To Avoid Division, Wife of Imprisoned Pastor Saeed Abedini Will Not Demonstrate and Risk Arrest Outside White House

Naghmeh Abedini

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.

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 (, 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.”

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Jeremy Reynalds

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