In a rare event, American Pastor Saeed Abedini was recently able to write a letter to his family and all those in support of him. In the letter, he describes the brutal treatment and pressure he’s enduring at the notorious Evin prison in Iran.
He has now been imprisoned for close to 5 months. He describes the pain of not being able to see his family, physical and psychological abuse, humiliation and the bullyng by extremist and others incarcerated within the prison. In one incident, he was attacked by an inmate for singing praise and worship songs.
In his latest letter, Saeed says he is still being threatened with death. He also confirms the torture and mental abuse continues, as means to make him recant his faith in Christ. This, he says he will never do. He wrote:
“They are only waiting for one thing…for me to deny Christ, but they will never get this from me.”
“It is during these harsh conditions, that I deeply need God’s Saving Grace so that I can be the fragrant scent of Christ in the dark house of Evin prison.”
He will continue to be exposed daily to this cruel treatment, while serving an 8 year sentenced in this horrible prison. Pastor Saeed, an American citizen, is being forced to undergo some of the most horrific conditions imaginable.
Heartbroken by his letter, Naghmeh says:
It is heart wrenching to hear of Saeed’s continued abuse and torture in the Iranian prison. We have known for some time that he is facing physical and psychological abuse. Now our worst fears have been confirmed. He continues to face life-threatening abuse at the hands of the Iranian officials simply because of his faith in Jesus. These are the dreadful conditions he will continue to face as he serves his lengthy prison sentence in Iran. Saeed is an American citizen who is being pressured and falsely promised freedom if only he will deny his faith in Jesus. We have seen this tactic used in the past. Saeed will never recant his faith in Jesus – even if it means continued torture and abuse. Our primary concern is for his health and well-being with each passing day. We know that while he is very weak physically, Saeed is strong in his faith. His situation is dire and with the continued abuse and death threats, we are not sure how long Saeed will survive these horrendous conditions in prison. The most important thing we can do is pray, continue to raise awareness of his case and continue to work for his freedom.
WE MUST BE HIS VOICE! Sign the international petition for his freedom at SaveSaeed.org. Please share this link and ask and encourage all you know to SIGN! Ask them to also share with others. We are still short of the 300,000 signatures needed by March! As Christians let’s show the world how we care and will stand in with our brothers and sisters! Let’s show the world the LOVE of CHRIST in us! To those outside of America, we need your signatures too!
Saeed’s Letter – February 18, 2013
Writing from my heart.
My Dear Friends,
The conditions here get so very difficult that my eyes get blurry, my body does not have the strength to walk, and my steps become very weak and shaky.
Various (bullying) groups, the psychological warfare, a year of not seeing my family, physical violence, actions committed to humiliate me, insults, being mocked, being confronted with extremists in the prison who create another prison within the prison walls, and the death threats…
It is interesting that because I am a Christian pastor, I am carefully watched. I am expected to smile at them despite what is being done and to understand why they are doing all of these things. But, of course, I can clearly see what is going on and because I want to serve God, I see all of these difficulties as golden opportunities and great doors to serve. There are empty containers who are thirsty for a taste of the Living Water and we can quench their thirst by giving them Jesus Christ. Maybe you are also in such a situation, so pray and seek God that He would use you and direct you in the pressures and difficulties of your lives.
There are those who are enemies of the Living Bible and do not want to hear. They are trying to put me under such horrific pressures (that are sometimes unbearable) so that they can show me that my faith is empty and not real. And after all of these pressures, after all of the nails they have pressed against my hands and feet, they are only waiting for one thing…for me to deny Christ. But they will never get this from me. This is why the Bible is Truth and they are in the way of destruction.
There is another group who does not know the Gospel of Truth. Instead of truly listening and meditating on God’s Word, they are just waiting to see how I react to all of their pressures and persecution. What will come out of me during these intense times? But again, this is another golden opportunity for me to shine the light of Christ in this dark world and to let God to use me.
Yesterday when I was singing worship songs, the head of my cell room attacked me in order to stop me from praising but in response I hugged him and showed him love. He was shocked.
It is during these harsh conditions, that I deeply need God’s Saving Grace so that I can be the fragrant scent of Christ in the dark house of Evin prison. I have often seen the Shining Morning Star in the darkness of this prison and I have seen His amazing and supernatural works. Oh, how beautiful is seeing the light of the Shining Morning Star of Christ in such evil darkness.
See your golden opportunities in pressures and difficulties.
See the Shining Morning Star in the dark times of your life.
I Love Him! He is Gracious, Merciful, and Righteous to me. I now know that I have not been forgotten and that we are together in this path. God gives me Grace. This is my message for the Church: Stay Strong for His Glory. He will come back soon! Be with God and give your best efforts for His kingdom.
Pastor Saeed, servant of Jesus Christ in chains for endurance of Gospel. I love you all.
“I, Jesus, have sent my angel to give you this testimony for the churches. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, and the bright Morning Star.” – Revelation 22:16
The #SaveSaeed campaign and petition continues to gather momentum nearing the 300,000 signatures needed by March, with a global effort to use social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter to keep international pressure on this case. Please call sign the petition to:
Listen to the recent Jay Sekulow Live radio show titled: “Saeed Speaks from Cruel Prison” HERE
We are grateful for people like those at the American Center of Law and Justice. Please keep Jordan, Jay and all those working at the ACLJ who are trying to save Pastor Saeed in your prayers also!