An emotional update from Pastor Saeed Abedini’s wife, Naghmeh

Photo credit ACLJ.org

If you have not heard the news, Pastor Saeed Abedini, who has been imprisoned in Iran’s notorious Evin prison since July 2012, has been moved to the most dangerous cell block in that prison. This is the place where prisoners are moved to before they disappear…he had been moved a half hour away to Karaj. Please keep this family in your prayers, for Saeed to continue his mission of evangelizing those he is incarcerated with and for Naghmeh to carry on, on his behalf, raising their children on fighting for his release. We are called to pray for our brothers and sisters who are being persecuted and help in whatsoever capacity to lighten the burden for them. (Find out how you can help here- Saeed Abedini sent to deadly cell block where people are sent to disappear

VIDEO by Save Saeed Naghmeh Abedini urges us to sign and share Saeed’s new petition, as well as join her in praying for her imprisoned husband.

Mission News Network reporting:

Iranian/American pastor is facing some troubling days ahead. According to the American Center of Law and Justice, Pastor Saeed Abedini, a U.S. citizen imprisoned in Iran because of his Christian faith, is being moved from Evin Prison in Tehran to Rajai Shahr Prison in Karaj, which is even more dangerous.

According to the ACJL, Pastor Saeed faces life-threatening conditions and treatment there.

President of Open Doors USA David Curry says while this looks bleak, there is good news. „From that fact, we can gather that the Iranians are listening and paying attention to the advocacy from the United States.”

The ACLJ reports Pastor Saeed’s family members went to visit him at Evin Prison Monday, only to be notified that he had been moved a half hour away to Karaj.

The transfer comes as Iranians took to the streets to mark the anniversary of the takeover of the U.S. Embassy in Iran in 1979. The protests are a bit surprising, especially since many young people are disenfranchised with the current radical Islamic government.

Curry agrees. „There’s a growing need there and a growing desire amongst these younger generations in Iran and other Middle Eastern countries to see freedom come. That’s certainly what we’re praying for.”

In 2005, Loes Bijnen, a Dutch Diplomat from the embassy in Tehran, described Rajai Shahr prison:
„Rajai Shahr is the place where political prisoners who are seen as a nuisance, are stowed away. Going to Karaj is a severe punishment. Once in there, one stops to be a human being. One is put out of sight, even of human rights activists and the press. In Rajaï Shahr, political prisoners have to share cells with dangerous criminals like murderers, rapists, and drug addicts who don’t hesitate to attack their cell mates. They have nothing to lose: many of them are condemned to death anyway. Murders or unexplained deaths are a regular occurrence.”

Curry is encouraging you to pray for Pastor Saeed and other Christians in the same situation. „There are 100 million people in countries around the world living in fear for the faith. Not because they’re bad people, but because they call themselves believers. The western world is the exception.”

Reclame

Saeed Abedini sent to deadly cell block where people are sent to disappear

Photo credit ACLJ.org

ENGLISH:

URGENT ACTION NEEDED: Pastor Saeed’s life is in grave danger. He has been transferred to a deadly cell block in one of Iran’s most obscure prisons—a prison where people are sent to disappear, he had been moved a half hour away to Karaj. Saeed Abedini has been held in prison since July 2012. (Read more about his case at the links below).

FROM ACLJ.org: Pastor Saeed’s life is in danger. He has been transferred to a deadly cell block in one of Iran’s most dangerous and obscure prisons. He is no longer sharing a cell with political prisoners but with murderers. Rajai Shahr Prison is where prisoners are sent to disappear – many are murdered at the hands of other prisoners.

PRAY that God gives Saeed the same courage He has thus far given him to withstand great bodily harm and the fortitude and faith to live under a death sentence daily, in Evin prison, one of the most notorious prisons in Iran.

