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Local pastor speaks on capital steps

Local pastor speaks on capital steps
Pastor Paul Buford (far right) on the steps of the capital building in Austin shares a message and pleads for the release of fellow pastor, Saeed Abedini.

Pastor Paul Buford of River Oaks Church of Sutherland Springs was invited to share his passionate message on the steps of the capital building in Austin on Sept. 26 at a prayer vigil.

Pastor Buford is passionate to see his friend and fellow pastor released from prison in Iran where he was held captive and tortured for accusations of starting churches. Buford wears a beard as a daily reminder to pray for his friend, yet he has never met this man whom he calls friend, Pastor Saeed Abedini.

A similar group met on the same day in more than 68 cities across America and on the steps of many capital buildings to pray for Saeed’s release and that the government would speak out for these imprisoned Americans.

Does prayer really work? CNN reported the following: “The fate of three U.S. citizens who have disappeared or been imprisoned in Iran was discussed during Friday’s historic conversation between the two nations’ presidents,” a senior U.S. administration official said.

“President Barack Obama, during his phone call with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, noted our concern about three American citizens who have been held within Iran Robert Levinson, Saeed Abedini, and Amir Hekmati and noted our interest in seeing those Americans reunited with their families,” the official said.

Saturday a group from La Vernia joined with others in San Antonio for a Save Saeed 5K Walk/Run. Saeed’s wife, who has been campaigning for the cause of Saeed and others like him for a year, spoke at the event. Pastor Buford also had the pleasure of finally meeting the wife of his good friend, whom he had never met.

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