Pastor Saeed Abedini, who was sentenced to eight years in prison in January for “actions against the national security of Iran,” has just been transferred from solitary confinement back to a cell on the regular ward. The American-Iranian husband and father of two young children had recently participated in a peaceful courtyard protest over the mistreatment of inmates in Evin Prison where he is currently being held. The protest reportedly angered prison officials, who subsequently put Pastor Saeed and nine other prisoners in solitary confinement. He had also signed a petition which criticized the lack of medical care for prisoners and the mistreatment of their families during visits.
Despite the good news of his transfer, there is still concern over Pastor Saeed’s health. He is reportedly suffering severe internal bleeding as a result of receiving regular beatings in prison, and there are concerns that his kidneys may not be functioning properly. Unfortunately, he has been refused medical treatment by prison authorities.
“Surely the arm of the Lord is not too short to save, nor His ear too dull to hear” (Isaiah 59:1). While we can be assured that God is hearing our prayers on behalf of Pastor Saeed, like the Biblical story of the persistent widow who kept petitioning the judge, let us continue upholding this faithful pastor and other fellow believers who are presently incarcerated in Evin Prison. May God protect and strengthen them spiritually, physically, emotionally and mentally so they will serve as effective witnesses of His power during their incarceration. As He is working on behalf of their eventual release, pray that He will also work mightily in the hearts of all who are affiliated with this prison, including the unsaved officials and prisoners.
(Sources: Mohabat News, Christian Solidarity Worldwide, American Center for Law and Justice)