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Fact Check: American Pastor Andrew Brunson is not being held with ISIS terrorists in Turkish prison

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(Voice of the Persecuted)  Andrew Brunson has been imprisoned and falsely charged with being a threat to Turkey’s national security. read more Recent reports have shared that Brunson is in grave danger and is being kept with ISIS fighters and Afghani rebels. His wife has confirmed the claim is false.

I want to clarify that Andrew is NOT being held with violent people in prison. He is in a room with 11 Muslims who are very devout so prayers are always going on in the small room. But these are not violent people and he is not in danger from them. They all sleep in bunks in a fairly tight space, and eat the meals in another room and have a small courtyard to go out to. I believe they are kept separate from everyone else.

The Brunsons have lived, including raising their children, in Turkey for 23 years. Andrew was a pastor at the Resurrection Church in Izmir before the couple was detained on 7 Oct. under Interior Ministry deportation orders.

During a trial on Dec. 9, Rev. Brunson was accused of being linked with a terrorist movement. He was then taken to Izmir’s Sakran 3 Nolu T Tipi Prison.

According to the ACLJ, Andrew was allowed to visit with family on Wednesday, and allowed to have a New Testament Bible which was previously denied. He was also given some access to his attorney, and has a visit scheduled for Friday with U.S. Embassy Officials. Yesterday, Pastor Andrew appealed his imprisonment, and was denied. Another appeal to a higher court is allowed, but it is uncertain how that appeal process will go.  Due to an emergency decree in Turkey, those visits are recorded and any notes taken by his attorney are copied. Thus, Pastor Andrew has no attorney-client privilege.

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EVENT: ‘Defending the Persecuted in December’ 24-hour Prayer Conference Call Event

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The Invite to Pray

Matthew 26:36-38
 …Then Jesus came with them to a place called Gethsemane and said to His disciples, “Sit here while I go over there and pray.”   And He took with him, Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and begin to be grieved and distressed. Then he said to them, ” My soul is deeply grieved, to the point of death, remain here and keep watch with Me.”
In the above account Jesus is getting ready to go to the cross. He tells eight of his disciples to sit and wait while he went to pray. However, Jesus invited three of his closet disciples to come and keep watch with Him.  In essence, the Son of God invited them to come near in his hour of need.  His request may have been,  ‘Please pray that God will strengthen me in the trial that lies before me.’

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Thank You IDOP2016 Prayer Warriors!

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Brothers and Sisters, I want to thank each of you who participated on the IDOP Prayer Call Events on Nov. 6th and 13th. What a joy it was hearing from and praying with our persecuted family on the ‘frontlines’! We pray they were lifted up by the many prayers offered on their behalf. We also thank them for the testimonies and prayers to encourage us.
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Thank you to our special guests for sharing their testimonies, news and for encouraging us to care for and connect with the persecuted. We also want to thank all the global advocates who collaborated with us on the call. We so appreciate your participation in advancing this important call to prayer.
Again, thank you for your sacrificing your time for our suffering brethren. We prayed God’s heart concerning our persecuted brothers and sisters around the world and for the global harvest. I pray God’s richest blessings over each one of you.  Please invite others who may be interested in coming and lifting up our persecuted family in prayer.
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Mark your calendars! For the past year, we’ve been hosting (5th Friday) 12-hour prayer call events praying for the persecuted. Our last 2016 call will be held on December 30th 8pm EST. We invite all to come on that call and pray united with us. Mark your calendars and watch for the event details and flyer to be shared next week.
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You are also welcome to join the weekly Persecution Watch prayer conference calls. If you are so led, please do participate in our weekly calls for the persecuted. info below
(Tues—Thur—Sat)
Time: 
9 p.m. Eastern
8 p.m. Central
7 p.m. Mountain
6 p.m. Pacific
Call Number:  
712-775-7035
Access Code:
281207#
Your brother in Christ,
Blaine Scogin
Serving Jesus as Prayer Director for Voice of the Persecuted and Persecution Watch.
Persecution Watch

EVENT REMINDER: JOIN US on the IDOP Prayer Conference Call Tomorrow (Sunday, Nov. 13)

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(Voice of the Persecuted) Do you know in some parts of the world, it’s dangerous to be a Christian? Statistics say 100 million Christians face persecution daily. For them, at best, life is difficult. At worst, it’s a nightmare. Because in many countries, Christians are imprisoned—tortured—harassed—beaten—and even killed for their faith. So what can you do?

