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ICC Note: September 26 will mark two years since Pastor Saeed Abedini was imprisoned in Iran. He has been sentenced to 8 years for his faith activities. Thousands around the world are expected to gather at more than 460 prayer vigils to pray for his release, and to pray for others in similar situations around the world.

09/18/2014 Iran (Christian Post) – More than 460 prayer vigils in 30 countries and territories next week are set to mark the two year anniversary of American pastor Saeed Abedini’s imprisonment for his faith in Iran.

“The kids and I are longing to see Saeed returned home safely to us. The kids have been suffering for too long. Our family is ready. It is time,” said Naghmeh Abedini, the pastor’s wife.

“We are praying for a miracle. My hope is that, as thousands gather together on Sept. 26, our governments and leaders will be reminded of the importance of religious freedom for all and continue to pressure Iran to secure Saeed’s release.”

The American Center for Law and Justice, which represents Naghmeh and the couple’s two young children back in the U.S., noted that it was over 700 days ago that Abedini boarded a flight to Iran, but never came back. The pastor, who was working on an orphanage project in Iran when he was arrested by local authorities, was later sentenced to eight years in prison for his Christian faith.

“Christmas has come and gone twice; he’s missed children’s birthdays and other family celebrations,” the group notes. “After many false hopes that freedom could come, the Boise, Idaho, resident remains imprisoned by the Iranian government on charges related to his Christian faith.”

The pastor has faced a number of threats to his life while in prison, including threats from members of the terror group ISIS. In August, the ACLJ reported that jihadists have said they are planning to kill the pastor in Rajai Shahr prison.

Although the ISIS militants are kept in a separate section of the prison ward, they reportedly were able on several occasions to make their way to the pastor’s section on their way back from the prison yard, forcing Abedini to hide.
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