Friends, international Open Doors staff met with Asia Bibi on February 28 in France. If you recall, in June 2010, Asia Bibi was convicted of blasphemy charges in Pakistan and sentenced to die. She waited eight years for an appeal hearing that was delayed repeatedly. Ultimately, Pakistan’s Supreme Court held a hearing and ordered her release, saying that the prosecution had failed to prove its case beyond a reasonable doubt. After nine years of prayers from Christians around the globe, Asia was freed on October 31, 2018.
She now lives with her family in Canada but has also been invited to live in France by French President Emmanuel Marcon. She longs to return to Pakistan one day.
Our Open Doors teammates were able to give her a hug, some meaningful gifts and a message from one of the many believers who prayed for her for years. She seemed very moved. We showed Asia a video of persecuted women and men praying for her. The video starts with images of watches and clocks. At one o’clock, the people stop doing what they are doing. They form circles and they pray for Asia.
Asia is almost speechless. “Wow, you all stopped your day to pray for me?”
When she was asked if she had a message for those who prayed for her while she was in prison, Asia responded, “Yes, I have a message for them: God is with them in the exact way He was with me. You are in God’s hands and you are vital.”
Please continue to pray for Asia Bibi and her family as they make decisions about their future.
Pray that Asia and her family continue to receive emotional and mental healing from the years they were separated and all they have endured.
Pray for your sisters and brothers who remain under extreme persecution in Pakistan today.
Thank God for the powerful witness of Asia Bibi—and that the same God is also with you.
Pictured: Asia Bibi at a press conference in France on February 28.