Persecution Update January 2013: Iran

This past September, the country of Iran—the second worst nation for Christian persecution—arrested an Iranian-American pastor while he was visiting in Tehran. As a young Muslim man of age 20 living in Iran, Saeed Abedini had trained with a terrorist group to become a suicide bomber. Through an incredible work of God’s grace, Abedini converted to Christ and abandoned Islam. He eventually became a leader of a network of house churches in Iran before immigrating to America and obtaining U.S. citizenship in 2005. At great risk, Abedini has continued to visit Iran to see his parents and also to work on building an orphanage.

After keeping him under surveillance, authorities in Tehran indicted him four months ago and put him in the notorious Evin Prison. Abedini could potentially be facing a death sentence for apostasy and proselytizing. His wife, Naghmeh, reported that her husband has endured harassment and torture in prison. Please intercede for both Pastor Saeed and his wife back in Idaho that they would experience a special sense of the Lord’s presence and strength as they suffer for Christ’s sake.