Naghmeh Abedini, statement, Pastor Saeed Abedini, Domestic Violence, Counseling
A short while ago, Naghmeh released a public statement on her Facebook page:
Dearest friends and prayer warriors,
Many of you have been concerned about and have asked about updates on Saeed and our situation. At this point Saeed has not been willing to join me in getting counseling on the abuse which has been a big part of our life together. Once the abuse has been addressed, then that will open the way for us to get marriage counseling on the more common marrital [sic] issues.
I hope that Saeed can address the abuse as soon as possible so that our family can move towards reconciliation and healing. With birthdays and holidays coming up and for the sake of our children, no one longs for reconciliation for our family more than me. I have loved Saeed more than I have ever loved any human being in my life and it has been hard to stand and keep the boundaries and ask for the abuse to be addressed. This is the most loving thing I can do for my husband and children at this time. My love and passion in fighting for Saeed’s freedom has not changed, but it has taken a different form on my knees.
I ask you to join me in continuing to pray for Saeed and our family. I ask you to please pray for the children and specially for Jacob as his birthday will be in 3 days.
Many of you understand the battle we often face for our loved ones for spiritual chains. The battle is hard and emotional. By Grace of God I did not give up fighting for my husband’s physical chains and by God’s Grace I am not going to give up in praying and petitioning God for the long waited family reunion.
Once steps are taken by Saeed in addressing the abuse and are family starts moving towards reconciliation and healing, I would be the first to announce it and give shouts of praise and thanksgiving. But until then I would appreciate your prayers for continued Grace and strength.
In His Grace,
Here is the comment I left:
“Thank you, Naghmeh Abedini, for sharing this update. I think it is especially helpful because of the confusion between abuse counseling and marital counseling. Your example may be helping thousands of wives who are suffering from domestic violence. To go to couples counseling when there is abuse is potentially harmful, especially after the counseling session if wives are interrogated by their husbands about what was said in the session.
Abuse counseling must be first. If there is no abuse counseling, there is no viable marriage, period.” ~ja