Mission Network News
January 29th, 2013
"An Iranian American pastor from Boise, Idaho has been convicted on national security charges in Iran. 32-year-old Saeed Abedini had been traveling back and forth to Iran for humanitarian reasons, most recently to build an orphanage. He was arrested in September for planting churches that the government claimed were undermining national security. The verdict was announced over the weekend: eight years in prison. His attorney is appealing the case. Pray that God will use it for His glory."
"The lawyer added, "My client was sentenced to 8 years in prison for planting house churches that are intended to undermine national security."
"Regarding this statement, Naghmeh Abedini had told Mohabat News that the lawyer's remarks concerning Mr. Abedini's release are just a game to keep the international media quiet. She had also said that it seems the lawyer was asked to make these statements concerning Pastor Abedini's release.
"The Iranian judicial authorities promised the pastor's family numerous times to release him on bail. However, they have refused to release him each time."
Earlier, there was concern that Saeed could not be found, yet he apparently made an appearance in court. This is a very dangerous time for Saeed. Though this verdict alleviates the threat of the gallows, if Pastor Abedini disappears again, I fear it could spell his doom. Prayers are needed; pray that he is, in fact, released and able to rejoin his family and return to America. Heartfelt prayers are needed, now more than ever, for his protection and safety.
May Thy Will Be Done!
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