It’s not everyday you hear about persecutions and martyrdom even though it is everywhere everyday. Unless of course it’s people from your own locale. Americans are not known for much in the way of martyrdom but in recent times the Koreans have been showing the world something about real faith by making appearances in some of the more dangerous places in the world: following Jesus to the crucifixion…
“Take up your cross and follow me…” -Christ (Matthew 16:24)
Today another Korean has fallen after the Taliban shot a Korean missionary in Afghanistan. He was one of 23 who were sent there from their home congregations to bring news of mercy and grace. The leader was shot 11 times a few days earlier. Apparently a lot of these missionaries are women and also suffering from illness.
Many will condemn and criticize these Koreans—even as the victims—for supposedly causing more problems. But as for us: we are praying and interceding for these brothers and sisters as they wait in “chains” that God will be with them to protect them.
Remember those who are in prison, as though in prison with them, and those who are mistreated, since you also are in the body. (Hebrews 13:3)