Mark, Gladys and their children in an earlier photo.
Mark, Gladys and their children in an earlier photo.
Nov. 21, 2019 | Iran

50 Years Since Seeds for the Gospel Were Planted

[229] prayers in [14] nations have been posted for Gladys Bliss.

In October 1969, American missionaries Mark and Gladys Bliss and their children were traveling to visit believers in northern Iran when their car collided with another vehicle. All three of their children were killed along with the baby son of Haik and Takoush Hovsepian, who were traveling with them. The response of Mark and Gladys to their devastating loss, however, had a profound impact upon the Iranian church, for they famously prayed a heart-wrenching prayer: “Lord, we plant three seeds for the sake of the Gospel in Iran.” Mark and Gladys stayed on in Iran to preach the gospel until the Islamic regime changed in 1979. Mark passed away in 2017, but his widow Gladys survives. Pray for Gladys as she remembers the date when she lost her children, and pray for the Iranian believers carrying out their legacy today in Iran.

Write your own prayer for Gladys Bliss

  • Father God thank you for ultimate price that Gladys and her husband had to pay in spreading the gospel in Iran. I pray Gladys to be comforted in the knowledge that the Holy Spirit will continue to be with her as a husband to the widows. Let her enjoy the fruits of their faith in sowing the seeds of salvation in that nation.
    Dumezweni M - South Africa
  • Father , I pray a hedge of protection around Your Saints in Iran . I pray comfort for this widow as she grieves for her children and husband . I thank you that the gospel continues to go forth in spite of opposition in Iran. In Jesus name. Amen
    Ann S - USA
  • Father I thank you for the faithfulness of theBliss family. And I asked you to provide for the surviving widow. I thank you for people more willing to go to other countries as missionaries to share the good news of the Gospel. May you raise up believers among the Iranian people to do the work of spreading your good news to those who hungr for truth.
    William S - USA
  • Lord we praise You for the faithfulness of Gladys Bliss, and we hope for more deep faith like hers. We pray for anyone in Iran who knew them and for the work they did to not be in vain. We pray for their hearts to be lit for the Gospel and for many generations to know You because of them.
    Joy H - USA
  • Dear Lord,
    We pray for Gladys Bliss as she works on alone. The losses she has experienced are so great, but You Lord can heal all! May she rejoice know that those seeds planted have produced so much for Your kingdom. Be with her, her Comfort and God.
    In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen
    Madison F - USA
  • Lord, praying for Gladys. May it ease her pain to know that she will be with with her husband and children again someday with Jesus. Praying also for the Iranian people that in their pain they will turn to the Lord Jesus for salvation and know that whatever happens they will know justice and joy completely some day. Help believers share the gospel
    margaret m - USA
  • O Spirit of the Living GOD, we are in awe of You every day. We ask that You provide comfort and assurance to Gladys Bliss for the sacrifices her family made to spread the Gospel in Iran. We pray that You strengthen the faith of our fellow Iranian believers in the face of hardship, Lord Jesus. AMEN.
    Sirian T - USA
  • Father God, bless Gladys and bless the seeds this family has sown in Iran. In Jesus name
    mark h - USA
  • We thank you Lord for blessing Gladys and Mark with their beautiful children for the time you called them to be their parents. We thank you for inspiring them to work for the gospel in such a dangerous place, and we ask that the fruit from those seeds is seen today. Please give Gladys comforts until she goes home to see you. In Jesus' name amen.
    Samantha H - USA
  • Lord, you've moved my heart to tears by hearing Glady's story. You've moved me to remember to place my husband and 3 children on the altar, just like Gladys. To trust you, especially facing the life of missions ahead. Please strengthen her in this Christmas season. Help her Holy Spirit, to worship you closely and look toward things above.In Jesus name.
    Edith C - USA
  • Lord Jesus I commit Gladys to your embrace , thank you for the seeds sown let it continue to grow, she has seen heartache and pain, but it will all come thru at the Lord,s right hand, cover her under your sheltering wins . And in the sweet bye and bye they shall al, be united again glory to our great God for ever let you blessing rest on her, Amen
    Joyce D - United Kingdom
  • Lord, thank You for the examples of the Bliss family from so long ago. Their sacrifice does not go unnoticed. Please continue to grant Gladys with peace. Amen
    Connie A - USA
  • Help Gladys Bliss in her trials.
