Falling on his knees on the sandy beach, Jawf laid a hand on one of the dead. He’d watched the men dump the seven bodies here. A great sense of honor overwhelmed him as he was the first to weep over these discarded people. Jawf was certain these Christians had died boldly—as had hundreds of others—clinging to one another, while being executed for their faith in the Lord Whom they hadn’t seen, but knew existed.
It was pure inspiration, Jawf thought, his young eyes welling up with tears. He’d never known such boldness, such devotion—willing to die for one’s faith! Climbing to his feet, Jawf started walking down the beach, his mind made up, his purpose settled. There had to be someone in Benghazi who could tell him how to become a follower of Jesus Christ, even if it killed him.
Conclusion of End Times Reminder-Libya
Hello, Reader Friends. David here. Each day that passes, Christians are killed for their faith. The above story is based on a March 2014 report of seven martyred Christians who were dumped on a beach near Benghazi, Libya. We don’t yet endure such persecution in the US, but may this serve as a wake-up call, “and end times reminder,” since we as Americans so often take our Christianity for granted.
Let’s not grow weary of praying and caring for the persecuted—and being vigilant against apathy that can rot away our love and concern for God’s suffering people.
See you on your knees.
NOTE: Soldier of Hope eBook is now out!
COMING UP: Join us next time for “Refugees of Grace,” a stand-alone short story by D.I. Telbat, based in Syria. And in the following post, David shares his spiritual contemplations in “Soldier of Living Hope.”