We have heard from our dear friend Basma last week. She faces a desperate situation and we would like to take this time to ask our supporters to shower prayers on her and her family.
As we have shared before, Basma is a believer from a Muslim background who, like many others, had to flee her country to be able to follow Christ. Her son, whom she had to leave at a young age due to her faith, gave his life to Isa (Jesus) at the age of 15 and sought out contact with his mother soon after. However, since becoming a Christian he has been severely rejected by his father and has had to go into hiding. He has since been accused of a crime he has not committed and has the prospect of spending up to 15 years in prison having already been in prison for approximately 6 months.
His mental and physical health are declining and he has recently been in hospital.
Unfortunately, Basma and her son are not alone in their stories. Across the Middle East and North Africa people are imprisoned regularly for crimes they have not committed. We have seen high-profile cases such as Asia Bibi in Pakistan and Andrew Brunson in Turkey who have both been imprisoned for different crimes but these are thinly veiled attacks on their faiths. However, there are many more who we never hear of and are not fortunate enough to get international outcry over their treatment. Imprisonment of Christians doesn’t just happen in Muslim majority countries either. According to the World Watch List there are between 50,000 to 70,000 Christians in prisons or labour camps in North Korea alone.
However, with God all things are possible and we have hope in His grace. Basma’s conversion many years ago has led 15 members of her family to Isa. None of this would be possible without Him.
As Christians we need to ensure we are regularly praying for our sisters and brothers all over the world.
‘If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honoured, every part rejoices with it.’ 1 Corinthians 12:26
Please with us in praying that:
Basma’s son will overcome his ordeal with God’s help, and that his spirit will not be broken.
Basma and her family would find the comfort and support that they can have in God.
The judges and governments will stand up to this abuse of power and protect Christians within their countries.
All Christians who are imprisoned around the world will know God’s continued strength for them in the situations they find themselves in.
Christians across the world would stand against the injustice of these situations and would continue to petition governments to intervene across the world.