SHARE & SIGN our NEW petition urgently calling on President Obama to take immediate diplomatic action to save Saeed’s life: http://bit.ly/1b76f7t

ROMANIAN:

Citeste aici singura scriosare trimisa de Saeed Abedini recent – O scrisoare primita de la Pastorul Saeed Abedini – cetatean american incarcerat in Iran

URGENT! Saeed Abedini a fost transferat intr-o noua celula din inchisoare de unde de obicei toti au disparut- OMORATI. Rugati-va pentru acest barbat ca Domnul sa-l tina tare pana la capat si pentru sotia lui (si pt copii) caruia trebuie sa-i fie foarte, foarte greu in clipele astea. Cei care stiti engleza, adaugati-va la petitia aceasta si Dumnezeu sa lucreze cum El a hotart cu viata acestui barbat credincios lui prin crancena suferinta si probabil o moarte crunta inevitabila.  Semneaza petitia aici – save Saeed’s life: http://bit.ly/1b76f7t

 

The stresses of Evin Prison and the Christian women imprisoned there

According to the Iranian Christian News Agency, Maryam Naghash-Zargaran (also known as Nasim) is an Iranian Christian convert currently serving her four-year prison sentence in the women’s ward of Evin prison.

ICNA reports that Nasim was transferred to Modares hospital on Sunday, September 29, to be treated for her heart disease. Having had heart surgery before, mental pressures in prison resulted in her heart attack, and as a result she was transferred to the hospital. As of now, there are no details about her condition.

Nasim also suffered depression due to inappropriate conditions in prison.

The 35-year-old Christian was first arrested in the winter of 2013 for „acting against national security.” On the day of her arrest, she received a phone call from the intelligence police on Vozara Street in Tehran. When summoned there, she was immediately arrested and kept for three days. Then she was transferred to Evin prison and remained there for 19 days. After that, she was released on bail.

Since the time of her arrest, security authorities have searched her house several times, confiscating her personal belongings as well as any Christian-related material.

Later she was called for her trial at branch 28 of the Revolutionary Court in Tehran. There, Judge Mohammad Moghiseh sentenced her to four years in prison for „propagating against the Islamic regime and colluding to undermine national security.” She appealed the ruling but the appeals court upheld her sentence. Nasim was summoned to prison to start serving her sentence on July 15, 2013 in the women’s ward of Evin prison.

Her name previously had not been published among Christian prisoners in Evin, which raises speculation that there are more unknown Christian prisoners in Iranian prisons.

At the same time, reports indicate that three other Christian convert activists–Somayeh Bakhtiari, Ronak Samavat, and Nasim Zanjani–are still being held in prison. These Christian women had been arrested and imprisoned in the first half of the Persian year (March – September). They were accused of holding prayer and worship meetings in house-churches.

To counter non-Shi’ite religions in Iran, especially Christianity, the Islamic regime of Iran raises unfounded allegations against Christians, including moral and financial accusations, and spying for England and Israel.

Iranian judicial and security authorities have repeatedly tried to make up false allegations against Christian converts to pressure them and distort public opinion about them. Most of these false allegations are political and argue that house-churches are actually political groups which are in contact with/spy for foreign countries like England and Israel. In most of the Christian cases, Iranian authorities try to downplay the religious aspect of these cases and make them appear as political cases, in order to unmercifully sentence them and avoid international pressure.

It is interesting to note that just before President Hassan Rouhani’s trip to New York to attend the UN General Assembly, two Christian woman prisoners ,Maryam Jalili and Mitra Rahmati, were released together with a number of political prisoners and prisoners of conscience. The women had been sentenced to two and a half years in prison. When they were released, only one month remained on their prison sentence.

Source http://www.mohabatnews.com

Two women released from Iran’s notorious Evin Prison, Pastor Saeed Abedini and Pastor Farshid Fathi remain imprisoned

While Saeed Abedini is writing a letter directly to thePresident of Iran, asking for his freedom, 2 female christian prisoners have been released from the notorious Ervin prison. See story below photo. Here are the details on Pastors Abedini’s letter from the ACLJ via BlackChristianNews.com:

American pastor Saeed Abedini, serving an eight-year prison sentence in Iran because of his Christian faith, is directly appealing to Iran’s newly elected President Hasan Rouhani for justice and freedom.

