Pray for Pastor Saeed Abedini

By Jocelyn Hu

Join Christians around the world in praying for the American pastor imprisoned for his faith, and for the persecuted church.

It has been almost two years since Pastor Saeed Abedini, an American citizen, was unjustly imprisoned in Iran because of his faith in Jesus Christ.

It's been two years without freedom, two years of his children being without a father, and two years of his wife Naghmeh diligently working to gain support from American and international governments for his release.

But it has not been two years without hope. Pastor Saeed wrote in a letter that a huge encouragement to him while in prison is knowing "that in my chains the body of Christ has chained together" in prayer. Nagmeh told the Samaritan's Purse staff last year that the Gospel is being advanced through persecution.

On September 26-the two-year anniversary of his imprisonment-Christians across the globe will gather to pray for Pastor Saeed, and for the persecuted church around the world.

Find a vigil in your area or organize one with your local church.

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 President Franklin Graham, who will speak at a prayer event in Washington, D,C., on Sept. 25, maintains close contact with Naghmeh, helping her bring awareness to the plight of her husband.

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

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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