Vigil for man facing trial in Iran

BOISE, Idaho - A vigil was held Sunday evening at Calvary Church for Saeed Abedini. Abedini is a Boise man in prison in Iran accused of preaching Christianity. This charge means he could face the death penalty.

His trial was just beginning in Iran at the time of the vigil. Over 100 people attended the service.

"This is powerful, how many people have shown up and are being so encouraging and praying for us. I'm blessed by it," said Saeed's wife, Naghmeh Abedini.

Naghmeh says the family has spent years building an orphanage in Iran and it was nearing completion.

Saeed was a week from coming home when his passport was taken away and he was put on house arrest, a few months later he was taken to prison.

Naghmeh spoke at the service about a sense of peace from God even though the question of "why" is still on her mind.

"We had no idea this would even happen, that people would just raid the house he was staying at and take him and just confusion about why and where is he, is he even ok, is he alive?" said Naghmeh Abedini.

Now she just asks for this prayer: "Whatever happens in that courtroom that the lord will give him the strength and words to say".