Iran’s Pastor Saeed Abedini recently wrote on his Facebook, that “No one is paying attention to those left behind in prison for almost three years now, even though they were part of Saeed Ministries.” Pastor Saeed Abedini shared the story of suffering of Nasim- an imprisoned Christian in Iran.
Owing to the fact that the pastor himself knows the ordeal one has to face while in Iranian jails, especially if one is a Christian, he is earnestly calling on believers all over the world to pray for Christians who are still in detention in the Iranian prison for their faith. He urged for Christians to pray for an underground female church leader who had helped Pastor Abedini’s ministry.
Pastor Saeed Abedini had spent about three and a half years in an Iranian prison cell, and was released in January, earlier this year. After his release, he talked about the torture he had to face, during the imprisonment.
Pastor Saeed Abedini further revealed that “Nasim was the first girl to became a Christian after my sisters, Zeebandeh Abedini and Elnaz Abedini. She was the first underground female leader and one of five leaders that helped us start churches before I became a pastor.”
He went on to say that “Every time I got arrested, some leaders became afraid to work close to me and some left. But Nasim was the only one who stayed beside us until the end when I was put in Evin prison. This woman never gave up or chose fear and doubt. She always stayed beside us in Saeed Ministries until prison broke apart our ministry.”
Pastor Saeed Abedini further said that the Iranian authorities had hooked Nasim and sentenced her to four years in prison merely for assisting his ministry. Although initially, she managed to break out and flee to Turkey, however, she returned on her own free will to Iran in order to finish the remaining period of the prison sentence in Iran.
Pastor Saeed Abedini, further revealed the fact that she wrote a letter to him, in which she explained her decision to return to Iran and finish the prison sentence. He said, “I couldn’t live in freedom knowing my pastor, who first shared the Gospel with my family and me, was still suffering in prison. So I came back to prison by my own choice to stand with you and the Lord while you are in chains.” He added, that “this Christian sister is still in chains so this makes my Freedom hard to enjoy.”
However, Pastor Saeed Abedini is now sincerely requesting Christians in all the four corners of the world to “join our hands together again as we did before to pray for Nasim who is one of us and a Member of Saeed Ministries. When one suffers, we all suffer.”