A Man of God
By Susan Steffen-Kraft
Pastor Saeed Abedini a Christian convert was sentenced to prison in Iran for the act of trying to undermine the Iranian Government and for establishing home churches which would endanger national security. Say what? In all actuality at the time, he was helping to build orphanages for children who had no home. This brave man is from Idaho State and a United States citizen. He is by birth an Iranian.
And now that he is in prison these children are without the orphanage because it cannot open. How sad! Now they have no home and he had the permission of the Iranian Government to do this project.
When he became a Christian he became a criminal. He had been allowed in the past to travel back and forth between the two countries with no problem. He was at the time working on a government approved orphanage. But then in August he was pulled off a bus going from Turkey into Iran which led to house arrest. Below is a picture of the unfinished orphanage.
In fact no other country should be telling us who is a citizen of this country. And I have to wonder why our State Dept. is taking this laying down. According to Mr. Trents they should be doing everything in their power to ensure the safety of our citizens when
Over 80 Republicans and Democrats from both the House and the Senate have written a letter calling for Sec. of State John Kerry to reinforce the European diplomats in their efforts to free Pastor Saeed.
The charge was led by both Representative Trent Franks and Representative Henry Waxman
(Democrat) of California .
In fact Representative Waxman hoped that the letter they sent to Kerry would let the Pastor know that he is not alone nor forgotten. In Evin prison he was severely beaten, denied medical care and has had fainting spells due to internal injuries. This information was received by American Center for Law and Justice April 13, 1913
Many Christian churches in Idaho are praying for this pastor. It does not matter that his faith is different then ours. I myself contacted two Seventh Day Adventist churches and asked them to include him in special prayer every week.
Valley Christian Church in Twin Falls has signed petitions asking that pressure be put on Iran to release the pastor. They have been fervently praying for his release as has the Magic Valley Christian Church also of Twin Falls. There are many others besides individuals in general that care deeply that this man be returned to his loving wife and children.
Their little daughter age 6 told her Mommy that "I'm forgetting Daddy's face." How very sad and the Mother does not know how to tell her it could be 8 years. Of course that is if he even makes it that long without dying. But the little girl knows that Idahoans are fighting to get her daddy home.
For example a prayer vigil was held in Boise, Idaho in Sept. 12, 2013 outside the state capitol. That same day in 70 cities across the U. S. prayer vigils were also held for our pastor from Idaho. God bless all the precious people who have supported this effort and the politicians fighting for his release.
Senator Rand Paul has sent a letter asking for clemency and mentioning that the Pastors health is deteriorating. Perhaps there is a glimmer of hope that Iran will wish to show the world they can be compassionate and care just a little for human rights. Prisoners for the Iranian New Year March 31, 2014 can be pardoned but unfortunately no political prisoners were part of the 920 released.
Rand Paul has warned that if anything should happen to the Pastor while the negotiations are on going that the good will forged during the last few months will probably be gone. I should hope so.
Below is Senator Jim Risch demanding that John Kerry do something about this situation. John Kerry however seems to not be doing a whole lot. But a Shout Out and a Thank you to Sen. Risch for continuing to fight to bring our Pastor from Idaho home.
Rep. Raúl Labrador of Idaho has also urged the President to demand the Pastors release. "Iran's decision to sentence Pastor Saeed Abedini to eight years in prison for simply practicing his faith is a flagrant violation of fundamental human right.
The United States must dedicate the necessary resources to secure the release and freedom of this American citizen. My prayers continue to be with Pastor Abedini and his family in this difficult time."
Another Senator at the forefront for Pastor Saeed is Senator Lindsey Graham. "It is imperative that you personally add your voice to those calling for Pastor Abedini’s immediate and unconditional release."- Sen. Lindsey Graham, (R-S.C.), in letter to President Obama!" I have called Sentor Graham and thanked him for continuing to monitor this situation.
Rep. Labrador is Morman, Senator Risch is Catholic, Gov. Perry is Methodist, and Senator Graham and Trent Franks are Southern Baptists, and Henry Waxman is from Judasim.
It seems the politicians do not care what religion Pastor Saeed is versus what they are, and both Democrats and Republicans have come together to ask that we bring the Pastor from Idaho home. This is the way it should be. This is the the right thing to do.
What I find amazing is that people from around the world support this Pastor and yet at the top of the heap of our own Government including the State Dept. appear to be cowardly in their actions. From over 600,000 signing petitions according to the Be Heard Project and possibly other petitions with signatures plus letter writing voices are being raised to release the pastor.
Finally the President mentioned Pastor Saeed at a National Prayer Breakfast. So on Feb. 25, 2014 as reported by aclj.org, Partisan Congressmen sent the President a thank-you letter. While that is appropriate what I fail to see is why he really earned that thank-you. He should have done this much much sooner.
Please continue to pray for, sign petitions and
and call your Senators and Representatives to keep trying to free our beloved Pastor Saeed Abidini and bring him home to his wife and children.
A big Thank-You to those who do so.