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Pray On: O Lord, hear our prayer


Psalm 143:1, “Hear my prayer, O Lord; give ear to my pleas for mercy! In your faithfulness answer me, in your righteousness.”

(Voice of the Persecuted) There are many praises to God for the situation that Saeed and Naghmeh Abedini find themselves in. So many changes in this global event; today I am led to provide a prayer list for all of you to follow in your prayers for Saeed. Please pray for the following;

1) For Saeed’s immediate release.
2) For the Abedini support, for one another that we may never tire on waiting for the Lord to be glorified.
3) For Saeed’s Health; for medicines to be received.
4) For the pain to cease from his injuries.
5) For Saeed to receive treatment for his injuries.
6) For Saeed’s peace of mind, for his mental regulation and his wellbeing.
7) For Saeed’s safety in prison, that cellmates will not danger him.
8) For prison guards, wisdom and discernment as they oversee Saeed’s ward.
9) Pray for cellmates and guards to come to know Christ .through Saeed’s testimony. For spiritual support.
10) For Naghmeh’s faith in Christ to grow, to remain strong and humble in spirit.
11) For Naghmeh to know when to rest. Her peace of mind, and emotional regulation.
12) For Saeed’s children Rebekkah & Jacob that they will enjoy life and know their dad is safe in Christ.
13) For Saeed’s imprisonment will point to Christ and souls saved around the world, changed hearts.
14) For the Iranian country that many will come to know Christ and their world view will change to Christ.
15) For the unity of Christians, for revival to occur, for our voice to be stronger in Christ for souls to be saved.
16) For President Obama’s voice to be louder and stronger for the release of Saeed.
17) For Secretary of State John Kerry that he will begin to consistently ask for the release of Saeed.
18) For the Iranian Supreme Leader’s heart and mind to be changed and clemency to be given.
19) For the preparation of Saeed’s release when that time arrives that events are in order.
20) For the persecuted church, around the world, that God will provide a hedge of protection around them as they worship and share Christ.

I am confident all of you have been praying (Col 4:2) as we continue let us watch and as each prayer is answered let us praise God and rejoice.

By Dr, Jim Seward – Voice of the Persecuted

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Interview with Naghmeh Abedini: Free From All Fear

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Naghmeh Abedini and her children suffer greatly in persecution as her husband serves an 8 year prison sentence in Iran for his faith in Jesus Christ. Nobody enjoys suffering, but Naghmeh says suffering has brought her closer to Jesus.

Any bad news or any suffering, or anything that seems to be negative, actually I’ve found it as a way for God to redirect my heart back to Him.”

Today, Nancy Leigh DeMoss  on Revive Our Hearts interviewed Naghmeh as she tells her amazing story of coming to faith in Jesus in a Muslim household. The interview also includes a sound bite, recorded a few years ago, from Pastor Saeed giving his own testimony of coming out of radical Islam to the feet of Christ.

I have personally heard Naghmeh share her incredible testimony. I highly recommend this interview—be encouraged!


U.S. House Passes Resolution Urging Iran To Release Imprisoned Americans

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US House of Representatives

(Voice of the Persecuted) PRAISE GOD! The House has unanimously passed the resolution urging Iran to release three Americans jailed by Iran and provide information on Robert Levinson who while working for the CIA went missing in 2007. The non-binding resolution, which passed late Monday by a vote of 391-0, urged Tehran to free US reporter Jason Rezaian, Pastor Saeed Abedini and Amir Hekmati.

Pastor Saeed Abedini was arrested in September 2012 and sentenced in 2013 for leading underground church services and Bible studies. Saeed has been tortured physically and psychologically and pressured to deny his Christian faith. He also suffers from internal bleeding, the outcome of beatings when he was first detained. Recommended by a prison doctor, the Iranian regime refuses to allow him the necessary surgical procedure that he needs.

U.S. Marine Amir Hekmati arrested in 2011 on charges of spying for the CIA in Iran was sentenced to death, but his sentence was later reduced to 10 years. Hekmati maintains he was visiting his grandmother and other relatives in Iran and innocent of the charges.  In December 2011, Hekmati appeared on Iranian state television and a confessed to the charges stating that he had infiltrated Iran in order to establish a CIA presence in the country. His family claims he was coerced into making the confession and that he was not a spy.

A US reporter, Jason Rezaian is being held at Evin Prison after he and his wife, also a journalist was arrested on July 22, 2014 for alleged spying. His wife, was later released in October. In April, Rezaian was indicted on four charges, including espionage and “propaganda against the establishment.

