Pastor Saeed Abedini is in prison in one of Iran's toughest prisons. He is serving an 8 year sentence because of his Christian faith and the fact that he is not afraid of sharing it with other people. On 26th September 2014, he marked his second year in prison and we at the EACLJ joined his family and the International community to demand for his release and also conduct prayer vigils for his safety.
To this effect, we held prayer vigils at Daystar University and Africa Nazarene University, to stand in the gap for Pastor Saeed and his family, and also other persecuted Christians all over the world. We had an amazing time with students from both universities as we prayed together and also worshiped God.
The world right now is facing all kinds of threats and most especially from terrorist. These have been coupled with persecution of innocent people just because of their faith. We all need to stand in the gap for those who are in trouble, to pray for them and their families for God to grant them strength in these harsh moments.
We also call on governments to ensure that the freedom of worship, which is one of the human rights, is assured to all citizens around the world. This is as stated in Article 18 of The Universal Declaration of Human Rights which states, "... Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion; this right includes the freedom to change his religion or belief, and freedom alone or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest his religion or belief in teaching, practice, worship and observance. "