CINCINNATI -- Cincinnati residents will come together Thursday to join a worldwide vigil for imprisoned American pastor Saeed Abedini.
It has been one year since Abedini refused to deny his belief in Jesus Christ.
The Boise, Idaho, resident faces a "virtual death sentence" of eight years in Evin Prison in Tehran, Iran, according to his supporters.
Activists supporting Abedini said he was charged with "undermining the national security of Iran" because of his overseas involvement with Christian houses in Iran.
Local groups who are supporting Abedini will hold a vigil at 6 p.m. at the Union Township Civic Center Amphitheater as a part of a global effort across 13 countries to raise awareness of the pastor's condition and in support of his release.