After this I looked, and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb. – Revelation 7:9
…the worldlings are so monotonously alike compared with the almost fantastic variety of the saints. – C.S. Lewis
Listed below are biographies of people who have either suffered for their Christian faith or who have witnessed to Christian ideals in a way that has put them at some risk in the future. Please keep these men and women and their families and friends in your prayers. Their biographies are written to not only describe the events of their Christian witness, but also to set that witness into the larger context of the events underway in today’s world, as well as to inspire us in our own faith.
These biographies are all formatted so that they may be printed on a single sheet of paper, both sides. As with our meditations, they may be downloaded for use as classroom material, campus ministry handouts, parish bulletin inserts, republication in newsletters or newspapers, or any other use other than in a book or anthrology. No fee is necessary, we ask only that the copyright at the end of each document be respected, including use of the URL. Please be warned: these stories are probably not suitable for the youngest students, so please use your discretion.
Please check back, some biographies will be updated as the circumstances for each person changes.
Jacques Hamel – (updated October 2016)
Aasiya Noreen aka Asia Bibi (updated May 2019)
Bishoy Armiya Boulous (updated August 2016)
Zhang Shaojie – still imprisoned
Dieudonne Nzapalainga (updated November 2016)
Saeed Abedini (updated January 2016)
Thaddeus Ma Daqin – still under house arrest (updated May 2016)
Rimsha Bibi (updated August 2017)
Boulos al-Yazigi and Yuhanna Ibrahim – still missing
To read a consolidated list of moving quotations from these people and others from our archives, click here.