Victoria received this email from her CEO today. Pray for our sister in Christ in Afghanistan.
I am not in the habit of sending prayer request emails, but this situation is dire and prayer is needed. It first requires a little background, so bear with me – this story is quite compelling.
I have a dear Christian brother, named Kaleem Javed. He is here in the United States, working for me, as a religious refugee - he has religious asylum officially granted by our government. Kaleem is a Christian who converted from Islam while living in Pakistan. As a result of his conversion, the local Islamist radicals found out and issued a fatwa for him and his family (wife and child). The short version is Kaleem and his family fled their house in the middle of the night while the Islamists were literally breaking in his door and they somehow managed to escape to America. The long version is worthy of a novel and you can see God’s grace throughout his flight. Perhaps one day when you have the time Kaleem can tell you himself (he loves to tell his story of conversion and escape). This happened about 3 or 4 years ago.
So now: Kaleem has just found out that his sister, Ghazala Shafiq, has been charged and arrested under sharia law for blasphemy and apostasy charges. Ghazala is a professing Christian and was the first to convert in his family. Her arrest is a direct result of her profession of Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior. The crime for blasphemy under sharia law is death, sometimes without a trial. Her exact circumstances are somewhat unclear as we just found this out, and as you can well imagine information is hard to get. We think she is somewhere in Karachi, Pakistan. She was arrested and was released on interim bail, but the Muslim radicals found out and have petitioned the higher courts to arrest her again. She and her family are literally hiding and running for their lives.
I have written Mike McIntyre, a U.S. Congressman, because I know him. I am also considering contacting Doug Coe, a dear Christian brother who heads the International Foundation. Other than prayer, I am not sure how to proceed to help Ghazala and her family (husband and 4 children). Kaleem is trying desperately to gather information, case #, etc. and he will disseminate as he gathers. Once information is gathered, we will try petitioning, Amnesty International, etc.
So, please join me in praying for Ghazala Shafiq and her family. The Lord knows their fate and He is faithful to those that proclaim His name.