Remember what I told you: ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will persecute you also. – John 15:30
Twentieth century martyrs, Westminster Abbey Great West Door, London – photo courtesy Montrealais. Left to right: Maximilian Kolbe, Manche Masemola, Janani Jakaliya Luwum, Elisabeth Feodorovna Romanova, Martin Luther King Jr, Oscar Arnulfo Romero y Galdamez, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Esther John a.k.a. Qamar Zia, Lucian Tapiedi, Wang Zhiming
Many churches light their facades with red floodlights in November to bring attention to persecuted Christians, and so this illustration has been tinted red as a way to demonstrate their commitment.
Another web page on Christian martyrdom? Yes and no.
The Today’s Martyrs web site does not aspire to duplicate the fine work done by others, as documented on the Links page. The focus of this site is on the individual Christian, for the simple reason that each individual, Christian or not, truly matters to God. Stories of persecution with no names are generally not reported here, which means that only about 1 to 2 percent of real cases are listed – a very sobering number. This site has several aims:
1. Blog postings which give timely and comprehensive dissemination of current events involving identified Christians in an abbreviated form
2. Individual biographies which have been written with the intent of placing the events in these people’s lives into the broader context of Christian redemption as well as within the great movements around us in the contemporary world
4. Encouragement for readers to join together in community to pray and act on behalf of the persecuted
These accounts with the eyes of faith become accounts of courage, fidelity, and even reflections of the glory of God. Please consider your response to the goals and needs expressed on these pages.
DISCLAIMER: This site is not for the faint-hearted. Every effort has been and will be made to balance the need for reporting accuracy with the desire to avoid distressing readers, but accuracy must come first. Some links to the original news sources will contain written descriptions and graphic imagery of a disturbing nature. The blog page has a few such images which have been reduced in size.