The last time he saw his dad, Jacob Abedini was four years old. Today, he turns seven.
An American citizen and father of two children, Saeed Abedini has been held prisoner in Iran since 2012. He was visiting Iran to assist in the launch of a government-approved orphanage.
Inexplicably, and without due process, Abedini received an eight-year prison sentence that (if carried out) is considered a “virtual death sentence” by his legal advocates at the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ).
His wife Naghmeh Abedini has been working tirelessly for his release, while essentially becoming a “single mom” to Jacob and his eight year-old sister Rebekka.
Originally held in Evin Prison (called “hell on earth” by those with firsthand knowledge), Saeed Abedini has more recently been moved to Gohardasht Prison – crowded with many of Iran’s most dangerous criminals.
“He is in one of the worst prisons in the world,” says Naghmeh Abedini in a recent interview. “Nutrition is horrible, the conditions are horrible. He’s been in that prison long enough. We pray that time is coming to an end and we can bring him home.”
Abedini continues, “I want to see God be glorified in Saeed’s release, that it would be evident to the world that Jesus Christ is Lord. He is alive, He has the world in His hands – and when we pray, He listens.”
With this backdrop, Church on the Hill DC and Justice House of Prayer DC hosted Naghmeh Abedini on February 27 for a prayer gathering in downtown Washington. Christians came together from across the region, believing for Saeed’s release.
In the midst of discussing Saeed’s condition and the immediate concerns at hand, Abedini made it clear where she stands on the issue of life.
“God cares about all humanity,” shared Naghmeh Abedini. “He cares about all life, from conception to natural death. We value each life because that is the heart of God.”
Two days after the Washington, DC prayer meeting, her son Jacob wrote a birthday invitation to his father. It was simply addressed to “Dad,” noting the party would be at “Home.”
His RSVP contact “Mom” ensured his hand-written card made it from Boise, Idaho to Saeed’s dark prison in Iran.
Days ago, Naghmeh Abedini reported back via Facebook: “Saeed got to see Jacob’s birthday invitation and it broke his heart that he might not be able to make it for his birthday.”
“These milestones are always bittersweet and a reminder of the years going by. But Saeed is standing strong in his faith and counts it all joy to be suffering for Christ.”
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SOURCE: Christian Headlines
Josh M. Shepherd, Bound4Life