SPEAK UP against persecution—DEFEND those discriminated—HELP those in need—PRAY for those suffering.

PARTICIPATE: The IDOP event is a global day of intercession for Christians facing persecution worldwide. Its focus is to encourage the Body of Christ to intercede in prayer on behalf of our suffering brothers and sisters persecuted for their faith in Jesus Christ. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the IDOP. Since it’s inception, the IDOP has grown substantially and today is observed in more than 100 countries across the world.

Godfrey Yogarajah, Executive Director of World Evangelical Alliance, Religious Liberty Commission says it’s also been a source of solidarity and encouragement to persecuted Christians by reminding them that they are part of a larger, global family of believers.

Colossians 4:18

Remember my imprisonment…
Brothers and sisters, the cry of our persecuted family is always that we remember their imprisonment of their suffering.  The writer in Hebrews 13:3 tells us, “Remember the prisoners, as though in prison with them, and those are ill-treated, since you yourselves also are in the body.”
One way that we can remember of brothers and sisters is through prayer. The request of the suffering church in restricted nations is, please pray for us…pray with us.
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This coming November, individually and corporately, we will have an opportunity to join with millions of other believers around the world to lift up our persecuted family in prayer.  The first two Sundays in November (11/6 and 11/13) have been designated the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church (IDOP). We will host two 12-hour IDOP prayer conference calls. We invite you to join us as we unite in prayer for the persecuted. Lord willing we will hear reports from the front lines of those who work with the persecuted and are persecuted.

Mark your calendars!

Don’t miss this opportunity. Our prayers can accomplish much for our persecuted family.  We are reminded in James 5:16, the effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much. Let us accomplish much for the persecuted in fervent, heartfelt prayer during the 2016 IDOP in November. Call information below.

Your brother in Christ, Blaine Scogin
Serving Jesus as Prayer Director for Voice of the Persecuted and Persecution Watch

Participating Global Advocates

Persecution Watch

Voice of the Persecuted

International Orality Network (ION)
Global Prayer Resource Network 
Ethne

Capitol Hill Prayer Partners (CHPP) Student Volunteer Movement 2 (SVM2)

Prayer Surge Network

Fellowship of Prayer Strategists 
Asian Access 

Accord Network

PRINT/DOWNLOAD FLYER IDOP 2016 Prayer Conference Call (remember to also share with pastors, church members, prayer groups)

DATE:
Sunday November 6
Sunday November 13
Time:
8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Eastern time
7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Central time
6 p.m. to 6 p.m. Mountain time
5 a.m. to 5 p.m. Pacific time
Call Number:  
712-775-7035
Access Code:
281207#

International numbers and Mobile App links available

MOBILE APP: Free Conference Call HD also provides a quick and easy way for you to dial into conference calls without having to remember the dial-in credentials. Save all of your conference call dial-in numbers and access codes using this free app. With the Free Conference Call HD you can instantly dial into a conference call via 3G/4G data network and or regular mobile carrier. Google Play link  or App Store – iTunes

Available International IDOP Prayer Conference Call Numbers

(Note: If you will be using one of the call numbers below, you may experience issues in your country. If you are unable to connect, try using the VoIP dialer available at this link. Click on VoIP dialer, go to this number 712-775-7035 in the drop down menu—enter access code 281207 (do not add the # symbol)—enter your name and click on the ‘Place Call’ button.)

