Friday, November 14, 2008

Pray for imprisoned father and daughter in Pakistan

20 year old Sandal languishes in prison. She is falsely accused of ripping pages from the Muslim holy book, the Quran. She and her father, Gulsher, were arrested on Thursday, Oct. 9 after a mob from the local mosque surrounded their house. As the loudspeakers from the mosque called out accusations, the angry crowd hurled stones and bottles of kerosene at the family’s house, intending to set it on fire.

Police came and put Sandal and her father in protective custody. Then they charged her with violating section 295-B of Pakistani law. The charge calls for life imprisonment for those who desecrate the Quran.

Our partners in Pakistan are doing everything they can to help Sandal and her father. The team was on the scene during the riot in front of the family’s house and helped move the rest of the family to a different village for safety.

Tears streamed down Sandal’s mother’s face as she read a letter written by Sandal in prison. According to one of our workers, “The whole thing was a set-up because Sandal and her father were aggressively winning villagers to Christ.”

Sandal will probably be in jail for at least four years.

Please lift up Sandal and her father in prayer. We hope to soon have an address that you can write her at so that you can encourage her as she pays the price for proclaiming Jesus' name in Pakistan. Watch Persecuted Church Weblog for updates.

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