As we pray for the release of pastors Michael and Peter in Sudan, we can thank the Lord for the temporary release of Pastor Behnam Irani in Iran! Pastor Behnam has been able to spend time with his family for the first time in four and a half years. He’s been released for 15 days; he returns on the 19th of July. While his temporary release is a blessing, let us pray that this release becomes unconditionally permanent. He’s currently serving a six-year sentence.
Asia Bibi, a Christian mother of five, has been imprisoned for six years in Pakistan. She’s been on death row because of her faith for years; now, militants have put a bounty on her head, saying that even “if the court acquits her they will ensure the death sentence stands.” (http://aclj.org/persecuted-church/mother-of-five-on-death-row-with-bounty-on-her-head) She’s appealed her sentence to Pakistan’s Supreme Court, but has yet to hear when her case will be heard. She’s suffering from internal bleeding, and consequently needs medical attention. Please pray for her health and for her immediate and unconditional release. Also pray that she and her family will be able to move to a safer country, away from those who want her dead.