Friday, July 10, 2009

Living their best life now

From Prisoner Alert


Location: Pakistan
Arrested: October 2008

Twenty- year-old Sandul Bibi is in prison in Pakistan, charged with violating section 295-B of the Pakistani legal code, the “blasphemy” law. Sandul is falsely accused of ripping pages from the Quran. On Oct. 9 a large crowd of Muslims attacked Christian families at a church, throwing stones and firing guns. They were shouting, “Kill Gulsher and his daughter Sandul.”

Sandul and her father, Gulsher Masih, were arrested after a mob from the local mosque surrounded their house. Loudspeakers from different mosques broadcast accusations that Christians had disgraced the Quran, calling Muslims to attack and burn their homes. The angry crowd threw stones at Sandul’s home. Christians believe Sandul and her father were targeted and arrested because they were aggressively winning villagers to Christ.

Sandul has written several letters to her family from prison. In her latest letter she says, “I am praying a lot that God releases me from here and I can meet you, but I don’t know when. He will give answers for our prayers. Please pray for me.” If convicted, Sandul faces at least four years in prison. She and her family desperately need your prayers and encouragement.

Also write a letter of encouragement to Sandal’s father, Gulsher Masih, who is being held at the same prison.

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Location: Pakistan
Arrested: October 2008
Days Imprisoned: 275
Print Fact Sheet

Gulsher Masih is in prison in Pakistan, charged along with his daughter, Sandul Bibi, with violating section 295-B of the Pakistani legal code, the “blasphemy” law. The Voice of the Martyrs contacts report that Sandul found pages of the Quran on the ground picked them up and handed them to her Muslim neighbor. As a result, she and Gulsher were falsely accused of ripping pages from the Quran.

On Oct. 9 a large crowd of Muslims attacked Gulsher’s home throwing stones and firing guns. They were shouting, “Kill Gulsher and his daughter Sandul.” Gulsher and Sandul were arrested after a mob from the local mosque surrounded their house. Loudspeakers from different mosques broadcast accusations that Christians had disgraced the Quran, calling Muslims to attack and burn their homes. The angry crowd threw stones at Gulsher’s home. Christians believe Gulsher and Sandul were targeted and arrested because they were aggressively winning Muslims to Christ.

If convicted, Gulsher faces at least four years in prison. Gulsher, Sandul and their family greatly appreciate your prayers during this challenging time.

Also write a letter of encouragement to Gulsher’s daughter, Sandul Bibi, who is being held at the same prison.

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Location: China
Arrested: February 2009
Days Imprisoned: 156
Print Fact Sheet

On Feb. 4, Gao Zhisheng, was abducted by Chinese secret police from his hometown. Since 2005, Gao has been repeatedly arrested, imprisoned and severely tortured by Chinese authorities, mostly for his work defending Chinese Christians.

In 2006, he and a group of prominent human rights lawyers created the Association of Human Rights Attorneys for Chinese Christians. In 2007, he was arrested and spent over 50 days behind bars where he was tortured. “I was beaten so badly that my whole body began shaking uncontrollably on the floor,”

Gao writes of his torture in an open letter.The Chinese government does not acknowledge that Gao is in one of their prisons, as a result his letters of encouragement are being mailed to the Chinese embassy in Washington DC.


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Please keep these and other brothers and sisters in your prayers who, around the world, are suffering and being killed for proclaiming the great Name of our Lord Jesus Christ.


Hebrews 11:35-38 -

Some were tortured, refusing to accept release, so that they might rise again to a better life. Others suffered mocking and flogging, and even chains and imprisonment. They were stoned, they were sawn in two, they were killed with the sword.They went about in skins of sheep and goats, destitute, afflicted, mistreated— of whom the world was not worth- wandering about in deserts and mountains, and in dens and caves of the earth.

4 comments:

Question of Identity said...

Wayne

Thanks for alerting me to these dreadful situations. I will be holding them in my prayers! I have on one occasion wrote a letter to the Pakistani President (alongside thousands of others) for a person in similar circumstances and eventually the person was released from prison.

Maybe it's time to get the pen out again!

God bless

Neil

PS Do you know how Brian Culver is getting on - he is heavy on my heart at the moment.

Wayne Dawg said...

Neil - I have been wondering the same thing about Brian.

I hope all is well with him

Steve Martin said...

I can never be reminded of the plight of many of our brothers and sisters around the globe who are being persecuted for the faith.

I will pray for them, and support freedom loving peoples wherever they are.

Totalitarian governments ought be opposed in any way we can do it.

Thanks, Wayne.

Chris Geiser said...

That is crazy. I am sure we would see more persecution here in the USA if we would share our faith as often as they do over in those countries. I hope they do well in those countries. Nice post, it was good to read.