Naghmeh Abedini: We pray to see God move
    August 25 2014 by Michael McEwen, BR Content Editor

    In January, Saeed Abedini faced deteriorating medical conditions while detained in one of the deadliest prisons in Iran, Rajai Shahr Prison. Jordan Sekulow, executive director of the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ), warned that while the political prisoner ward should be safer for Abedini than the murderer ward, authorities have placed two violent criminals in the political ward who “consistently threaten any semblance of peace.”

     
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    Naghmeh Abedini has requested believers to join together to pray for her husband, Saeed, as well as the persecuted church. There are several North Carolina locations to join in prayer.

    Since Saeed’s transfer, the threats have not ceased. With the rise of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) in early June, the ACLJ reported that Saeed had received death threats from ISIS terrorists in the same prison.
     
    Saeed told family members that he is being held in the same ward as members of ISIS – the Sunni extremist group that has murdered Christians and other religious minorities in its conquest of Iraq and Syria.
     
    Naghmeh Abedini – Saeed’s wife – and their children have not been allowed to speak with Saeed since he was arrested but have communicated through his family in Iran, who are permitted to visit him.
    Those family members said Saeed has been told through other prisoners that the ISIS inmates intend to murder him because of his Christian faith.
     
    Naghmeh has invited Christians to join her by participating in prayer vigils across the world on Sept. 26 – the anniversary of Saeed’s imprisonment.
     
    In a promotional video for the vigil, Naghmeh said, “I am doing a prayer vigil on this day to remember pastor Saeed and others who are in prison for Christ, but also as a chance to come together as the Body of Christ and to see the move of God as we pray together.”
     
    Saeed Abedini is a U.S. citizen of Iranian descent, and he was sentenced in early 2013 to eight years in prison for his involvement in Iran’s house church movement. Saeed used to live in Iran and was a leader of house churches before moving to America in 2005. He was arrested approximately two years ago while on a trip to build an orphanage in the city of Rasht.
     
    Though the Iranian constitution officially recognizes Christianity as a minority religion, Christian converts from Islam have suffered brutal persecution at the hands of Muslim authorities.
     
    Saeed previously expressed that he received great encouragement from knowing that his chains have united the body of Christ in prayer. To join others in praying for him and the persecuted church, go to beheardproject.com/prayer-vigil/saeed.
     
    To register your vigil and receive information on coordinating a vigil, email globalvigil2014@gmail.com.

    8/25/2014 2:49:04 PM by Michael McEwen, BR Content Editor | with 0 comments
    Filed under: persecution, prayer vigil, Saeed Abedini




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