“I’ve been locked up, handcuffed and chained, banished from the world and waiting to die. I don’t know how long I’ve got left to live. . . . My life is in God’s hands . . . .”
Those are the words of Asia Bibi, mother of five.
She’s on death row in Pakistan for her Christian faith.
If we are silent, this Christian mom will hang under Pakistan’s Shariah blasphemy law.
At the ACLJ, we’ve mobilized our international resources. We’re on the ground in Pakistan, raising the alarm at the United Nations, and equipping Members of Congress.
Public pressure may be her only hope. It freed Christian Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani in Iran. It freed Christian mom Meriam Ibrahim in Sudan.
Asia Bibi has already suffered in prison for five years. We don’t have a moment left to lose.
Take action with us. Be heard. Demand her freedom today.
Sign Our Urgent Petition: Stop Her Execution; Free Asia Bibi.
Tanzania: Teacher Killed In Church Machete Attack
"Please pray that God will bless and provide for Dioniz's wife, Faith, and their young sons, Michael and John. Ask God to heal Temistores and restore him fully. Pray God's peace over Pastor Faustine and his congregation.
"Pray that the church in Tanzania will stand firm in their faith, in the face of mounting persecution. Pray that officials will do more to protect vulnerable Christian communities."
Nigeria: Weekend Attacks Cast Doubt On Boko Haram 'Truce'
"Please pray that God will comfort all those who were injured or bereaved in this weekend’s attacks in Adamawa and Borno states. Pray that Christians will stand firm in their faith.
"Continue to pray for an end to the bloodshed in Nigeria. Pray that God would give the Government and military leaders wisdom in how they tackle Boko Haram, and that those responsible for the violence would turn away from their brutality and seek peace."
A Very Urgent Time for Prayer
by Open Doors UK
'A VERY URGENT TIME FOR PRAYER'
"Although there seem to be divisions, that doesn't mean the North Korean regime is about to crumble. The powerful elite behind Kim Jong-Un still needs him (or someone else of the bloodline) to legitimise their rule.
"'For the Christian church, humanly speaking, there won't be any significant differences anytime soon," says Simon*, Open Doors' coordinator for North Korea. "Simon says. However, if nobody holds absolute power any more, this does mean the regime is more vulnerable. Cracks in the power structure may grow wider. "We need to be prepared for every scenario," he adds. "And we need to pray. This is a very urgent time for prayers.'"
"Pastor Tandin Wangyal, who was sentenced to nearly four years in prison on charges of receiving money for spreading Christianity, has his next hearing on Monday, Oct. 20. As several wise advisors thought best, Pastor Tandin will defend himself in court. VOM contacts ask that you pray that the judge will overturn the two felony convictions and declare Tandin not guilty and return his laptop, cell phone, and overhead projector. Also continue to pray for his wife, Nengboi, and their three young sons. Pray for favor for Pastor Tandin. He has seen God's work in his life through this situation already. He told VOM, "Every day has been a gift to me from God, and I am making use of it. ...I am on bail, but this is God's graciousness on my life through the prayer support of the worldwide body of Christ.'"
Asia Bibi's Death Row Appeal Rejected
"Please pray that God’s presence will be very real for Asia Bibi and her family. Pray that He will protect them from extremist attack and renew their hope.
"Pray that Christians in Pakistan will stand firm in their faith and not be discouraged by today’s news about Asia’s appeal.
"Pray that the Pakistani authorities will show clemency and pardon Asia, so that she can be reunited with her family."
"The International Day of Prayer for the persecuted Church, or IDOP, is approaching quickly on November 2.
"IDOP is a day in which Christians worldwide unite together to pray for over 100 million fellow Christians stretched across the globe. These Christians are persecuted consistently.
"More than half a million churches in 150 countries participate in IDOP.
"Open Doors USA, a ministry dedicated to supporting persecuted Christians, is providing free resources, downloads, and special Webcasts in honor of IDOP..."
"With food and jobs scarce, and their savings depleted, Syrian Christians and their neighbors are struggling to provide for their families. Despite their own trauma, many believers are choosing to stay in their beleaguered communities and reach out in love amid their neighbors' pain.
