Wendy Sherman was America’s lead negotiator at nuclear talks in the 1990’s during the Clinton Administration. She holds that post now at the P5+1 talks with Iran. In the middle of a recent speech at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), a Washington think tank, Ms. Sherman indicated other ‘sideline issues’ held on the margins could be decided too, including the fate of four Americans detained in Iran.
This makes me want to pray … how about you?
Ms. Wendy Sherman, U.S. Dept. of State, addressing the Iran nuclear talks at a Symposium in Washington DC on October 23, 2014:
“In separate and dedicated meetings on the margins of each of our talks, I and members of my team raise our concerns regarding the status of U.S. citizens missing or detained in Iran. Nothing matters more to me as Under Secretary of State than ensuring the fair treatment of American citizens. Amir Hekmati, Saeed Abedini, Jason Rezaian should be allowed to return without delay to their families, and we must do all we can to find answers regarding the whereabouts and well-being of Robert Levinson and bring him home too.”
Read more of Ms. Sherman’s speech: http://www.state.gov/p/us/rm/2014/233306.htm#.VEnujrIamc0.twitter (the above quote appears in the 9th paragraph from end)
Could you pray 2 minutes?
At a critical moment in Jesus’ life, he famously asked his closest friends, who had fallen asleep, “Could you not pray with Me one hour?” (Matthew chapter 26, verse 40.) With approximately 30 days remaining to the Iran nuclear talks deadline, we are asking supporters of these 4 men: Robert ‘Bob’ Levinson, Amir Hekmati, Pastor Saeed Abedini and Jason Rezaian (a Washington Post reporter who was recently jailed), to #Pray2Minutes per day for their release. That will be one hour over 30 days! If you can do more, please do.
But can you imagine the power of prayer if 1000’s or even a million persons would be united in prayer over this one thing? Freedom for these men is not an impossibility, since nothing is impossible with God. The challenge though is moving our own selves to compel our flesh to pray for 2 minutes (see v. 41).
What to pray for?
- The immediate safe return of all four men to be reunited with their families
- Improved care while still being detained, including better nutrition and medical care
- Peace of mind and strength physically and spiritually for the four families as they wait
- That the Prince over Persia (referred to in Daniel, ch. 10, v. 13) would be restrained by our prayers and that Iran’s current rulers , specifically Ayatollah Ali Khomeini and President Hassan Rouhani, would be compelled to loosen their grip on these four captives and release them now
- That the U.S. and its European allies, their leaders and negotiators, including Wendy Sherman, John Kerry, President Obama and EU lead negotiator Catherine Ashton will stand firm to achieve this long-delayed goal.
One might say, ‘prayer doesn’t matter.’ The writer of Hebrews, probably the Apostle Paul, himself a prisoner several times, didn’t think so when he penned Chapter 13, Verse 3: “Remember the prisoners as if chained with them.” And Verse 18 when he asked his readers, “Pray for us.” And Verse 23, the triumphant result of earlier prayers, “Know that our brother Timothy has been set free, with whom I shall see you if he comes shortly.”
So we can conclude that prayer works. We know something is about to happen on or about November 24, 2014. A deal with Iran will be made, negotiations will be cancelled, or they will be extended. It appears now that no nation involved in these negotiations (the United States, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Russia, China and Iran), want an extension. Nor do any of them want to walk away from the talks leaving everything unsettled according to press statements. So an agreement within 30 days is highly possible.
Iran wants to save face with nuclear terms it can live with and have economic relief from sanctions that have over the past 5 years crippled their economy. The West, led mainly by the U.S., wants stricter controls on Iran’s nuclear capabilities that will prevent them from acquiring and delivering nuclear weapons.
Something’s about to happen! Let’s make sure freedom for the four hostages is part of it!
