Today is December 4th. Why is that important? It has been set aside by a group of friends: Alan Hawkins – a Renewal pastor in Albuquerque New Mexico, Steve Wright – a Calvary Chapel pastor in California, Bryan Stupar – a Calvary Chapel pastor in California and Michael Newnham – a Calvinist home church pastor in Oregon and blogger. They, along with some other friends in dialog decided they needed to put some type of action to their deep sorrow over the imprisonment of Pastor Saeed Abedini .
He has been imprisoned in Iran for the past year simply for being a Christian.
The negotiations with Iran over nuclear issues led to a greater frustration because there was a deep feeling this was a prime opportunity to push for the release of Saeed. And it was not taken.
So, these friends set aside this day to flood social media with Saeed Abedini’s name. Respectfully, prayerfully, and with great heart.
Almost 26,000 people seem to agree and have signed up to join the event. All we are asking is for you to simply post on FaceBook, to write your Senators and Representative. To Tweet. To bring awareness.
There is a plan of action explained here:
Here are some ideas, but really, it just comes down to sharing this man’s story with all you can reach through social media. Use your imagination and remind people this man is imprisoned and we need to try to bring him home.
Change your profile and cover pictures to one of Saeed.
How to change your profile picture:
Photos and cover photo:
Update your status throughout the day. Use the hashtag #FreeSaeed
Remind your friends to go join the event: https://www.facebook.com/events/451324411638963/
If you’d like to find a link with some ideas, take a look here:
Tweet the leaders:
Tweet President Obama
We respectfully request that you use the full powers of your office to liberate Pastor Saeed Abedini! #freesaeed #savesaeed http://clicktotweet.com/iBeI7
Tweet The President of Iran
@HassanRouhani We respectfully request you release Saeed Abedini as an act of mercy and friendship! #freesaeed #savesaeed http://clicktotweet.com/Bj65t
When you send other tweets, add the following names in your tweets: @MichelleObama @VP @WhiteHouse @BarakObama
Like some ideas you can just copy and paste on Twitter? How about these:
Join us in praying for an imprisoned brother in Christ! #savesaeed #freesaeed
@edstetzer Here’s what 25,000 of us are doing today http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_-GPJFwKYGs … #FreeSaeed #SaveSaeed
@HassanRouhani Holding Saeed Abedini does not serve the purposes of Iran set him free as an act of goodwill, show the world your true heart
President @HassanRouhani, both our faiths practice charity and compassion. Please free Saeed Abedini. #freesaeed #SaveSaeed
@foxandfriends today is media blitz for the release of SaeedAbidini! #freesaeed Thank you! pic.twitter.com/kjM1QeQe6g
Pastor Saeed Abedini has been imprisoned and held for over a year in Iran because of his faith. #freesaeed #savesaeed
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