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

[211] prayers in [13] 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

  • 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
  • Dear God & Father, praise You for Gladys & her late spouse! I pray for Gladys & believers living in Iran: Protect, provide for, comfort, strengthen, encourage & guide them. Ma 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. Amen
    Lisa D - USA
  • Father God, continually encourage Gladys Bliss, as she is the last survivor of her family, even outliving her children. Use her and the rest of her time on this Earth. And continually move in the nation of Iran. Build your church there. And bless and use the seeds planted by the Bliss family. IJNA
    Kevin R - USA
  • Abba! I thank You that You continue to grow the seeds that Gladys and her husband have planted. Thank You that Gladys is remaining in You, Jesus, the vine and she, the branch continues to desire for You to remain in her. Lots of good fruit. In Yeshua's name
    Randal A - USA
  • Abba! I thank You that You continue to grow the seeds that Gladys and her husband have planted. Thank You that Gladys is remaining in You, Jesus, the vine and she, the branch continues to desire for You to remain in her. Lots of good fruit. In Yeshua's name
    Randal A - USA
  • Father I lift Gladys to you in prayer asking that you comfort her as she remembers the loss of her children, may she know your comfort, peace and blessing. We pray for the Iranian believers that they will be encouraged by the Holy Spirit to remain faithful to Jesus and their love for You will bring others to faith in Christ. Bless the Church in Iran
    Marian P - USA
  • Father I lift Gladys to you in prayer asking that you comfort her as she remembers the loss of her children, may she know your comfort, peace and blessing. We pray for the Iranian believers that they will be encouraged by the Holy Spirit to remain faithful to Jesus and their love for You will bring others to faith in Christ. Bless the Church in Iran
    Marian P - USA
  • Dear God & Father, I praise You for Gladys & her late spouse! I pray for her & Christians 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
  • O Father, thank You for the way You have used those 3 planted seeds to make Jesus known to the people of Iran. I ask for Gladys this morning, that You will embrace her and show her Your love for her. I ask that You will open doors for the witness of Christ to her even in these days. I ask that there will still be fruit in her old age as you promised
    Karen K - USA
  • Lord, may our dear sister feel encouraged & hopeful that she has a world-wide family. Would You continue to minister comfort, strength, & all she needs at this time? We are agreeing with the prayer she & her husband prayed back in the day about planting 3 seeds for the sake of the gospel in Iran. May multitudes come to You through Your work IJN!
    Lisa T - USA
  • Dear Lord thank you for Mark and Gladys who were able to carry on their missionary work in Iran after the devastating loss of their family and the baby. Thank you for their prayer for Iran and for Gladys as she remembers her terrible loss. Be with all those carrying out their legacy in Iran today. In Jesus precious and powerful name. Amen.
    Linda R - Australia
  • Father, Please let Gladys Bliss be comforted in her loss, so long ago, by the fruit of her sacrifice on behalf of Iranian believers. Strengthen and expand the Iranian Church and allow for your Gospel to be proclaimed freely in all of Iran.
    In Jesus name, Amen.
    Andrew R - USA
  • Father God, please be with Gladys Bliss in Jesus name amen!
    Robin S - USA
  • Dear God & Father, I praise You for Gladys Bliss & her late spouse! I pray for her & believers in Iran: Protect, provide for, comfort, strengthen, encourage & guide them. May they stay strong in faith, hope & love, committed to Christ. Sustain Gladys as she remembers her multiple losses. May the Church grow in numbers & maturity. In Jesus' Name. Amen.
    Lisa D - USA
  • Lord, Jesus I pray for comfort to Gladys because she lives on after her husband and remembers the tragic loss of their children. Please grant her hope that she carry's their legacy of the Gospel and multiply the Gospel in Iran due to their legacy and open the door to the Gospel here. May the believers have hope and not grow weary in well doing. Amen
    Marilyn T - USA
  • Job lost everything and still trusted in God.
    You lost your family, but they're with God now.
    You didn't lose the most important, God.
    God is with you, guarding you, protecting.
    He knows the plans He has for you and you're reaching other people, planting seeds. Your reward in Heaven will be bigger than anything you could ever achieve on earth.
    Eva C - USA
  • Dear heavenly Father, how I thank You for the Gospel legacy in Iran because of the unwavering commitment of the Bliss family to Your call on their lives. Today I pray specifically for Gladys as she is now the last remaining member of this family on earth. I pray You will fill her heart each day with the joy of knowing that they remained faithful! Amen!
    Barry D - USA
  • The cost (not monetarily) of being a missionary for CHRIST in an Islamic country is very high, I give GOD all praise for picking strong Christians to be HIS servants. HE also expects other Christians to support them with righteous prayers. AMEN!
    Bobby C - USA
  • Dear God & Father, I praise You for Gladys & her late spouse! I pray for her & believers in Iran: Protect, provide for, comfort, strengthen, encourage & guide them. May they stay strong in faith, hope & love, committed to Christ. Sustain Gladys as she faces her losses. May the Church grow in numbers & maturity, carrying out the Bliss legacy. Amen.
    Lisa D - USA
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