Iran: American pastor Saeed Abedini spends another birthday behind bars

The Abedini family never imagined that Pastor Saeed would spend his last three birthdays in captivity.

But that’s exactly what’s happened. Instead of celebrating his birthday with his wife Naghmeh, and their two young children – Jacob and Rebekkah – at their home in Idaho, Pastor Saeed is once again marking another birthday – separated from his family – in a prison cell in Iran.

This Thursday, May 7, Pastor Saeed turns 35 years old. As a family member visited him last week, he was able to deliver an open letter that he would like to see read by Christians all across America as we approach his birthday on Thursday – the very day that also marks the National Day of Prayer.

In his letter, which is posted here, Pastor Saeed – a U.S. citizen – expresses his encouragement for the Christian church in America: “Remember my chains in your freedom and chain together in unity for our beloved America. Know that I am chained with you in prayer on that day in seeking God for America.”

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