I once attended a reception at the Sudanese mission in Washington, D.C. The food was excellent, the service of only non-alcoholic beverages was varied, and the robes on the Sudanese officials were perfectly white. I believe that some, perhaps many, Sudanese at that event are not in line with their country's Muslim decision to lash a Christian Sudanese young woman after she gives birth, likely next month, in jail for refusal to renounce faith in Jesus Christ. I hope more Christians, Muslims, diplomats, and national leaders will speak out repeatedly, even if fearing persecution, opposition, or criticism for doing so.
The church has always grown and flowered from the soil of persecution. However, no Christian wants persecution upon himself or others. Let people of all reverence for God pray continually for this woman, her husband, and their friends and family. May our cries bring glory to God, the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, whose plans for Meriam Yehya Ibrahim Ishag cannot be defeated in life here, or in the eternal life reserved for her in Heaven. May her passing from this life to the next be after many years of motherhood, wifely joys, and into old age, in peace and security.
Thanks to Deirdre Reilly's blog post today (May 20, 2014), I add my hopes to those of others as my prayers for a Sudanese Christian sister continue. I hope you will read Deirdre's column now.