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Pastor Saeed's Wife Begins 3 Week Fast for Husband's Release

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  • 2015 Sep 10

Pastor Saeed Abedini’s wife, Naghmeh, has begun fasting and praying for her husband’s release from prison.

Pastor Saeed has now been held in a dangerous Iranian prison for three years. According to The Christian Post, Naghmeh Abedini is fasting for three weeks, from September 6 through September 26, to mark the three year date that Saeed has been imprisoned.

"I will be fasting from pleasant food (Daniel 10:3 — 'I ate no pleasant food, no meat or wine came into my mouth, nor did I anoint myself at all, till three whole weeks were fulfilled'). I plan to abstain from coffee and chocolate. You are free to abstain from food, social media, TV or skip a meal or two ... the point is to spend that time in prayer," Naghmeh shared on social media.

Naghmeh has also authored a letter to the Permanent Mission of the Islamic Republic of Iran to the United Nations, pleading to be granted a meeting with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani when he travels to New York City later this month.

While in prison, Saeed has suffered beatings and other harsh treatment. He also is in need of medical care which has not been provided. 

Naghmeh, however, remains determined and encouraged. Each day of the fast she has posted uplifting messages and encouraged others to pray.

"The Scripture that the Lord has given me for this time of prayer and fasting has been Hebrews 12:1-2. That as we remember Saeed and the persecuted Church (the 'witnesses'), we would look at our own walk with God and get rid of all of the sins that are so easily ensnaring us. The Lord is showing me that as we pray for Saeed and the persecuted Church and remember the witnesses, revival can be brought into our own life and in our country," Naghmeh stated.

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Publication date: September 10, 2015