Naghmeh Abedini, "It has always been important to Saeed and me that our actions as Christians promote unity within and not divide the Body of Christ."
By Jeremy Reynalds
Senior Correspondent for ASSIST News Service
WASHINGTON D.C. (ANS) -- A group of pastors is putting their freedom on the line to bring attention to the plight of Saeed Abedini, a U.S. pastor sentenced to eight years in one of Iran's most brutal prisons for his Christian faith.
Naghmeh and Saeed Abedini
According to a story by Paul Strand for CBN News, they're calling for clergy from all over America to come to the White House and risk arrest every Monday from now till March 8. They're saying it's time for more than talk about persecuted Christians around the world.
Abedini's wife Naghmeh was originally planning to join the event on March 8, and organizers were hoping her participation would bring hundreds of clergy members to head for the White House and face arrest with her.
However, in a Jan 22 post on her Facebook page (www.facebook.com/npanahi77?fref=ts), Naghgmeh Abedini said "after further prayer and counsel," she has decided against participating in the event.
She continued, "It has always been important to Saeed and me that our actions as Christians promote unity within and not divide the Body of Christ."
She added, "As a mother of two who has been without my husband and father of our two children for more than a year now, I will continue to focus on doing everything I can in this country and abroad to secure the freedom of Saeed. I am most grateful for the many efforts and prayers underway on behalf of Saeed. We continue to pray for his release."
Comments on Abedini's Facebook page were in favor of her not participating.
One person wrote, "This morning reading Acts 26 of Paul before King Agrippa, sensed God's affirmation of your decision not to go to DC. The government over there would not look kindly on you leading what might be an embarrassment on your own government. Praying God's peace remains on and in you, and believing that your hope it's not disappointed. His homecoming is soon."
Someone else wrote, "You made a wise and brave decision."
Another person said, "Sounds like a wise decision. We continue to pray for and with you."
For more information about Saeed Abedini's plight, visit visit www.BeHeardProject.com