Australia                                              +61 (0) 3 8672 0185

Austria                                                  +43 (0) 732 2781155

Belgium                                                +32 (0) 9 324 29 17

Brazil                                                     +55 61 4040-4314

Bulgaria                                                +359 (0) 2 495 1527

Canada                                                 (712) 775-7060

Chile                                                      +56 (0) 44 890 9161

China                                                     +86 (0) 510 6801 0117

Costa Rica                                            +506 4000 3885

Croatia                                                  +385 (0) 1 8000 065

Cyprus                                                  +357 77 788854

Czech                                                    +420 225 852 060

Denmark                                               +45 78 77 36 35

Dominican Republic                             (829) 999-2585

Estonia                                                 +372 614 8061

Finland                                                 +358 (0) 9 74790032

France                                                  +33 (0) 1 80 14 00 56

GCC/Arabian Peninsula                       +973 1656 8325

Georgia                                                +995 (0) 706 777 110

Germany                                             +49 (0) 89 143772955

Guatemala                                          +502 2458 1416

Hungary                                               +36 1 987 6821

Iceland                                                 +354 539 0323

Indonesia                                            +62 (0) 21 51388813

Ireland                                                  +353 (0) 1 437 0318

Israel                                                     +972 (0) 76-599-0026

Italy                                                       +39 06 8997 2187

Japan                                                    +81 (0) 3-5050-5075

Kenya                                                   +254 (0) 20 5231033

Latvia                                                    +371 67 881 516

Lithuania                                              +370 (8) 37 248962

Luxembourg                                        +352 20 30 10 03

Malaysia                                              +60 (0) 11-1146 0070

Mexico                                                 +52 (01) 899 274 5015

Netherlands                                       +31 (0) 6 35205061

Nigeria                                                  +234 (0) 1 440 5221

Norway                                                +47 21 93 53 35

Pakistan                                               +92 (0) 21 37130640

Panama                                                +507 838-7821

Poland                                                  +48 32 739 96 40

Portugal                                               +351 21 114 3145

Romania                                              +40 (0) 31 780 7760

Slovakia                                                +421 2 333 255 32

Slovenia                                               +386 (0) 1 828 03 25

South Africa                                         +27 (0) 87 825 0107

South Korea                                       +82 (0) 70-7686-0015

Spain                                                     +34 931 98 23 70

Sri Lanka                                              +94 (0) 11 5 322961

Sweden                                               +46 (0) 31 781 06 26

Switzerland                                        +41 (0) 43 550 70 55

Taiwan                                                  +886 (0) 985 646 917

Turkey                                                  +90 (0) 212 988 1713

Ukraine                                                +380 (0) 89 323 9978

United Kingdom                                 +44 (0) 330 606 0527

United States                                                (712) 775-7035

Vietnam                                                 +84 (0) 4 7108 0080

The weekly Persecution Watch Prayer Call meets at 9pm EST every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.  For more info contact: pwprayercall@gmail.com  

Urgent Prayer Request from Indonesian Christians as jihadists urge violence at Jakarta rally

Indonesian President Joko Widodo is urging Muslim leaders and even his former rival in the 2014 presidential election - Prabowo Subianto - to help maintain calm and ease tensions ahead of the rally.

Authorities moved to their highest security level, known as “Siaga Satu”, bracing for the demonstration with about 20,000 police and military personnel recruited from all over the country to provide security.

This URGENT prayer request was sent to Voice of the Persecuted (VOP) by an Indonesian Christian.

There’s a very urgent prayer need for hundreds and thousands of Christians in Indonesia during these times. Also especially for Friday 4 November 2016. I would like to humbly ask your willingness to send your prayers to God in this regard.
A little background: Indonesia is a country with the largest Muslim population in the world. About 87% of the population is muslim. The rest are people from other religions. The country is permeated with corruption right through the entire system. The military generals are powerful and often have the final say. The rich gets richer and the poor gets poorer. In 2014, something extraordinary happened. A former governor of a remote province was elected to be the new governor of the Jakarta, the capital city. It was extraordinary because he is a non-Mulsim, not from a military background and he is ethnic (Chinese origin).
He is very direct, extremely brave, looks after the poor, intelligent and above all he is a child of God. He believes in Jesus, reads and studies his bible everyday and finds it to be his source of strength. Since then, things started to change in Jakarta. He fought against corruption, raised the standard of living and did many many other initiatives. The people love him. But in doing so, he attracted many enemies. His enemies have tried anything from death threats, put him on trial of all kinds of accusations and even openly cast black magic spells on him. But all these have failed to bring him down because he relies on God’s protection. His name is Basuki Tjahaja Purnama (aka Ahok).
[the protest begins approx 12:30pm-1:00am EST] Thousands of Muslims will flood Jakarta and they aim to bring him down. The social media has photos of Muslims working house to house in the past few days trying to pinpoint where the christian homes are in order to prepare themselves with a list of targets. In 1998, a similar thing happened and thousands of homes were burned, churches destroyed, people dragged outside of their homes, raped and killed by a swarm of thousands.
Please pray for: 1. God to forgive the Muslims because most of them do not know what they are doing is wrong. 2. God to protect his churches and believers throughout Jakarta and Indonesia as the threat has extended to cover the entire nation. Pray that no-one be raped, tortured or killed. 3. God to protect the Chinese minority that in the past usually becomes target of raping and killing during such mass violence. 4. God to break down the power of the devil that blinds the Muslims from the truth. 5. God to protect Ahok and his family 6. God to give Ahok wisdom as he did Daniel in the face of great threat 7. God to protect the president (Jokowi) who is trying to maintain order. Pray that Jokowi may be given power to calm the Muslim leaders and to maintain peace and order because the Muslim leaders have specifically threatened the government to stand back tomorrow.
Please pray…… Please pass this on to others so they too can pray….

