Assemblies of God has posted the letter that Pastor Saeed Abedini has sent to his wife here. –http://ag.org/top/downloads/Abedini_Letter.pdf
In the letter Pastor Abedini describes how his jailers tell him he will go free, and the next day they tell him he will hang. One day they beat him, and the next day they give him candy. Yet, despite these intense physical and psychological pressures Pastor Abedini looks to his faith in Christ as the anchor that keeps him going every day:
When for 120 days you are asleep in a room with one big light that is constantly lit and does not separate day or night and when you can only see true sunlight for a few minutes a week, that’s when you are becoming His Workmanship and you can be a vessel in bringing His Kingdom in a dark place and you are able to share the Gospel of Peace and Life to the dying world. And this is where you learn you can love your enemies with
all of your heart.
I am looking forward to the day to see all of you who are behind me with your prayers and to embrace you in my arms. Thank you for the love you have showed me.
What is in us is stronger than what is in the world and it has conquered the world.
Christian Post reports on the plight of US Pastor Saeed Abedini, who was jailed during a 2009 visit to Iran to see his parents.
Abedini, 32, grew up in Iran, before converting to Christianity at the age of 20, and marrying an American woman in 2002, which helped him gain U.S. citizenship. Along with his wife, Naghmeh, and their two young children, the pastor has traveled back and forth between Iran and the U.S. a number of times in the past few years, helping create a network of underground churches, which provide a safe haven for Muslims who have converted to Christianity.
During one such trip in 2009, Abedini was detained by Iranian officials and interrogated for his conversion. While he was released with a warning against engaging in any more underground church activities, in July 2012, he was once again arrested while working on a non-sectarian orphanage project.
An American pastor currently held in Iranian prison is facing a grim future after it was announced that his case was recently transferred to a judge accused of human rights violations and infamous for the number of people he has sentenced to death.
The ACLJ says the minister was arrested for “his previous work as a Christian leader in Iran,” and that he faces the death penalty for trying to convert Muslims to the Christian faith. Currently, Abedini is facing trial at the Evin Prison in northwestern Tehran, described by the persecution watch group as one of Iran’s most brutal prisons — reports allege that he has been beaten by guards and inmates.
Read more at http://global.christianpost.com/news/us-pastor-saeed-abedini-faces-notorious-hanging-judge-in-iran
- American Pastor Jailed in Iran Reports Beatings, Death Threats (cnsnews.com)
- Imprisoned American pastor tells family of death threats, torture in Iran (foxnews.com)
- American Pastor Facing Hanging for His Faith Speaks From Prison. (greatriversofhope.wordpress.com)
- ACLJ: American Pastor Saeed Turned Over To Iranian “Hanging Judge” (sys-con.com)