Naghmeh Abedini is overjoyed that her children have been reunited with their father, pastor Saeed Abedini, upon his arrival home in Boise, Idaho after a torturous captivity in Iran that lasted three-and-a-half years. Saeed, who had been setting up home churches, was arrested after Iranian officials accused him of trying to use Christianity to subvert the government.
But according to KTVB, Naghmeh explained publicly on her Facebook page why has been unable to share the full extent of her children's joy at seeing Saeed again. Back in November, she suspended her public appearances advocating for Saeed's release, apologizing for hiding the state of her and Saeed's broken marriage.
Wednesday morning, she shared more of her internal conflict and asked for prayer to heal her relationship with her husband. She spoke of the joy that Saeed's return brings, the wonderful support of those who have advocated for his release, and the thankfulness she has that he's free and safe.
But she tempered those statements, saying, "I do deeply regret that I hid from the public the abuse that I have lived with for most of our marriage and I ask your forgiveness. I sincerely had hoped that this horrible situation Saeed has had to go through would bring about the spiritual change needed in both of us to bring healing to our marriage. Tragically, the opposite has occurred. Three months ago Saeed told me things he demanded I must do to promote him in the eyes of the public that I simply could not do any longer. He threatened that if I did not the results would be the end of our marriage and the resulting pain this would bring to our children."
She then spoke of the long road ahead, saying "I want our reconciliation to be strictly based on God’s Word. I want us to go through counseling, which must first deal with the abuse. Then we can deal with the changes my husband and I must both make moving forward in the process of healing our marriage."
Please join us in praying for the Abedinis that God's Will may be done.