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Requesting prayers for her children, below you will find a heartbreaking update that Naghmeh Abedini recently shared. Being without their father for so long, has been very hard on the children—an emotional roller coaster for the whole family. Please press in and lift these little one up to the Lord.
I would appreciate your prayers for the kids. Specially for Rebekka. Her birthday is coming up in September and I have noticed over the last few weeks that it has become too painful for her to hope that Saeed might be out for her birthday, she has just decided to cope with it by accepting that our family is just me and them. I looked at drawings she used to do a few years ago when Saeed was first arrested and they were filled with hope and faith. I noticed over the last few weeks that her pictures of our family include just me and them.
Recently Jacob heard me making travel plans to New York and he begged me to come (his dream is to go to the sewers of New York where the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles live!). I told him that this was for efforts for daddy and I would be so busy it would not be fun for him. I told him that we will go for vacation to New York when daddy gets out of prison. He cried and marched off as he said that “daddy is never coming home!”
I tell them to hope and pray and trust Jesus. It is so hard for them to pray for so long and not see the results. Please pray that God would give me the wisdom to guide them in their walk with Christ.
Persecution Watch, is a national prayer conference call who pray specifically for the persecuted Church—will join global prayer vigils being held for Pastor Saeed Abedini on the night of September 26th.
For over 6 years, Blaine Scogin has led this national network of believers faithfully praying for the persecuted Church and the global harvest for the Kingdom of God. The group normally meets via a free call-in service every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday night at 8pm CST. But dedicated in their prayers for our persecuted brothers and sisters, these prayer warriors have been known to meet every night for months at a time—lifting them up as the Lord leads. Often, they host callers from nations other than the United States. And on occasion, they pray with the persecuted on the call as they tell of their hardships and share their amazing faith and stories of endurance through Christ. The group is honored to serve them by washing their feet in Spirit led prayer.
Persecution Watch is inviting all who cannot leave their homes, or do not live within driving distance to one of the many planned prayer vigil events on Saturday evening, September 26th. This call will be open to all who would like to lift up our brother, Saeed in prayer. In silent prayer or crying out—you’re invited to stay on the call as long as you feel led to do so.
VOP encourages you to share this information with everyone, so those unable to attend the vigil locations can still participate in the prayer event.
MEET YOU ON THE CALL!
Naghmeh Abedini, wife of Pastor Saeed to visit DETROIT AREA: Religious Freedom Rally Saturday, Nov. 15
Come and hear Naghmeh Abedini, Pastor Saeed’s wife, as she shares the latest updates regarding her husband, who is currently serving an 8-year prison sentence in Iran for sharing his Christian faith.
Hear how this has strengthened her faith in God. Join us as we petition the international community to demand release of this innocent man, followed by a time of prayer for the persecuted church.
FRIDAY NIGHT Nov.14, 2014 at 8pm-11pm
Naghmeh will also be at the Dearborn Justice House of Prayer
Springwells Church -14900 Michigan Ave., Dearborn, MI. 48126
SATURDAY NIGHT Nov.15, 2014 at 5pm
Religious Freedom Rally at
Dearborn Heights First Assembly of God
5650 Telegraph Rd., Dearborn Heights, MI. 48125
U.S. Prayer Conference Call Joins Prayer Vigil For Pastor Saeed Abedini on Sept. 26th.
Persecution Watch, a national prayer conference call who pray specifically for the persecuted Church—will join global prayer vigils being held for Pastor Saeed Abedini on the night of September 26th.
For the past 5 years, Blaine Scogin has led this national network of believers faithfully praying for the persecuted Church and the global harvest of souls for the Kingdom of God. The group normally meets via a free call-in service every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday night at 8pm CST. But dedicated in their prayers for our persecuted brothers and sisters, these prayer warriors have been known to meet every night for months at a time—lifting them up as the Lord leads. Often, they host callers from nations other than the United States. And on occasion, they pray with and serve the persecuted by washing their feet in Spirit led prayer.
Persecution Watch is inviting all who cannot leave their homes, or do not live within…
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For more information or how you can coordinate a vigil in your area please visit, 2nd Annual Global Prayer Vigil for Saeed Abedini Planned for September 26th
(VOP) Last year, on the day after Prayer Vigils were held globally for Pastor Saeed, President Obama mentioned him and other imprisoned Americans on a phone call with the Iranian President. What will happen this year if we pray again?
Saeed’s wife, Naghmeh Abedini is planning the second global vigil for 6-8pm (in your time zone) on Friday, September 26th. Note: vigils can be held at a time convenient for your location.
We are looking for others willing to join us in standing and praying with Naghmeh, and to be a VOICE for the persecuted in your State and community. Remember, this is a global event and we encourage those outside of the U.S. to also hold vigils in your country and participate in this special prayer event for the persecuted.
Voice of the Persecuted encourages you to consider helping coordinate a prayer vigil in your area. If you are willing to plan a vigil, please e-mail your response to email@example.com. Please also feel free to e-mail any questions you may have about the vigil. You will receive a response back.
Along with Naghmeh, we are believing for Saeed’s release and praying for a miracle. On September 26th we will stand together and intercede for Saeed and on behalf of Christians around the world who are persecuted for their faith. Our communities must know the value of standing up for Jesus Christ, and our governments must remember the importance of religious freedom.
If you are willing to coordinate the event this year, upon your confirmation, you will receive materials to help aid you in your planning, including information on how to manage any media requests.
Thank you for faithfully praying and learning about our persecuted family. Let us go a step further to support our Brother Saeed who has been languishing in an Iranian prison cell for nearly 2 years. Let Heaven and the whole world hear, he is NOT FORGOTTEN by his Christian family, worldwide.