Read this news article related to the situation surrounding the today’s protest in Jakarta. Indonesian Christians are very concerned for what they see happening in their nation. Be their VOICE! Share this report and encourage others to pray with you.

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RELATED:

Indonesia on High Alert as Muslim Hardliners plan protest rally against Jakarta’s Christian Governor

EVENT: 2016 International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church (IDOP) Mark Your Calendars!

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(Voice of the Persecuted) Do you know in some parts of the world, it’s dangerous to be a Christian? Statistics say 100 million Christians face persecution daily. For them, at best, life is difficult. At worst, it’s a nightmare. Because in many countries, Christians are imprisoned—tortured—harassed—beaten—and even killed for their faith. So what can you do?

SPEAK UP against persecution—DEFEND those discriminated—HELP those in need—PRAY for those suffering.

PARTICIPATE: The IDOP event is a global day of intercession for Christians facing persecution worldwide. Its focus is to encourage the Body of Christ to intercede in prayer on behalf of our suffering brothers and sisters persecuted for their faith in Jesus Christ. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the IDOP. Since it’s inception, the IDOP has grown substantially and today is observed in more than 100 countries across the world.

Godfrey Yogarajah, Executive Director of World Evangelical Alliance, Religious Liberty Commission says it’s also been a source of solidarity and encouragement to persecuted Christians by reminding them that they are part of a larger, global family of believers.

Colossians 4:18

Remember my imprisonment…
Brothers and sisters, the cry of our persecuted family is always that we remember their imprisonment of their suffering.  The writer in Hebrews 13:3 tells us, “Remember the prisoners, as though in prison with them, and those are ill-treated, since you yourselves also are in the body.”
One way that we can remember of brothers and sisters is through prayer. The request of the suffering church in restricted nations is, please pray for us…pray with us.
 .
This coming November, individually and corporately, we will have an opportunity to join with millions of other believers around the world to lift up our persecuted family in prayer.  The first two Sundays in November (11/6 and 11/13) have been designated the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church (IDOP). We will host two 12-hour IDOP prayer conference calls. We invite you to join us as we unite in prayer for the persecuted. Lord willing we will hear reports from the front lines of those who work with the persecuted and are persecuted.

Mark your calendars!

Don’t miss this opportunity. Our prayers can accomplish much for our persecuted family.  We are reminded in James 5:16, the effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much. Let us accomplish much for the persecuted in fervent, heartfelt prayer during the 2016 IDOP in November. Call information below.

Your brother in Christ, Blaine Scogin
Serving Jesus as Prayer Director for Voice of the Persecuted and Persecution Watch

Participating Global Advocates

Persecution Watch

Voice of the Persecuted

International Orality Network (ION)
Global Prayer Resource Network 
Ethne

Capitol Hill Prayer Partners (CHPP) Student Volunteer Movement 2 (SVM2)

Prayer Surge Network

Fellowship of Prayer Strategists 
Asian Access 

Accord Network

PRINT/DOWNLOAD FLYER IDOP 2016 Prayer Conference Call (remember to also share with pastors, church members, prayer groups)

DATE:
Sunday November 6
Sunday November 13
Time:
8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Eastern time
7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Central time
6 p.m. to 6 p.m. Mountain time
5 a.m. to 5 p.m. Pacific time
Call Number:  
712-775-7035
Access Code:
281207#

International numbers and Mobile App links available

MOBILE APP: Free Conference Call HD also provides a quick and easy way for you to dial into conference calls without having to remember the dial-in credentials. Save all of your conference call dial-in numbers and access codes using this free app. With the Free Conference Call HD you can instantly dial into a conference call via 3G/4G data network and or regular mobile carrier. Google Play link  or App Store – iTunes

Available International IDOP Prayer Conference Call Numbers

(Note: If you will be using one of the call numbers below, you may experience issues in your country. If you are unable to connect, try using the VoIP dialer available at this link. Click on VoIP dialer, go to this number 712-775-7035 in the drop down menu—enter access code 281207 (do not add the # symbol)—enter your name and click on the ‘Place Call’ button.)

