We’ve been following the story of persecuted Christian Pastor Saeed Abedini, who has been imprisoned in Rajai Shahr prison in Iran for nearly three years. From time to time, Saeed’s letters home will be shared online through the American Center for Law and Justice, which advocates for the shutdown of ISIS and the persecution of Christians around the globe.
Saeed Abedini is an American pastor from Idaho who was taken from his parents’ home while visiting Iran in 2012. Facing criminal charges because of his faith, Saeed was promised a court summons but instead received a prison sentence without a trial. Pastor Saeed has been imprisoned since September 26, 2012.
The Human Right Activists News Agency Iran reported last week that Pastor Saeed continues to be mistreated by prison guards, and the requests for phone calls between Pastor Saeed and his family have been rejected. He has also been denied proper medical attention to care for the injuries incurred by the mistreatment.
More Than Just Saeed
The story of Pastor Saeed Abedini gives us a face and a family to be burdened for. But more than a cause to rally around, Pastor Saeed represents a raft of Christians being persecuted for their faith around the world. ISIS and other anti-Christian militant operations are persecuting and killing Christians just because they are Christians. We will never read the stories or see the faces or hug the families of many persecuted Christians across the globe. But we must pray for them as we pray for Pastor Saeed Abedini.
Pastor Saeed, even from his prison cell in Iran, implored us to pray for not only him but other Christians facing persecution and martyrdom around the world in his last letter written on his birthday.
Pray For Saeed Abedini And Persecuted Christians
Saturday, September 26, 2015, will mark three years since Pastor Saeed was imprisoned and persecuted in Iran. His wife Naghmeh Abedini is pleading with Christians to pray for Saeed and persecuted Christians everywhere at noon that day.
Host a prayer event or include it in regular Sunday services on September 27. Find or register a prayer event at www.beheardproject.com/prayer-vigil/saeed/.
The Voice of the Martyrs, the Be Heard Project and Open Doors USA tell the stories of persecuted Christians in dark places. They provide opportunities to get involved with praying for and encouraging persecuted Christians like Saeed Abedini beyond just reading about them in your newsfeed. Prisoner Alert even enables you to write a letter to a specific persecuted Christian in some of the darkest places on the map.
It’s not easy or fun to think about Pastor Saeed’s situation or other evils in our world. But it is necessary. Read their stories. See their faces. And pray. For Pastor Saeed Abedini and persecuted Christians across the globe.