Today, Naghmeh Abedini, wife of imprisoned American Pastor Saeed Abedini, is testifying before the House Foreign Affairs Committee this morning alongside representatives of the three other Americans wrongfully imprisoned in Iran.
As the Obama Administration is finalizing nuclear negotiations with Iran, the very nation holding Pastor Saeed and the other Americans hostage, it is critical that America demand his freedom. Congress has a say in any final deal and both chambers have reiterated that the American citizens are a top priority.
It is time for America’s leaders to back up their words with actions to save Pastor Saeed and the other U.S. citizens.
In her written testimony, today, Pastor Saeed’s wife will urge Congress to bring her husband home:
I am here today as single mother who is trying to be strong for her children, and as a wife who humbly admits, I need your help. I cannot bear to look at my children’s longing eyes one more time and explain to them why their daddy is still not home. I cannot bear to see their hopes crushed again. I cannot imagine my husband spending yet another day in an Iranian prison. I need your help. I cannot do this on my own. . . .
Today, I ask you to stand with him as he stands for his faith in Jesus. This is the time that Saeed needs his country the most. Please do not abandon him.
Despite the pain her family faces, she will share with Congress the hope she and her husband find in their faith in Christ:
When you are living a nightmare no religion in the world can help you. The do’s and don’ts of religion cannot bring much peace and comfort. Only an intimate relationship with our Maker can bring about the supernatural peace and strength that is covering our family today. And that relationship is only possible through the acceptance of the heavy price of sin that was paid on the cross by Jesus Christ. Today that salvation is available for all who believe. Our family has relied on this personal relationship to endure the pains, and to overcome the daily worries and concerns. . . .
I know that God is with us in this journey, but I also know that God can use men and women to bring about freedom and justice. I hope today that someone here is motivated to be that man or woman.
Because of your prayers and support, Naghmeh is not going before Congress alone today. The American people have spoken. All of our petitions calling for Pastor Saeed’s freedom have received over 917,000 unique signatures.
This overwhelming show of support is critical in the battle for his freedom.
We continue to fight for Pastor Saeed’s freedom before Congress, the State Department, the White House, and the global stage.
Be heard for Pastor Saeed today by adding your name to our petition today (below and) at BeHeardProject.com.
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