Christian Pastor Attacked In Evin Prison

The Muslim guards at Iran’s Evin Prison used the excuse of inmates resisting an inspection as a reason to brutally beat a Christian pastor located in another part of the prison.

Pastor Farshid Fathi, who is serving six years after being convicted on the same kind of false charges used to keep American pastor Saeed Abedini in custody.

Christian Solidarity Worldwide told the Christian Post that the pastor suffered broken bones in the brutal assault.

“Today I celebrate our Lord’s resurrection in a mixed feeling of joy and pain in a different way and in a different place,” Pastor Fathi wrote from his cell.  “My left foot is in a cast after they broke it last Thursday in violations they applied against helpless prisoners under the excuse of inspections. After three days of pain, finally they took me chained and shackled to a hospital on Easter morning. Though I was in a dire pain, I took it as a gift from our Lord to get out of prison even for few hours.”

Pastor Fathi has been subjected to extreme mental torture during this imprisonment.

American Pastor Held In Iran Moved To More Brutal Prison

The American pastor being held in Iran because of his faith was moved to a prison considered even more brutal than where he had previously been held.

Family members of Saeed Abedini went to visit him at Evin Prison, a Tehran facility where he had been kept over a year. When they arrived, they were told the pastor had been moved 90 minutes away to Rajai Shahr Prison.

Rajai Shahr prison houses some of Iran’s more violent prisoners including murderers and rapists. Also, Abedini is not allowed to have any visitors at that prison.

The American Center for Law and Justice, Abedini’s American based attorneys, say that Abedini has been beaten and tortured. The mysterious move has concerned his lawyers who have been closely monitoring Abedini’s health.

Prayer Vigil Scheduled For Jailed Iranian Pastor

Naghmeh Abedini, wife of jailed American pastor Saeed Abedini, is calling for a national day of prayer for her husband as authorities have done nothing to save him from Iran’s brutal Evin prison.

“There are now 44 cities in the U.S. that have gotten permits and are on board for doing the prayer vigil on September 26, which is the one year anniversary of Saeed’s imprisonment in Evin (Prison). Different cities are holding it at different times, but most cities are holding it at noon their time in front of courthouses, city halls, or their state capitol building,” Abedini told The Global Dispatch in an interview. Continue reading

Franklin Graham Issues Renewed Call For Release Of Pastor Jailed In Iran

Franklin Graham released a statement marking the 10th month that American Pastor Saeed Abedini has been imprisoned in Iran’s brutal Evin Prison facing torture for being a Christian.

He’s also sharing that the pastor’s wife is feeling abandoned by the American government who has done nothing to free her husband. Naghmeh Abedini worries she and her two children will never see her husband again. Continue reading

U.S. Senator Appeals To Iranian People On Behalf Of Jailed American Christian Pastor

Idaho senator James Risch is making an appeal to the Iranian people for Christian Pastor Saeed Abedini, jailed in Iran’s brutal Evin prison for his faith. Abedini has been in prison for nearly 300 days suffering long periods in solitary confinement, beatings and torture at the hands of Iranian jailers.

Abedini traveled to Iran to help build an orphanage. He had lived in Iran prior to becoming a U.S. citizen and had been a key people in the home church movement. He was arrested in 2009 and released after pledging to stop organizing house churches. Continue reading

Wife Of Pastor Jailed In Iran To Address UN Human Rights Council

The wife of jailed Christian pastor Saeed Abedini is going to address the United Nations Human Rights Council in an attempt to gain her husband’s freedom after failing to gain any support from the U.S. government.

Naghmeh Abdeini is going to talk to the Council about Saeed’s failing health and abuse in Iran’s notorious Evin Prison. Continue reading

American Pastor In Iran Releases Letter To Supporters

Saeed Abedini, the American pastor being held in Iran’s brutal Evin prison, released a letter to supporters thanking them for their prayers and rejoicing in the news that his imprisonment is bringing the body of Christ together.

“I heard that the persecution, my arrest and imprisonment has united churches from different denominations, from different cities and countries, that would never come together because of their differences,” Abedini wrote in his letter. “You don’t know how happy I was in the Lord and rejoiced knowing that in my chains the body of Christ has chained together and is brought to action and prayer.” Continue reading