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They were stoned, they were sawn in two, they were tempted, they were put to death with the sword; they went about in sheepskins, in goatskins, being destitute, afflicted, ill-treated (men of whom the world was not worthy), wandering in deserts and mountains and caves and holes in the ground. Heb.11:37-38
My Brothers and Sisters,
On this day, 3 years ago, the Islamic State terror group (ISIS) shared video footage of 21 followers of Jesus being martyred on the shores of Libya. The 20 Egyptian men and 1 from Chad/also linked to Ghana, had traveled to Libya for jobs as laborers to make a living and care for their families back home. They were captured and had their throats slit by ISIS for being ‘people of the Cross’. Each one died with the name of Jesus on their lips.
Shortly after this tragedy, the Bible Society Egypt quickly printed and distributed a scripture tract with encouraging verses and promise of blessing amid suffering to the nation. More than 1.6 million copies of the tract called, Two Rows by the Sea” was printed and shared with the churches. It was designed to be given to any Egyptian and included Bible verses to comfort the mourning and challenge people to commit to Christ.
In response to their execution, the tract also included a poem written by Dr Shady George. In the link below a brother reads this moving poem in his heart language of Arabic, but with English subtitles.
Based on the poem, a dear sister put together a beautiful music video remembering these martyrs of Jesus.
Richard Wurmbrand had often commented that it was never considered a first century church service unless the martyrs were remembered. Dear saints, let us remember those who paid the ultimate price in following their Savior, the martyrs, the witnesses of Jesus who lay down their lives on the altar and slain for the word of God and the testimony that they maintain. For sure they will be honored by Jesus and receive the reward of their inheritance.
Then I saw thrones and they sat on them and judgment was given to them. And I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded because of their testimony of Jesus and because of the word of God, Rev. 20:4
Posted in honor of those who have been slain for Jesus.
Serving as Prayer Director for Voice of the Persecuted and Persecution Watch,
Warning: graphic images
ADEN, YEMEN (ANS – March 18, 2016) — A lone surviving nun is telling the world her personal account of a recent Yemen massacre she witnessed in a chilling handwritten letter.
According to CBN News, a peaceful morning on March 4, 2016, at a Catholic nursing home in Aden, Yemen, suddenly turned into 90 minutes of horror as men, believed to be Islamic State (ISIS) jihadists, raided the facility with the intent of murdering every nun and volunteer there.
According to reports, the nuns were first handcuffed and then shot at point blank range.
Sister Sally is the only eye witness to the event. She recounted her story in a conversation with another nun, Sister Rio, who then wrote down her account in a memorandum.
According to India-born Sister Sally, the assailants stormed the facility on the morning of March 4 after the nuns and volunteer aids had their usual breakfast and prayer time.
Armed terrorists dressed in blue stormed the compound at 8:30 a.m.
“Ethiopian men (Christian) began running to tell the sisters ISIS was there to kill them. They were killed one by one,” Sister Sally recalled.
Another 12 others at an elderly facility were also brutally slaughtered.
CBN News then went on to say that the terrorists proceeded to gun down every nun and volunteer they could find until Sister Sally was the only one left. She then tried running to warn the nearby convent before she was forced to hide behind the door of “the refrigerator room.”
“The [Islamic State] ISIS men were everywhere, searching for her and even entered the refrigerator room at least three times without finding her,” Sister Sally witnessed.
Sister Rio comments in the memorandum that Sister Sally’s survival is nothing short of “miraculous.”
“The terrorists murdered every other nun and any volunteer aids they could find. After the rampage the Islamic extremists destroyed all religious articles and Christian symbols at the facility,” CBN went on to say.
“The martyred nuns were Sister Judith from Kenya, Sister Anselm from India, and Sister Marguerite and Sister Reginette from Rwanda. They were all associated with Members of the Missionaries of Charity, an order founded by Mother Teresa.
“Indian priest Rev. Tom Uzhunnalil was also kidnapped by the terrorists and is yet to be found.”
The murdered sisters had left their homes in India and Africa to serve the poor, elderly, and disabled in the war-torn country of Yemen. They worked together with volunteers at the convent’s home care center, where they served around sixty to eighty patients of all religions.
“They were serving all poor people irrespective of their religion. Their duty was to help the poor,” a representative from the Apostolic Vicariate of Southern Arabia told the Catholic News Agency (CAN).
