Aasia Bibi Acquitted

On 31 October, Pakistan’s Supreme Court overturned the conviction of Aasia Bibi, who had been sentenced to death for blasphemy against Islam.

Bibi, a mother of four, has been living on death row since 2010 when she became the first woman to be sentenced to death by hanging under Pakistan’s draconian blasphemy laws.

She was condemned for allegedly making derogatory remarks about Islam after neighbours objected to her drinking water from their glass because she was not Muslim.

The judges said the prosecution had “categorically failed to prove its case beyond reasonable doubt”. The case was based on flimsy evidence, they said, and proper procedures had not been followed. The alleged confession was delivered in front of a crowd “threatening to kill her”.

Chief Justice Saqib Nisarm, who read out the ruling, said Bibi could walk free from prison immediately if not wanted in connection with any other case.

On 13 October, Khadim Rizvi, the leader of a new political party dedicated to punishing blasphemy, Tehreek-e-Labbaik (TLP), announced he would “paralyse the country within hours” if Bibi was freed. She has been offered asylum by several countries and was expected to leave the country if acquitted.

For more information and guidance on how to pray, see this Barnabas Fund article.

Please Pray for Operation Christmas Child in Cambodia

The Mission Co-ordinator of Cambodian Communities out of Crisis has told us of a threat to this year’s distribution of Christmas gifts to Cambodian children by Operation Christmas Child.

Please pray that that every administrative, bureaucratic and logistical obstacle will be cleared away, each shoebox sent to Cambodia will reach a needy child and each child will have the opportunity to hear about the real meaning of Christmas.

American Pastor Released from Wrongful Detention in Turkey

We praise and give glory to God for the release from prison in Turkey of Pastor Andrew Brunson.

Pastor Andrew, a U.S. citizen from Black Mountain, North Carolina, was imprisoned in Turkey for the crime of “Christianization”. After extensive negotiations, the Turkish government released Pastor Andrew from prison on July 25th but placed him under house arrest.

Today, the Be Heard Project reported that Pastor Andrew is preparing to leave Turkey to return home to the United States.

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