This Christmas marks the third year Idaho pastor Saeed Abedini, an American citizen, has been separated from his family and imprisoned in Iran for his Christian faith. Arrested in September (2012) after he returned to Iran to visit his family and help in an orphanage, he was charged with blasphemy and converting to Christianity. He has been forced to suffer in one of Iran’s most notorious prisons, where he has been subjected to physical assault, as well as severe interrogations and periods of solitary confinement.
In his recent Christmas letter, he noted that his jailers threatened him, and made him take down his lone Christmas decoration: a paper cross. We are suggesting listeners place a paper cross on their Christmas tree, with Pastor Abedini’s picture on it! Then, tell your family and friends the story and join in prayer and petition for Pastor Saeed Abedini and his young family.
Pastor Abedini’s wife, Naghmeh, and their two children, Rebecca and Jacob, continue to live In Idaho, where their friends and neighbors pray and join with Christian believers around the world to ask God for His mercy to save Pastor Saeed and others being persecuted for their faith. Please pray for the immediate release of Pastor Saeed and his safe passage back home to the United States.
Iran’s new president has promised more moderate reforms. Now is the time to write to him and appeal for Pastor Saeed’s freedom. Also, you can give this Christmas to help persecuted Christ-followers, around the world.