Write To Encourage Maryam Naghash Zargaran (Nasim) imprisoned in Iran for her Faith in Christ #FreeMaryamNaghashZargaran
(Voice of the Persecuted) Maryam Naghash-Zargaran – Nasim was arrested and put into prison for practicing her right to believe in the religion of her choice. In this case it is Christianity.
She was sentenced to 4 years on July 15, 2013 in Iran’s notorious Evin prison. Maryam is in ill health, and has suffered a heart attack while in prison.
Why is Maryam in prison?
When she was arrested, Maryam was involved with the establishment of an orphanage in Iran. Despite having no political agenda, an Iranian Revolutionary Court falsely declared Maryam’s Christian activities to be proof that she was ‘acting against the security of the Iranian nation’. Her imprisonment violates international law, to which Iran is a party, which guarantees freedom of religion and belief.
In September 2013, Maryam was transferred to Modares hospital on Sunday to be treated for her heart disease. Having had heart surgery before, mental pressures in prison resulted in her heart attack, and as a result she was transferred to hospital. To date, there is still no detailed news about her condition.
Additionally, Maryam is suffering depression due to the effects of prison conditions.
Her friends, are determined to ensure that Maryam is not forgotten.
Like Maryam’s Facebook Page, and please mention Maryam on Twitter with the Hashtag #FreeMaryamNaghashZargaran
Postcards to Evin Prison
Please continue to send postcards to Maryam at Evin Prison.
Your words and letters to Maryam will not be wasted if you write. The postcards and letters you write will make a big difference to Maryam, letting her know that she has not been forgotten. Feel free to use scripture, but please do not write negative comments about the Iranian government. Messages will be read by the prison guards.
Maryam Naghash-Zargaran – Nasim
Islamic Republic of Iran
Please continue to Pray for our Iranian sister and for those who have the power release her. Write and send a postcard of support and let her know that she is not forgotten. If you have a Facebook account, you can stay updated on her situation and get a message to her by sharing it as a comment here. Stand United with our persecuted brothers and sisters. Thank you for praying, raising awareness and writing to those imprisoned for their faith! (Hebrews 13:3) One in the Body of Christ
God Bless you!
(Voice of the Persecuted) You were called by the Lord, and He brought you to a broken place, with broken people, with broken hearts that needed to hear about Jesus.
He sees your heart, He captures your tears, He hears your petitions for your family, for those imprisoned with you, and yes, even those who harm you, who mock you.
In the quiet dark solitude, you felt His presence, sending a light, full of the everlastingly love of your Jesus! It took your breath away…
Calming all the fears, He promises to be with you, as you endure these trials and tribulations. Because even in your weakness He will be your strength! When days seem long, He sends His ministering angels to comfort your heart.
He knows you are worried for your beautiful wife, Naghmeh. You miss her so…
The Lord has called her to not only speak out for your release, but to boldly proclaim the gospel, and the love of Jesus to so many! Your beautiful children, Rebekka and Jacob, you remember tucking them in at night. They are growing up so fast, your heart is heavy. The Lord knows the sacrifices you and your family are going through.
Yet, so willingly, giving it all to Him for His Kingdom Glory, you yield. You bring a “Christ light “to a dark
Know this my brother in Christ. You are not forgotten! The Lord has called up the Prayer Warriors to intercede for you and your family’s behalf.
There are those petitioning for your release. You Saeed, are so loved and precious in the sight of the Lord!
Stay strong in Him…
Your Sister in Christ♡
Amen and Amen! Luanne is a member of the VOP Project Team who cares very deeply for our persecuted family in Christ. Many have been greatly encouraged and feel blessed by the selfless love she has shown them. Her faith in action is an inspiration for us all. May the Lord continue to advance and bless our sister’s walk with Him.
Church In Chains by Jessie Campbell
Asia Bibi, is a Pakistani Christian woman who was convicted of blasphemy by a Pakistani court, receiving a sentence of death by hanging. In June 2009, she was involved in an argument with a group of Muslim women with whom she had been harvesting berries after the other women became angry at her for drinking the same water as them. The woman considered the well defiled after Bibi drank from it because she was a Christian. She was subsequently accused of insulting the Islamic prophet Muhammad, a charge she denies, and was arrested and imprisoned. In November 2010, a Sheikhupura judge sentenced her to death. If executed, Bibi would be the first woman in Pakistan to be lawfully killed for blasphemy.
The verdict, which was reached in a district court and would need to be upheld by a superior court, has received worldwide attention. Multiple petitions have called for the charges against her to be dismissed. She received less sympathy from her neighbors and Islamic religious leaders in the country, some of whom adamantly called for her to be executed. Christian minorities minister Shahbaz Bhatti and Pakistani government politician Salmaan Taseer were both killed for advocating on her behalf and opposing the often misused blasphemy laws. Asia’s family has gone into hiding due to receiving death threats and has voiced concerns that she could be killed by extremists if released from prison.
Show your support for this Christian sister by writing a letter to give her encouragement to endure. And please remember to keep Asia and her family in your prayers.
Letters will be screened by Voice of the Persecuted advocates for Asia’s protection.
Mike, Maine USA
Dear Pastors family,
My heart goes out to you and the kids, I want you to know that we pray for Saeed and your family constantly!! When we pray, we ask God at that moment to help Saeed to feel Gods presence and to feel comforted. We pray that God will remind Saeed of Paul, as God reminds us of Paul when it comes to Saeed! We know that God could release Saeed right now if He chose! I know sometimes I get frustrated with why God wont release Saeed, but am quickly reminded that God has a plan! We do pray that God will release Saeed when HE is finished with him, hopefully soon! We love you and all of you are in our prayers and hearts!
