Who is Pastor Saeed?
Pastor Saeed was born in Iran and was Muslim. In 2000, he became a Christian and in 2002 he married his wife, Naghmeh, who is a US citizen. They became a part of the house church movement in Iran. According to wikipedia, during the time he was involved with this, it was tolerated in Iran. He is also credited during this time as establishing about 100 house churches in 30 Iranian cities and having over 2,000 members. In 2005, with the new election a crack down began by Iranian authorities and him and his family moved back to the United States.
In 2009, during his first trip back to Iran to visit his family, the authorities detained him. During this detainment, he was threatened with death over his conversion to Christianity. In 2008, Saeed Abedini had became an ordained minister and in 2010 he became a legalized US citizen.
In 2012, Abedini made his 9th visit back to Iran since leaving since 2009. He was going again to visit family and to continue his work to build an orphanage. It was during this trip that his passport and travel documents were confiscated and he was placed on house arrest. He was later moved to Evin Prison. In January 2013 Pastor Saeed was sentenced to 8 years in prison. He continued to be detained at Evin Prison until November 2013. In November he was moved to Rajai Shahr prision. This prision is known for housing heavy criminals and harsher, sometimes deadly conditions.
If you want to know where I got the above timeline details and quotes please click here on Wikipedia.
Today the ACLJ posted an article. You can read it by clicking HERE. I was brought to tears and prayers reading it.
I am going to post the article but wanted to give proper credit to where it came from….
American Pastor Saeed Abedini not only faces deadly conditions in Iran’s Rajai Shahr prison, but we can now confirm that he faces direct threats on his life from other prisoners.
Pastor Saeed’s Iranian family was able to visit him yesterday – the second visitation allowed since he was transferred to the deadly new prison last month.
Pastor Saeed is facing constant threats to his very life in the new prison. There have been several nights where he has awoken to men standing over him with knives. Pastor Saeed’s “cell” is only separated by a curtain from the rest of the violent prisoner ward he is forced to share, allowing dangerous prisoners – murderers and rapists – unfettered access to him 24 hours a day.
He has also been robbed at knifepoint several times, stripping him of what few necessities he has been permitted to purchase for personal hygiene.
As a result of the robberies, the utterly deplorable conditions of the prison, and the lack of doctor-prescribed medication which is being withheld by prison authorities, Pastor Saeed’s health has quickly deteriorated.
The pain in his stomach has returned and he is now experiencing increased pain in what he described to his family as his kidneys. As a result of repeated beatings in Evin prison, Pastor Saeed suffered from internal bleeding. After months of being refused medical care, Pastor Saeed was allowed to see a doctor and was prescribed medication earlier this year. As a result of that medication, his physical condition had improved and his pain had subsided. However, since being moved from Evin to Rajai Shahr last month, Iranian officials have refused to allow him this critical medication and his condition is worsening.
He is being refused medication, prescribed by Iranian doctors, for injuries he sustained from prison beatings. This is one of the most deplorable human rights violations imaginable.
To make matters worse, the prison conditions and lack of basic hygiene have led to his body being covered head to toe in lice. Because of the lice and increased pain, Pastor Saeed has been having trouble sleeping. He is also experiencing symptoms of recurring urinary tract infections. There is no medication to stop the infections. He is now also experiencing significant joint pain.
His family reports that Pastor Saeed has also noticeably lost weight in the new prison from lack of proper nutrition.
The conditions he faces are unfathomable. He faces direct threats to his life on an almost daily basis.
Iran has sent him to disappear. The Obama Administration abandoned this U.S. citizen when given the opportunity to negotiate his release, even reportedly releasing an Iranian scientist for nothing in return. Pastor Saeed has been left for dead.
We must not forget Pastor Saeed. We must take action now.
If you visit the link I posted above and scroll to the bottom of the article, there is a petition going around. I also urge you to call the White House and demand to know why the President has done nothing to free this man. I ask that you can your representatives and ask them the same thing. I ask you to share articles you see like this blog post today. I ask you pray for Pastor Saeed and his wife and children, as well as his extended family. Also, let us not forget to pray for the Iranian people and their salvation.
But and if ye suffer for righteousness’ sake, happy are ye: and be not afraid of their terror, neither be troubled; 1 Peter 3:14
But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; Matthew 5:44