I’ve been a bit silent lately as I try to stay afloat during this busy time of year, but that is going to change this week.
I hope most of you already know about Pastor Saeed Abedini. If you haven’t here is a quick sum up: He is an American citizen who was in Iran in 2012 setting up and orphanage in the city of Rasht when he was arrested and put first on house arrest then into Evin Prison (for political prisoners) then just recently was moved to a much more overcrowded and horrible prison for rapists and murderers (the kind of place they send people they want the world to forget about and to disappear.)
Despite the fact that he is an American citizen and that the US and Iran have been meeting and making deals and freeing prisoners president Obama has failed to even bring up Saeed. Let alone demand his freedom. Instead Obama has freed Iranian prisoners -bad ones.
Obama thinks we will forget, Iran thinks we will forget.
There are so many Christians around the world who are persecuted for their faith and we are called to pray for them. In all honesty, sometimes we forget. We don’t know their names. (That doesn’t make it ok). But in Saeed’s case, we know his name, we can see his picture. We can follow his wife on Facebook and hear her thoughts, we can see pictures of his children. How could we possibly forget him? No excuses.
So always, but especially this week and on the 4th most importantly. Blow up social media with prayers for him, with demands for his freedom. Change your profile picture. Write a blog post. Show Obama that we will not forget and we won’t stand by while he tries to ignore. Tell the Iranian president that we will not forget, he can’t hide Saeed away. And most importantly PRAY. Pray without ceasing.
Today we sang the song “Mighty to Save” in church and I couldn’t help but think of Saeed during the chorus. Our God is all powerful and he is mighty to save Saeed. Let’s pray that he does soon and that in the meantime Saeed will have a mighty impact where he is and that his family will have peace and strength.
“Saviour, He can move the mountains, Our God is mighty to save. He is mighty to save….”