Christian musicians band together to support imprisoned Boise pastor
Jennifer Auh reports on a nationwide effort to save Pastor Saeed Abedini. Video by IdahoOnYourSide.comvideo
A nationwide effort is underway to save a Boise pastor, imprisoned in Iran for his Christian faith.
Christian musicians have banded together to spread the word about his ordeal, and many of them stopped by the City of Trees for a special tribute.
They talked about Pastor Abedini’s ordeal at the 2013 “Rock & Worship Roadshow” in the Taco Bell Arena, close to the beginning of the concert at 7 p.m.
Iranian Police arrested Abedini, back in September because of his Christian faith.
Abedini most recently wrote a letter to his wife and friends, revealing the horrible conditions in the brutal Evin prison. He wrote about bullying, insults, violence and even death threats.
"My body does not have the strength to walk," said Abedini, in the letter.
“It really reminded me how urgent this is to get him out as soon as we can. Everyday is a day he's being threatened. He's being abused, and we don't know how long he would really survive that prison," said Naghmeh Abedini, Saeed’s wife.
According to Abedini, the guards and cellmates beat and torture him in attempt to get him to deny Christ, but he said he's staying strong.
While his wife respect's his faith, she said she's overwhelmed by his horrific experiences. “I wept because he talks about the torture and the physical conditions he's facing, so my first reaction was to cry for him, cry for what he's going through,” said Naghmeh Abedini.
On the website: SaveSaeed.org, many Christian artists are also pushing for the pastor’s release. Right now, there are more than 370,000 people, who have signed the petition to save Saeed Abedini on that website.
The Christian musicians are asking more people to sign that petition and show support, in hopes to pressure the U.N. to take action for Pastor Abedini.