Let’s join together as a group and send some words and thoughts of encouragement with Pastor Saeed Abedini’s family. Pastor Saeed has been imprisoned for more than two years in Iran for his Christian faith. In a recent letter to President Obama he wrote, “These days are very cold here. My small space beside the window is without glass, making most nights unbearable to sleep. The treatment by fellow prisoners is also quite cold and at times hostile. Some of my fellow prisoners don’t like me because I am a convert and a pastor. They look at me with shame, as someone who has betrayed his former religion. The guards can’t even stand the paper cross that I have made and hung next to me as a sign of my faith and in anticipation of celebrating my Savior’s birth. They have threatened me and forced me to remove it. This is the first Christmas that I am completely without my family; all of my family is presently outside of the country. These conditions have made this upcoming Christmas very hard, cold and shattering for me.” Pastor Saeed concluded his letter with this charge: “This Christmas let the love of Christ enter into the depth of your heart and make you fiery, ready to pay any cost in order to bring the same love to the cold world around you, transforming them with the true message of Christmas.”
In a more recent letter, Pastor Saeed thanked President Obama for visiting his wife Naghemeh and his children, Jacob and Rebekka. President Obama encouraged Jacob that he would try to have his dad home by Jacob’s birthday, coming up this May.
Let’s join together as a group and pray for Pastor Saeed’s family, for his safe release and return to the US and that the Lord provides wisdom and direction for our President in dealing with Iran and petitioning for the release of Pastor Saeed.
Continue to remember those in prison as if you were together with them in prison, and those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering. Hebrews 13:3
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