Recalling how God faithfully sent a brown bird to her cell every day while in prison, Asia Bibi wants to offer hope to others facing persecution.
Bibi is currently living in Canada with her family in an undisclosed location under police protection, after spending a decade on death row in Pakistan after being wrongfully accused of blasphemy against Islam.
On July 14, she spoke during the International Religious Freedom Summit by video message.
"From the bottom of my heart I am very thankful to the Lord, who has rescued me from my sufferings and difficulties," she says. "He has given me a fresh start and the opportunity to start a new life with my family."
The book written about her experience was released in 2020, titled Finally Free.
"When I was in prison, I was very worried about my children and husband. I was not aware where they were and whether they were safe or not. At the same time, I had a hope in the Lord," she says.
Bibi believes God presented her with a physical message of hope.
"There is a beautiful thing that happened every day in my cell," says Bibi. "Two days after they announced my death penalty, I was brought into (death row). Every morning around 3:30 or 4, a brown bird with a long beak appears and sits on the boundary wall. This bird also comes every evening around 5. He sits there for 10 minutes in the morning and 10 minutes in the evening."
At first, she didn't understand why this was happening.
"As I watched this bird every day, I tried to understand the meaning of him coming day after day. I think this is a messenger from God giving me His message. When the bird comes, I feel encouraged and peaceful. I feel comforted after his visit. I think this is a very significant sign from God."
Now free and reunited with her family, Bibi wants to be a voice for other Christians being persecuted around the world.
"Let us join hands and stand together so we can be a voice for our Christian brothers and sisters who are suffering, and help them out of their situations. Like the Lord did for me."