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Saeed's Wife: Iran Doesn't Know Who They're Dealing With

Saeed Abedini, an Iranian-born pastor with U.S. citizenship, is serving eight years in an Iranian prison. But his wife warns Iran doesn’t know who they’re dealing with. Read Transcript


WENDY: THEIR LOVE STORY BEGAN

IN IRAN, NAGHMEH BELIEVED GOD

WAS RETURNING HER TO HER

HOMELAND IN 2001 TO MINISTER.

SHE FIRST SAW SAEED ABEDINI.

HE WAS LEADING WORSHIP IN ONE OF

THE UNDERGROUND HOUSE CHURCHES.

WENDY: WHAT MADE YOU FALL IN

LOVE WITH HIM?

I SAID LORD, I CAN'T MARRY

SOMEONE MEDIOCRE, BUT SOMEONE

PASSIONATE FOR YOU.

I HAD NO IDEA HOW HE WOULD

ANSWER MY PRAYER.

I HAD NO IDEA IT WOULD BE SO

RADICAL.

WENDY: NOT LONG AFTERWARDS,

THE TWO MARRIED IN IRAN.

WEDDING DREW HUNDREDS OF WELL

WISHERS AND AROWS AROWED THE

SUSPICION.

BIBLES WERE PASSED OUT, MANY

CAME TO KNOW CHRIST.

WENDY: TAKES A SPECIAL DAY TO

SHARE HER BIG DAY.

IT IS GOING TO BE ALL ABOUT

YOU, IT WASN'T.

IT WAS A BIG, I MEAN, IT WAS

AMAZING.

IT WAS WHAT WE BOTH WOULD HAVE

WANTED FOR A WEDDING.

WENDY: NINE YEARS AND TWO

CHILDREN LATER, FOUR-YEAR-OLD

JACOB AND SIX-YEAR-OLD REBECCA,

SHE IS NOW LIVING HER WORST

NIGHTMARE.

LAST YEAR SAEED WAS DETAINED AND

PUT UNDER HOUSE ARREST.

THEN IN JANUARY THE IRANIAN

REVOLUTIONARY COURT SO CALLED

HANGING JUDGE SENTENCED HIM TO

EIGHT YEARS IN IRAN'S BRUTAL

EVIN PRISON.

HIS CRIME PREACHING THE GOSPEL.

YOU CAN SEE THEM HANGING OUTSIDE

THE PRISON.

IT SCARED ME.

I HAVE HAD DREAMS OF REVOLUTION

AND FAMILY MEMBERS HANGED IN

THAT PRISON AND KILLED AND

ABUSED AND RAPE.

WENDY: BEFORE HE WAS

SENTENCED, SAEED COULD SKYPE.

NOW NO PERSONAL CONTACT.

ONLY REPORTS AND LETTERS FROM

FAMILY MEMBERS IN IRAN.

SAEED IS BEING TORTURED AND

PRESSURED TO RENOUNCE HIS

CHRISTIAN FAITH.

I SAID THEY DON'T KNOW WHO

THEY ARE DEALING WITH.

SAEED CAME FROM A RADICAL MUSLIM

BACKGROUND, SINCE HE ACCEPTED

CHRIST, HE WAS VERY COMMITTED,

DOESN'T MATTER WHAT BEATINGS HE

GOES THROUGH OR SAY WE ARE GOING

TO KILL YOU.

WENDY: AS A WIFE, WHAT IS THE

HARDEST PART FOR YOU?

THE LORD HAS GIVEN ME GRACE

TO GO TO HIS PRESENCE AND GET MY

COMFORT.

AS A MOM, EVERY TIME IS A SALVE

IN MY HEART WHEN I SEE THEM

STRUGGLING AND CAN'T DO

ANYTHING.

MY SON'S CHARACTER HAS CHANGED

100% SINCE THE ARREST.

HE WON'T TALK AND RESERVED.

MY DAUGHTER CRIES A LOT.

WENDY: WHAT DOES THIS SAY?

SHE ADMITS SHE SANK INTO

DESPAIR.

I WAS IN EDGE OF EXTREME

DEPRESSION AND ANXIETY AND

WORRY.

I COULD SEE WHERE I WAS ALMOST

BEING BROKEN, I WOULD HAVE HAD

TO CHECK MYSELF IN BUT THE LORD

DIDN'T LET ME BREAK.

I CRIED OUT AND SAID LORD, IN

PHILIPPIANS, YOU PROMISE TO GIVE

PEACE BEYOND UNDERSTANDING.

THE SCRIPTURE IS TRUE, I WANT

PEOPLE TO KNOW IF THEY CLING TO

HIM AND BELIEVE IN HIS

SCRIPTURE, DON'T LET HIM GO,

HOLD ON TIGHT, HE IS

GOING TO

GET YOU THROUGH WHATEVER IT

IS.

WENDY: IN THE MEANTIME ACLU

IS GOING FULL THROTTLE WITH A

LEGAL AND MEDIA CAMPAIGN.

JORDAN SEKULOW SAYS PUBLICITY

COULD BE A LIFE SAVER FOR SAEED

JUST LIKE IT WAS FOR NARDIKANI.

SURVIVING ONE DAY IS NOT A

GREAT CHANCE.

YOU CAN BE BEATEN TO DEATH BY

THE GUARDS OR A FELLOW INMATE.

IF THE STORY IS TALKED ABOUT

PEOPLE DON'T GET BEATEN AS

BADLY.

WENDY: PEOPLE ARE TALKING.

NEARLY HALF A MILLION PEOPLE

HAVE SIGNED SAVE SAEED ON ACLU'S

WEBSITE.

CHRISTIANS ARE SPEAKING OUT ON

HIS BEHALF.

SECRETARY OF STATE JOHN KERRY

PROMISED TO WORK FOR SAEED'S

FREEDOM BUT MADE NO PUBLIC

COMMENT.

NAGHMEH SAYS PRAYER WILL FREE

HER HUSBAND.

DO YOU BELIEVE YOU WILL SEE

HIM AGAIN?

I DO.

MY FLESH WANTS TO SAY HE IS NOT

GOING TO SURVIVE.

WHEN I PRAY, I FEEL LIKE THE

LORD, HE IS A GOD OF HOPE.

HE TELLS ME IT IS AT HIS TIME HE

WILL RELEASE SAEED.

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