Pastor in Iranian Jail

Saeed Abedini was born in Iran but moved to the United States and eventually became a U. S. citizen in 2010 when he married his wife Nagemheh. They have two young children. Saeed is a pastor and makes frequent trips to Iran including a recent one in which he was helping to start an orphanage.

On September 26 of last year Saeed was arrested for his religious work and put in the notorious Evin prison where he remains today. Recently the United States State Department and the White House press secretary have spoken out against his imprisonment.

The American Center for Law and Justice is working on behalf of the family and seeks to rally international pressure with the hope of forcing Iranian authorities to release Mr. Abedini. On a more personal note, I was impressed by the contents of a recent letter that Saeed wrote and thought it might be appropriate to share since our sermon series through James has prompted us to talk about a Christian response to the trials of life. (See also the most recent Point of Focus on this issue.)

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