 Pars and the Council of United Iranian Churches in UK and Europe.

Rev. Edward Hovsepian-Mehr

It is a privilege for me to write an endorsement for Rev. Amir Bazmjou and Rashin Soodmand.

I have known Amir personally for many years and he has worked with me very closely, particularly in a teaching role in various conferences. He is very much committed to theological study and is a PhD candidate at the Oxford Centre for Mission Studies. Regarding his character he is a very serious spiritual person and has much wisdom when involved in pastoral counselling as well as having a divine vision for God’s work. He is also a powerful preacher and teacher and his anointed sermons and teaching always speak to the hearts of people.

Amir is married to Rashin Soodmand who is the daughter of martyr Rev. Hossein Soodmand. I have known Rashin since the time of her birth in Iran. She is a very committed, devoted and serious person in her Christian faith. Like her husband she has studied Christian theology and also studied Christian Counselling, Therapy and Psychotherapy. For ten years, Rashin was involved in producing satellite TV Bible teaching programmes for Persian women called “Women’s World” and has organised and taught at many women’s conferences. She has also served as a Christian counsellor in many different settings.

I acknowledge and endorse this couple who clearly have the anointing of God on their lives and who are precious gifts in their ministry to the Iranian churches through Torch Ministries.

Rev. Edward Hovsepian-Mehr is one of the most senior and highly respected Iranian Christian leaders, with nearly 50 years of fruitful Christian ministry in Iran and throughout the Iranian Diaspora. He is also Superintendent of the Council of United Iranian Churches.

Rev. Patrick Wright

I am currently serving as the chair of trustees for Torch Ministries.

Since 2006, I have been working full-time as a Christian chaplain, among migrants from many parts of the world, including many Persian speakers, for whom I have come to have a particular concern.

It is through this ministry that I came to know the Rev Amir S. Bazmjou and his wife Rashin Soodmand. I have appreciated their humble dedication to serving God in his calling to them to reach Persian speakers with the Gospel, wherever they are, so that they might follow the Lord Jesus, be transformed, restored, discipled and serve God in his Kingdom.

They have been a real inspiration to me, so I have counted it as an honour to support their ministry in whatever way I can. I trust you too will be inspired by what the Lord is doing through them and support Torch Ministries in whatever way you can.

The Voice of the Martyrs has been partnering with Rashin and Amir (Torch ministries) for several years. We can see the living legacy of martyr Rev. Hossein Soodmand, who was executed for his Christian faith and service in Iran, passed on to his daughter Rashin Soodmand and her husband Rev. Amir Bazmjou to carry on this mission for the kingdom of God.

We appreciate Torch Ministries and their vision and mission to strengthen, equip and train Iranian church leaders and believers to follow the Lord Jesus and be transformed, discipled and serving the Kingdom of God.

The Voice of the Martyrs is a non-profit, interdenominational missions organization that serves persecuted Christians around the world. It was founded in 1967 by Richard and Sabina Wurmbrand. Our Mission: Serving persecuted Christians through practical and spiritual assistance and leading other members of the body of Christ into fellowship with them.