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22 May 2014

Hard pressed but not crushed

by Yabibal Teklu | Issue 109

SINCE AFRICAN CHURCH FATHER Tertullian wrote (c. 200) that “the blood of the saints is the seed of the church,” African Christians have never lived without persecution. Yet in the midst of the suffering, the African church has expanded.  

“i will struggle till the end”

Persecution dogged Christians in Ethiopia since Christianity was first introduced there in the fourth century (see CH 105, Christianity in Early Africa ). In the centuries since, many Christians have been killed, wounded, dislocated, discriminated against, and terrorized...

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22 May 2014

“We got him!”

by W. Terry Whalin | Issue 109

AYACUCHO, PERU, was a flurry of activity. Christians paraded through the streets and musicians performed outdoor concerts, celebrating the arrival of a shipment of Bibles in a language the people could understand. Nestled into the South American Andes Mountains of Peru, Ayacucho means “Corner of the Dead” in the ancient language of the Incas. Ironically it birthed one of the most brutal terrorist groups in the Western Hemisphere, the Shining Path. At their hands, thousands of Christians were murdered for their faith in Jesus Christ. 

But in...

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22 May 2014

Imprisoned over a glass of water

by Sheraz Khan | Issue 109

IT WAS 1991; I was a Pakistani high school student. I still vividly remember the case of Gul Pervaiz Masih, a Christian man from my hometown of Sargodha. Masih was asked to repair a communal water tap. He did, but the tap soon failed again. Sajjad Hussain, Masih’s Muslim neighbor, questioned him; a heated argument ensued which soon turned away from the faulty tap to politics and religion. Masih was officially accused of blasphemy and over the next three years suffered immense trauma until his 1994 acquittal and flight
to Germany. 

Masih’s...

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22 May 2014

Tortured for Christ

by Merv Knight | Issue 109

IT WAS AUGUST 1969. I was standing with the crowd in the international arrivals hall at Sydney Airport, along with two other representatives from Ambassadors for Christ International (AFCI). The sliding door opened at intervals; a trickle of passengers arriving in Australia made their way into the terminal.

The door opened, and a figure stood gazing into the crowd. We had seen pictures of our guest—6 feet 3 inches and always in a dark suit, clerical collar, and homburg hat. That was what we saw appearing through the door: suit, collar, and...

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22 May 2014

Start seeing persecution

by The editors and Roy Stults | Issue 109

HAVE YOU SEEN the bumper stickers that say “Start seeing motorcycles”? Those working on the frontlines of global Christianity are trying to get the rest of us to start seeing the persecution they see every day and to stand alongside those who are suffering for their Christian faith. Roy Stults, educational services coordinator and administrator of The Voice of the Martyrs’ online classroom, shares with Christian History some things he has learned researching and teaching about the persecution of Christians.  

CH : What are we not seeing when...

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22 May 2014

“Father forgive them”

by Christof Sauer and Thomas Schirrmacher | Issue 109

“FROM ABEL TO THE END OF TIMES, the people of God will always suffer persecution on their journey through time,” Augustine once said. And Jesus forewarned his followers: “Your lot won’t be any better than that of your master” (Matt. 10:25). 

Persecution of Christians tends to make the headlines only when it is violent and systematic and when governments perpetrate it. But the reality is more complex. On the human level, persecution comes from worldviews competing for influence, ruling powers feeling threatened by people who hold to a higher...

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