Archive for the 'Martyr' Category

01
Sep
17

Fearless for Christ

Four masked gunmen charged into Mohammad Yousuf Bhat’s home on the evening of 1 July 2016, pushed his wife aside and demanded to talk to him. After he stepped forward, the gunmen escorted the 43-year-old father of three outside his home in the Kashmir Valley, India and shot him seven times, killing him. Those who worked with Yousuf describe him as being a fearless, bold and passionate believer who “would not be quiet about Christ”.

Complete article here: Fearless for Christ

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12
Jul
17

Muslims, Mission and Martyrdom with Dr. Jerry Rankin

I’ve recommended and posted a few audios from this source.

This is one includes another very interesting interview worth the listening time.

The interview starts around the 7 minute 25 second point, after some banter between the podcast presenters.

from:
http://www.zwemercenter.com/zwemer-podcast/page/7/

This audio and the rest in the series can be downloaded from the site at the above link.
I’ve downloaded episodes to a USB stick so I can listen to them in the car on my way to and from work. I find that much more practical than sitting at the computer to hear them.

31
Jan
17

Edith Cavell: Faith before the firing squad, by Catherine Butcher

Edith Cavell: Faith before the firing squad, by Catherine Butcher.

Edith Cavell was an English nurse who helped establish a nursing school in Brussels, at a time when nursing practice in Belgium had low standards and little community respect. Cavell sought to change all of that by training young women to the same kind of standard she had learned during her own training in London and through her experience as a practising nurse in Britain. In 1907 she accepted the role of matron at the new training school in Brussels.

edith-cavellIn 1914 Germany invaded Belgium, thereby drawing Britain, allies of Belgium, into the First World War. Cavell chose to stay in Brussels with her trainee nurses and helped to look after wounded troops from both sides.

When wounded French, British and Belgian soldiers were in danger of being killed by the German invaders, she started to help the Belgian resistance to get them to safety across the Dutch border.
In August 1915 she was arrested and two months later was tried, sentenced to death and shot by firing squad.

This book tries to piece together a part of Cavell’s life that has probably been omitted from many other biographies: the way her Christian faith prepared her to face premature death.

The author looks at the religious routine Cavell followed throughout her life, first as the daughter of a Church of England vicar, and later as a continuing part of her daily devotions, following the Anglican Book of Common Prayer, and readings from other devotional books known to be used by Cavell.

Apart from Cavell’s own story, the book touches on the role of religious practice across general society, particularly within a hospital environment, where it is said that prayer and bible reading were the essential starting point of each day in the wards.
How things have changed!

Cavell was shot at dawn on the 12th October 1915.

Edith died instantly with one shot to her forehead and three through her chest.

 

“Her last glimpse of life on earth would be the gloomy mists of an autumn dawn in Belgium. Her expectation was that in the ‘twinkling of an eye’ she would be in the presence of Jesus.”

16
Sep
16

to the angel of the church in Smyrna

The words of the first and the last, who died and came to life.

smyrna

Do not fear any of those things which you are about to suffer. Indeed, the devil is about to throw some of you into prison, that you may be tested, and you will have tribulation ten days. Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life.

“He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. He who overcomes shall not be hurt by the second death.”’

Revelation 2

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See also: Isaiah 44:6 and Revelation 12:13;

02
Jun
16

On IS’ Frontline. (interview on ABC Radio)

A combination of news story and wonderful testimony on this short audio interview.

Announce that you’re bound for Syria or Iraq these days and you’ll pique the interest of Australia’s intelligence community.

If you’re a Christian mission worker heading into a conflict that’s driven three quarters of Christians out of Iraq, you’ll certainly have the prayers of your friends. But they’ll also have a simple question. Why?

For pastor Steve Chong and his wife, Naomi, it was to bear witness to the victims of the Islamic State group. The Iraqi army is trying to drive ISIL out of Falluja, where about 50,000 people are besieged and facing starvation.

http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/religionandethicsreport/on-is’-frontline/7467264

04
May
16

Celebrating Jackie Hamill: Joy Unspeakable and Full of Glory

Last month I provided a link to an article I’d posted several years ago about Jackie Hamill, a friend of mine who lost her life in the service of the Lord, after being taken hostage by prisoners in the Philippine jail she was visiting to share the gospel.

Cheryl McGrath, a regular visitor to my blog has written a very good article about Jackie here:

https://ishshahsstory.com/2016/05/04/celebrating-jackie-hamill-joy-unspeakable-and-full-of-glory/

18
Apr
16

Martyrdom of a Friend: in the news again.

Several years ago I posted an article on my old blog about a friend of mine who had been martyred while visiting a jail in the Philippines.

Even though it happened almost 27 years ago, this morning it was in the news again, thanks to disturbing comments made by a current candidate for the Philippine presidency.

What does it say about the world when vulgarity and misogyny can be seen as traits worthy of a nation’s leader? It’s clearly a trend NOT unique to a particular candidate hoping to be the Republican candidate in the US.

If I hadn’t seen a story on the news this morning I couldn’t have understood why my old article on a mostly inactive blog, could accumulate 300 views in one day.

See may article here: http://onefiles.blogspot.com.au/2009/08/martyrdom-of-friend.html

And why it has suddenly become news again here:

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/apr/17/philippines-presidential-candidate-attacked-over-remarks




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