“Pastors call to clergy to risk arrest for Pastor Saeed,” was the headline of yesterday’s January 14, CBN News story. Pastors are “putting their freedom on the line,” to bring attention to one of their own, and pleading for all Pastors across America to “come to the White House and risk arrest every Monday from now till March 8, saying it’s time for more than talk about persecuted Christians around the world.”
Saeed Abedini is a 33 year old Pastor, husband, and father from Idaho. He went to visit his family in Tehran, and to finalize “the board members for an orphanage he was building in Iran.”
While in Tehran he was detained by the Revolutionary Guard and placed under house arrest, waiting what he thought was a court summons. Instead, the Revolutionary Guard returned and seized him, placed him in solitary confinement for approximately four weeks before moving him to the “notorious” Evin Prison, where he remains today – 478 days later. The crime he is accused of … Christianity.
Rev. Keith Tucci, is with the League for the Defense of Christian Pastors, told CBN News right before his arrest, “Part of our obligation as ministers is not just proclamation, but demonstration.”
Rev. Pat Mahoney, director of the Christian Defense Coalition, said that “Pastor Abedini has come to represent the persecuted Church around the world,” and his “eight day protest has been dubbed the Hebrews13:3 Project. He continued by quoting, “Remember those in prison as if you were in prison with them, and those who are suffering as if you were suffering with them.”
If you would like to add your name to the hundreds of thousands of Christians who are praying for the release of Pastor Saeed you can visit BeHeardProject.com.