We may be on the threshold of a major world powers’ nuclear agreement with Iran – and in the middle of it all are four innocent American citizens held hostage in Iran. I call them ‘hostages’ because their charges are bogus and trumped-up. Iran has held on to them for years for possible leverage in negotiations. The men have been subjected to brutality and abuse in the worst Iranian prisons without International Red Cross (or Crescent) inspections. I will not go into further detail here, but refer you to the tabs on the Home page for each man’s unique situation, except for Rezaian.
A note re: Jason Rezaian, a reporter, is a more recent hostage arrested July 22, 2014 for alleged slanderous reporting when he was in-country for his employer, the Washington Post. His wife, also a reporter, was with him and initially detained. However, she was released on bail after American objections through an intermediary country following a brief time in prison. While Mr. Rezaian was not included in the original “Free All Three” campaign started over a year ago, we obviously add his name now to the list of American citizens who must be freed by Iran.
Re: Robert Levinson, he is a retired/former FBI/DEA/CIA agent who mainly worked in smuggling and corruption cases. No proof of life has been received in the past several years. He was kidnapped after spending just one day on Kish Island, billed as Iran’s ‘resort city’ just off its SW coast. A visa is not required to visit Kish island and it is known as a hotbed for international crime and smuggling activities. No ransom demands were ever made for Levinson, although photos and videos mysteriously popped up from time to time. The FBI and CIA say they have reasons to believe that Iranian authorities know the whereabouts of Mr. Levinson and John Kerry and Wendy Sherman have requested Iran’s assistance in bringing him home.
Finally, we aren’t telling you here how to pray or who to pray to. But if you are a spiritual person, please #Pray2Minutes for thirty days. Most people will agree in prayer that God’s perfect will should be done. Jesus Himself prayed to the Father in Heaven, “Nevertheless, not as I will, but as You will.” (Matthew 26 v. 39.)
NO MORE SANCTIONS RELIEF OR BILLIONS OF DOLLARS SENT TO IRAN UNTIL THEY FREE ALL AMERICANS!
FreeAllThree.com was disappointed by the last delay in the nuke talks this past July. They should not be allowed to delay again, thus continuing the status quo. Nor should we settle for four innocent Americans to remaining in squalid unsafe Iranian prisons on bogus charges. Meanwhile Iran keeps enriching more and more uranium even as the U.S. and other nations enrich Iran’s treasury! The U.S. helps funds Iran’s economy to the tune of $.7 billion per month to talk to us at 5-star hotels around the world! France, Germany, UK, Russia and other nations are overtly making trade overtures that the U.S. is trying to prevent and illegal oil sales are openly conducted under the noses of UN and US observers.
Why hasn’t Iran already been required to release these particular American hostages? In the past 3 years, the U.S. released four Iranian criminals, including a high value nuclear scientist, from U.S. Federal prisons in exchange for three young American hikers who were jailed in Tehran. Those prisoner exchanges were made at a time when the U.S. did NOT have any official diplomatic relations with Iran. Now, we have had constant contact for over a year, yet no prisoner releases have been made. It is estimated there at least 20 Iranian nationals held by the U.S. in federal prisons that could be swapped, if necessary. The U.S. has shown its good faith, yet Iran has not given up anything except to agree to talk with the infidels.
About FreeAllThree.com: From January 1-July 4, 2014 there were 184 days, 6 months and 4 days. Iran was given 6 months (180 days) to show good faith regarding the peaceful nature of their nuclear program. That hasn’t happened yet. Americans must insist now that no more billions of U.S. dollars or other frozen resources will be transferred to Iran as a result of further easing of the economic sanctions. Neither should Iranian oil exports be allowed to flow freely to other nations, including Russia which has negotiated a side deal worth $1.5 billion per month to Iran known as ‘oil for goods.’ With the barter system in place, Russia will continue to build Iran’s nuclear facilities in exchange for Iranian oil, bypassing the normal banking system. Russia could even re-sell the oil on the open market skirting the oil sales limits placed on Iran. And finally, the main purpose of the nuclear talks, the cessation of Iran’s nuclear weapons program, must be achieved and continually verified.