Back in March, I posted about Pastor Saeed Abedini who is currently imprisoned in one of Iran’s most brutal prisons for sharing his faith in Jesus Christ. Saeed went to Iran on what was supposed to be a short-term trip to help open an orphanage, and while there was arrested because of his Christian faith.
Over the past few months, his wife Naghmeh has been traveling throughout the country as well as internationally, speaking in Geneva to international diplomats on her husband’s behalf. Also, most recently, Idaho Senator James Risch taped a message directly aimed to the people of Iran that aired today on Voice of America before the elections in the Islamic republic.
As I have followed this story and corresponded with Naghmeh, I have been reminded of what it means to be completely surrendered to the Lord. The power and peace of Jesus is so evident in Naghmeh’s life as well as her husband’s. I recently told Naghmeh about our ministry here at OSP, and she gave me some words of wisdom to share with you all. She states, “I have many single friends and I think it is a great ministry. Being single is also a step of faith in trusting God with your future, and knowing that He is in control. I left to Iran in my mid-twenties as a single girl. I had to reach a point of being OK with my singleness and thinking that I might never marry, and just be completely satisfied in following the Lord where He led me. I have so much to share, but I learned that when you let go and follow God with all of your heart, and full of love and passion, He directs your path and writes your story (including your love story) and that is simply amazing.”
Saeed and Naghmeh’s main goal in life is to glorify the Lord and tell others about Him no matter what the cost, which is how Scripture commands us to live. I hope their story will inspire you to evaluate your relationship with the Lord and surrender to Him every area of your life.
Please continue to pray that Saeed’s release will come soon, for his health, and protection. Also, pray for Naghmeh as she travels and speaks for his release, and for their children. For updates and more information on how you can be involved please visit http://savesaeed.org.