Pastor who was freed by Iran rests with his family at Billy Graham retreat center

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Pastor Saeed Abedini steps off a private jet in Asheville, N.C., Thursday (Jan. 21), and is greeted by his mother and sister. Abedini was jailed for three years in Iran. He will spend time resting at the Billy Graham Training Center.  Photo courtesy Samaritan's Purse

Pastor Saeed Abedini steps off a private jet in Asheville, N.C., Thursday (Jan. 21), and is greeted by his mother and sister. Abedini was jailed for three years in Iran. He will spend time resting at the Billy Graham Training Center. Photo courtesy Samaritan's Purse

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(RNS) Iranian-American pastor Saeed Abedini arrived in Asheville, N.C., on Thursday afternoon and was greeted by his parents, his sister, and the Rev. Franklin Graham.

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  • William Bockstael

    Next…he´ll throw his support on Ted Cruz

  • Aeyoung Rhee

    i am so glad for this incredible news.
    I remember Pastor Saeed Abedini and prayed
    for his release many times but I forgot which make me feel bad and I am so sorry.

    May I ask how is Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani.
    I didn’t hear abut him for a long time.
    I hope he is safe.
    Thank you for sending me this wonderful news.

  • The following, is exactly the KIND of question that would have been asked by some sort of snotty-ass, all-Trutth-knowing, Conservative, Evangelical Republicans:
    Was this very same invitation to the pastor, offered to ALL of the other hostages from Iran, released with this gentleman pastor?? Just curious. Although seriously. I am a solidly Right of center INDEPENDENT, no parties for this voter. Just so we are on the same page.
    Thank you,
    Bob Brne (gdianbr@msn.com) – ***Respond; ANYBODY!***

  • Yes, of course! The Pastor’s health is number one!! What about the others? Mr./Mrs. Rhee???! I guess they are just turds. Thanks anyway.
    Where did you say you attend Church, Rhee?? Honestly! (And this is NOT some “inclusive angle” either. – For the record.)
    Bob Brne
    gdianbr@msn.com

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  • Milton

    Pastor Nadarkhani was released for good Jan. 7, 2014 after being released and then re-arrested a few weeks before.
    http://www.cnsnews.com/news/article/barbara-boland/persecuted-christian-pastor-released-iran-following-christmas-day-arrest