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.”

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. –

Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani Free Again

Youcef

The American Center for Law and Justice  (ACLJ.org) is reporting that they have confirmed through a member of Pastor Youcef’s church, that  Iranian authorities released Pastor Youcef from prison shortly after 1:30 p.m. near Rasht, Iran.

He had been re-arrested on Christmas Day in Iran, the first Christmas he would have been able to spend with his wife and two young sons after his nearly three-year imprisonment for his Christian faith.

After initially spending 1,062 days behind bars under a death sentence for apostasy (becoming a Christian), he has now been forced to spend an additional 14 days in prison because of his faith even after his apostasy conviction was absolved.

English: Locator map of Iran

The ACLJ welcomes his release from this unjust and illegal imprisonment.  Iran must not be allowed to persecute individuals because of their faith.

Pastor Youcef has become the face of persecution around the world, and his re-arrest on Christmas Day shows Iran’s intent to make an example of Pastor Youcef to intimidate people of minority faiths.

While Pastor Youcef is now once again free, American Pastor Saeed Abedini remains imprisoned for his faith in one of Iran’s most notoriously brutal and abusive prisons.

ACLJ is circulating a petition that asks for the release of Pastor Saeed Abedini. You can sign it here- sign petition demanding the U.S. government take action on Pastor Saeed’s behalf.

Read more here- http://aclj.org/iran/pastor-youcef-nadarkhani-again-free

But the joy of Pastor Nadarkhani’s release is tempered with the fact that his lawyer remains imprisonsed, as the CHristian Post reports:  http://global.christianpost.com photo below from http://humanrights.gov

Although Nadarkhani’s family and supporters worldwide who have called and prayed for his release will look at the development as good news, pressing concerns remain for the Iranian pastor’s lawyer, Mohammad Ali Dadkhah, who was jailed for 10 years and disbarred back in September allegedly for „actions and propaganda against the Islamic regime.”

„The imprisonment of Mr. Dadkhah is part of an ongoing campaign of repression of human rights activists journalists and defenders,” Kankhwende told CP. „Mr. Dadkhah is not the only one; his fellow founders of the Defenders of Human Rights Center (DHRC), which the authorities forced to close in 2008, are all detained and suffering similarly. He is being persecuted in his own right because of his profession and lifelong professional commitment in defending the rights of political activists and others.”

CSW’s chief executive, Mervyn Thomas, has called for the immediate release of Dadkhah, amid concerns that he is being pressured to do a televised confession admitting his supposed actions against the Islamic regime.

Read more at http://global.christianpost.com

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