By Stoyan Zaimov / ChristianPost.comImprisoned U.S. Pastor Saeed Abedini has managed to get out a letter to his hundreds of thousands of supporters around the world through his wife, Naghmeh, in which he praised the unity Christians in various denominations have shown in praying for his release.
“I heard that the persecution, my arrest and imprisonment has united churches from different denominations, from different cities and countries, that would never come together because of their differences. That the churches have united together in prayer to put one request (my freedom) on one day (Pentecost) before God,” the pastor said in a letter.
“You don’t know how happy I was in the Lord and rejoiced knowing that in my chains the body of Christ has chained together and is brought to action and prayer.”
There has been some positive news in the past couples of weeks concerning the 33-year-old pastor, first with his release from solitary confinement in Evin Prison in Tehran earlier in May, and then with reports from fellow prisoners who said that Abedini seemed to be “glowing” and “filled with more joy and peace after solitary,” which his wife said is proof that prayers around the world are making a difference.
Abedini was sentenced to 8 years in prison back in January, supposedly for endangering national security, though the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ), which represents his family in the U.S., has said that the conviction has more to do with his Christian faith. At the time of his arrest in September 2012, Abedini was building an orphanage for children in Iran.
Over 590,000 people around the world have signed a petition calling for the pastor’s release, and earlier this week he was able to meet with family in Iran during a prison visit, sharing with them how encouraged he is by all the support he has been receiving.
See previous post from March 13, 2013 here