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American Pastor Saeed Abedini was moved from Evin Prison in Tehran to Rajai Shahr Prison in Karaj – an even more dangerous prison where he faces life-threatening conditions and treatment. Many are sent there to disappear, or even be killed!
Join the cause let’s keep pressing on until Saeed is back home with his wife and kids where he belongs. Constant prayer but also constant actions. He is our brother in Christ and when your family is in danger you keep pressing on for their safety. #SaveSaeed
Sign the NEW petition to urge President Obama to take immediate and decisive diplomatic action for his freedom. Time is of the essence!
The CBLJ (ACLJ office in Brazil) came up with a new public advocacy campaign that is very simple and effective. Christian leaders, leaders from the government, and people from all over the world take a picture holding a sign saying SAVE SAEED or FREE SAEED.
VOICE OF THE PERSECUTED has joined them in this campaign! Thank you to those who have already sent their photos!
Let’s ALL be a part of this CAMPAIGN for American Pastor Saeed Abedini! It is very important we keep global attention on him. This will help further the work to obtain his release and quite possibly save his life!
Send us your photo holding the sign to firstname.lastname@example.org with FREE SAEED in the subject line. Remember to include your first, family, or group name and the State, or country you reside in. You can also post it on Facebook here.
You may include others in your photo if you like, such as a group shot with everyone holding the sign. We will share them here, our social media sites, other blogs, websites and with our dear sister, Naghmeh Abedini, Saeed’s wife.
This would be very encouraging for his wife, Naghmeh to know we are still in the fight to help save her husband and have not forgotten the father of her young children! It won’t take much of your time and will be of little or no cost, to be blessing to this family. Get those camera’s out and be Saeed’s VOICE! Please share with others and get them involved. Help SAVE SAEED NOW!
Thank you and may our Lord bless and guide you!
Translation from picture) – “Do Your Part, Participate”
As the director of the CBLJ, the ACLJ’s international affiliate in Brazil, I was recently working with our team on a new public advocacy campaign when the idea came up. We created a new campaign for Pastor Saeed Abedini who was arrested over a year ago in Iran for being a Christian.
The campaign is very simple and effective. Christian leaders, leaders from the government, and people all over the world take a picture holding a sign saying FREE SAEED or SAVE SAEED. The campaign started two days ago and the response from leaders and people in Brazil has been amazing. Many influential leaders have taken their pictures and posted on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and other websites.
Pastor Silas Malafaia who is today the most influential Christian in Brazil was one of the first to participate. Also participating is Pastor Everaldo Pereira who is the President of the Social Christian Party and is running for President in Brazil in 2014. Also participating are Dr. Silmar Coelho, Apostle Ezequiel Teixeira, Pastor Josué Gomes, and Christian singers PC Baruk, Raquel Mello, and Nani Azevedo, all very influential names in Brazil. Below are some pictures of leaders who participated:
Pastor Silas Malafaia (Most influential Christian leader in Brazil)
Pastor Everaldo Pereira (President of the Social Christian Party and running for President in 2014)
Doctor Marisa Lobo (defends family values in Brazil)
Dr. Silmar Coelho (Pastor and International Speaker, author of many best sellers and very influential in Brazil)
PC Baruk (famous Christian singer)
Let’s ALL join in this CAMPAIGN for Pastor Saeed Abedini! Send us your photo holding the sign to email@example.com with FREE SAEED in the subject line. Remember to include your first, family, or group name and the State, or country you live in. You can also post it on our Facebook page here. You may include others in your photo if you like, such as a group shot with everyone holding the sign. We will join them by sharing here, our social media sites, other blogs, websites and with our dear sister, Naghmeh Abedini, Saeed’s wife.
This would be very encouraging for Naghmeh to know we are still in the fight to help save her husband and father of her young children! It won’t take much of your time, but will be a blessing to this family. Get those camera’s out and be Saeed’s VOICE! Please share with others and get them involved.
Thank you and may our Lord bless and guide you!
(ACLJ) Pastor Saeed’s wife, Naghmeh, had the opportunity to present the case of 33-year-old American Pastor Saeed Abedini before the United Nations (U.N.) Human Rights Council.
For the first time, Pastor Saeed’s wife, Naghmeh, was able to speak directly to the U.N. – to make her husband’s case in her own voice. At 10:30 this morning (Geneva time), she made a passionate and heartfelt plea for husband’s life, urging the nations of the world to stand up for religious liberty and Iran to release Pastor Saeed, a U.S. citizen.
For nearly a year, the government of the Islamic Republic of Iran has tried to silence my husband, Saeed Abedini, through illegal imprisonment, torture, and threats against our family. Why is he being held – because he exercised his rights of religious freedom, expression, and peaceful assembly. This past week and today, this Council has called on member states to recognize and uphold these fundamental freedoms. I hope that my presence here today will put a face to those who suffer when a government does not uphold its obligation to protect these freedoms. . . .
