“Remember the Persecuted Church”

October 1, 2015 • United States
Naghmeh Abedini expressed gratitude for the prayers of many Christians on behalf of her husband, Pastor Saeed.

Naghmeh Abedini addressed Samaritan's Purse staff today in Boone, N.C., and asked for continued prayer for persecuted believers, including her husband Pastor Saeed.

UPDATE: Pastor Saeed was released from prison on January 16, 2016.

Naghmeh Abedini, wife of imprisoned Pastor Saeed Abedini, today encouraged the staff of Samaritan’s Purse and updated them on her husband’s condition in Iran. She visited our international headquarters in Boone, North Carolina, on her way en route back to Idaho from time in New York City.

While in the New York area, she led a prayer rally for her husband on Monday and pressed the urgency of his case with numerous international leaders. While sharing with top influencers about her husband’s situation, she had opportunities to share the Gospel.

She described to today’s audience what she told world leaders this week: “We can’t get along with those that are closest to us, and yet we want to solve world peace. The solution is at the Cross and bringing that Cross into our own life—the power and resurrection of Christ working in our own life. We can get along, we can lay down our life for our enemies like Christ did. It’s only found in Jesus Christ, the example and the power to do it, to lay down your life for your enemies is found in Jesus Christ.”

Franklin Graham and others prayed for the Abedini family today in Boone, North Carolina.

Franklin Graham and others prayed for the Abedini family today in Boone, North Carolina.

Pastor Saeed, a 35-year-old American citizen, is suffering terrible physical abuse as he serves an eight-year sentence for his Christian faith in Iran’s Rajaei Shahr prison. In recent days he has been tortured with an electroshock weapon and also threatened with additional charges, which would extend his incarceration. Following his parents’ latest prison visit, Naghmeh said Pastor Saeed’s mother was especially distraught by her son’s condition.

Naghmeh said her husband remains a faithful witness to the Lord Jesus Christ in prison. She said many of those who share Pastor Saeed’s chains have, by God’s grace, been converted through his testimony. She noted that his prison is used for high-level political leaders who influence thousands of people in Iran.

“The solution is at the Cross and bringing that Cross into our own life—the power and resurrection of Christ working in our own life.”

Naghmeh emphasized to Samaritan’s Purse staff the critical importance of prayer for her husband, family, and persecuted believers worldwide.

“Nothing means more to me than people saying,’I know you’ve heard this a million times, but we’re praying for you.’ That one sentence means the whole world to me—means more than any riches, anything in this world,” she said. “The Bible knows what the persecuted church needs. They just need to know they’re not forgotten.”

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Franklin Graham joined Naghmeh Abedini in a prayer vigil outside the White House in September 2014 on behalf of Naghmeh’s husband, Pastor Saeed Abedini.

Christians around the world recently joined Naghmeh Abedini in prayer for Pastor Saeed on September 26. That date marked three years since he was imprisoned in Iran for living out his faith in Jesus Christ. On the 26th Naghmeh led a prayer vigil from the steps of the Idaho Capitol Building in Boise.

Today Samaritan’s Purse President Franklin Graham led a time of prayer for the Abedini family after Naghmeh spoke.

“We’re going to pray for Saeed, that God would give him boldness,” Graham said. “I want him to be like a lion in that prison—that God would just give him that Holy Spirit boldness. That he won’t be discouraged. That God would give you (Naghmeh) hope, so that you could see the light that is down at the end of that tunnel. And that your children, that their faith would not waver.”

Franklin Graham and Samaritan’s Purse ask that you continue to pray for strength and boldness for Pastor Saeed and his family, as well as all the persecuted Christians around the globe.

“Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us.” (1 John 5:14)


Pastor Saeed’s Story:
Formerly a devout Muslim, Pastor Saeed was saved by the Lord Jesus Christ in his Tehran bedroom more than a decade ago. After establishing numerous house churches, he eventually moved to the United States with his wife.

He later returned to Iran with the government’s permission to build an orphanage. He was initially detained in late July 2012 while visiting family in Tehran. Then, on September 26 of that year, members of the Revolutionary Guard raided his parents’ home and took Pastor Saeed to an unknown location. Four days later, his family was informed that he was in solitary confinement in the notorious Evin prison.

Pastor Saeed Abedini wrote this letter to his daughter for her eighth birthday, which was on September 12, 2014: samaritanspurse.org/article/pastor-saeeds-letter-to-his-daughter-rebekka/

To learn more about praying for Pastor Saeed, go to SaveSaeed.org. See beheardproject.com/saeed to find out more about the circumstances of his arrest and the horrific conditions he has endured and is facing.