All over the world there is continual persecution of the followers of Jesus. When I was young I read the book “Tortured for Christ” by Richard Wurmbrand. In recent years I had heard of terrible persecution in Pakistan, Iran and China. The other year I saw a photo of Armenian girls hanging naked on crosses that happened in the early 1900’s.
In 1971 I sang at a mission station on the eastern side of Rhodesia, near the Mozambique border. Later on I heard that the terrorists attacked the mission station and killed all the missionaries. Later on I heard that one of the terrorists got saved. Apparently, after killing all the men, then the children, the terrorists raped all the women before killing them. Apparently, the one woman kept saying: “Jesus loves you” as she was being raped. The Holy Spirit used those words to convict the terrorist of his sin, and he got saved. How can she have so much love? She had seen her husband and her children killed. I guess she will get great rewards in heaven. I heard that one of the missionaries was on furlough when the massacre happened, so she went back and died of AIDS. Later on I discovered that the missionary who was there when I sang there had moved, and it was new missionaries that took his place from the Elim Church in England.
Jesus told his people “Take up your cross and follow me.” So I guess we must all be prepared to die for Christ.