Monday, October 20, 2014

Friday, October 17, 2014

Asia Bibi...Please Pray for Her!!!


Yesterday, the Pakistan’s High Court rejected the appeal of a Christian woman sentenced to death for the crime of blasphemy. Unless the Supreme Court intervenes, Asia Bibi will be put to death.
After half a dozen postponements and cancellations, Asia Bibi’s appeal was heard on Oct. 16 in the Lahore High Court. The defense took most of 35-minute hearing to argue their side, stating that plaintiffs waited six days before filing a complaint against the Christian woman. They argued that this showed conspiracy and intentional targeting. Her lawyers also pointed out that the man who issued the complaint did not even witness the alleged blasphemous statement. Twenty-five mullahs watched the proceedings from inside the courtroom. Outside, some 2,000 mullahs gathered in an effort to pressure the court into uphold the death sentence.
After the judges deliberated for nearly an hour, they denied her appeal. Asia Bibi’s lawyers now have 30 days to appeal to the Supreme Court, Pakistan’s highest court.
Asia Bibi was arrested in June 2009 after a heated argument with two of her co-workers. Asia worked for a Muslim-landowner as did many of the women in her village. As one of three Christian families in her village, after being pressured to convert to Islam during the spat, she defended her faith. “Our Christ is the true prophet of God,” she reportedly told the women, “and yours is not true.”
For this crime, in November 2010, she was sentenced to death. It took nearly four years before the courts would listen to her appeal. Having her appeal heard before the Supreme Court will likely take just as long. VOM sources say she could expect to wait months or even years.
There have been 5,000 blasphemy cases registered between 1984 and 2004 in Pakistan, but only 964 people were charged. Though death sentences in blasphemy cases are not uncommon, Asia Bibi was the first woman given the death sentence under this charge. Her appeal will be the second of death penalty case for blasphemy to reach the Supreme Court. In 2002, Christian man Ayub Masih was acquitted, giving Pakistani Christians hope that Asia Bibi may also acquitted.
Even if Asia Bibi is acquitted by the Supreme Court, she remains in danger from Muslim radicals. One Islamic cleric put a half-million rupee (US $5,000) bounty on her head. Extremist vigilantes have murdered 52 people following their acquittal from blasphemy charges, including 15 Christians. They have also targeted politicians like Governor Salman Taseer and Federal Minister Shahbaz Bhatti, a Christian, who both called for reforms to the blasphemy laws in Pakistan. Both men were killed within months of one another in 2011.
Following the ruling, Asia’s husband Ashiq Masih noted his disappointment, saying, “This appeal was supposed to be a ray of hope, but the rejection of the appeal has shattered our confidence.” VOM sources close to Asia say she’s probably depressed at this news. She has spent most of the last five years in near solitary confinement. She will need prayer and encouragement as she and those who are helping her continue to wait to see what God will do.
Asia told VOM workers, “Please do something. I have waited so long, and I want to be with my children.
(this was taken from VOM's webstite)

Monday, October 6, 2014

Get ready for IDOP!


  • It's getting to be close to the time where soon many Christians will be praying for the persecuted. International Day of Prayer is in the beginning of November, and for those of you who'd like to bring awareness, here are some resources.
  • Voice of the Martyrs is giving a free video about those in Syria. Go to  http://www.persecution.com/idop for more information. 
  • Open Doors is giving a free kit that will have information on how to hold a prayer group, a video, and a few other things as well. 
  • Hope this helps you, and God bless!
Christians in need of prayer: These are only a few of those in need of prayer, if you'd like to find out more go to http://www.icommittopray.com/

Asia Bibi she's been in Pakistan's prison since 2009, and has a family at home. 

Saeed Abedini  an American citizen, has been in prison for two years now, and has a wife and two kids who miss him.


Meriam Ibrahim's lawyers, 5 who possibly might have their license revoked. (they are not Christians, but do defend Christians and other minorities)
Meriam Ibrahim, her husband, and their two children are surrounded by part of their legal team shortly after her release on June 23. Five of her defense attorneys have been banned from leaving Sudan and may lose their license to practice law.


Friday, September 19, 2014

Trapped

I know it's been a while, but I'd thought I'd share about a drama that's going on this weekend.
Trappped, a walk through experience, is put on by The Way, a church here in Lynchburg. Trapped is a drama to bring awareness of human trafficking, and shows the lives of two girls. To learn more, go to http://www.whatistheway.org 

Monday, July 28, 2014

Meriam Ibrahim is FREE!


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Here is a picture of Meriam with her children aboard the plane to Italy. 
  • Thanks to God for His hand in Meriam's case. Meriam is finally free and is in Italy right now until she can come to the U.S. and join her husband. 
                                                  Meriam and her Husband
  • I know many Christians all over were praying for Meriam and her family. I am SO excited that those prayers were finally answered! 
  • Click here to read an article by ACLJ about Meriam's freedom.

Meriam Yahya Ibrahim of Sudan

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Help Meriam! Time may be running out.

Below I have copied part of a post that came from "A Place Called Simplicity" If you go to the blog you'll be able to see the whole post as well as enter in a giveaway.  
Meriam, a mother and wife in Sudan is still on death row. She has just had her baby girl, and her 20 month old baby boy with her in prison as well. The father is an American, and her only crime is being a Christian. Please,  I ask that you would help share the news and sign another petition to bring the White House's attention to it... 

..... If a petition has over 100,000 signatures the White House is forced to respond to it. 

All one has to do is register to sign.  There are all kinds of White House petitions
going on a regular basis.  There is no threat to your safety to sign and I have never
been contacted in any way since registering to sign a different petition
 about a year or two ago. 

So here's my question for today:

Would you please sign the White House petition on Meriam's behalf 
and would you then please ask your friends, family, neighbors, co-workers, 
and anyone else you can think of to sign as well??  

The sooner the White House petition has the 
mandatory 100,000 signatures -  the sooner 
the White House is forced to respond!!  

And an interesting side note -

Anyone 13 or older can participate 
and sign the White House petition -
it says so right here!!  

Other governments have expressed outrage at Meriam's horrific sentencing...
we need the government {which Meriam's husband is a citizen of} to swiftly
respond.

It is said that Meriam will face her 
100 lashes 
in the next two weeks!  


Meriam and her new baby Maya.  

Monday, May 19, 2014

Pray for Meriam, and sign her petition!


  • Please pray for Meriam Ibrahim. She is a pregnant mother in Sudan who was sentenced on May 14th to death. After the birth of her child she is to receive 100 lashes before her execution. The judge gave her three day to repent of her "crime" her faith in Jesus. And she refused.  Please keep her in your prayers, and sign the petition and BeHeard. Be the voice for Meriam, and share about her with your church and friends.
  • To find out more and to sign the petition, go to http://beheardproject.com/meriam