Last month, Pastor Saeed’s relatives were informed that he was finally admitted to the hospital to treat his internal bleeding. They went to visit him only to be told by the guards that his treatment was canceled.
The only doctor "allowed" to treat Saeed reportedly was not even at the hospital. Guards beat Saeed before leaving the hospital.
He was beaten again when he returned to the prison. After abusing him, the guards and prisoners mocked him as they paraded him through the prison. Saeed is now in solitary confinement (a brutal form of torture) and experiencing complications with his kidneys as a result of the beatings and internal bleeding.
The international community has voiced strong support for Saeed, but the White House has been seemingly passive - especially given that Saeed is an American citizen.
For this reason, U.S. Congressmen Cassidy and Labrador have drafted a resolution calling for the State Department to intensify its efforts to secure Saeed’s release. The resolution is now being circulated in Congress for co-sponsors.
Given Saeed's failing medical condition, it is imperative that we all pray and speak out for his immediate medical care and unconditional release from Evin prison.
We encourage you to get involved by writing a letter directly to Saeed in Evin prison. It is proven that letters to prisoners do make a difference! Prisoners are treated more humanely when prison officials receive waves of letters and are reminded that the world is watching.
Feel free to use the sample letter below or to write your own. Please be encouraging and do not say anything negative about the Iranian government. Also, do not mention any organizations or churches that are supporting or advocating to free Christian prisoners because this could potentially put Saeed or others in greater danger.
Please forward this post to your friends who love Jesus and pray.
grace and peace,
Dear Pastor Saeed Abedini,
I am writing to let you know there are a lot of people thinking, praying, and advocating for your immediate and unconditional release.
No one should be imprisoned for their religious beliefs. Your courage and grace has inspired many. I pray daily for your release and safe keeping. You are a blessing from God to His people in Iran.
God bless you and God bless the people of Iran.
Islamic Republic of Iran
Special thanks to our friends at Jubilee Campaign for originating this post.