Sister Sally and her community are still grieving the victims’ deaths but say they have “fully surrendered” to the will of God.
In the memorandum, Sister Sally urges Christians “to pray that their blood will be the seeds for peace in the Middle East and to stop ISIS.”
According to PressTV (http://www.presstv.ir), no individual or group has so far claimed responsibility for the carnage, but sources close to Yemen’s fugitive former President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi blamed it on the Islamic State [Dae’sh] (IS) terrorists.
Yemen has been under Saudi airstrikes on a daily basis since the regime in Riyadh launched its military aggression against the impoverished country in late March 2015, in a bid to undermine the Houthi Ansarullah movement and restore power to Hadi, a staunch ally of Riyadh.
Exploiting the chaos in Yemen, Islamic State (Dae’sh), which is mainly operating in Syria and Iraq, has been able to infiltrate the country.
The Yemen-based al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) has also taken advantage of the volatile conditions and the breakdown of security in Yemen since the beginning of the Saudi war to tighten its grip on parts of southeastern Yemen.
By Dan Wooding, Founder of the ASSIST News Service
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What the Lamb broke the fifth seal, I saw underneath the altar the souls of those who has been slain because of the word of God and because of the testimony which they had maintained;
Yesterday, I had a profound sense of sadness regarding the tragedy that came out of Oregon. I had heard about other school shootings, which always saddened me and I offered prayer for those impacted by the tragedy.
But Friday morning, the sadness and sorrow was different. I felt in some way connected to those who had been slain. The sadness was deep, almost overwhelming. I could not explain the profound sorrow that was enveloping me. That is until now.
The gunman, went into a classroom and shot the professor point blank range. When the students dropped on the floor, he ordered him to get up and state their religion. If they indicated they were Christian, he said they would see God in one second and shot them in the head, execution style…but shot others of a different or no faith in the legs.
The profound sadness I experienced can only be explained as sorrow for my brothers and sisters who had been martyred. Martyred in the state of Oregon.
It was only a few months ago that 9 precious saints were martyred in the state of South Carolina. During a prayer meeting, the gunman sent 9 precious souls into the presence of God.
Dear saints, persecution is no longer ‘over there’, in the Middle East or other foreign lands. No longer is it only groups such as ISIS beheading saints in Iraq, Syria, Nigeria. Investigators have revealed the UCC gunman was also a student who related with the occult. Updated:It was found that the shooter belonged to an online group who shared common interests in “magick and the occult.” Under the category of “Religious Views,” he wrote that he was not religious but “spiritual” and was interested in “pagan” and “wicca.”
Believers are now shedding their blood for Jesus Christ in America, solely because they are Christians. Martyrdom has become a reality…here, in the USA.
Some may say, “You’re overreacting, you’re being dramatic.”
Brothers and sisters please hear me. Months ago, who would’ve thought that precious saints attending a prayer meeting would never return home to their loved ones? Instead, they’re now in the presence of the Lord.
Who would have thought young American students on their way to class would be targeted for their faith in Christ, never to return home to their families? They too now rest in the presence of God.
After South Carolina, I felt more such tragedies would follow. Tragedies which would result in the loss of our brothers and sisters being ushered into the presence of Christ. On Thursday, this is exactly what happened in Oregon. There is a culture of growing hatred towards Christians in our own nation.
This is not to say that we should live in fear. For our eternal destiny is security in Jesus Christ. He said,
28 And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell. 29 Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? and one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father. 30 But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. 31 Fear ye not therefore, ye are of more value than many sparrows. 32 Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven. 33 But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven. Matthew 10:28-33
The believer is secure in Jesus Christ. Paul reminds us that whether we live or we die, we belong to the Lord.
The reality of persecution and martyrdom has come to America. We must be strengthened in faith, prepared, even as these young college students to possibly lay down our lives for the Lord Jesus Christ. We read in Romans 10:17, “So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” Let us find strength, peace and joy in God’s word. May we also reflect the light and love of Christ to this hurting world.
Let us remember our brothers and sisters, these precious saints who were slain. Let us pray that their blood not be shed in vain. Let us pray that much seed will come out of their death. Let us pray comfort on those impacted by this tragedy. Let us pray that out of this tragedy God will bring triumph.
My brothers and sisters, let us pray in the midst of this, that Christ be lifted up and His name be glorified.
Your brother in Christ,
Serving Jesus as Prayer Director for Voice of the Persecuted and Persecution Watch
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