In late November of last year, AFA asked you to contact Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, urging him to use his influence to help secure the release of Asia Bibi. She is a Pakistani woman, a Christian, a wife, and a mother of five children. As a result, more than 33,000 letters poured into Pompeo's office. (See the AFA Action Alert here.)
Thanks be to God for your prayers and action! We are glad to let you know that as of today, Asia is free and has arrived safely in Canada to begin a new life with her family!
She had spent the last nine years on death row, condemned to die for giving a cup of cold water in Jesus' name to her Muslim co-workers. They accused Asia of defiling the vessel that held the water by drinking from it herself as an infidel. She was charged with blasphemy, found guilty, and sentenced to die.
Through your prayers and the efforts of many Christians, the Supreme Court in Pakistan reviewed her case and acquitted her. Unfortunately, she continued to be held in custody. Through God’s grace, Asia is now free!
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo issued a statement saying, "The United States welcomes the news that Asia Bibi has safely reunited with her family. This important step follows the decision of Pakistan’s Supreme Court to acquit her of blasphemy charges in October 2018 – a decision that was subsequently upheld in January 2019. Asia Bibi is now free, and we wish her and her family all the best following their reunification."
I want to thank you for your continued prayers for the freedom of Christians around the world, and especially for getting involved and supporting our fellow brothers and sisters in Christ.