    Debbie V - USA
  • Please bring comfort ,peace And healing to this widow and provision and make a way for her ministry
    Sherry S - USA
  • Please bring comfort ,peace And healing to this widow and provision and make a way for her ministry
    Sherry S - USA
  • Please bring comfort ,peace And healing to this widow and provision and make a way for her ministry
    Sherry S - USA
  • Dear Lord, we thank you for Mark and Gladys! Despite tremendous loss, they continued to work to build up Your kingdom in Iran. The devil is at work in this country, but Your workers are working twice as hard because they have the Holy Spirit on their side. Please give them strength to carry out the work started by the Bliss' and give Gladys peace.
    Donna H - USA
  • Dear God, Bless Gladys Bliss in her sorrow, and the planting of the three seeds. May much fruit come from this beautiful sacrifice, as You cause the increase. Nothing is ever in vain with You. Amen
    Martha T - USA
  • LORD God, we pray in the name of Jesus that dear Gladys would be comforted in this time. Please encourage her with the knowledge that her loss was never in vain and that through her loss many were made rich.
    Matthew A - USA
  • Lord Jesus please hold Sis. GLadys in your bosom during this sad but encouraging memory. May she filled with Joy for her awesome testimony and may the ministry that has blossom out of the death of her love ones remain fruitful for until Your Return for your saints. Please bless her with longevity in all areas of her life. In Jesus name i pray, Amen.
    Quanesha r - USA
  • Dear God & Father, praise You for Gladys & her late spouse! OI pray for her & current believers in Iran: Protect, provide for, comfort, strengthen, encourage & guide them. May they stay strong in faith, hope & love, committed to Christ. Sustain Gladys in her multiple losses. May the Church grow in numbers & maturity, living out the Bliss legacy. Amen.
    Lisa D - USA
  • Jesus may the testimony of this family stir the hearts of Irianian believers to persevere. May they see your power change lives around them. Lord give them boldness to share the gospel. Overwhelm them with your presence. In Jesus name amen.
    David H - USA
  • Holy Father,be with Gladys and her memories of her children and the day they died.Bless the faithfulness she and Mark exhibited when they placed their loss and pain in Your hands.May their legacy continue to shine and draw others to Your son. May the reunion of mother, father and children be a sweet and wonderful victory in the Home You are preparing
    Eli S - USA
  • Dear Lord, please send comfort through Your Holy Spirit to Gladys during this difficult time of remembrance. Nourish and support the seeds of faith planted by her family so that all nonbelievers may come to know the love of Jesus Christ.
    Betty A - USA
  • Dear God & Father, I praise You for Gladys & her her late spouse! I pray for her & today's believers in Iran: Protect, provide for, comfort, strengthen, encourage & guide them. May they stay strong in faith, hope & love, committed to Christ. Sustain Gladys in her multiple losses. May the Church grow in numbers & maturity, living out the Bliss legacy.
    Lisa D - USA
  • Lord,
    Thank You for Mark and Gladys Bliss and their obedience and courage in planting seeds for the Gospel in Iran. I pray that their sacrifices will continue to have a profound impact on the Iranian church. I pray for Gladys as she reflects upon the date she lost her children; please comfort her. I also pray for the Iranian believers and their tasks.
    Lysander S - USA
  • Father God, please bless Gladys during this time of grieving as she remembers her loss. May she see the fruit of her life's work in Iran as many come to faith in Jesus there through the ministry of her family. Continue her legacy in that country and bring many to faith in Jesus. Spread the good news of the gospel and glorify your name. Amen.
    Julia F - USA
  • Dear God & Father, I praise You for Gladys & her late spouse! I pray for her & the believers now in Iran: Protect, provide for, comfort, strengthen, encourage & guide them. May they stay strong in faith, hope & love, committed to Christ. Sustain Gladys in her multiple losses. May the Church grow in numbers & maturity, carrying out the Bliss legacy. Ame
    Lisa D - USA
  • Dear Heavenly Father encourage our Iranian brothers and sisters. We ask that you strengthen them and give them boldness to continue in doing well. Help them dear Lord to have wisdom, and faith for their future. Give sight to the spiritually blind, and draw them to You through the light of Your Iranian church.
    In the precious name of Your Son, Jesus.
    Suzie D - USA
  • Lord, please continue your work in Iran. Please help the gospel to grow in this country. In Jesus' name, Amen.
    Alice D - USA
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