Encourage your pastor and others to join us. Please feel free to share this update. Let us PRAY together in unity, one Body in Christ!
DETROITERS: Location for the Prayer Vigil will be at the Coleman A. Young Municipal Center, 2 Woodward Ave. at 6pm
If you live in the area and would like to be a part of the Detroit Prayer Vigil Planning Committee, or
PASTORS/FAITH LEADERS/ADVOCATES: If you would like to be a guest speaker and pray at the Detroit Vigil for Pastor Saeed and the persecuted Church, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
TO FIND VIGIL LOCATIONS WORLDWIDE visit http://beheardproject.com/prayer-vigil/saeed
We’ve been reviewing commentaries about the recent Prayer Breakfast attended by the President. While we remain extremely grateful that President Obama acknowledged our brother’s, Pastor Saeed Abedini and Kenneth Bae, we wonder what current action the administration is taking to procure their release.
Pastor Saeed’s wife, and Kenneth Bae’s family were jubilant about the acknowledgement from the president and rightly so, but we remain cautiously optimistic. We believe God is working through both men to bring light into the darkness they are currently in. And pray for their families who are and have been inspirations to many Christians and non-believers alike. There also is evidence that Pastor Saeed has brought the Gospel to new believers in prison, when they may have never had an opportunity to hear the Word. God has a plan and is in control in the lives of these faithful men and their families.
Many were disheartened when President Obama didn’t officially mention Saeed or Kenneth in the last State of the Union Address. Reps. Rick Larsen (D-Wash.) and Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.) had invited Bae’s mother, Myunghee Bae, and sister, Terri Chung, to hear the president speak in the House chamber, so they both were present. Secretary of State John F. Kerry even met with Bae’s family ahead of the speech.
Thousands were extremely disappointed that Pastor Saeed’s release wasn’t made as a pre-condition to the recent nuclear talks with the government of Iran. At Davos, politicians started the talks with handshakes and smiles, followed by deals with the Islamic nation. But Pastor Saeed sat in a dark prison, suffering with internal injuries caused by beatings for nothing more than his faith in Jesus Christ. Pressuring him to deny his Christian faith, the Iranian authorities have caused him to endure much physical and psychological torture. A prison doctor now says he will need to undergo surgery for the internal bleeding he has been suffering for the past year. The Islamic regime has used Saeed as a pawn to further oppress Christian converts and the people of Iran. These two Americans have been denied their human/religious rights. And we will never accept the despicable treatment inflicted on our fellow Americans and family members in Christ.
In an interview with Steve Malzberg, former Ambassador John Bolton made some interesting statements regarding the president’s comments at the Prayer Breakfast. Bolton said he believes President Barack Obama’s mention of American Pastor Saeed Abedini — serving eight years in prison in Iran on charges related to his Christian beliefs — at the prayer breakfast may have been made to placate his family.
“He’s probably trying … to get them off his back and to get the American public off his back for not raising the issue enough. I don’t think it’s going to succeed,” he said.
“It wasn’t an official statement; it was just in the prayer breakfast because he hopes that with a bunch of religious fanatics in Tehran he can kind of pass it off as his obligatory religious gesture in this country.
“I mean really, it is a demonstration that the president is determined to have a deal with Iran on the nuclear program almost no matter what the cost.”
From the beginning of Saeed’s wrongful detention, many have pleaded for the president to speak out on the behalf of the imprisoned American pastor in Iran. He has remained virtually silent. Voice of the Persecuted joined thousands worldwide in holding a Protest/Prayer Vigil for Pastor Saeed on September 26, 2013— the one year anniversary of his imprisonment. The next day, it was reported that a senior Obama Administration official confirmed that President Obama had called for the release of American Pastor Saeed Abedini in a phone conversation with the new Iranian President Rouhani.
It was stated that President Obama raised Pastor Saeed’s case along with two other Americans directly with the Iranian President. According to the report, President Obama raised concerns about the imprisonment of Saeed and expressed our country’s interest in seeing the American pastor returned to his family.
While Secretary of State Kerry had already called on Iran to release Pastor Saeed, the call with Rouhani was the first time that Obama had himself spoken out about the wrongfully imprisoned U.S. citizen. Between that call and the mention at the prayer breakfast, he has been silent.
As Bolton claimed, were his statements only an appeasement? Does this administration believe Saeed’s supporters will stop pressuring our government leaders to do more for his release? If so, they’ve underestimated the unity and love we have for one another. When one suffers, we all suffer and his wrongful imprisonment by the nation of Iran is completely unacceptable. And our stance on North Korea’s detainment of our brother, Kenneth Bae is the same. Both men must be released.
As Christians, we are banding together in prayer and support for these brothers and their families. We want to remain positive and encouraging, wrapping them in love and the power that comes with a blanket of prayer and the Name of Jesus.
We encourage everyone to not give up or get lax. We must step up the efforts and keep the emails, letters and petitions going to the President and our elected officials. Let him, our government and the world know that we as Christians and Americans, will not forget while one of us is left behind. Be their VOICE, too many are still unaware. Encourage others to join in the campaign to save their lives. Keep the fires going and keep the light shining, so all may find their way. And most importantly PRAY!
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Sign the petition to help free Saeed
We encourage you to write a personal letter of encouragement to Pastor Saeed. You can personalize a card or letter by sending a family photo. Younger children may participate by sending a drawing, also encouraging him in this time of trial. Learn how HERE
Sign the petition to bring Kenneth back home.
A letter-writing campaign for Kenneth was launched by the two American journalists, Laura Ling and Euna Lee, previously imprisoned in North Korea, because letters were what sustained them during their detainment.
Please send words of hope, strength, and news. Learn how HERE