Free Pastor Saeed Abedini

The ACLJ launched a similar petition to free pastor Nadarhkani, so you may be interested in this one for pastor Saeed Abedini, whose sham trial began today.  This effort is joined by calls from the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom for pastor Abedini’s release.

Wife of Christian held in Iran waits as trial, possible death sentence looms

via FoxNews,

“As her husband’s trial and possible death sentence looms, the wife of an American Christian pastor imprisoned in Iran for evangelizing clings to hope and prays for a miracle.

Naghmeh Abedini has been told by attorneys for her husband, Saeed, to expect the worst at Monday’s trial, where the 32-year-old husband and father faces the capital charge of compromising national security. Supporters believe the charges are directly related to Abedini’s work nearly a decade ago starting a house church movement in Iran, and the judge he’ll face, Abbas Pir-Abassi, is infamous for sending defendants to the gallows.

‘There is a lot going through my mind. I can never clear my head. I only sleep two hours a night,’ Naghmeh Abedini told Foxnews.com by phone from her family’s home near Boise. ‘Unfortunately, he has been set up for failure and a harsh sentence because of his beliefs. His attorney says that the court has gathered a large amount of evidence against him.’ ”

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/world/2013/01/17/wife-christian-pastor-on-edge-as-husband-faces-hanging-judge-in-iranian-court/

Egyptian Court Sentences Christian To 15 Years For Converting From Islam

via FoxNews,

“The 15-year prison sentence given to a woman and her seven children by an Egyptian court for converting to Christianity is a sign of things to come, according to alarmed human rights advocates who say the nation’s Islamist government is bad news for Christians in the North African country.

A criminal court  in the central Egyptian city of Beni Suef  meted out the shocking sentence last week, according to the Arabic-language Egyptian paper Al-Masry Al-Youm. Nadia Mohamed Ali, who was raised a Christian, converted to Islam when she married Mohamed Abdel-Wahhab Mustafa, a Muslim, 23 years ago. He later died, and his widow planned to convert her family back to Christianity in order to obtain an inheritance from her family. She sought the help of others in the registration office to process new identity cards between 2004 and 2006. When the conversion came to light under the new regime, Nadia, her children and even the clerks who processed the identity cards were all sentenced to prison.”

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/world/2013/01/16/egyptian-court-sentences-entire-family-to-15-years-for-converting-to/

American Pastor Imprisoned in Iran

via FoxNews,

“An American pastor currently imprisoned in his native Iran because of his Christian faith will go on trial next week before a judge known for meting out harsh sentences.

Saeed Abedini, will go before one of Iran’s most notorious ‘hanging judges’ on Jan. 21 on charges of compromising national security. Court documents indicate that the charges are directly related to Abedini’s work starting a house church movement, and his supporters say it is a clear case of a Christian being punished for his beliefs..

Abedini’s attorney told advocacy group American Center for Law and Justice that most of the charges against Abedini are indecipherable except for one that stems from the year 2000, when he converted from Islam to Christianity. Saeed Abedini has been imprisoned since September, when he returned to Iran to visit family. In a letter written to his wife just days ago, Abedini said his captors have tortured him and given him mixed signals about his fate.”

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/world/2013/01/14/trial-date-set-for-american-pastor-imprisoned-in-iran/#ixzz2I3HyVJ93

Saturday Work Day

Berean Church is sponsoring a work day, this Saturday, Jan. 12, starting at 9AM.  This is to complete a variety of tasks on the old K/1st building.  Please contact Mr. Gitchell through the church office at 972.438.1440 if you can attend.  Thank you.

Pastor Nadarkhani Released (Again)

via Fox News,

“Youcef Nadarkhani, the Iranian Christian pastor who had been re-arrested on Christmas Day after serving nearly three years in prison for renouncing Islam, was released today, according to individuals close to the pastor and his family.

Nadarkhani, 35, had been held since Christmas Day at Lakan Prison in Rasht, the facility where he was imprisoned from 2010 to 2012 in a case that made international headlines. Although he initially faced possible execution, he had been freed in November, with just 45 days left on a downgraded sentence issued after Fox News and other media outlets drew attention to his plight. But when he was arrested, an Iranian judge said he must finish his sentence.”

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/world/2013/01/07/christian-pastor-nadarkhani-released-form-iranian-prison/

Happy New Year

We wish everyone a happy and prosperous 2013.  We also hope you take time to consider the financial needs of Berean Church.  We still require a large, four-figure sum to pay property taxes due at the end of January.  You are welcome to make donations online here.

For some Christians, the new year is not very happy.  Pastor Youcef Nadarkani was returned to prison in Iran on Christmas day.  Also in Iran, please pray for Saeed Abedini, a father of two and American citizen, who was recently imprisoned.