Vigil Held For Boise Pastor Possibly Facing Death Penalty In Middle East


By Stephanie Smith, KBOI

Boise, Idaho (KBOI) After four months in prison, the trial just started in Iran for a Boise Pastor who could face the death penalty for allegedly trying to convert Muslims to Christianity.

Pastor–"this is not a situation outside of god's realm or out of his scope of control."

And prayers for a Boise man behind bars in Iran. With Saeed Abedini just hours away from his first day on trial, members of the church came together with his wife Naghmeh.

Naghmeh– "this is powerful, how many people have shown up and are being so encouraging and praying for us, im blessed by it."

Nagmeh says the family has spent years building an orphanage in iran and the labor of love was nearing completion. Saeed was a week from coming home when his passport was taken away and he was put on house arrest, a few months later he was taken to prison.

Nagmeh spoke at the service about a sense of peace from god even though the question of "why" is still on her mind.

Nagmeh– "we had no idea this would even happen, that people would just raid the house he was staying at take him and just confusion about why and where is he, is he even ok is he alive?"

Now she just asks for this prayer:
Nagmeh– "whatever happens in that courtroom that the lord will give him the strength and words to say."

37 members of the House of Representative and 12 senators have sent letters to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on behalf of Saeed Abedini, including Idaho Senators Risch and Crapo and Representatives Labrador and Simpson.

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