Monday, January 25, 2016

SAEED ABEDINI OUT OF PRISON AND DOING GREAT

Thousands of Christians around the world celebrate the release of Saeed Abedini from prison. Mr. Abedini is an Irani-American who has a muslim background. For those of you who are not familiar with the story, Abedini was imprisoned in Iran since September 2012. Where he was supposed to serve an eight-year prison term on charges of violating Irani national security, all due to his involvement with house fellowships. As to be expected of prisons where prisoners of the Christian faith are kept, he suffered serious health issues, endured physical and verbal abuse, and received death threats from non-christians. That's his story in a nutshell. Since he'd been in prison, thousands of Christians all over the world have gathered to pray for him and other christian sisters and brothers who had been arrested because of their faith in the Middle-East. His wife and family are very happy for his release.
Saeed Abedini(r) pictured with Franklin Graham(l)

Mr. Abedini is currently at the Billy Graham Training Center in Asheville, NC. Where he is getting some much needed rest, visiting with counselors, and having reconnecting with family. Franklin Graham posted on his Facebook page just a few minutes ago.Here's what Franklin Graham had to say in his words:
"Saeed Abedini is at the Billy Graham Training Center in Asheville, NC, getting some much needed rest, taking some time with counselors, and having a chance to reconnect with family. He told me he is not angry and he is not bitter about his imprisonment—but he is tremendously thankful for his freedom and to be back in the United States. Saeed wants to express his gratitude to each individual and each church across this country and around the world who has prayed for him over the last 3 ½ years. He knows that prayer is what has gotten him through. He is just realizing the extreme breadth of those following his story and the numbers of people who have been lifting him up in prayer. Over the weekend Saeed went out to eat in a local restaurant and a total stranger came up to him, knew his name, and told Saeed that he was a pastor and that he and his church had been praying for his release. Saeed was touched beyond words."
Last week at my women's Bible Study group, we were asked to pray for Mr. Abedini and his family. I'm just so thankful to God that he is out of prison and is adapting well. A testament to answered prayers. God is good! Let's keep lifting up Christian families around the world who are being persecuted because of their faith in Jesus. Thanks for reading today. Have a nice day!