Please pray for Asia Bibi’s acquittal and God’s abundant grace in Pakistan.

OUR PRAYER IS CRITICAL at this very moment. Asia Bibi is a Christian Pakistani mother of five who has been languishing in prison since 2010. I’ve been following her process through Pakistan’s judicial system for several years. Her final appeal was made to a special, three-member bench of Pakistan’s Supreme Court on October 12th, 2018. The judges are deciding her fate. Their decision is expected by the end of October. You can see a picture of Asia on the American Center for Law and Justice’s October 18th update, where she is asking for our prayers.

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International Christian Concern’s report on October 16, explains:

The accusation against Bibi stems back to an argument between Bibi, a Christian, and her Muslim coworkers in 2009. Bibi’s coworkers became very angry with Bibi after she used the same water bowl as the Muslims. In Pakistan, Christians are often associated with being low caste and untouchable. In the argument that followed, Bibi’s coworkers claim that she used derogatory language against the Prophet Muhammad, violating Pakistan’s notorious blasphemy laws.

Pakistan’s blasphemy laws are often abused to settle personal scores or incite religious hatred. Little to no evidence is typically needed beyond an accusation to incite mob violence against the individual accused and the border community that individual represents if a member of a minority community.

The crowds are demanding she be executed by hanging, see The Christian Post’s article, and they have threatened Pakistan’s Supreme Court justices with horrible deaths if they release her. Yet, her release will result in a fury of persecution against Pakistan’s minority Christians. This decision, however, will reach beyond Pakistan’s borders to every Islamic country, and every Muslim-Christian interaction. The situation is a powder-keg that only God’s power, grace, and wisdom can defuse. Your prayer is needed.

Please pray for:

  • Asia’s release, her family, and her continued faith
  • The protection of Pakistan’s Christians
  • God to confound and convert the persecutors.
  • God to open the hearts of the judges to His righteousness

May the peace of God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ be with you!

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Rob Oberto, D.Min., is the award-winning author of “Intimacy With God” available from Amazon. ©2018 Rob Oberto, All Rights Reserved.

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