Pastor Saeed Abedini continues to suffer for his Christian faith in an Iranian prison. In a recent update on Facebook, Abedini’s wife Naghmeh said that prison guards have been threatening him with an extended sentence.
Abedini is currently serving an eight-year sentence; he was imprisoned two years ago while in the nation to build a secular orphanage.
Naghmeh Abedini wrote, “Last week had been quite difficult for Saeed. He has been under a lot of pressure and attack from the hardliners. The guards have also been threatening Saeed that he will never go free and additional charges (and years) will be added to his sentence (which they have done to other Christians and fellow inmates).
“They continually threaten Saeed that the only key to his freedom is denying Christ and returning to Islam. Saeed refuses to deny Christ and continues to be a light and witness in that dark prison. These threats coupled with the fact that there have been mass executions during the last week in Rajayee Shahr prison, have really taken their toll on Saeed.”
Abedini said her husband needs continued prayer for strength and is grateful to those around the world that daily lift him up in prayer.
“Knowing that he is not forgotten and believers around the world continue to remember him in prayer and advocate for him has encouraged him to continue in this difficult journey and to hold on to hope,” she wrote.
Publication date: April 17, 2015