The secret of being so happy

Maybe you ask, what is the secret of being so happy in such a hard situation?

Forgiveness and a change of attitude. When we forgive, we become free and we become messengers of peace and reconciliation and goodness. And whoever stings us, we can take into our embrace and love them. And in this dark and evil time, we can live full of love and full of peace and full of joy and shine like the stars! Glory be to His Name.

–Pastor Saeed Abedeni, writing a letter on scraps of newspaper to his wife after beatings and torture and weeks in solitary confinement in Evin Prison, one of the worst prisons in Iran

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You will free the captives from prison, releasing those who sit in dark dungeons. (Isaiah 42:7b, NLT)

Saeed’s forgiveness

When we don’t forgive, we drink the poison ourselves and then wait for the other person to die. And we take the knife that has hurt us and we stab ourselves with it again! And this is the will of the evil one who wants to destroy us.

But when we forgive, we pour out the poison of the enemy and of the devil and we don’t let the poison stay in us and we don’t let the poison make us into poisonous snakes!  So that we don’t become like the person we despised and who persecuted and tortured us.

–Pastor Saeed Abedeni, writing a letter on scraps of newspaper to his wife after beatings and torture and weeks in solitary confinement in Evin Prison, one of the worst prisons in Iran

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Love letter

You, my wife, on the other side of the world, alone with the kids. Alone and worried. My family here in Iran, being interrogated, tired and under so much pressure.

With the loud voice of the prison guard, our visitation had ended and they put covers over our eyes and we returned to the dark room void of any natural sunlight.

I started praying for my family. My dear Naghmeh. You are the love of my life. I am always in love with you.

–Pastor Saeed Abedeni, writing a letter on scraps of newspaper to his wife after beatings and torture and weeks in solitary confinement in Evin Prison, one of the worst prisons in Iran

http://savesaeed.org/

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Day 17: The voice for those imprisoned, tortured, and killed for their faith

Never, ever in Christianity are we called to be isolated to care groups of our own city or country.  We are absolutely, unequivocally, indisputably enjoined by God’s Word to help believers everywhere.  There is no such thing as nationalities of Christians.  We are all one people.  We will all spend forever in Heaven together.  And we are all supposed to help each other now, every one of us.

Who will give voice for the unheard voices of those locked away behind bars for their faith?

The ACLJ will.

The ACLJ, American Center for Law and Justice, is a worldwide mission that fights for freedom and liberty as advocated in

  • God’s Word
  • The U.S. Constitution
  • European Union law and human rights law

The ACLJ provides free legal help and voice around the world.  Through the grace of God, their work and the work of other Christian leaders freed Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani from an Iranian death sentence for his faith and also freed him from further imprisonment.  Pastor Nadarkhani served over 1,000 days in prison, separated from his wife and two sons, before he was freed.

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This facebook profile picture download is an example of why ACLJ works so well.  The ACLJ uses God’s wisdom to capture the attention of Christians worldwide through wise use of social media, like facebook banners and profile pictures, twitter wallpaper, youtube videos, their extensive website, radio broadcasts, etc.  You can download for Saeed’s campaign here.  Youtube videos are available here.

ACLJ’s work is wise and effective.  Through legal representation, eye witness testimonies, appeal to the European Union and U.S. Congress, radio broadcasting, twitter & facebook accounts, emails, and petitions ACLJ gathers advocates around the world to draw a watchful eye on atrocious human rights violations that might otherwise be witnessed only by the victims and their close network of family and friends, and, always, Jesus Christ.

For example, Christians in North Korea, Egypt, and Iran have to fear imprisonment and death because their governments refuse religious freedom and lord political abuse over these religious minorities.  These Christians are persecuted because they represent a religious minority, and yet how often have you heard about the intolerance against them?  We are in desperate need of advocates for our brothers and sisters in other countries who have little to no rights or ability to stand up for themselves.

Right now, Pastor Saeed Abedini, a U.S. citizen, is in an Iranian prison and has been beaten, tortured, and threatened to be murdered for his faith.  He was arrested while he was building orphanages in Iran.  He was sentenced to 8 years in one of the worst prisons in Iran because he shared his faith with Iranians.

You can sign a petition to help draw international attention to Saeed’s case.  The ACLJ is calling for the immediate release of Saeed, and lobbying to make this happen.  While many petitions seems to have no use or purpose, the ACLJ uses its petitions to place international pressure on governments violating human rights, like the government of Iran.

Pastor Youcef was freed because of the grace of Christ, given through international attention to his case.  Pastor Saeed needs the same worldwide public outcry before he is murdered or suffers any more torture in this horrific prison.

The ACLJ isn’t just calling for the release of Pastor Saeed, but for the release of all Christians imprisoned in Iran for their faith, as well as the prohibition of torture and maltreatment of all prisoners in Iran.  The ACLJ stands on the Word of God: that every life everywhere is precious and everyone is made in the image of God and deserves to be treated as such.

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Credibility of Mission: ACLJ has received an A (highest rating) in their financial accountability from Ministry Watch.  Their latest financial accountability/annual report information can be viewed here.  Only 2% of their funds are spent on administration.  ACLJ is a tax-deductible charity.  To donate, click here.

Today, a verse for Pastor Saeed.

Many are the foes who persecute me, but I have not turned from your statutes. (Psalm 119:157, NIV)