American Pastor Saeed Abedini Marks 300 Days in an Iranian Prison

Pastor AbediniLast Tuesday, July 23, marked the 300th day of American Pastor Saeed Abedini’s illegal imprisonment in Iran.

And, so far, more than 600,000 people around the world now stand in solidarity with Pastor Abedini at

"It has been a difficult 300 days – 300 days of torment simply because Saeed loves Jesus Christ," shared Pastor Abedini's wife, Naghmeh. "I am hopeful Iran will do the just and honorable thing and release Saeed."

As Pastor Abedini reached the 300-day milestone, Christian leaders and public officials reiterated their calls for his release, noting how the U.S. government has done little to pressure Iran to release Pastor Abedini, a fellow American citizen.

"Many in the international community are expressing outrage over this blatant example of religious intolerance. I ask that our government do the same and demand that Pastor Saeed Abedini be released and allowed to return home to his wife and family in the United States," expressed Franklin Graham, President and CEO of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and Samaritan’s Purse.

"Pastor Abedini’s case is a demonstration to the world of the far-reaching implications of even a single instance of human rights abuse,” added Representative Trent Franks (R-AZ), one of a number of Members of Congress who has “adopted” Pastor Abedini through the bipartisan Defending Freedoms Project.

Earlier this year, Dr. Frank Wright, NRB President & CEO, sent a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry on behalf of Pastor Abedini. In it, he said it is "unconscionable that the Iranian government would violate its own law and international covenants by treating any individual, never mind an American citizen, with such enmity and abuse because of his faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.”

As before, Dr. Wright continues to urge State Department efforts toward Pastor Abedini’s release and safe passage back to the U.S., especially as September 26 will mark the one-year anniversary of Pastor Abedini’s imprisonment.

Concerned believers are being asked to join in praying for Pastor Abedini and his family. Churches and people everywhere are also encouraged to join the hundreds of thousands of others who are showing solidarity with him at

Published: August 1, 2013