Australia                                              +61 (0) 3 8672 0185

Austria                                                  +43 (0) 732 2781155

Belgium                                                +32 (0) 9 324 29 17

Brazil                                                     +55 61 4040-4314

Bulgaria                                                +359 (0) 2 495 1527

Canada                                                 (712) 775-7060

Chile                                                      +56 (0) 44 890 9161

China                                                     +86 (0) 510 6801 0117

Costa Rica                                            +506 4000 3885

Croatia                                                  +385 (0) 1 8000 065

Cyprus                                                  +357 77 788854

Czech                                                    +420 225 852 060

Denmark                                               +45 78 77 36 35

Dominican Republic                             (829) 999-2585

Estonia                                                 +372 614 8061

Finland                                                 +358 (0) 9 74790032

France                                                  +33 (0) 1 80 14 00 56

GCC/Arabian Peninsula                       +973 1656 8325

Georgia                                                +995 (0) 706 777 110

Germany                                             +49 (0) 89 143772955

Guatemala                                          +502 2458 1416

Hungary                                               +36 1 987 6821

Iceland                                                 +354 539 0323

Indonesia                                            +62 (0) 21 51388813

Ireland                                                  +353 (0) 1 437 0318

Israel                                                     +972 (0) 76-599-0026

Italy                                                       +39 06 8997 2187

Japan                                                    +81 (0) 3-5050-5075

Kenya                                                   +254 (0) 20 5231033

Latvia                                                    +371 67 881 516

Lithuania                                              +370 (8) 37 248962

Luxembourg                                        +352 20 30 10 03

Malaysia                                              +60 (0) 11-1146 0070

Mexico                                                 +52 (01) 899 274 5015

Netherlands                                       +31 (0) 6 35205061

Nigeria                                                  +234 (0) 1 440 5221

Norway                                                +47 21 93 53 35

Pakistan                                               +92 (0) 21 37130640

Panama                                                +507 838-7821

Poland                                                  +48 32 739 96 40

Portugal                                               +351 21 114 3145

Romania                                              +40 (0) 31 780 7760

Slovakia                                                +421 2 333 255 32

Slovenia                                               +386 (0) 1 828 03 25

South Africa                                         +27 (0) 87 825 0107

South Korea                                       +82 (0) 70-7686-0015

Spain                                                     +34 931 98 23 70

Sri Lanka                                              +94 (0) 11 5 322961

Sweden                                               +46 (0) 31 781 06 26

Switzerland                                        +41 (0) 43 550 70 55

Taiwan                                                  +886 (0) 985 646 917

Turkey                                                  +90 (0) 212 988 1713

Ukraine                                                +380 (0) 89 323 9978

United Kingdom                                 +44 (0) 330 606 0527

United States                                                (712) 775-7035

Vietnam                                                 +84 (0) 4 7108 0080

The weekly Persecution Watch Prayer Call meets at 9pm EST every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.  For more info contact: pwprayercall@gmail.com  

Did God Hear Our Prayers? What We Can Do To Help Asia Bibi Now

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(Voice of the Persecuted) After one of the judges refused to take part and stepped down from the hearing of Asia Bibi’s final appeal on Thursday, it’s been postponed for an indefinite period. A letter has been written to the Chief Justice of Pakistan asking him to immediately appoint another judge to hear this case.

Bibi has been detained since 2009 when she was accused of uttering derogatory remarks against Islam and the Prophet Muhammad. According to her husband after “drinking a glass of water from our village well”. Her Muslim co-workers believed she had defiled the well simply because she is a Christian. In Pakistan, Christians are often thought of as ‘unclean’ because of their faith. See Voice of the Persecuted’s interview with a persecuted Pakistani Christian describing the harsh discrimination they face.

Asia was sentenced to death in 2010 by the lower court, a decision which was upheld by the Lahore Court and then challenged in the Supreme Court.

Blasphemy is a very sensitive issue in Pakistan.

