ACLJ Calls on Iran to Free American Pastor

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The American Center for Law and Justice has called for the release of an Iranian-American pastor imprisoned for his Christian faith.

Pastor Saeed Abedini was arrested in September for his work in Iran's underground Christian community.

He underwent a life-changing conversion from Islam to Christianity at age 20 and has been proclaiming his faith since that time.

Pastor Saeed, 32, was granted U.S. citizenship in 2010 through marriage to his American wife. He and his wife, Naghmeh, have two children, a 6-year-old daughter and 4-year-old son.

In 2008, Pastor Saeed became an ordained minister with the American Evangelistic Association. Naghmeh and the children reside in the western United States.

The Iranian government, however, does not recognize his U.S. citizenship. For three years he travelled freely back and forth from Iran until this summer when he was put under house arrest.

Saeed is being held in solitary confinement and could possibly face the death penalty.

In a recent letter to his family from prison, Pastor Saeed said the following:

"Prison is a test of faith. I was always worried that the storms of this life would break the ship of faith, but when you stand in the steadfast ship of faith, the storms are like a nice breeze. Nothing can break the ship of faith. These walls have created more fervor for me to love others through sharing the Gospel, but more than that, the walls have deepened my love for my Savior. I feel the prayers of all who are praying for me. I hope to one day meet each one of them face to face and embrace them in my arms."

The ACLJ is calling on the international community, including the United Nations, the U.S. State Department, and Congress to demand Saeed's release.

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