“I, Asia Bibi, daughter of Salamat Masih, believe in Jesus”. So begins a video testimony of the Pakistani woman who was formerly sentenced to death for blasphemy but now living in an undisclosed location in Canada.
Grateful for the opportunity to begin building a new life for her reunited family, Asia is calling out to the world to remember others still being imprisoned for their faith.
In the video, Asia, who remains a proud Pakistani, expresses remorse for having to leave her homeland and beloved elderly father. Even while in Canada, however, her life is still under threat by those seeking to punish her for alleged blasphemy.
The US State Department estimates that there are presently 77 others in prison under Pakistan’s blasphemy laws. One such person is Zafar Bhatti, who has been trying to appeal a life sentence since his imprisonment in 2012. On 12 September, his hearing was delayed for the eighth time and rescheduled to take place on 10 October.
When Asia Bibi arrived in Canada in May 2019, she joined her daughters who had been granted temporary asylum.
As the long-suffering Christian mother looks toward the future, she intends to move to an undisclosed European nation. Once settled, she hopes to continue the healing process after all the damage caused by years of detainment in prison. To hear Asia’s testimony in her own words, go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bSK2_tS8mNg
Sources: The Telegraph, Church in Chains, Release International
- Pray for ongoing healing to take place in the lives of Asia and her family members and for their continued protection.
- Pray the Lord will lead them as they consider plans for the future.
- Pray for Zafar and others who are presently in prison for their faith. Commit to the Lord, Zafar’s upcoming appeal.
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