On the day of the hearing, the courtroom was overcrowded. For security reasons, Asia was kept from attending the hearing. Asia’s husband, Ashiq Maish was present in court along with some Christians to support him. Also present was Joseph Francis, National Director of CLAAS-PK (Centre for Legal Aid, Assistance and Settlement) who had been following the case. According to Francis, security was very heavy and thousands of security troops had been deployed in Islamabad. Hundreds were deployed outside the court as several Islamic groups demanded Asia’s execution. They argued that a person charged with blasphemy deserves death and nothing less.

Bibi’s attorney, Saiful Malluck who is also a Muslim, has claimed he’s received death threats on several occasions. He also heard reports that the exetremists Muslims of Laal Masjid (Red Mosque, Islamabad) announced ‘whoever supported Asia Bibi, will also be considered blasphemous‘. Malluck requested the government of Pakistan to take notice of the threat and provide him protection.

Last year, Malluck claimed the Pakistani government was solely responsible for situation. He said,

“Many legal requirements have been ignored in the case of Asia Bibi, the only woman to be sentenced to death for blasphemy in Pakistan. The authorities must put aside religious sentiments and verify the facts, first. However, they are subject to the influence of religious fundamentalists and do not stop the militants from attacking those accused of insulting the Prophet Muhammad, or setting fire to their homes.”

Ghulam Mustafa Chaudhry, the attorney for the complainant against Bibi, was also present in court with dozens of clerics and Muslim supporters, opponents of her release.

Nasir Saeed, Director of CLAAS-UK, told Voice of the Persecuted, “Although the hearing has been adjourned I’m still very hopeful that at the next hearing the charges against Asia will be dropped and she will be freed by the Supreme Court.”

He added, “But I am also scared that there can be tremendous repercussions for the Christians whether her conviction is overturned or upheld. If her conviction is upheld, then she can appeal to the president of Pakistan. “Undoubtedly pressure will be further built by Islamists groups and if, God forbid, her appeal is rejected by the president of Pakistan then she will become the first person to be executed for blasphemy in Pakistan. Also if charges are dropped and she is freed, there will be huge protests in Pakistan by the Islamists and Christians’ properties and lives will be at risk.”

He concluded, “It is very important that the government takes this matter seriously and takes security measures before the appeal hearing, not just in Islamabad but throughout the country and particularly in Punjab.”

As well as shelter and financial support for the victims and their families.

ACLJ shared that international pressure is clearly working. That it’s time to keep increasing the pressure. No one should be put to death for their faith and this vile violation of human rights must be stopped. Join with the 526,299 others supporting our sister by signing the urgent petition for Asia’s release here.

Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Proverbs 31:8

DON’T BE SILENT! Your voice, our voices collectively, CAN make a difference by calling out for the freedom and release of our sister, Asia Bibi. Take action now by signing the petition, help by informing everyone about Asia’s case using your VOICE through conversations, at church, email and social media such as Facebook, Twitter, etc. Contact your elected officials to pressure the Pakistani government to quickly hear her case, acquit, release and safely transfer her and the family to France where she has been given honorary citizenship. Do all these things, but most importantly PRAY and encourage others to pray with you, for Asia and for Pakistan. 

Note from Voice of the Persecuted’s Prayer Director, Blaine Scogin:

My Brothers and Sisters, by now you have heard that Asia Bibi’s case was not heard by the Pakistani Supreme Court. Perhaps some may wonder were our prayers in vain, or did Satan gain the upper hand here?  I would say a resounding “NO”. I believe we were praying God’s heart for our sister, Asia. What we must now do is rest in God’s will. That He will bring good out of this, that is what the promise of Romans 8:28 is all about. We must trust that God’s acceptable, good, and perfect will is being worked out.   This outcome in our sister’s case does not surprise God. He knew what was going to happen even before this trial started. We must trust in this. We must trust that God is still in control. Indeed when did He ever lose control? I want a thank those of you who came on the prayer call to pray united for Asia, her family, Pakistani Christians and the nation of Pakistan. I want to thank you for pouring out your heart to our Lord Jesus on behalf of our sister.  We will continue to pour out our hearts and cry out for her release. But we will also continue to trust that God’s perfect will to be worked out in her life. We will continue to trust that God will do what will glorify Him in the life of our sister, Asia Bibi.

Your brother in Jesus, Blaine

Know that there is power in prayer and that GOD hears our cries for the persecuted. HE is mighty to save. TRUST and BELIEVE!

L. Kanalos, VOP Founder/Advocate

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