Pastor Saeed Abedini’s wife Naghmeh has released a letter he wrote just two weeks ago from prison in Iran.
His letter reads as follows:
“Jesus allows me to be kept here for His glory,” he wrote to 8-year-old daughter Rebekka Grace on her birthday two weeks ago. “I know that you question why you have prayed so many times for my return and yet I am not home yet. Now there is a big WHY in your mind you are asking: WHY Jesus isn’t answering your prayers and the prayers of all of the people around the world praying for my release and for me to be home with you and our family.
“The answer to the ‘why’ is ‘who.’ ‘Who’ is control? Lord Jesus Christ is in control.”
Naghmeh Abedini read the letter at the official launch of the prayer vigils for Pastor Saeed Abedini and other persecuted believers on September 25 outside the White House, attended by hundreds including evangelist Franklin Graham.
Pastor Abedini is serving an eight-year sentence imposed on January 27, 2013, on charges he threatened national security by planting house churches in Iran years earlier. According to news reports, he had been under house arrest since July, 2012, and imprisoned since September 26, 2012. He has faced death threats and beatings in prison and has received inadequate medical care.