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.
Congressman Frank Wolf (R-Virginia) has launched a "Defending
Freedoms" project urging other members of Congress to get on board
with human rights issues.