Monday, October 21, 2013

Former ChinaAid volunteer taken into custody in Iran after protesting imprisonment of five Iranian Christians

China Aid Association

Editor's note: This article was update at 11:09 p.m. on Oct. 21, 2013. Updated information appears in red.

Eddie Romero in an undated photo. 
(Tehran—Oct. 21, 2013) A retired Californian pastor and former ChinaAid volunteer was taken into custody at Evin Prison in Iran at 12:30 a.m. CDT, Monday after a verbal protest against the detainment of five Iranian Christians.

Eddie Romero protested in English, Spanish and Farsi against what he says is the illegal detainment of Farshid Fathi, an Iranian Christian pastor; Saeed Abedini, a naturalized American citizen who was arrested for opening an orphanage in Tehran; Mostafa Bordbar, a Christian activist; Alireza Seyyedian, a member of the Christian house church in Iran; and Mohammad Ali Dadkhah, an Iranian human rights lawyer and co-founder of Defenders of Human Rights in Iran. In his protest, he cited Exodus chapter eight, verse one: “...This is what the Lord says: ‘Let my people go, so that they may worship me.’”

Updates on Romero’s situation can be found on his website,

Romero conducted a similar protest before the 2008 Olympics in Beijing and again in 2012 when China’s then-vice president Xi Jinping was visiting Los Angeles. ChinaAid reported on the second instance, which can be read at

Romero is also a philosophy professor at Mt. San Antonio Community College in Walnut, Calif.

ChinaAid asks Christians worldwide to join with us in prayer for Romero, his family and his church family. We pray that the Lord will protect Romero during his time in custody and for his safe and swift return. We also pray that the Lord will provide protection to the five Iranian Christians for whose release Romero petitioned and that a passion for the Lord will spread across the nation of Iran.

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  1. Lord watch over brother Eddie, keep him safe, let him be salt and light.

  2. Father, we ask that you send your Holy Spirit to protect, encourage, and strengthen those held in this prison. Hold them in your arms and provide them comfort, as well as their families. Let them know they are not alone.

  3. Lord we pray for all those who are persecuted for their faith in you. We pray for your protection and your Holy Spirit to comfort and uphold them. Father be with our brother Eddie and all those he petitioned for held in Evin Prison, may your love surround them and that their light will shine in the darkness. Lord if it be thy will we pray for their release.

  4. Praying for courage, strength for all six .... and their families .... praying teir witness reaches many and the Holy Spirit moves MIGHTILY resulting in salvations and their release

  5. Eddie may be behind bars but he is free in his heart and soul! Lord Jesus, may Your favor surround him as a shield, and may the news of his boldness and courage be spread around the world!

  6. One of the most courageous actions I've seen or heard of lately. I applaud this guy so much and affirm his love for his brothers/sisters around the world. Makes me wonder why I'm not doing the same. Lord have Mercy on Eddie and the other believers in prison!