Date: January 27, 2013
Thank you for praying for our friend Saeed when we sent out our recent prayer request. His wife Naghmeh is thankful for everyone who has lifted Saeed up before the throne of grace.
This is likely to be the last email we will send out about Saeed, as we have set up a special page on our website where we post regular updates about him and his situation. Please check here for news and updates: http://asiaharvest.org/
The last few weeks have been an emotional rollercoaster for those involved. One day Iran has said they will kill Saeed, the next day they say he will be released so he can go home to his family. On Monday Saeed boldly and courageously gave his testimony in court. He brought honor to the Name of Jesus.
This morning news has broken that Saeed has been sentenced to 8 years in the notorious Evin Prison. He was convicted on charges of starting house churches throughout Iran in the early 2000s. Friends, an 8 year prison sentence in that demonic prison is basically a death sentence. Many people who go into Evin Prison only last a few days or weeks before they perish. Last week Saeed, who is a handsome young man, was taken to the prison hospital. When he stepped into the elevator he saw an older bald man with a bushy beard and swollen, bulging eyes. He went to say hello to him before he realized he was looking into a mirror. It was the first time he had seen a reflection of himself for months.
As a friend and brother of Saeed, I am proud that he has remained faithful to the Lord and has been counted worthy to suffer for the Name of Jesus (Acts 5:41).
Here are some media links with the breaking news of Saeed’s sentence:
We know that our God is the Living God, and He holds our times in His hand….
- Please pray the Lord Jesus will be glorified in Saeed’s life and through his testimony. Pray God will sustain his health and confound those who wish to harm him.
- Pray for Naghmeh and their two small children, for grace, peace and faith. Naghmeh has been a tower of strength for her husband but this is obviously a huge blow.
- Pray the leaders of Iran will be convicted of their sin by the Holy Spirit, and will repent and believe in Jesus Christ, the True and Living God.
- Pray for the salvation of the 80 million Iranian Muslims who remain in darkness, that they will soon have a chance to hear the Gospel. Ask God to miraculously use Saeed’s testimony to impact his nation.
Please remember to check our website for news and further updates on Saeed: http://asiaharvest.org/
For our King,
Paul Hattaway and co-workers at Asia Harvest