Please sign this petition as we try to free Pastor Saeed from months of abuse and isolation in an Iranian prison. The Iranian government is listening now, and signing this may be more important than ever.

Click here to sign.

Don’t excuse yourself by saying, “Look, we didn’t know.” For God understands all hearts, and he sees you. He who guards your soul knows you knew. (Proverbs 24:12abc)

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The love of God through us

True love doesn’t throw in the towel because things don’t seem to be working. Scripture says love “always perseveres” (from 1 Cor 13:7).

Please sign this new petition for Pastor Saeed. It might seem signing petitions isn’t working, but it’s a gift we can give him. We can’t bring meals to his cell or doctors to tend to his wounds. But we can sign our name on a letter that says we care. And most of all, we can pray.

Published in: on November 27, 2013 at 8:13 am  Leave a Comment  
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60 seconds could be the difference between life and death.

Please take 30 seconds to read this message I wrote:

Pastor Saeed has been in prison for 410 days after helping to build orphanages in his native country of Iran.  He has been beaten, refused medical care, and received death threats.

NOW HE IS IN MORE DANGER THAN EVER BEFORE.  On Sunday, November 3, he was moved to a prison for murderers and others who have committed violent crimes. 

Now: please take 30 SECONDS and sign this petition:

THIS MATTERS.  By God’s grace through the prayers, petitions, and the voices of ordinary people, in 2012 Pastor Youcef was FREED from an Iranian prison, even though he had been sentenced to DEATH.

 If you spent the 60 seconds reading this and signing the petition, THANK YOU!  May Christ bless you for this!

 If you can give more than 60 seconds of your time and you want to learn more:

The prison where Pastor Saeed has been taken is called Rajai Shahr.  More than 4 times as many prisoners are crammed into this prison as the maximum capacity, and it’s been reported that Pastor Saeed is sharing a cell with 5 other prisoners.  He’s been described as “a modern day Daniel in a lion’s den”.  Pastor Saeed has already witnessed 2 murders since he was moved to this prison on Sunday.  The prisoners attack each other, and the guards come into their cells to beat them.  The guards can also execute prisoners when they wish.

God truly needs to close the violence down around Pastor Saeed as He closed the mouths of the lions in Daniel’s day, if Pastor Saeed is going to live through this.

And believe it or not, Persia, where Daniel spent his time in the lion’s den, shares territory with modern day IRAN.

Whether God chooses to free Pastor Saeed in this life, or to wait until Heaven for the reveal of this believer’s freedom, we must lift him up in prayer daily.  It’s been reported that he has brought 30 people to Christ since his time in Evin prison.

–Please resend this message, or a personal message of your own, to friends and family who might sign this petition.  Let’s show Pastor Saeed and the world that we remember him–no matter what.

And please pray for the 5 men Pastor Saeed is in a cell with, that they would all come to Christ.


Published in: on November 8, 2013 at 4:05 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Love worth prayer & petition

I love Ben so much.

Tonight, God delighted me with the joy of another treasured time with Ben. I see such a sweet compatibility in Ben and I, a ‘fitting-together-ness’ that God in His great grace has molded.

When I was thinking of how much I love Ben tonight, I was reminded of something: Naghmeh loves her husband like this, too. She has that sweet compatibility with him, that ‘fitting-together-ness’ that God in His great grace molded for her and her husband.

If it was Ben in prison, I’d be trying to convince everyone everywhere to join me in prayer and petitioning for his release. Saeed is Naghmeh’s “Ben”. She loves him just like I love Ben. If you haven’t signed this petition yet, take a few moments out of your day. And please, please pray. ♥

Published in: on November 5, 2013 at 9:34 pm  Leave a Comment  
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For immediate prayer & signature

Please sign this petition immediately, don’t wait: Pastor Saeed is in grave danger.

Pastor Saeed ACLJ

Published in: on November 4, 2013 at 8:13 pm  Leave a Comment  
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I cannot forget this pastor.

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

Sign the petition.  But don’t stop there.

Start praying.

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

Sign the petition.  But don’t stop there.

Start praying.

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

Sign the petition.  But don’t stop there.

Start praying.


“Silence is the weapon of mass destruction.” –Marina Nemat, survivor of Evin Prison

Take a few minutes to listen to her story.

Help save Saeed at

Marina Nemat’s books, Prisoner of Tehran and After Tehran: A Life Reclaimed, and more about her life can be found at this link.

Audio interview from the article Ex-inmate Speaks Of Torture Saeed Faces by the ACLJ.  Find more about the ACLJ here.

If you falter in times of trouble,

how small is your strength!

Rescue those being led away to death;

hold back those staggering toward slaughter.

If you say, “But we knew nothing about this,”

does not he who weighs the heart perceive it?

Does not he who guards your life know it?

Will he not repay each person according to what he has done?

(Proverbs 24:10-12, NIV)

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