Christian Martyrs by Gustave Dore

Christian Martyrs by Gustave Dore

Monday, February 20, 2012

Asia Bibi: Blessings in prison

From The British Pakistani Christian Association:

Posted: 18 Feb 2012 03:02 PM PST

Don't forget our protest and peace concert 10th March 2012 at which we will be calling for freedom for Asia Bibi:

This is a report by Voice of the Martyrs. It's encouraging and a reminder that our Almighty God uses His creatures, even the fragile and smallest ones to give His Children hope that He is always with them.

“The ravens brought him bread and meat in the morning, and bread and meat in the evening ...” (1 Kings 17:6a).
Dear Friend,
Do you remember the story of Elijah being fed by the ravens? Asia Bibi, a Christian wife and mother imprisoned in Pakistan, has received hope and encouragement in a similar way. Asia has remained in jail since her arrest on blasphemy charges in June 2009. A Pakistani court found her guilty of blasphemy in June 2010 and sentenced her to death. But God has not forgotten her!
Asia shared this story with a VOM contact who recently visited her in prison:

There is a beautiful thing that happens every day in my cell. Two days after they announced my death penalty, I was brought into [death row]. Every morning around 3:30 or 4, a brown bird with a long beak appears and sits on the boundary wall. This bird also comes every evening around 5. He sits there for 10 minutes in the morning and 10 minutes in the evening. Later on he became my friend. I talk to him and he also talks to me.
As I watched this bird every day, I tried to understand the meaning of him coming day after day. I think this is a messenger from God giving me His message. When the bird comes, I feel encouraged and peaceful. I feel comforted after his visit. I think this is a very significant sign from God.
Asia also reported that she spends much of her time in prayer, including prayer for those around the world who pray for her and speak out on her behalf.

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