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Join my efforts in the Middle East as I partner with the persecuted church and help complete the Great Commission by sharing the Good News in the most unreached areas of the world.

Naghmeh is available to speak on many topics:

  • Returning to Iran as a Christian after September 11.
  • Leading one of the largest house-church movements in Iran in early 2000s (revival in Iran).
  • Her husband’s arrest in Iran and her advocacy for his release (#SaveSaeed grassroots movement).
  • Advocacy being used by God to share the gospel to millions and to set her free from abusive marriage.
  • Church’s response to helping the persecuted church versus silencing the cries of the abused within the church.
  • Revival in Iran and what the Western church can learn from it.

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Naghmeh Panahi

Naghmeh was born and raised in the Middle East until she was nine years old when her family moved to the United States. In 2001 Naghmeh returned to Iran as a young adult and lived there for many years experiencing the oppression and violence women are subjected to everyday in the Middle East. In 2012, her husband Saeed Abedini was arrested while visiting Iran.

Because of Saeed’s plight Naghmeh was able to bring worldwide attention not only to Saeed’s imprisonment in Iran, but also to the plight of the persecuted Christians worldwide. She publicly advocated for his release to President Obama, Donald Trump and Ivanka Trump, the U.S. Congress, the United Nations, and nearly every major news outlet over the course of three and a half years while he was in prison.

During her travels and efforts, many labeled Naghmeh “a hero’s wife,” but no one knew that Naghmeh had been an abused wife and that Saeed’s imprisonment had further intensified his abuse and paranoia. In January of 2016 Saeed was released from prison, and Naghmeh filed for a legal separation and a protective order on behalf of herself and her children until Saeed could get help for his abuse.

Saeed did not seek help for his abuse and instead filed for divorce. Many misused the Bible and falsely accused Naghmeh urged her to reconcile in spite of the abuse. Naghmeh’s personal experience with domestic violence and the misuse of religion to reinforce abuse has given her a passion to advocate for women who are vulnerable to abuse and oppression because of religion.