American Pastor Saeed: 1,000 Days in Prison Has Been Darkness and Death But There is Light


Jordan Sekulow

June 24, 2015

2 min read

Persecuted Church



American Pastor Saeed Abedini was able to briefly visit with a family member who is still in Iran this morning in the prison. The visit lasted just a few minutes – the shortest in-person visit he has had.

Pastor Saeed has now been wrongfully imprisoned for more than 1,000 days.  Pastor Saeed shared a message with his family member that he wanted passed along to his supporters.

As Pastor Saeed’s wife, Naghmeh, explained:

He wanted us to know that for 1,000 days he has experienced utter darkness and has died, yet for 1,001 days, he has been resurrected with Christ. That for 1,001 days he has learned to forgive over and over and over again. That for 1,001 days he has chosen Christ over what they have tried to force on him and he has stood on his faith in Jesus Christ despite the pressures, tortures, and threats.

He wants you all to know that through the Grace of God and your prayers he has been able to stand strong and see lives redeemed inside of the prison. He has felt your prayers in prison as no prison walls can hinder them.

More than 1 million supporters have signed our petition for Pastor Saeed’s freedom – that’s more than 1,000 signatures for every single day he has been imprisoned.

The prayers and support Pastor Saeed receives encourages him daily.  It is critical that we not forget about his plight, the pain he feels each and every day from numerous prison beatings, and the heartache his wife and children here in America experience.

The stated deadline for nuclear negotiations with Iran is in less than a week.  Now is not the time to be silent.  Now is the time to speak out and demand the Obama Administration not leave Pastor Saeed behind in that horrible prison – in chains for the Gospel.

It’s time to free Pastor Saeed.

As we continue fighting across the globe, meeting with world leaders, and sharing the overwhelming support and signatures of over a million people to build pressure on Iran to release this innocent U.S. citizen, please continue to pray, share his story, and be heard for Pastor Saeed.

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