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Naghmeh Abedini, the wife of Pastor Saeed Abedini imprisoned in Iran, interviewed by Greg Laurie

Greg Laurie interviews Naghmeh Abedini, the wife of American Pastor Saeed Abedini who is currently imprisoned in Iran’s notorious Evin Prison.

The wife of a U.S. pastor imprisoned in Iran said Tuesday that American officials must do more to secure his release during the ongoing nuclear negotiations with Tehran, adding that his physical and psychological health has deteriorated after nearly three years in detention.

In an interview with the Washington Free Beacon, Naghmeh Abedini said her husband Saeed continues to struggle with several health issues in prison, including an ulcer, internal bleeding, infections, and poor nutrition. Members of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) seized Saeed in September 2012, and he was later sentenced to eight years in prison for helping to start Christian house-churches years earlier in the country.

Saeed’s father, who visits him in prison each week, is also concerned about his emotional health, Naghmeh said. He has been repeatedly placed in solitary confinement, most recently in April, and told that he will not be released unless he renounces Christianity and returns to his former faith of Islam.

“His father has noticed over the last five, six months that he seems more broken and more emotional over the separation from the family,” Naghmeh said.

Naghmeh spoke Tuesday at a House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing along with the relatives of three other Americans either imprisoned or missing in Iran. While the State Department regularly contacts her about U.S. efforts to seek Saeed’s release on the sidelines of the nuclear talks, she said the Iranians have mostly rebuffed those requests.

She told the Free Beacon that it appears to have become more difficult to obtain the release of U.S. prisoners in Iran since the two nations agreed to discuss the latter’s nuclear program in 2013. Two American hikers were freed from the country in 2011 after they were convicted of spying and illegally walking into Iran.

She urged U.S. negotiators to help Saeed return home before the deadline for the nuclear talks on June 30, which also happens to be their wedding anniversary. U.S. officials have only discussed nonnuclear issues on the margins of the talks, a situation that has put human rights “on the backburner,” she said.

“I don’t know when else we will have more leverage to do this,” she said. “I would ask that we do not walk away from the table until we secure the release of Saeed and the other Americans.”

Saeed’s imprisonment has also been difficult for his two young children: Rebekka, 8, and Jacob, 7. When Naghmeh travels to advocate for her husband’s release, her children worry she will not come back and they will lose both of their parents, she said.

“Their whole world has changed over the last three years,” she said. “They had to be without a mom and dad. Our family has been torn apart over this.”

She added that she hopes her children can cling to memories of their father.

“The biggest worry is that they will forget who their Daddy is,” she said. “My daughter said, ‘I’m forgetting Daddy’s voice.’”

Lawmakers at the Tuesday hearing expressed frustration about the inability of U.S. officials to secure the release of Saeed and the other imprisoned Americans. Members of the committee passed aresolution pressing Iran to free the prisoners, and several said they would not approve a final nuclear deal with Tehran unless it did so.

Lawmakers will have 30 days to review any final agreement with Iran and pass a resolution of approval or disapproval, though President Obama could veto that resolution and proceed to implement a deal if he is not overridden by Congress.

“The least we can do is say any deal with Iran is dead on arrival without the release of these prisoners,” Rep. Matt Salmon (R., Ariz.) said at the hearing.

Advocates for the prisoners say the Obama administration has failed to make human rights issues a priority in its discussions with Iran. Tiffany Barrans, international legal director for the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ), the law firm that represents the Abedini family, noted in an interview that the State Department is nearly 100 days past the legal deadline for releasing its annual country reports on human rights.

The State Department did not respond to a request for comment about the delay of the report’s release and its relation to the nuclear talks with Iran. Marie Harf, a spokeswoman for the department, said at a press briefing Tuesday that scheduling issues have so far prevented the report’s release. It will be made public “as soon as we can,” she said.

