A Note About My Cousin

In case you are not aware, my cousin, the beautiful, bright, extremely intelligent Danyelle Adair passed away by taking her own life on August 13th, 2020. She was 36 years old.

She left no note or trace of why she did what she did. I am stuck feeling a mixture of denial, sadness, and anger, all going over and over again in a cycle and sometimes happening all at once. She was a believer in Jesus; therefore I am not grieving where she has gone, because she’s in heaven, but I am grieving her loss here on earth.

Tomorrow is Suicide Prevention Day, and September is Suicide Prevention Month. Danyelle’s death has made the importance of suicide awareness all the more important… it hits home.

I’m trying to remember the best about her. But our family is definitely shaken. Please keep us in your thoughts and prayers.

Do you know Jesus?

Danyelle is in heaven now, holding Jesus’ Hand. Learn more about Jesus and how to get to heaven here.

Personal Prayer Request

Please pray for a dear friend and her three daughters. She has been through hell and back since her husband passed away in 2016– they have been almost homeless many times, and have undergone a lot of trauma. While I will not put their full names online, you can call the mother R, and her children B, K, and M. Please pray that Christ would comfort and protect them, and that they would receive all the help they need.

Thank you!

Praise Report: The Sweetness of Freedom

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Pastor Saeed and his family: His wife, Naghmeh, and their two children, Rebekkah (now age 9) and Jacob (now age 7).

A personal note from the author:

Hello followers and fellow bloggers! I have some amazing news.

Pastor Saeed Abedini, an Iranian-born pastor from Idaho, USA, traveled into Iran to “visit family and help create plans to build an orphanage” in a city called Tehran. In September of 2012, Pastor Saeed was detained, and imprisoned, in Iran.

Now, over 3 years later, Pastor Saeed has been freed!!! Along with 4 other men of dual-citizenship, Pastor Saeed Abedini was freed from this Iranian prison in the morning hours of January 16th, 2016!!! For all those who have been praying– and for his family and loved ones– this is an amazing, moving answer to prayer!!!! PRAISE JESUS!!!

The ACLJ has said in this video that Pastor Saeed is not currently in the United States, but is in a “safe zone,” along with the four other men who have been freed (Jason Rezaian, Amir Hekmati, Nosratollah Khosrawi, and Matthew Trevithchick [source]). Praise be to Jesus!! The number of days in captivity these men endured have been entirely counted and known by Him– and the days of captivity the Chibok girls, and all other captives, must endure, are in His hands as well. Pastor Saeed being freed has shown me something important: that nothing is impossible with Christ, and that prayer truly does work!

Although Christ has given him victory in this, the fight in Pastor Saeed’s life is far from over. In November of 2015, Saeed’s wife, Naghmeh, sent emails to friends, describing Pastor Saeed’s abuse towards her in their marriage, and an addiction to pornography. After writing the emails, they were somehow made public. Naghmeh, a day after they were shared, said that she regretted writing the emails, and was “taking time off to heal and to rest and to spend much needed time with my kids” (ACLJ). Although this is a very dark

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Rebekkah and Jacob, Saeed and Naghmeh’s children, ages 6 and 7 (source). 

thing, Saeed is still loved by Christ in and through all of this. Naghmeh believes that Saeed can be freed from these things, too– and truly, this woman of God is completely correct. “Jesus looked at them and said, ‘With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible‘” (Matthew 19:26).

Please continue praying for Pastor Saeed, his wife, Naghmeh, and his children, Rebekkah and Jacob– especially as his wife, Naghmeh, and his children, see their husband and father for the first time in three years. 

As Pastor Saeed has been freed, there are still many in captivity; more than can be numbered. As of January 16th, 2016, thousands lie captive to ISIS, Al Qaeda, and Boko Haram, while many more thousands lie in prison cells because the government above them wants to do away with Christ followers completely. Will you continue to pray for these men and women, including Pastor Lim and the Chibok girls?

“Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom” (2 Corinthians 3:17). As long as there are Christians in prison, we must pray for them– not only that they will be released, but that Christ would use them mightily while they are in prison to bring others (even their persecutors!) to Him. As we rejoice in the freedom we have in Christ, and as we enjoy His near Presence, let us do all we can– in prayer, and in action, as Christ leads– to help liberate our brothers and sisters. 

“Remember those who are in prison, as though in prison with them, and those who are mistreated, since you also are in the body.
(Hebrews 13:3, ESV)

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I praise and thank Jesus for your prayers and support. Let us not give up in doing good (Galatians 6:9)!

Be blessed! 🙂