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Clergy who support Abedini organize White House protests; wife of imprisoned pastor faces arrest

Pastors from all over the country plan to stage protests outside the White House to raise awareness of the continued incarceration of a Boise pastor in an Iranian prison, according to The Christian Broadcasting Network.

Saeed Abedini, a 33-year-old Iranian-American, was convicted in January of “threatening the national security of Iran” by promoting Christian home churches in the early 2000s. He had lived in Boise with his wife and two children since 2005 and traveled to Iran last summer to help plan a new orphanage there. (Previous story on the Abedini family)

Abedini’s wife, Naghmeh, and supporters have been working tirelessly to keep pressure on the Iranian government.

Church pastors are now doing peaceful protests on Mondays outside the White House, according to CBN. Naghmeh Abedini said on her Facebook page that she plans to join the protesters in getting arrested on March 8.

Here’s what she wrote on her Facebook page January 15.

I will be arrested on March 8 (it will be at noon) because I will be peacefully praying in the part of the white house that is no assembly zone. I would be arrested for “unlawful assembly.” I will be arrested for a few hours and let go.

As I mentioned in my previous post, this decision did not come out of rebellion against my government or hatred or disobedience, but it came out of love for my husband and the persecuted Christians. That it came out of love for those who are in chains because of their faith in Jesus. Hoping and praying that my government would hear my desperate plea to secure the immediate release of my husband before its too late (Hebrews 13:3).

Please join me if you can in speaking out for those who can not speak for themselves. Who are being bound because of their faith in Jesus. You get 3 warnings before the arrest and those of you who do not wish to be arrested can walk away after the 3rd warning.

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