As the June 30 deadline for a nuclear deal approaches, lawmakers are pushing Iran to free the Americans if it wants the U.S. to sign the deal and relieve sanctions against the Islamic republic.

Please continue to pray for their release. And for the families who are suffering in their absence.

U.S. Senate unanimously votes in favor of a resolution to secure the release of Americans in Iran

The American government should not be rewarding Iran for it’s human rights abuses.

The U.S. Senate sent a strong message to Iran and the Obama Administration this afternoon by unanimously voting in favor of a resolution calling on the Obama Administration to, in the words of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, “use the tools it has in pursuit of what should be a bipartisan goal: securing the release of American citizens being held as hostages by the regime in Iran.”

Majority Leader McConnell continued when speaking in favor of the resolution:

One of those Americans, Saeed Abedini, has reportedly been held prisoner for what would appear to be the supposed ‘crime’ of attempting to build and operate an orphanage. Beaten, denied access to medical care, and locked away in solitary confinement — that’s apparently how the Iranian regime deals with those who dare to show love and compassion to others.

No American should find this acceptable. Just as no American should find it acceptable to unjustly imprison a reporter, or a grandson coming to see his grandmother.I think we can all agree that, at the very least, the American government should not be rewarding Iran for its disgraceful human-rights abuses — that we should not be granting Iran access to the funding it desires to further its nuclear weapons program and terrorist proxies while this exploitation continues.

So I call on every Senator to join us in standing up for human rights. Let’s pass Senator Risch’s legislation later this afternoon.

The resolution, sponsored by Senator James Risch of Idaho—the home state of Pastor Saeed Abedini and where his wife, Naghmeh, and two young children still live—shows that Congress has not forgotten about Pastor Saeed and the other Americans wrongfully imprisoned in Iran.

In light of the upcoming Senate review of any nuclear deal with Iran, today was an important statement that Senators are prioritizing the freedom of Pastor Saeed and the other U.S. citizens imprisoned in Iran.

These are the same U.S. Senators who will review and vote on any finalized nuclear deal reached with Iran.

As the United States and Iran return to the negotiating table this week, it is vitally important that our leaders, regardless of party, do all they can to secure the release of Saeed and the other Americans before any deal is finalized and approved by Congress.

Join the ACLJ as we thank Senator Risch and the other members of the U.S. Senate taking the lead to stand up for Saeed. Sign the latest petition demanding no deal with Iran without Pastor Saeed.


Have Peace and Pray On

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How many of us lose “hope” after we misplace or not-have–in-possession something dear to us? Such as keys, wallets, assignments, purses, cell phones, computers.  Your heart rate raises, you’re not able to think clearly, your not able to communicate; it is your sensorium process going in over drive.  You have heard of flight, fight, or freeze process?

Jesus Christ experiences something similar. He didn’t lose his keys, he was going to lose his life, for us.  He was experiencing what the medical field now calls a rare occurrence hematohidrosis, it is better explained in Luke 22:44 (ESV),”And being in an agony he prayed more earnestly; and his sweat became like great drops of blood falling down to the ground.”  Even though Jesus was in agony and blood drops like sweat where exiting his glands, what did He do? He prayed more earnestly.

We may not experience hematohidrosis when we are in distress, but we still feel the absence and the pain, be it momentarily for losing something.  Momentarily, i.e., briefly, quickly, fleeting moment.  There is no linkage to momentarily when you haven’t been with that something or in this case someone for 920 days.  It has been 920 days since Saeed Abedini has been in prison.  Naghmeh hugged Saeed 2 years, 9 months, 1 week, and 5 days ago on June 22, 2012, when he went to Iran to finalize the openings of an orphanage for kiddos in his homeland.

I am confident that Naghmeh is in agony, but what does she continue to do? What Jesus showed us in Luke, she prays earnestly; praying for husband, but also for many of us, her support.  So I challenge all of you to pray on by praying for Naghmeh. Pray specifically for Gods peace that will guard her heart and mind in Jesus.  In Philippians 4:6-7 (ESV), we read, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

Jesus Christ taught us how to pray earnestly in times of agony, and the Apostle Paul encouraged us to control our sensorium process by praying with thanksgiving; giving our anxieties to God. What does God give us? Peace.  So pray on for Naghmeh to continue to experience peace, but with that peace emotional regulation, so she can continue to perform her daily living activities of being a mom, and the other expectations she has chosen to carry, such as, a voice for her husband, which has directed her to be share Christ worldwide.  Sharing with the world Jesus and the experience He had which was preceded by the hematohidrosis on the Mount of Olives.

Pray for Naghmeh, pray for each other, to have peace and pray on.