In a letter written to the Iranian president, Pastor Saeed, a U.S. citizen, called on the new president to follow through on his pledge of moderation and pleads for compassion and justice so he can return to his wife and children in the United States.
Pastor Saeed’s letter comes as the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ), which represents Pastor Saeed’s wife and children in the U.S. and has been working to secure his freedom, launches a global letter-writing campaign urging President Rouhani to release him.
The ACLJ has launched a new website at BeHeardProject.com–a voice for the persecuted church. To support Pastor Saeed, you can write a letter directly to the Iranian president and add your name to a petition containing the names of more than 620,000 people who have signed on already demanding the release of Pastor Saeed.
Read the entire article here – BlackChristianNews.com
English: Evin House of Detention فارسی: زندان اوین

English: Evin House of Detention فارسی: زندان اوین (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

See also Naghmeh Abedini’s message to Liberty University students this week here – Naghmeh Abedini, wife of Iranian-American pastor Saeed Abedin who is imprisoned in Iran, speaks at Liberty University

Iran (MNN) ― Two of the prisoners released from Iran’s notorious Evin prison are Christ-followers.

„We want to thank God that these two women, these two believers are released. That is wonderful news to receive,” says E3 Partners VP of Church and Ministry Partnerships and Middle East Strategy Director, Tom Doyle.

A few days ago, at least 11 political prisoners were released from Iran’s notorious Evin Prison. Among them were believers Mitra Rahmati and Maryam Jalili, according to Mohabat News. The women were sentenced to two-and-a-half years in prison for sharing the Gospel with Muslims and „being members of a Christian group”, the Mohabat article states.”It is a good sign,” Doyle adds, „but we know that Iran–their government–is very famous for kind of ‘pandering to the press’ when the pressure is on, and they’re feeling that right now.”

Map showing ethnic and religious diversity amo...

Map showing ethnic and religious diversity among the population of Iran. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Iran’s moderate Islamic president, Hassan Rohani, is scheduled to appear before the United Nations General Assembly next week. Rohani is expected to deliver a speech and raise diplomatic favor.

With U.S. Pastor Saeed Abedini and Pastor Farshid Fathi among those remaining within Evin’s walls, the desperate need for prayer remains.”When I heard prisoners were going to be released, we certainly prayed, but it didn’t happen that two of the key ones were let go, so we need to just keep praying for them,” says Doyle.”It seems like they go harder after the leadership,” he adds, explaining that Abedini and Fathi are viewed as „prized possessions” by Iranian officials. „Pastor Saeed and Pastor Fathi had quite a network, and that’s what [officials are] trying to do: break up any kind of network and [its] influence.”locked up

Pray for their release. Ask the Lord to keep them safe during their imprisonment.

Photo credit www.persecutionblog.com

Naghmeh Abedini, wife of Iranian-American pastor Saeed Abedin who is imprisoned in Iran, speaks at Liberty University

Please listen to the 6 minute video at the bottom of this post, as Naghmeh Abedini talks about how she always feared she would question Jesus’ goodness, if she were to ever go through a big trial. But, she says, „..in that deep, dark night of despair, I reached put to Jesus, and I’ve known Him since I was 9, and I connected to Him in such a deep way that, not only did I not question His goodness, but I proclaim His goodness amd how awesome He is, and I got to drink of His goodness. He gave me strength to stand and He’s given me joy and peace.”

Story, video and Photo credit http://www.liberty.edu

Naghmeh Abedini has been traveling the U.S. and the world for over 15 months to raise awareness of her husband Pastor Saeed Abedini’s unjust imprisonment in Tehran.

Saeed Abedini was arrested in the summer of 2012 while helping build an orphanage in Iran. He was later sentenced to eight years in Evin Prison in Tehran for “endangering national security.” He has served a year of that sentence already and has been beaten and told to give up his faith in Christ.

According to his wife, Saeed Abedini has stood strong in his faith and has led over 30 people in prison to Christ.

