Pastor Saeed Abedini: God is calling me to leave my children and return to ministry in Iran

Pastor Saeed Abedini recently said God has called him to leave his family and go back to Iran and return to his ministry even after his previous mission there resulted in imprisonment.

(Reuters/Congressman Robert Pittenger/Handout via Reuters)Saeed Abedini, a pastor from Idaho, is pictured with Congressman Robert Pittenger at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Landstuhl, Germany.

On Sunday, Pastor Abedini revealed on a Facebook post that he has thought over his decision to leave his children and return to Iran to serve Jesus. It can be remembered that he was jailed in Iran for three and a half years before, but he says God has called him to do this big sacrifice.

Quoting Luke 14:26–27, Abedini wrote that God has asked him to make a radical decision. His first radical decision was his first ministry of establishing underground Churches and training pastors in Iran. The second one was his decision to leave Iran and move to America, where he married Naghmeh and had two children. The third radical decision would be his call to go back to Iran and continue ministering to persecuted Christians.

"God asked me to leave my children who I had fed, changed their diapers, taken them to the doctor and spent every day and night with them and go back to Iran, which resulted in prison," Abedini said in his Facebook post. "Millions saw me as I became a witness for Christ for more than 1,200 days and nights in brutal Iranian prisons."

Abedini says he is surrendering everything to God to achieve more for His ministry. He said people have to be brave enough bid some things good-bye in order to be with Jesus, even if it means leaving one's family, friends, or job, Charisma News details.

Meanwhile, Abedini has been hounded by marital issues and reports about him being an abusive husband since he returned from his prison stint in Iran. His wife had previously revealed on Facebook that they have yet to reconcile and had asked the readers to pray for strength as they go through their battles.