By Dr. Jim Seward


Perfect Love – Inspired by faith of the Abedini family


Rosalie Britton – Missouri, USA

When we look with Gods eyes through Pastor Saeed and his family, we see Perfect Love of Jesus enduring before the cross of suffering …. Pastor Saeed and his family are showing how to persevere in Christlike love.. like Romans 5.  This has been a true testimony in my life to be thankful in all, every situation no matter the trials we face as in James 1 as we consisted it all Joy-in this perfect Love, together. We stand in much travail with our brother and sister as the Holy Spirit power leads them into His Glorious Plan and purpose for all to come to His saving grace …in Jesus name Amen
Shalom & Blessings

Love & prayers,
In Christ
Rose & Charles Britton
Fulton , Missouri
John 3:16


Thank you for sharing. So many persecuted Christians are asking us to pray for endurance and that they look to Christ in all situations having joy. We too can be encouraged! Let us all remember that we stand as one, together, ever ready to lift up each member in love, in Christ.

God bless you, Rose and Charles

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 

 inspired by faith



Breaking: Naghmeh Abedini meets with President Obama


(ACLJ) Moments ago President Obama met with American Pastor Saeed Abedini’s wife, Naghmeh, and two young children, Jacob and Rebekka, in a private meeting in Pastor Saeed’s hometown of Boise, Idaho.

The meeting lasted about 10 minutes, and President Obama assured Naghmeh that Pastor Saeed’s freedom is a “top priority” for him and his Administration.

This was the first time that President Obama met or spoke with Pastor Saeed’s family, and Naghmeh left the meeting with a “renewed sense of hope.”

As Naghmeh described their meeting:

President Obama came in and shook our hands and talked to the kids for a moment.  Then he sat right in front of me and started speaking of how much of a priority Saeed’s case was and that he was working on getting Saeed home to our family.  He mentioned his first call several months ago to Iran’s president Rouhani and how Saeed was mentioned in that call.

He again reiterated that Saeed’s case was a “top priority” and getting him back to the U.S., to our family, was a top priority. He also said that he meets with Secretary of State Kerry regularly and follows up on Saeed’s case. He also said that Secretary Kerry brings up Saeed every time he meets with the Iranians.

I told him how appreciative I was that he was willing to meet with my family and for everything he was doing to bring my husband home.  I told him that I was praying for him and had been praying for months I would have the opportunity to meet with him.  He took my hand, squeezed it, and smiled.  I could tell by the look in his eyes he cared.

As the meeting ended, I said my son Jacob has something to say.  Jacob said, “Mr. President, can you please bring daddy home for my birthday?” President Obama asked, “When is your birthday?” Jacob said March 17th, and the President said he would try very hard.  He smiled, got up, hugged me again, and said goodbye. He shook the kids hands and left.

Meeting with the President of the United States of America and seeing how much he cares about Saeed’s case has given me a renewed sense of hope.  I want to thank everyone who has been praying for this meeting to take place and for my husband’s freedom.

We’re grateful that President Obama took the time to meet with Naghmeh and speak with her and the children.

Pastor Saeed has been wrongly imprisoned for nearly two and a half years. He has been separated from his wife and children. The pain experienced by the Abedini family is impossible to imagine.

The meeting between President Obama and the Abedini family is a very welcomed development. It demonstrates the President’s concern and compassion for this family. It also underscores the importance of Pastor Saeed’s case, a U.S. citizen imprisoned in Iran merely because of his Christian faith.

The face-to-face meeting elevates Pastor Saeed’s plight on the world stage – and should send a powerful message to the Iranians – it is time to release Pastor Saeed so he can return home to his family.

Also today, Pastor Saeed’s family in Iran was able to visit with Pastor Saeed and give him updates about how Naghmeh and his children are doing.

Like Naghmeh, we are hopeful that President Obama’s direct involvement in this case will lead to Pastor Saeed’s freedom.  Please continue to pray for Pastor Saeed, his family, and his swift release.

You can continue to add your name to our petition for Pastor Saeed’s freedom at BeHeardProject.com.

Precious Example of the Marriage Covenant – Inspired by faith of the Abedini’s



Elsie De Luca, Michigan, USA

It is absolutely outstandingly beautiful to witness the Marriage Covenant that Pastor Saeed and his wife have presented as a Gift to our world where covenants are broken so easily.

I also have been a witness to the Love this family displays as I follow their lives and struggles on Face Book.

And my heart’s desire is that Pastor Saeed will be released into “the Arms of his Precious Ones.”


Thank you Elsie for sharing your heart for the Abedini’s. We too are praying for Saeed’s release and reunion with his family who are missing him beyond words. God bless you!

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 

 inspired by faith


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