Wife of pastor jailed in Iran speaks out
Reverend Abedini held since September
- Duration 6:25
- Date Dec 23, 2012
Reverend Abedini held since September
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Well for Christmas this should be the most joyous time of the year but one American family is spending this season fighting.
To get a pastor free from prison 32 year old reverend -- eve of a Dini.
Has been jailed in Iran since September Iranian born Christian convert is American.
And was taken into custody while visiting his family in Iran.
Now the American Center for Law and Justice has teamed -- the family.
In the hopes of getting him released joining us now is reverend Aberdeen -- wife not that may.
I have a Dini and executive director of the American Center for Law and Justice Jordan secular -- thank you both for joining us this morning.
Not give me this is such a tough time for you because you would like to see your husband right here which you.
During this Christmas season -- tell me what efforts are underway now to get him returned home safely.
-- We tried different I mean and they felt they can probably address that's okay more.
Where -- -- if you can then -- emotional told this is having when you.
And your family members here in the United States.
That's been very difficult the hardest.
Time with the first week when they took him from that.
The house he was paying out and we don't know where he was then.
This thing that you can never think about I couldn't pick up the phone and talent.
On how they what the kids were doing that our daughter has lost all her team you know you he she lost all of the fourteenth while he was.
And present and just little things you realize as a wife you want to share with -- husband that.
You can't just pick up the phone and call in the first week was very difficult we we didn't know where -- taken him and around that time.
There was blogger that was all Flores said unfortunately tortured to death and I around so we don't know if his -- he really was even alive.
And so it's been very difficult and especially during Christmas time -- the big wall.
And are handling.
I understand -- as you and -- it's very difficult for -- -- -- let me go to you real quickly as.
Not -- may -- deals with this this is something that you see dealt with before when when other Americans have been.
Taken into capped captivity or take custody because of their Christian faith.
What is that you know this year.
You know this is -- a situation where you've got a 32 year old again.
People are saying this differed in the past this is not a Iran in Christian pastor who is in prison that we are concerned about there were -- cystic.
This is one of -- and American Christian pastor with his American family here at home.
During the holidays and he's been in the philly's been tough no not -- And ended the at the children there have been dealing with this since July and we have been working with them.
Figuring out -- It -- is the right time if any time to take this public to try and help you you have to weigh a lot of different factors.
And we did that because of the conditions as nog -- is referring to in these prisons this is a prison.
Where this city it's is only part of our part of your punishment.
Just being there.
Is a -- being -- he's big big -- charged with these national security offenses which are the worst -- to be charged with.
In Iran and Jordan those national security fences -- was for what for for being the pastor of a home church network and that he said that he would no longer be the leader of that but it.
He would continue to try to help people in need.
For being a Muslim who became a Christian when he was forty years old and then you know he's been coming back but he does know -- house churches he'd had made agreement.
But again B -- revolutionary guard had gotten involved and knocked me knows this as well for the first time since he's been going back and forth between Iran in the United States but it is solely because.
He is a Muslim but became a Christian who is reaching other Muslims to get in Iran.
What can -- weeks ago.
We have to speak out we -- of course would not -- able to do the interviews to be able to us to connect the -- To all the viewers here for Fox News -- was the first news that work.
In the country to put this story out there.
For us and for the family that's how you do you raise your voices within our State Department in any good move has acknowledged this two to the news networks as well that they know about this.
It's a tough situation.
We had to make the call now we have to hear from people calling their members of congress.
Calling our government and -- -- -- and spreading the story that is how other pastors and other Christian leaders.
Have been released -- because people took to Twitter after this interview and shared the interview later that they are posting it to FaceBook.
That's how you that's how you can succeed in these cases but it is a very tough Gordon but not -- before Rico I wanna hear from you -- if you could talk to your husband right now or at least to the American people what -- -- The American people do you know about your -- He loved.
More than anything he loved you this.
And he loves America.
But he loved the Muslim.
You and that's why he wanted to continuing go back and share the gospel with them because.
That's what's safe and that's what -- -- life gave them hope.
This is what this Christmas season is about bats and he -- he's that I might -- sharing Jesus.
But as an as a different difficult -- Middle East sharing about price unfortunately.
And because of that what -- you not worried about well.
I am worried about his health.
He's not people he's been sharing.
And prison -- he's been beaten he's been abused because of his state.
And because he -- even though better eating and some nights he wants to get -- about what he found that changed his life and my life as well.
And so we're very worried about his health and we're praying that we can get -- home quit.
Not gonna have a Dini -- Jordan such below the American Center for Law justices.
And our prayers are with you.
Does your husband returns home safely we're just looking at the pictures of you're wonderful precious family and certainly they would love to have their father here.
Home soon Jordan continued the good work if you -- thank you it's -- And I want to thank you thank Fox News for covering that and also a field day for being such an amazing support during this time.
-- not and -- thank you for that we are honored to have you with us thank you.