My husband has broken no Iranian law – he simply exercised fundamental rights that Iran has acknowledged before this body that it would uphold. Iran has kept Saeed imprisoned because he believes that Jesus Christ died on the cross for forgiveness of sin and to reconcile humanity to God.
While I do not know the outcome of my husband’s case or whether he will live or die in Evin prison, I do know that the international community must do more to ensure that Iran upholds its obligations to protect all human rights for every individual, regardless of religious creed, nationality, or ethnic background. I call on this body to do more. Each member state here has an obligation, and I respectfully ask that you join me in this fight. Please help bring my husband home to me and our two young kids.
Naghmeh’s complete statement, as prepared, is available here.
It is impossible to overstate the importance of this unique opportunity for Pastor Saeed’s wife to present her husband’s case directly to world leaders. They looked her directly in the eyes, heard her pleas and saw her pain. The empathy and compassion of the world could be felt as she delivered her remarks. Her comments were well received by non-governmental organizations as well as member states.
In fact, Naghmeh reflected on the importance of this testimony before the Council:
“Being able to present my husband’s case before the United Nations forces countries that generally talk about human rights in abstract themes to stare at the face of persecution. I am not just an advocate, but a wife currently enduring the effects of Iran’s human rights abuses. It is important that countries be able to see the human rights abuses as a reality, not simply abstract words. I do hope that through this experience, countries will join me in advocating for my husband’s immediate release.
On one hand, speaking to world leaders stretches me far beyond my comfort zone. But on the other hand, it gives me purpose as Saeed’s wife to know I am doing everything I can for my husband. I cannot ask others to stretch themselves on behalf of my husband by writing letters, demonstrating before Iranian embassies and the such if I do not first set the example myself. I will continue to urge the international community to stand for my husband and all prisoners of conscience in Iran, no matter how difficult it may be for me, and I hope and pray there is someone empathic on the other end to hear my cries.”
Naghmeh’s testimony is significant and comes just days after I had the opportunity to raise Pastor Saeed’s case before the Human Rights Council detailing our ongoing international efforts to free Pastor Saeed.
And one of the most powerful developments is the fact that more than 600,000 people around the world are standing with Pastor Saeed – demanding his freedom.
If you haven’t done so already, please take a moment and add your name to our petition. Share his story. SaveSaeed.org.
Naghmeh tells us:
I did not get to finish my actual speech as I only had two minutes to speak and I felt by the Lord to finish with the Gospel message as an Ambassador of Christ. The seeds of the Gospel of Jesus Christ was planted. The Lord will do the rest. Thank you for your prayers.
VOP: How wonderful that she used her time to glorify our God! We continue to pray daily for Saeed, Naghmeh and their small children.
Please join us in prayer and share Saeed’s story with all you know. Still many Christians have no idea who this man is. Many have no clue of the persecution happening in the world, today. Knowledge is power.
You can make a difference…Be a VOICE!
To learn more about Pastor Saeed Abedini, an Ameican pastor imprisoned in Iran- CLICK HERE
The ACLJ along with Naghmeh Abedini will be addressing the United Nations on Pastor Saeed’s Case to U.N. for 2nd Time.
The ACLJ and Saeed’s wife asks:
We want to bring 600,000 signatures to the U.N. when we present Pastor Saeed’s case for the second time.
Help us meet this goal. Share & Sign the petition at savesaeed.org
Brothers and Sisters,
Please partner with us in helping them to reach that goal. Almost there! Thank you in advance.
We are continuing daily to pray for the miracle of Saeed’s release!
In Solidarity, VOP
Reminding everyone to send their Yellow Envelopes on Wednesday, May 1st!
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Still bleeding internally from beatings, Pastor Saeed is still being denied medical treatment. He goes through constant psychological torture and pressure to recant his faith in Christ. Keep Pastor Abedini in your prayers!
Demands for Saeed to Recant Faith in Christ
Iranian officials are now threatening American Pastor Saeed Abedini that he will be held longer than his eight-year sentence unless he recants his faith.
We have just obtained a new letter from Pastor Saeed, dated March 9th, where he talks about the humiliation and psychological torture he undergoes on a daily basis.
In this new letter, he writes:
“Deny your faith in Jesus Christ and return to Islam or else you will not be released from prison. We will make sure you are kept here even after your 8 year sentence is finished.” These are the threats that prison officials throw at me.
My response to them is Romans 8:35-39. The reality of Christian living is that difficulties or problems do arise in our lives. Persecution and difficulties are not new occurrences, but are seen often in the Christian life. It is through the suffering and tribulations that we are to enter the Kingdom of God.
He is being ordered to deny Christ, yet his faith holds strong. This is why tens of thousands of people from all over the world are writing letters to Pastor Saeed for his upcoming birthday on May 7th. Letters of prayer and support.
Pastor Saeed is refusing to deny Christ. We must let him know that we will never forget him and will never stop working for his release.
Join the over 20,000 others who have already done so, and write a letter to Pastor Saeed at SaveSaeed.org. This has already quickly become one of the largest letter writing campaigns ever.