the sweet smelling savour of Saeed


Saeed Abedini, Naghmeh (wife) and two children.

I received this email from a dear brother in the Lord. He is with the ministry of Asia Harvest. If we were in Saeed’s place, would we want Christians around the world to lift us up? Our Lord does!

Remember them that are in bonds, as bound with them; and them which suffer adversity, as being yourselves also in the body. Hebrews 13:3

Dear Friends,

You probably know that we rarely send emails unless we have a very urgent prayer request we would like to share with you. This is such a time.

A dear personal friend of mine is in trouble for no reason except that he loves and obeys Jesus Christ. His name is Saeed Abedini. He was born in Iran, but is now a US citizen. His wife Naghmeh is also a US citizen and they live with their two children in the US state of Idaho.

Saeed, despite being just 32 years old, has been instrumental in bringing many Iranian Muslims to the Lord, and has established numerous house churches throughout Iran.

He asked me to write his biography, and I was working on it when Saeed made one last trip back to Iran to say goodbye to his family. He knew that when his book came out it would be impossible for him to travel back to the country of his birth.

I can assure you that his testimony is quite remarkable and will bring much glory to God, and I can testify that Saeed is a God-fearing brother who loves the Lord Jesus. Before he met the Lord, Saeed was so depressed he wanted to commit suicide, and for a time he was trained by Hezbollah to be a suicide bomber. After he experienced salvation through the Blood of Jesus Christ, Saeed’s whole life was so dramatically transformed that he could not help but spread the Good News to as many people as possible.

In September last year Saeed was travelling on a bus near the Iranian border when Revolutionary Guards boarded the bus and dragged him off. He has been held for months while he waited for his case to come before the courts of Iran. He is currently captive in the notorious Evin Prison in Tehran. He has been mercilessly tortured, but has not denied His Lord and Savior.

Despite being an American citizen, the US State Department has done nothing to help as they have no relationship with Iran. From the human level, there is little hope for Saeed. Indications have been given that he may be sentenced to 18 years in prison, or possibly even given the death penalty.

That is why I am asking you to pray. What politicians and the strength of men are unable to achieve, God can do!

Today we received news that Saeed’s case has been assigned to a notorious judge who is known as ‘the hanging judge” because of his history of sending people to the gallows. This man has such a fearsome reputation that few lawyers in Iran are willing to defend clients before him, because the judge often has the lawyer thrown into prison as well. He is due to hand down his sentence next week. The American Center for Law and Justice has released this harrowing statement, which includes a picture of Saeed and his family:

Despite all these hardships, Saeed continues to stand strong for the Lord. In a recent letter to his family from prison he wrote, “Prison is a test of faith. I was always worried that the storms of this life would break the ship of my faith, but when you stand steadfast, the storms are like a nice breeze. Nothing can break my faith. These walls have created more fervor for me to love others through sharing the Gospel, but more than that, the walls have deepened my love for my Savior. I feel the prayers of all who are praying for me.”

Can you please pray that our Living God will perform a miracle for Saeed and his family?

· Whatever the outcome, please pray that the Name of Jesus will be glorified and many thousands in Iran will hear the Gospel because of Saeed’s imprisonment.

· Please ask God to soften the heart of Judge Pir-Abassi, and that the Lord’s will may completely overshadow all the proceedings. Pray Saeed will receive grace and favour from the Lord.

· Ask God to bring this situation to the attention of many intercessors around the world who will pray for Saeed and his family.

· Please pray Saeed will continue to stand firm and be a great witness to the guards and other prisoners he comes into contact with.

· Pray the Gospel will continue to spread to the 70 million captive Iranians. Many are open to knowing and following Jesus Christ, but have never heard the message of His salvation.

Please feel free to forward this message to other praying Christians. There are no security restrictions on it and there is nothing in the content which the Iranian government doesn’t already know. You may also post this message in its entirety on social media or websites, if you feel it will help mobilize more Christians to pray.

For our King,

Paul Hattaway


If you have vision, nothing will frighten you. With His vision, God gives you power. You must not be afraid.



In the faithful name of Yeshua

brother malachi


  1. I am so saddened to hear of what happened to this wonderful Christian brother, Saeed! I will be praying for him and asking others to do the same. If there is any way that we can send him a letter or do anything else to help, please let us know! I am trusting that Christ is with him right now and that he will protect him and his family. Somehow, God will make a way.

    • Marianne, thank you for stopping by a word from malachi and learning about Saeed’s condition. More importantly, thank you for having a heart not only to lift Saeed and his family up in prayer, but for putting their plight before the body of Christ for consideration.

      It is so sad to see a Christian Brother or Sister meet with such vehement opposition, not because they are a just criminal, but simply because they name the name of Christ. Not surprising though, if the world hated Him, it will hate us… just sad. As I was reading of Saeed’s predicament, these words that Jesus told His disciples came to my mind.

      In the epistle to the Ephesians the Spirit of God exhorted the believers…”Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children; And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet smelling savour.” I strongly believe that when a brother or sister suffers for righteousness sake, that in the midst of that suffering we can be happy and not troubled, for He will never leave us nor forsake us.

      If in the midst of the same we sanctify the Lord God in our hearts and are ready to give an answer to every man that asketh us, of our hope, I believe there is an aroma that ascends to the portal of glory and the odor can be likened to the same sweet smelling savour emitted from our Lord.

      God can deliver Saeed, just as He delivered Peter from the hand of Herod. If we find His will for us is the same as James, the son of Zebedee, we still have the assurance that He is God and He is still faithful… not only in this life, but the one to come!

      God’s rich blessing on your ministry sister, as you continue to share in this same Hope.

      brother malachi

      • Brother Malachi, where is our government in all this? This man is an American citizen!! Is it not our duty to help one of ours?

      • Sister, the spiritual condition of America has digressed much more than the boundaries of a nation. It is NOT about citizenship or nationality. There is a delusional spirit that has permeated the American government. Evidence we are living in the last days.

        We should not look to our government to support the cause of Christ. In fact, it is an anti-Christ spirit and we should not be surprised when the oppression comes from within, even from our government. The body of Christ must look above for its strength. That is where Saeed shall find his strength.

        Peace in the faithfulness of Yeshua!
        brother malachi

  2. Thanks for spreading the word about Saeed! And check out the new Save Saeed t-shirts at Part of the proceeds go to help his family.

    • Greetings wildninja in the faithful name of Jesus. Saeed and his family will find Him faithful and true from now and throughout all eternity.

      Thanks for stopping by a word from malachi and for standing with our brothers and sisters that are in the midst of suffering. Their faithfulness to Him in the midst of their suffering will be a sweet smelling to Him that gave His very all for our redemption!

      God bless my friend

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