Mrs. Abedini: 'I haven't taken hope from them'

Wednesday, January 30, 2013
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An American-Iranian pastor remains in jail in Iran on trumped up charges. Though he faces an 8-year term in a violent prison, his family members in Idaho are enduring the situation and remain hopeful for positive news.


Saeed Abedini's wife, Naghmeh, lives with their young children in Idaho and tells OneNewsNow how she is dealing with the situation.

"I'm a single mom with two kids, and they miss [Saeed] terribly every day. They ask for his return," she shares. "I haven't told them about the eight years. They're still praying and hoping, waking up [thinking] that maybe daddy's coming home today. And I haven't taken that hope from them."

Though it is difficult for her to think about her husband being held at Evin Prison, where Christians are routinely tortured and beaten by other inmates, the Bible gives her hope.

For instance, she is keeping 1 Corinthians 12:26 in mind, "that if one member suffers, all the members suffer with it," she cites. She also recalls Hebrews 13:3, "that remember the prisoners, [we are] chained with them, those who are mistreated … So, the Bible says to remember those persecuted, the prisoners, and remember them as if you are chained."

Naghmeh is well aware of the government activity that is under way to gain her husband's release. The American Center for Law & Justice is also working to free Saeed. But she tells OneNewsNow that what really gives her hope is knowing that millions of people are praying and calling on God to intervene.

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