Meet Kiarash

CBWC’s gap year discipleship experience, Kurios, is nearing the end of its second cohort. Over the past months, we’ve been thrilled to hear about what’s been happening in life and heart of each Kurios student, and are grateful for this opportunity to share a story especially close to our hearts. Today, we’ll meet Kiarash, a Kurios student from Emmauel Iranian Church, one of our church plants in BC. 

Hey! My name is Kiarash and I am 18 years old. I enjoy photography, videography and occasionally like to play the drums.  

Because of my dad’s job when I was younger, my family had the opportunity to frequently travel abroad. This allowed my family to be introduced to Christianity, as in our home country, Iran, the freedom to practice any religion was and is still forbidden. As such, my parents were able to be introduced to Christians and Christianity in other countries such as Korea doing their travels. When they returned to Iran, through some missionaries, they managed to find a few other Christians who would gather at each other’s houses every week in secrecy to worship and study the Bible in what is known as “Home Churches.” 

When I was 7 years old, after the arrest of our pastor in Iran, my family made the reluctant choice to flee the country in a matter of weeks to Turkey. We then, through the help of the UN Refugee Agency, were able to get accepted into Canada in 2014. We were sponsored by Pastor Arash Azad at a time where Emmanuel Iranian Church only consisted of 10-20 people. 

Through that period, my family was able to again connect with other Christians going through similar circumstances as us. So growing up I was always surrounded by Christians, and at some point, 7-year-old Kiarash decided that he wanted to have the same thing my parents had and openly accepted Jesus into my heart. 

Having been there from almost the beginning of the church has been a fantastic opportunity to see how Emmanuel Iranian Church has grown from the start and where they have gotten to now. You can see the growth through the 40+ baptisms that they do every few months. 

I was first introduced to Kurios through my pastor who thought it would be a great opportunity for me to gain that solid foundation on what it means to be Christian. It was also at a point in my life when I simply had no idea what I wanted to do. Going into this program, I was not sure what I was anticipating, but I know now that it has exceeded every expectation I could have had and I am extremely grateful for that. 

One of the best aspects of Kurios has to do with it being very mobile. One of my favourite memories involve the first week of the program where we took a one-week camping trip down to Kananaskis. It was a wonderful experience being constantly surrounded by nature and seeing God’s beautiful creation firsthand; it was also very giving in terms of building relationships with people that I am now grateful to call family. The biggest thing I have learned is that God is God and I am not, as well as the importance of putting all your trust in Him. 
 

For me, taking a gap year has been one of the best decisions I have ever made! I truly do not know what I would have been doing instead of coming to Kurios. In my opinion, a program like Kurios can be perfect for someone who is still searching for their passion and can be one of the best ways to figure out what God has called them to do. 

Visit kurios.ca for more details on this great opportunity. They’re accepting applications for the 2022-23 year now! 

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