Have you ever been falsely accused? Has anyone refused to eat with you because you’re a Christian? Did they put you in jail and sentence you to die by hanging? This is exactly what happened to Asia Bibi almost three years ago. Here’s the bottom line – Asia Bibi has a death sentence because she is a Christian.
In June 2009, Asia Noreen, better known as Asia Bibi, a farm hand from the village of Ittan Wali in Sheikhupura District, was asked to fetch water; she complied, but some of her Muslim fellow workers refused to drink the water as they considered Christians to be “unclean”. Some arguments ensued and some co-workers falsely accused her to a cleric of making derogatory comments about Prophet Muhammad. A mob came to her house, beating her and members of her family before she was rescued by the police. However, the police initiated an investigation about her remarks, resulting in her arrest and prosecution under Section 295 C of the Pakistan Penal Code. She spent more than a year in jail and in November 2010 Muhammed Naveed Iqbal, judge at the court of Sheikhupura, Punjab, sentenced her to death by hanging. Additionally, a fine of an equivalent of $1,100 was imposed. Noreen’s husband, Aashiq Fauji Masih, 51 years old, plans to appeal the verdict, which has to be upheld by the Lahore High Court. Asia Bibi remains in prison, more than 2 years after the alleged incident and one year after the death sentence.
You can read all about it here.
Thousands of believers across the globe are praying for Asia Bibi and her family. At INcontext Ministries we would like to convert all the prayers into a practical source of encouragement, creating tangible prayers that will not only reach the throne of grace but will penetrate the prison cell of Asia and serve as an encouragement and unification within the body of Christ. (from http://incontext.webs.com/asiabibi.htm)
How can you help in just 3 minutes? Glad you asked!
- Write a short email where you express your prayer on paper.
- Add a word of encouragement, a Scripture, your name and country of residence (no address).
- Email the message to firstname.lastname@example.org where they will be compiled and sent to Asia Bibi and her family.
Do you have 3 minutes of freedom to share?
[I would love to know if you take this challenge. Please leave me a comment.]