Update: Pastor Saeed Abedini was released in January 2016! God bless all of those who prayed!
“In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.” ~Martin Luther King, Jr.
As many of you may know, 34-year-old American, pastor, husband, and father, Saeed Abedini is currently imprisoned for his Christianity. In this world we live in, it can become commonplace to detach from the reality which persecuted Christians face daily. However, let’s shine with the love and compassion of Jesus. Let us remember to pray for him and his family, and do what we can to help.
An Innocent Man… Jailed
According to the website, beheardproject.com, he is “serving an 8 year sentence in one of Iran’s toughest prisons, simply for sharing his Christian faith.” The website gives more details of his arrest, as follows:
On July 28, 2012, when he was in Iran “to visit family and to finalize the board members for an orphanage he was building in Iran, the Iranian Revolutionary Guard detained Saeed, asserting that he must face criminal charges for his Christian faith.” Less than 2 months later, he was taken to an unknown location by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard. Days later, Saeed’s family was informed that he was in solitary confinement at Evin Prison.
He has been cut off from his wife and two young children who are in the United States. He was allowed visitation by his parents until recently. Both of his parents had to leave Iran, which took its toll on them. His mother has been hospitalized on a couple of occasions due to the immense stress and heartache she has endured, due to her innocent son’s imprisonment.
Furthermore, the above-mentioned website states: “Saeed had been denied medical treatment for infections that resulted from beatings. While in Evin, the ward doctor and nurse refused to treat him because, as a Christian, he was considered ‘unclean’ and an infidel.”
“In early 2013, it became known that Saeed was suffering from internal injuries and doctors determined that his injuries warranted immediate attention, and, in their medical opinion, he needed to be treated in a non-prison hospital. For almost a year, the Iranian regime ignored this advice. In March 2014, Saeed was permitted to enter a private hospital for treatment, but after spending almost two months in the hospital, he was returned to prison without having been given surgeries deemed necessary by hospital doctors.”
Now is the Time for Action!
Saeed’s wife, Naghmeh, has been working diligently to get him freed – but she needs our help. She recently posted on Facebook how we can help. She posted the following on November 10, 2014:
I would appreciate your help in the next critical weeks as the November 24th deadline for the nuclear negotiations with Iran approaches. We want to make sure Saeed is not forgotten. That he is not left behind. A movement has started to blitz the White House with postcards asking that President Obama to not forget Saeed (please see the link below).
You can order post cards or ask your church to order postcards to send to the white house. Postcards are available for purchase through Trinity Worldwide Reprographics by calling (562) 567-2050 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
You are also welcome to send your own postcard with the below message:
A man in your position has been given great power and responsibility to represent every American, whether on domestic or foreign soil. Please hold to your own words, that no one is left behind. We, the American people, ask you to do everything within your power to bring U.S. citizen, pastor, husband & father, Saeed Abedini, home to his family from his time of incarceration in Iran.
The Persecuted Church
In 2nd Timothy 3:12, the Bible says, “Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.” And while there are varying degrees of persecution, let us help our brother in Christ, Saeed Abedini, who is enduring severe persecution for his Christianity. Following the Bible is not always commended by this evil world who hates the truth; but God knows and sees all, and will greatly honor His persecuted children. 1st Peter 3:17 states: “For it is better, if the will of God be so, that ye suffer for well doing, than for evil doing.”
God sends the Holy Spirit and extends His grace and strength to those who are persecuted. If the world hates us for our Christianity, we know that we are truly God’s children; for the world does not hate her own (John 15:18). The persecuted Believer is comforted with these words… “Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” It is such a comfort to know that no amount of suffering can separate us from the love of Jesus.
Please do all you can to help. Let us band together as Christians and pray for Pastor Saeed and his family. Let’s pray for God’s perfect Will to be done in this situation.
Ways to Help
– Sign Petition HERE
– Share this need on social media
– Send Postcards to the White House. Please see above for what to write on your postcard and/or to order postcards if you prefer. For more information on the “Postcard Blitz” please read HERE. The mailing address for the White House is:
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500