Pastor Freed by Iran Reportedly Refuses Marriage Counseling

The wife of recently freed Iranian-American pastor Saeed Abedini is asking her followers on Facebook to pray for her husband to undergo marriage counseling

“No one longs for reconciliation for our family more than me,” Naghmeh Abedini said. “I have loved Saeed more than I have ever loved any human being in my life and it has been hard to stand and keep the boundaries and ask for the abuse to be addressed. This is the most loving thing I can do for my husband and children at this time.”

 

The wife of recently freed Iranian-American pastor Saeed Abedini is asking her followers on Facebook to pray for her husband to undergo marriage counseling.

Naghmeh Abedini shocked many supporters in November, before his release, by alleging he had abused her. In a Facebook update Monday (March 14), she asked her more than 85,000 followers for prayer and reiterated that abuse “has been a big part of our life together.”

“Once the abuse has been addressed, then that will open the way for us to get marriage counseling on the more common marital issues,” she said.

Naghmeh Abedini had posted updates throughout her husband’s more than three-year imprisonment in Iran, advocating for his freedom. That fight for his freedom hasn’t changed, she said Monday, “but it has taken a different form on my knees.”

Saeed Abedini had been working to set up an orphanage and house churches in Iran in 2012 when he was put under house arrest there and later imprisoned.

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