“The kids and I desperately want him back, but we are proud that he has chosen to stand up for his faith and to proclaim the Gospel in a dark prison and bring hope to those people,” she said. “To know that so many of the Iranian people are coming to know Christ makes it worth it. I know his imprisonment is not in vain.”

In June, Naghmeh Abedini had the chance to speak to the United Nations in Geneva, sharing the Gospel with more than 196 nations. The message was broadcast to more than 50 million Iranians.

“I pray that the Lord would awaken your desire to ask for nations for your inheritance and that you would be on fire for the Living God,” she said.

Vice President for Communications Johnnie Moore said Liberty believes the Great Commission is both for people in the ministry and in the marketplace.

“Missions is at the heart of the university and always has been. We do not believe that the Great Commission is for some Christians, it is for all Christians,” he said.

Liberty’s student body collectively represents all 50 states and 95 countries. Students and alumni are constantly engaged in areas all over the world, including the school’s ongoing Restore Rwanda campaign and several short-term mission trips through the Center for Global Engagement. Global Focus Week allows students to continue pursuing these options and become more involved in missions.

Pastor Saeed Abedini torture stepped up in notorious Iranian prison

photo via www.cbsnews.com

As Americans, and as citizens of free countries we are having the opportunity to watch living martyrs and possible future deaths of Christ followers, something we had not seen before the advent of the internet, where information flows freely even from countries like Iran, which are tightly monitored and controlled.

By posting updates on Pastor Saeed frequently (and others in his situation), our intent is only to highlight the work of Christ, through the Holy Spirit, yet through dedicated men and women who have sacrificed their futures, and in many cases their lives, in order to proclaim the Gospel to those that have never heard it. Just like in the book of ACTS, the persecution of Christians fanned the Gospel into a wider and broader geographical area, and thus more souls were won to Christ. As we heard a North Korean brother say, here in this video, that when he saw the public execution of 2 young men and a woman who had brought Bibles into his town, instead of scaring him, it made him want to know this Christ of the Bible even more. This North Korean brother has now trained in the knowledge of God’s word and is going back and being a witness to his kinsmen, even unto death, if caught.

But getting back to Pastor Saeed, here is the update from the Christian Post:

Pastor Saeed Abedini Severely Beaten,

Fainting From Internal Bleeding

The American Center for Law and Justice received news that U.S. pastor Saeed Abedini has been severely beaten in Evin Prison in Tehran, denied proper medical care, and experiencing fainting spells.

„Pastor Saeed reported today that last week he was severely beaten when the prison officials took him to the hospital. During the weekly prison visit today, Pastor Saeed’s family reported that his physical condition is worsening – seeing first-hand the marks and symptoms left by the recent beating. These beatings and the internal injuries are causing Pastor Saeed frequent fainting spells,” the law group, which is representing Abedini’s wife and two children back in America, revealed in a statement on Monday.

The Iranian-born pastor, who converted to Christianity and was building an orphanage for children when he was arrested in Tehran last year, was sentenced to eight years in prison in January for „endangering national security.” The ACLJ called that a „sham trail,” however, noting that the real reason behind Abedini’s sentence was his faith.

Inside Evin prison, Abedini has been pressured to deny his faith in Christ, and even threatened that he will not be released after the 8-year sentence unless he does so, but the pastor has refused to recant his faith.

He has been suffering from internal bleeding because of the beatings, however, and his wife Naghmeh has expressed deep concern for his well-being.
Read more at http://global.christianpost.com/news/pastor-saeed-abedini-severely-beaten-fainting-from-internal-bleeding-93977/#wO0mwVB5pdgRLlKu.99

Let’s teach our families & kids – Saeed Abedini’s Letter from Inside Iran’s Evin Prison

Matthew 5:11-12

“Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. 12 Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

Saeed Abedini’s Letter from Inside Iran’s Evin Prison

Pastor Saeed writes a letter to his wife and supporters. Please share this moving letter from the dark and brutal Evin prison in Iran & sign the petition to #SaveSaeed: Here is his letter, dated February 18- read aloud.