"Instead of fleeing their country, Many Syrian Christians are staying in their beleaguered communities to reach out in love to those around them. Christians in Syria have been able to distribute food with the help of Baptist Global Response, a Southern Baptist-related relief organization. Families also are receiving blankets and medical care. Children who have been out of school for years once again are being educated.A relief worker quotes 2 Corinthians 1:4 to a room full of Syrian believers: "He [God] comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any kind of affliction, through the comfort we ourselves receive from God."
"'We must share in this comfort, not just leave it to God," the worker says. "The body [of Christ] needs to share in the comfort of those who are hurting."
Faith Blossoms Into Love for Jesus
"...From time to time, the sisters visited me and prayed for me, and they conducted weekly prayer meetings. As days passed by, the Lord healed me, and my husband and I opened our hearts to Jesus and began attending the church in our village.
"When Loukya went for a checkup, the doctor couldn’t find any tumor on her brain. Today Naathim and Loukya are strong in their faith, and they’re faithfully involved in their church..."
"Pray that the Gabbra would cry out: “O God, you are my God, earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you, my body longs for you, in a dry and weary land where there is no water.” Psalms 63:1
"Workers continue to distribute Treasures (small mp3 players, with a solar panel on the back) among the Gabbra. The Treasure is an effective tool for reaching Gabbra. The herdsmen especially enjoy listening to the Bible while they watch their animals. Pray for those listening to the Bible, that they may hear and see the truth of Jesus and come to find him as their Savior.
Please Pray for the Gabbra of Kenya!
My Dearest Rebekka Grace,
HAPPY 8th BIRTHDAY!
You are growing so fast and becoming more beautiful every day. I praise God for His faithfulness to me every day as I watch from a distance through the prison walls and see pictures and hear stories of how you are growing both spiritually and physically.
Oh how I long to see you.
I know that you question why you have prayed so many times for my return and yet I am not home yet. Now there is a big WHY In your mind you are asking: WHY Jesus isn’t answering your prayers and the prayers of all of the people around the world praying for my release and for me to be home with you and our family.
The answer to the WHY is WHO. WHO is control? LORD JESUS CHRIST is in control.
I desire for you to learn important lessons during these trying times. Lessons that you carry now and for the rest of your life. The answer to the WHY is WHO. The confusion of “WHY has all of this happened?” and “WHY your prayers are not answered yet” is resolved with understanding WHO is in control…LORD JESUS CHRIST, our GOD!
God is in control of the whole world and everything that is happening in it is for His good purpose, for His glory, and will be worked out for our good (Romans 8:28). Jesus allows me to be kept here for His glory. He is doing something inside each of us and also outside in the world. People die and suffer for their Christian faith all over the world and some may wonder why? But you should know the answer of WHY is WHO. It is for Jesus. He is worth the price. And He has a plan to be glorified through our lives.
I want you to read the book of Habakkuk. He had the same question as you. But see that the Lord answered him in Habakkuk 2:3, “the vision comes and doesn’t delay on time, wait for it.” Mommy and I always had big desires to serve Jesus and had great vision to be used for His Kingdom and for His Glory. So today we pay a cost because God, who created us, called us to that.
And so I want you to know that the answer to all of your prayers is that God is in control, and He knows better than us what He is doing in our lives and all around the world.
Therefore declare as Daniel and his friends Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-‐Nego did in Daniel 3: 17-‐18!
17 If that is the case, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and He will deliver us from your hand, O king. 18 But if not, let it be known to you, O king, that we do not serve your gods, nor will we worship the gold image which you have set up.”
And learn and declare as Habakkuk did that even if we do not get the result that we are looking for, God is still good and we WILL praise His Holy Name.
17 Though the fig tree may not blossom, Nor fruit be on the vines; Though the labor of the olive may fail, And the fields yield no food; Though the flock may be cut off from the fold, And there be no herd in the stalls— 18 Yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will joy in the God of my salvation. 19 The Lord God is my strength; He will make my feet like deer’s feet, And He will make me walk on my high hills.
Then my dear beloved daughter Rebekka Grace, I pray God will bring me back home soon. But if not, we will still sing together as Habakkuk did HALLELUJAH, either separated by prison walls or together at home.
So, let Daddy hear you sing a loud Hallelujah that I can hear all the way here in the prison!
I am so proud of you my sweet courageous daughter. Glory to God forever, Amen.
Kisses and Blessings,
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