Prayer Alert – Iran Pursues Sham Trial Against American Pastor Saeed for his Faith in One Week

I recieved this mail and I’m forwarding it so we can all stand in prayer fro this family. Please forward it as a prayer alert.

Dr Stella

 

Do You know about Pastor Saeed Abedini?

Very urgent prayer request!

Hello Joshua,

Do you know about Pastor Saeed Abedini? He is an American citizen and pastor born in Iran. Saeed has been imprisoned since his arrest last year.

His Crime..? His Christian faith!

saeed32-year old Saeed is married with 2 young children. From prison he said,

“one day I am told I will be freed and allowed to see my kids on Christmas (which was a lie) and the next day I am told I will hang for my faith in Jesus.”

Pastor Abedini, will go before one of Iran’s most notorious “hanging judges” on January 21(in less than 1 week) on charges of compromising national security.

Court documents indicate that the charges are directly related to Abedini’s work starting a house church movement, and his supporters say it is a clear case of a Christian being punished for his beliefs.

Last night I received a message from Saeed’s wife who told me:

“Thank you brother Steve! We would sure appreciate all of your prayers.

Would love more people praying. Please pray for Saeed and his trial, the judge, his lawyer and our family. More than anything that I can rest and trust in Jesus during this time. As the trial approaches, there are many things going through my mind. I want to let go and just rest in Him and trust Him with the future. We feel so blessed to be covered with so many prayers. I feel like we are in a battle and we have many supporters behind us in prayer… it makes us not feel alone. Thank you.”

Joshua, I am asking for you to please pray for your Christian brother. Please take a few minutes from your busy day to pray for Saeed imprisoned for his faith. Please pray that he will be freed soon!

 

seeedAmerican Pastor Saeed Abedini’s Iranian lawyer was finally permitted to see Saeed’s court file. What he discovered is that Pastor Saeed’s trial has been set for January 21, 2013, one week from today.

It is an outrage that Pastor Saeed’s trial date and charge against him would be withheld from his legal counsel until less than a week before the trial itself. Not only is Iran violating Pastor Saeed’s fundamental freedom of religion, but it is making a mockery of “justice.”

Even more disturbing, the only charge that Pastor Saeed’s attorney was able to decipher dates back to the year 2000, the year that Pastor Saeed converted from Islam to Christianity. The supposed charge levied against him, actions against the national security of Iran, is a typical charge brought by the radical Islamic regime against those it wishes to persecute for their religious beliefs. His court file indicated that this national security charge was directly related to his work starting a house church movement in Iran.

As we know from Pastor Youcef’s case, who was also involved in house churches, charges related to apostasy (converting to Christianity) can carry the death sentence in Iran. This coupled with the fact that, as Saeed stated in his recent letter, he has been told that he “will hang” for his “faith in Jesus” and that his case has been turned over to one of Iran’s notorious “hanging judges” clearly indicates that Pastor Saeed is in grave danger.

In addition to the national security charge brought against Pastor Saeed for his religious beliefs, the Islamic regime has also confiscated an Iranian bank account which included 130 million Toman (about $105,000) that had been donated by an Iranian toward Saeed’s efforts to build an orphanage. Pastor Saeed was arrested in September, while he was traveling to Iran to oversee efforts to set up an orphanage for Iranian children in need.

Iran’s continued crack down on religious minorities cannot be allowed to continue unchallenged by the international community. The U.S. State Department has begun to engage this issue noting its “serious concerns” about Pastor Saeed’s imprisonment. However, we urge the State Department to take immediate and direct action to intervene on this American citizen’s behalf who suffers merely because of his Christian faith.

As more individuals and governments around the world take notice of Pastor Saeed’s case, the pressure on Iran to release him and stop violating religious liberty will increase. Action must be taken quickly as the Iranian regime is clearly bent on rushing through a sham trial that leaves counsel unprepared and in the dark about the nature of the charges against their client and exacerbates the already horrific violations of Pastor Saeed’s human rights.

Stand with the ACLJ and tens of thousands of others in defense of this American citizen and pastor by signing our petition to save Pastor Saeed today. Also, please call your Representative and Senators immediately and ask them to sign on to Representative Aderholt’s letter in the House and Senator Risch’s letter in the Senate calling for Pastor Saeed’s freedom. You can find your Members of Congress here.

Jordan Sekulow is Executive Director of the American Center for Law and Justice.