Thank you for praying and reminding us that God is in control! Jesus said, “If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first.” We can praise Him for the warning that we will go through trials, some seemingly impossible. We might not understand why persecution or suffering is allowed to happen to us, but God knows the end from the beginning. We must trust that He will achieve the most perfect outcome for us. One that will take us into eternity. He is with us and we have no need to fear.
God bless you, Michael
VOP Project Team
Tell Pastor Saeed that we understand, and we will pick up the cross and follow Christ as he has.
Join in this project to let the Abedini’s know how they have inspired or renewed your faith. Each testimony will be a source of encouragement to them and the Body of Christ. When the family is reunited, we will gather the stories to be published in a book and presented to them as an appreciation for their steadfast faith. Together, we will be able to provide a little insight into how God has worked through them to be a blessing to more than they realize. Add your testimony below. If your church has been active in praying for this persecuted family, inform them of this special mission so they too can share their thoughts and be an encouragement.
Be encouraged, view submitted testimonies HERE
Pastor Saeed Abedini, a U.S. citizen has been imprisoned in Iran for his Christian faith, since September 2012. Practically without representation, the Iranian government sentenced Pastor Saeed to eight years in prison after convicting him of “undermining” the government by spreading his religious beliefs. Saeed had previously worked with house churches in Iran.
In a prior detainment, the Iranian government had Pastor Saeed sign a document promising he would not proselytize and he upheld his side of the bargain. Having a heart for orphans, Saeed visited family and was organizing board members for a government approved orphanage that he was starting for Iranian children regardless of their faith. During this trip in 2012, he was taken and held by Iranian Revolutionary Guards.
Since his detainment, Pastor Saeed has endured psychological/physical torture, because he will not deny his Christian faith. These beatings have caused him to suffer internal bleeding, while medical care was withheld for months. the treatment he finally received has been minimal. Abedini’s health is of great concern. He continues to experience increased stomach pain as he is denied necessary medication and treatment, including the much needed surgery recommended by prison doctors.
Last November, Saeed was transferred from Evin Prison, a facility for political prisoners, to Rajai Shahr Prison, one of the deadliest prisons in Iran. He is now held where hardened prisoners have unfettered access to him. Saeed is languishing not only in the horrific conditions at the prison, but in grave danger at the hands of cellmates. He has received death threats and has even been threatened at knifepoint.
The failed nuclear talks between the U.S and Iran has now been extended for 7 more months. Pastor Saeed Abedini will likely spend another Christmas in the Iranian prison.
For the past two years, the Abedini family has faced one disappointment after another. The current Administration’s lack of ability, or lack of concern has failed to secure the release of this American citizen, husband and father of two young children.
His wife, Naghmeh Abedini who has spent two years tirelessly campaigning for her husband’s release, expressed her deep disappointment.
“I am beyond heartbroken. While I have never wanted my husband to be a pawn in these political negotiations, I recognize that his freedom might be tied to our government being able to reach a final deal. The thought of waiting another 7 months for resolution sounds unbearable at this time.”
Though many have been devastated that Pastor Saeed’s release has not been procured by the U.S. during agreement talks with Iran, UNTIL HE’S BACK HOME with his family, the American people and many others from around the world will not give up in their efforts and demands for his release!
It is hard to imagine what Saeed must be going through as he suffers in chains for Christ. It is painful to think about the grief his wife and two young children are experiencing in his absence. They too have been forced to share in the suffering of persecution.
Once again, Voice of the Persecuted has organized an International Christmas Campaign Mission, endorsed by his wife, Nagmeh Abedini to REMEMBER SAEED ON CHRISTMAS.
This holiday season is the perfect time for us to flood Rajaei-Shahr Prison with messages and share this Christmas with Saeed! JOIN with us to let him & Iran know that he WILL NOT be forgotten! With Christ & our prayers, he is NEVER alone.
Nearly one thousand have already joined the campaign within the first few days!
We encourage you to write a personal letter of encouragement and Christmas greetings to Pastor Saeed. You can personalize the card or letter by sending a family photo. Younger children may participate by sending a drawing, encouraging him in this time of trial. Most likely the guards will read these cards and letters. Include in your message, the love Jesus has for us and the ultimate gift of sacrifice that Christ gave for all people. Sharing this with them may be the first and only time they will get to read about what Christ has done for them. Pray the Lord touches their hearts!
Your help is crucial in making this mission a success!
PLEASE SHARE THIS WITH YOUR FAMILY, FRIENDS, PASTORS/CHURCHES, MINISTRY GROUPS, ORGANIZATIONS, CLUBS, COMMUNITY AND SOCIAL MEDIA SITES, SUCH AS FACEBOOK AND TWITTER.
Share often, motivate others to care, you CAN make a difference and bring joy in this world! Help us spread this mission around the world to start sending love and light to Iran. REMEMBERING SAEED ON CHRISTMAS!
Dec. 2015 UPDATE:
Share a Christmas message with Saeed here
Julie, IA, USA
Pastor Saeed and his wife, Naghmeh Abedini have been facing insurmountable spiritual warfare because of their Love for God. I hope and pray that myself and each one of us can stand in the face of evil and proclaim that Jesus Christ is Lord!
We must press in and rely on God for all thing in our lives—trusting in Him with no limits. Focusing our attention solely on Him. We must also pray for the lost to be found in Christ. May we boldly go forth sharing the Gospel of love and truth and may they accept it with open minds and hearts. May we being living sacrifices so that our faith, love and testimonies point them to the Lord. May all the glory and praise go to our Father in Heaven. IN FAITH, KEEP PRAYING AND TRUSTING. Thank you for stepping out of the ‘comfort zone’ to support the persecuted. God bless you, sister!
VOP Project Team