Pastor Saeed Spends Birthday in Solitary

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Saeed Abedini, an American pastor imprisoned in Iran, turns 33 today.

Iranian authorities arrested Pastor Saeed  223 days ago for refusing to deny his faith. He's spending his birthday in solitary confinement where he's been held since late April.

Pastor Saeed has been incarcerated for six months in the country's infamous Evin Prison, reputedly one of worst anywhere in the world. Iranian authorities sentenced him to eight years as an alleged threat to "national security."

Prison officials turned away family members who tried to visit him the day before his birthday.

Meanwhile, there are growing concerns about his health. He is said to be hemorrhaging internally from the unrelenting beatings he's been subject to by prison officials.     

On May 19, churches across the United States and around the world are being urged to join in a day of prayer for Pastor Saeed.    

***Find out how you can pressure Iran with letters to Saeed at

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