OfficialACLJ

And A Letter from Saeed’s Wife

Naghmeh, Saeed’s wife, reads a letter she has written as she reflects on the time passed since Saeed was arrested in Iran. She asks us to use our voices to make his story heard. Please sign the petition at http://www.SaveSaeed.com, and do all you can to help us #SaveSaeed.

O scrisoare primita de la Pastorul Saeed Abedini – cetatean american incarcerat in Iran

photo from http://www.theusreport.com/the-us-report/tag/pastor-saeed-abedini

READ LETTER IN ENGLISH here – 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 and read the article in english here – Please Pray for US Pastor Saeed Abedini, held in Iran since July 2012

Cand am auzit ca la Craciun au fost puse la mese tacamuri de Craciun la scaune goale ca un semn de aducere aminte a incarcerarii mele si a celor care sunt inchisi pentru Christos, mi s-au umplut ochii de lacrimi de bucurie. Am avut ocazia ca sa pot  impartasi aceasta cu alti prizonieri din inchisoare, si ei au fost socati de dragostea si suportul pe care noi crestinii il avem unii pentru altii in Isus. Le-am spus atunci cum in Biblie suntem toti considerati ca frati si surori (indiferent de rasa, culoare sau nationalitate) si ca noi trebuie sa suferim unii cu altii. Aceasta vine de la Domnul nostru.

Cuvantul lui Dumnezeu ne spune ca atunci cand suntem persecutati pentru credinta noastra, noi trebuie sa ne bucuram. Cand ma gandesc ca toate aceste incercari si persecutii sunt inregistrate pentru mine in ceruri, mi se umple inima de o bucurie de nedescris.

Biblia ne spune ca Bucuria in Domnul este taria noastra. Fara bucuria in Domnul noi nu putem trai. Este aceasta bucurie din viata noastra care ne da putere sa mergem inainte. Fara putere, noi nu putem continua lucrarea Domnului si fara bucurie, nu avem putere.

Eu am vrut intotdeauna ca Dumnezeu sa ma faca un om evlavios. Nu mi-am dat seama pana aici ca pentru a ajunge  oameni evlaviosi noi trebuie sa devenim ca si otelul calit sub presiune. Este un proces greu de cald si de rece pana se  obtine otelul. Procesul din viata mea pe care il traiesc astazi este ca intr-o zi mi se spune ca voi fi eliberat pe cautiune ca sa pot sa-mi vad familia si copiii de Craciun (toate au fost minciuni) iar in ziua urmatoare mi se spune ca voi fi spanzurat pentru credinta mea in Isus. Intr-o zi am dureri intense dupa bataile pe care le primesc la interogatii, iar in ziua urmatoare ei se poarta frumos cu tine si-ti ofera dulciuri. Aceste calde si reci nu pot sa te faca decat un om de otel care te poate face sa mergi inainte pentru inaintarea Imparatiei Sale.

Cand timp de 120 de zile esti pus sa dormi intr-o camera cu o lumina puternica care sta aprinsa continuu si care nu mai separa ziua de noapte si cand nu poti vedea lumina adevarata a soarelui decat cateva minute pe saptamana, atunci este momentul cand ai devenit manopera Sa si poti fi un vas care sa duca Imparatia Sa intr-un loc de intunerec unde sa poti sa impartasesti Evanghelia Pacii si a Vietii la o lume care moare. Si aici este locul unde inveti ca poti sa-ti iubesti vrasmasii cu toata inima ta.

Astept cu nerabdare ziua cand pot sa va vad pe toti aceia care ma sprijina prin rugaciuni si sa va pot imbratisa in bratele mele. Va multumesc pentru dragostea pe care mi-ati aratat-o.

Ce este in noi este mai tare decat ce este in lume si a biruit lumea.

Pastor Saeed Abedini, in lanturi pentru Domnul nostru Isus Christos

– traducere de A.C. –

Please Pray for US Pastor Saeed Abedini, held in Iran since July 2012 + read letter to his wife

photo from http://www.theusreport.com/the-us-report/tag/pastor-saeed-abedini

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

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