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I always place this in the forum because I believe it deserves our full attention. Pastor Saeed still needs the prayers of his brothers & sisters in Christ. Let's not forget to lift him up. We can get caught up in the hectic struggles of our own lives & forget the pain of others. As he sees 6 executed around him, I'm sure true fear grips him as hard as he tries to hang on to the hope that the Lord will restore him to his family.


Pastor Saeed 'Shaken' as Iranian Authorities Execute His Six Fellow Prisoners


Naghmeh Abedini(PHOTO: THE CHRISTIAN POST)Naghmeh Abedini, wife of imprisoned Iranian-American Pastor Saeed Abedini, gives remarks at a vigil for her husband held at Lafayette Square near the White House, Washington, Thursday, September 25, 2014.

U.S. Pastor Saeed Abedini, who has now been in an Iranian jail for his Christian faith for nearly two-and-a-half years, is "shaken" as six of his fellow prisoners were executed around him this week, his wife, Naghmeh, says.

"Saeed was quite shaken as he had to witness 6 fellow prisoners being beaten and taken to be executed (hanged) that day," Naghmeh was quoted as saying in a report by American Center for Law and Justice on Saturday.

"It was a hard and dark day having witnessed that and seeing life being taken. The prison visit was also very hard as the families of those who were executed were crying and wailing," she added.

Naghmeh learned about this after Pastor Saeed's family members in Iran were able to have a short visit with him at the prison.

"It was also an emotional visitation as it is getting closer to Jacob's 7th birthday. Last time Saeed saw Jacob he was 4 years old," she said, urging Christians to continue to pray for her husband "to have the strength to endure in that harsh prison and that Jesus would continue to meet him there and give him hope."

"Please pray that this will be the year that Saeed is released," she said.

Pastor Saeed remains in an incredibly dangerous situation, ACLJ says, explaining that summary executions, inmate violence and beatings are commonplace.

Saeed has also sustained prolonged internal injuries due to beatings in the prison.

"The Obama Administration must do all within its power to bring this wrongfully imprisoned U.S. citizen home to his family in America," ACLJ says.

Obama raised the issue of the pastor's detention during his first phone conversation with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani in September 2013, but authorities in Iran have not responded.

Saeed grew up in Iran before converting to Christianity at the age of 20. He later traveled with his family back and forth between Iran and the U.S. to meet other members of his family and for Christian work.

During one such trip in 2009, Saeed was detained by Iranian officials and interrogated for his conversion. While he was released with a warning against engaging in underground church activities, he was once again arrested in 2012 while working on a non-sectarian orphanage project.

Saeed was sentenced for endangering "national security," but the ACLJ believes the punishment has more to do with Saeed's Christian faith.

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Thank you for posting this Tammy.

Two questions really. 

Is his offense worthy of death under Iraqi law?

Given he was led to believe he was permitted to come and do what he was planning to do initially and by the appointed authority. And then they reneged on that and arrested him. Sounds like a bait to get what would be deemed an apostate of Islam back into his former home country so as to take revenge on his leaving Islam. 

And secondly, does it strike anyone else as odd that this man is allowed to use the mail service in an Iranian prison? Or that Iranian mail arrives in the U.S. ? 

Heavenly Father,

We stand together to pray for your will to be done.  We pray that Saeed will be equipped with your strength and courage to stand in the midst of incredible hardship.  Please also strengthen and encourage his family especially his wife and children.  We thank you that you are already working, and that you already know what the outcome will be.  And we know that YOU cause all things to work together for good to those who love YOU, to those who are called according to Your purpose.  IJMN Amen.

Amen

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