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12 Responses to Prayer Alert – Iran Pursues Sham Trial Against American Pastor Saeed for his Faith in One Week

  1. sylvia blanchard says:

    Praying for Pastor Saeeds, believing God, that He will overthrow the plans of the wicked on our brother’s behalf, In the Name of Jesus I Pray Lord work a Miracle that will bring forth a Testimony of the behalf of Pastor Saeeds and family

  2. Mercy says:

    Ps. 35 O LORD, attack those who attack Pastor Saeed. Fight against those who fight against him. Use your shields, both small and large. Arise to help him. Hold your spear to block the way of those who pursue him. Say to his soul, “I am your savior.” Let those who seek his life be put to shame and disgraced. Let those who plan his downfall be turned back in confusion. Let them be like husks blown by the wind as the Messenger of the LORD chases them. Let their path be dark and slippery as the Messenger of the LORD pursues them. For no reason they hid their net in a pit. For no reason they dug the pit to trap him.
    Let destruction surprise them. Let the net that they hid catch them. Let them fall into their own pit and be destroyed. Pastor Saeed’s soul will find joy in the LORD and be joyful about His salvation. All his bones will say, “O LORD, who can compare with you? You rescue the weak person from the one who is too strong for him and weak and needy people from the one who robs them.” Malicious people bring charges against him. They ask him things he know nothing about. He and his family are devastated because they have received evil instead of good. But when they were sick, he wore sackcloth. He humbled himself with fasting. When his prayer returned unanswered, he walked around as if he were mourning for his friend or his brother. He was bent over as if he were mourning for his mother. Yet, when Pastor Saeed stumbled, they rejoiced and gathered together. They gathered together against him. Unknown attackers tore him apart without stopping. With crude and abusive mockers, they grit their teeth at him. O Lord, how long will you look on? Rescue him from their attacks. Rescue his precious life from the lions. He will give you thanks in a large gathering. He will praise you in a crowd of worshipers. Do not let his treacherous enemies gloat over him. Do not let those who hate him for no reason wink at him. They do not talk about peace. Instead, they scheme against the peaceful people in the land. They open their big mouths and say about him, “Aha! Aha! Our own eyes have seen it.” You have seen it, O LORD. Do not remain silent. O Lord, do not be so far away from Pastor Saeed. Wake up, and rise to his defense. Plead his case, O my God and my Lord. Judge him by your righteousness, O LORD my God. Do not let them gloat over Pastor Saeed or think, “Aha, just what we wanted!” Do not let them say, “We have swallowed him up.” Let those who gloat over his downfall be thoroughly put to shame and confused. Let those who promote themselves at his expense be clothed with shame and disgrace. Let those who are happy when he is declared innocent joyfully sing and rejoice. Let them continually say, “The LORD is great. He is happy when his servant has peace.” Then our tongues will tell about your righteousness, about your praise all day long. In Jesus name, AMEN!

  3. nelly says:

    praise God we serve a faithfull God who is not like baal the battle belongs to Him and He will fight for Saeed.Let him fear not for God is with him.

  4. bernadette says:

    Let God arise and let his enemies be scattered in Jesus name.
    add psalms 23.

  5. AISUAN GABRIEL says:

    our God is alive,He is a mighty defender of the def-endless ,He will surely defend saeed and vindicate him.our God is not through with you yet,He will surely honour His name in your trial in Jesus name,Amen

  6. Julian says:

    Our God is a fighter and we are more than Conquerers in Christ Jesus!

    Amen!

  7. belinda says:

    We are not afraid for the one with Saeed is more than his accusers and He is the ultimate Judge of all life. We hold onto the victory of the cross of calvary.

  8. ritha says:

    God Danial arise and fight for saeed.Lord you said if you people that are called by your name shall humble themselve and pray you will hear from heaven and answer Lord as we cry out to you this day on behalf of Saeed arise and fight his fighters, pursue his pusuers to their grave in the Mighty name of Jesus. Saeed we cover you with the blood of the lamb and no weapon form against you shall prosper we build a hedge around u and you family in the name Jesus Saeed be free.

  9. IFy says:

    All I can say is that, whatever is happening to Saeed is thus so that the Lord whom he serves will be glorified through his tribulations and trials. The God of Daniel is still on the throne, and the God of Mordecai is your God so fear not for He is with you and for you. The battle is His trust Him, He will act and VICTORY is sure in the mighty name of JESUS.

  10. Tina says:

    Lord Jesus u are called the man of war…. fight for ur son and set him free all by ur self and take all the glory.

  11. NGOZI says:

    PS 25, To you (GOD) O Lord Pastor Saeed lift up his soul , O my God Saeed trust in You , Let him not be ashamed let not his enemies triumph over him . Indeed let no one who waits on You be ashamed ,let those be ashamed who deal with Pastor Saeed treacherously without cause.Lead him in Your truth, for You are the God of his salvation on You he waits all the day. Remember Pastor Saeed O Lord show him Your tender mercies and Your Lovingkindness in Jesus name . Amen .

  12. Dolapo Akinseli says:

    Father you said you are the same yesterday, today and forever, which means what you did in the time past you can do it again and again, you delivered peter miraculously, so miraculously deliver your son pastor saheed i pray in the name of Jesus

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