Barrans said U.S. officials made a concession to Iran by agreeing not to discuss human rights or other issues at the nuclear talks. Ayatollah Khamenei, Iran’s supreme leader, tweeted that engaging solely on the nuclear issue was one of his “red lines” for the negotiations.

“The U.S. has bowed to that red line by the Iranian government,” she said.

Naghmeh said she wants the Obama administration, lawmakers, and Americans to remember that Saeed is fighting for the right to be a Christian. He has endured several beatings in prison but refused to renege on his faith. “Religious freedom is such an important issue for our country,” she said. “Standing up for what he believes in, we can’t abandon him as a country. We have to stand up with him.”

Changing our culture of worship!

by Michele Guinness

Bouncing on a trampoline!

We left our bikes in France and I miss cycling. Walking is great if the weather is nice. What else could  I do? I suddenly remember that we have a rebounder at home. Doing some research on how many calories I could lose I discovered that there were more benefits! The NASA  found that 10 minutes bouncing on a trampoline is a more efficient cardiovascular workout than over 30 minutes of running. When the astronauts were tested while running on a treadmill, the G-force measured at the ankle was over twice what it was at the back and head. This means that the foot and leg absorb much of the force when running, which can explain the higher rates of foot, shin and knee problems from running (especially running incorrectly). On a trampoline, the G-force was almost identical at the ankle, back and head and at a lower level than that of the G-force at the ankle on a treadmill. This shows that rebounding can exercise the entire body without excess pressure to the feet and legs. Source

The report states that “for similar levels of heart rate and oxygen consumption, the magnitude of the biomechanical stimuli is greater with jumping on a trampoline than with running.”

Varied benefits!

In addition to weight loss, those looking to improve their fitness level can reap varied benefits from a trampoline. Jumping on a trampoline is an aerobic exercise that uses the whole body, just like jogging or cycling. However, unlike running or walking, it’s a low-impact exercise. As a result, your joints are far less susceptible to injury or fatigue. Other benefits include muscle toning, balance and coordination.Source

Here are the numbers!

During a 30-minute basic, low-intensity trampoline exercise session, a 135-pound (61.4 kg) person can expect to burn around 145 calories, a 150-pound (68.2 kg) person burns 160 calories and a 185-pound (84.1 kg) person burns 200 calories. These figures are on par with low-impact aerobic activities. The amount of calories you’ll burn in a 30-minute session depends on a few factors including your current weight and the intensity of the exercise.

How to maximise the amount of calories you’ll burn!

To burn more calories on a trampoline, increase the intensity by jumping higher, running in place or engaging your arms.

So now that i know how safe and useful trampolining is, i will have to get disciplined and do some everyday perhaps.. We shall see!

Do you have a trampoline at home and do you use it? What is your favorite sport?

Out in Doxey!

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I’ve had a great afternoon with my dear friend Lilly. I picked her up at hers then we drove to Doxey Marsh for a walk. We had a lovely time photographing geese, ducks, moor hens and the heron! I took lots of photos with my ‘proper’ camera and I will transfer them later. Then we had a latte at an art Gallery. Hope your evening is blessed.

A Letter From Jesus 2U

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The Crusty Old Sailor Speaks

Reposted from Chukwuka Chijioke Jerri

Jesus my saviorA lady committed a crime and she was sent to court. The punishment for the crime was life imprisonment. She shed tears for help but to no avail. When the case w…as called in court she started weeping. Her husband, family and friends who accompanied her started weeping but there was no hope. But something happened. Before the lady could stand in the witness box a man stood up and the court room was silent. Everyone looked at Him. He was noble and gentle. He stood in the witness box and interceded on behalf of the woman. The case was difficult, yet He used all His strength, energy and resources to fight on behalf of the woman. After a long legal battle between the man and the accusers, the lady was set free. The lady fell before the man and asked ‘WHO ARE YOU?’

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Thank you Lord

By Grace Through Faith | Ephesians 2

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