American Pastor Saeed Abedini's family had another good visit at the infamous Evin Prison, providing an opportunity for him to send his wife, Naghmeh, a new letter. It was a letter of hope and joy describing the positive effect his imprisonment has had on the global Church.
"I heard that the persecution, my arrest and imprisonment has united churches from different denominations, from different cities and countries, that would never come together because of their differences," he said.
Saeed, who was arrested for sharing his faith in Iran, sent the letter for his family and supporters who gathered recently to pray for him on the Christian day of Pentecost.
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Despite daily beatings that have produced internal bleeding, he still draws hope knowing "that the churches have united together in prayer to put one request [his freedom[ on one day [Pentecost] before God."
"You don't know how happy I was in the Lord and rejoiced, knowing that in my chains the body of Christ has chained together and is brought to action and prayer," he said.
Pastor Saeed said uniting in prayer for him should only be the beginning.
"Now, how beautiful it will be if the Church would be united and fight for the salvation of the world whose life is in danger and who are bound in chains of Satan and to fight for the salvation of the world, a world that is heading to the way of destruction," he wrote.
"With the same passion and the same way that you are praying and fighting for my freedom, we need to be praying and fighting for the salvation of the world."
In response to his personal condition the 33-year-old U.S. citizen wrote, "I will also be freed from my chains though prayer and strength of the Grace of God."