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Last edited on: September 26, 2013.

Billy Graham has written a letter to Hassan Rouhani, the President of Iran who is in New York City right now.


President Hassan Rouhani
Islamic Republic of Iran

Dear President Rouhani,
I have been watching with great concern about the case of Pastor Saeed Abedini, an American citizen who is currently a prisoner in your country. He was in Iran working to build an orphanage when he was arrested and later sentenced to eight years in prison. His situation has been receiving an increasingly high level of attention in the United States. Unfortunately this publicity has been entirely negative for Iran, with the belief that the primary reason for Pastor Abedini’s imprisonment was because of his Christian faith.
As you may know, as a religious leader I have often spoken (both publically and also privately with our national leadership) about the need for greater understanding and peace among the nations of the world. As you come to the United States this week for the U.N. General Assembly in New York, it is my sincere hope that ways may be found to reduce the current tensions between the United States and the Islamic Republic of Iran.
The announcement on Monday that your country has freed 80 political prisoners is very encouraging. I fear, however, that the current publicity surrounding the continued imprisonment of Pastor Abedini, an American citizen, may further harm the already fragile relationship that presently exists between our two nations.

On September 26, the one-year anniversary of Pastor Abedini’s imprisonment, thousands will attend prayer vigils in more than 70 U.S. cities, calling on your country to release this husband, father and servant of God. I join them by respectfully asking you to release Pastor Saeed Abedini from prison. Such an action would, I believe, have a positive impact in our nation, and might well be perceived by our leadership as a significant step in reducing tensions.
Respectfully yours,

Billy Graham.

2 Responses

  1. Ptr. Basilio "Jun" Laforteza -Set Free Philippines

    We will be in agreement with your request and believed in our heart that it will be a mighty move of the Ruach Ha’kodesh in touching the President of Iran. By means of our declaration, decree and proclamation that a mighty miracle will come and start a great revival in the Middle East especially Iran, in the name of King Yashuah Ha’Mashiach Halleluya Amen. God bless you and more power to you Pastor Billy.

    In His Mighty Hand,

    Jun Laforteza

  2. Geri Spaulding

    This is a written respectful letter. However, I don’t trust the Iranian president to release the pastor anytime soon. I’ll keep praying for a good outcome anyway. This is in God’s hands. There are some things we can’t fix so we have to rely on God to intervene.


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