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“I was in prison


you came to visit me.”

— Jesus

Matthew 25:36


I am dedicating this Lenten season to three Americans who are wrongly imprisoned in Iran: Pastor Saeed Abedini, Amir Hekmati (former marine), and Bob Levinson (former FBI agent).  I wrote about them in February, so please see that blog post for more details about this crisis. 

Unfortunately, we can’t go to visit them, but we can make “virtual visits.”  Let me explain: I can picture thousands of us praying for these men during Lent and asking angels to attend and minister to their needs.  As angels took care of Jesus in the wilderness and in the Garden of Gethsemane, we can ask for angels to care for all three men.  Angels delivered Peter from prison!  Along with praying, each time we do something for them — write a letter on their behalf, post information about them on social media, or make a donation, that too is a “virtual visit”.  

Prayer requests for Pastor Saeed Abedini, Amir Hekmati, Bob Levinson:

    – Quick release

    – Angels will be present and comfort them

    – Good health

    – Favor with the guards and other prisoners

    – Comfort for their families

    – Great sleep and peaceful dreams

    – Enough food and water

    – Provision for all needs and their families needs


Let’s commit to praying for Pastor Saeed,

Amir Hekmati, and Bob Levinson,

 every day during Lent.


An angel from heaven appeared to him

and strengthened him. Luke 22:43


If you have already made a commitment for Lent, please consider including this Lent request. 

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Remember those in prison,
As if you were there yourself.
Remember also those being mistreated,
As if you felt their pain in your own bodies.
Hebrews 13:3
Each year for Valentine’s Day, I offer a challenge.  This year I would like to challenge you to remember those who are in prison by sending cards during the month of February.  One idea is to send cards to a chaplain at a local prison and ask him/her to give them to someone who never receives mail.  (Use your church address for the return address.) 
I also would like to highlight three Americans who are unfairly imprisoned in Iran: Pastor Saeed Abedini, former FBI agent Bob Levinson, and former marine Amir Hekmati.
Three Americans today will endure another 24-hours in hell-like conditions in Iran.  All three men are held against their wills as hostages and have no direct contact with their U.S. family members.  All three are U.S. Citizens with distinguished backgrounds.  All three entered Iran legally.” freeallthree.com
These men need our help!  Picture yourself in prison in Iran.  What would you want your country to be doing to fight for you?
What we can do:
    1. Pray for them and for their release.
    2. Tell their story to everyone we know.
    3. Post links and updates about the men on social media.
“I, the Lord, have called you to demonstrate my righteousness.
I will take you by the hand and guard you …
And you will be a light to the nations …
You will free the captives from prison,
Releasing those who sit in dark dungeons.”
Pastor Saeed Abedini
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Click here to read his story:
Bob Levinson
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Click here to read his story:
Amir Hekmati
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Click here to read his story:
At the National Prayer Breakfast 2014, President Obama highlighted Pastor Saaed Abedini, and for that I am thankful.  All three men should have been highlighted.  All three men need to come home.
Thank you to Daniel at freeallthree.com for the information quote and linked to this post.

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