Franklin Graham: Release Pastor Saeed Abedini
September 26, 2014 • United States

The Samaritan's Purse president urged prayer for the imprisoned American pastor at an event in Washington, D.C.

It has been two years since Pastor Saeed Abedini, an American citizen, was unjustly imprisoned in Iran because of his faith in Jesus Christ. On Thursday, Sept. 25, Franklin Graham spoke at a prayer event in Washington, D.C., outside of the White House to pray for Pastor Saeed’s release and “ask for God’s favor.”

“Jesus warned his disciples in Matthew 24 that they would be hated and persecuted because of His Name. We see in Acts that Peter was imprisoned. We see that Paul was imprisoned and later executed for his faith,” Franklin Graham said. “I want us to pray today. I want us to pray that God will intervene, and He would bring this faithful servant who has been tortured and beaten for his faith, that God will bring him home.”

Pastor Saeed's children, Rebekka and Jacob, sing a praise song at the event.

Pastor Saeed’s children, Rebekka and Jacob, sing a praise song at the event.

Pastor Saeed’s children also sang a special song of worship, and his wife, Naghmeh, read a letter he wrote to their daughter Rebekka on her eighth birthday– the third birthday he has missed since being imprisoned (Read this inspirational letter here).

“You standing with us means so much to our family,” Naghmeh said. “This is what the persecuted church needs.”

Franklin Graham maintains close contact with Naghmeh, helping her bring awareness to the plight of her husband.

Franklin Graham and Naghmeh Abedini and her children Jacob and Rebakka prayer for Pastor Saeed's release.

Franklin Graham and Naghmeh Abedini and her children Jacob and Rebakka pray for Pastor Saeed’s release.

“She is worried and is fervently asking for our prayers,” he said. “Please pray for Saeed, Naghmeh, and their family.”

Franklin Graham, Naghmeh Abedini, and other speakers and organizers of the prayer event gather in front of the White House.

Franklin Graham, Naghmeh Abedini, and other speakers and organizers of the prayer event gather in front of the White House.

Saeed was arrested in 2012 when he was visiting his former homeland to build an orphanage. Since then, he has suffered brutality and beatings for his faith from within the prison’s walls. Now ISIS militants are issuing death threats against Saeed, and imprisoned members of al Qaeda have already attempted to murder him as well. Saeed has told his family that he fears for his life and is forced to refuse allotted prison yard time to avoid these dangerous situations.

Samaritan’s Purse works to serving members of the persecuted church all over the world. Most recently, we’ve been supplying tents and food for refugees in northern Iraq after families from the ancient Christian town of Qaraqosh were displaced when their home was overrun by ISIS jihadists.

Please join us in prayer for our brothers and sisters in Christ who are suffering for their faith.

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