Five days before the beginning of fall semester at Asbury
University in Wilmore, Kentucky, while many college students were moving into their
dorms, 18-year-old Christina Kuo stood in front of a video camera.
“Jesus Christ gave up his life for you. What would you give
up for him?” she asked, looking into the camera. “[Asia Bibi’s] life is on the
line, but we as her brothers and sisters in Christ have a voice. With God we
can achieve the impossible. I’m not asking you to risk your life. I’m asking
you to answer the call — the call for mercy.”
When Christina felt God calling her to enter The Voice of
the Martyrs’ “A Call for Mercy” video contest, she immediately went to her
brother for help. “I was motivated,” Christina said. “I really connected with
the story because I thought we could do something for her. God was calling me
to not leave it alone.”
Christina’s 21-year-old brother, David Kuo, who studies film
at Asbury University, quickly agreed to help his sister with the video. “I knew
I had wanted to do a video that would be towards a purpose that has a positive
impact on people,” David said. “I saw this opportunity to not only help Bibi,
but help in the way I like to do.”
Christina and David were unsure of their abilities to make
the video, but they continued anyway. Christina wrote the script, and David
filmed and edited the video.
Then they posted it on YouTube and entered the contest. With
its excellent incorporation of images and powerful ending, David and Christina’s
video was named as the contest winner. It has been viewed more than 20,000
times on YouTube.
Christina and David continue to encourage their friends to
sign the petition to free Asia Bibi, who remains in a Pakistani prison under a
death sentence after being convicted of blasphemy against the prophet Muhammad.
Christina and David plan to set up a booth at their university to raise
awareness of Asia Bibi’s story. “I am struck by her courage, strength and
faith, that she was able to stand up in the hard times,” David said. “I just
wanted to use video to spread the story about Bibi.” Relating to Asia Bibi as a
sister in Christ, Christina echoes her brother’s sentiments. “I admire her
strength and confidence in God, knowing full well the implications and
consequences of what she was saying,” she said.
The Call for Mercy is not over, and Asia Bibi
still needs our help. “Please, just take a couple minutes and sign the
petition,” encourages Christina. “It is so easy to sign it.”
Visit the A Call for Mercy page to sign the petition.
Posted: September 28, 2011