[anzac] 171,000 MARTYRS Each YEAR

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From: "REVIVAL List" <prophetic@...>
Date: Thu, 22 Jul 2010 10:36:11 -0700
171,000 MARTYRS Each YEAR
-Andrew Strom.

Statistics now tell us that an average of 171,000 Christians 
worldwide are martyred for their faith every year. (Source: Gordon-
Conwell Theological Seminary).

Now think about that for a minute. Over 170 thousand Christian
martyrs each and every year that goes by! How Heaven will one 
day be populated by such a glorious throng. But it is also a deeply 
shocking statistic.

Just this week we got another report from Pakistan of two
Christians falsely accused and martyred for their faith. The Asia 
Evangelical Alliance reported that:

"Suspected Islamic extremists on July 19 outside a courthouse 
shot dead two Christians accused of "blaspheming" prophet 
Muhammad. The armed gunmen shot the Rev. Rashid Emmanuel, 
32, and his 30-year-old brother Sajid Emmanuel, days after 
handwriting experts on Wednesday (July 14) notified police that 
signatures on papers denigrating Muhammad did not match those 
of the accused. Expected to be exonerated soon, the two leaders 
of United Ministries Pakistan were being led in handcuffs back to 
jail under police custody when they were shot at 2:17 p.m., 
Christians present said.
Rizwan Paul, president of advocacy group Life for All, said five 
armed, masked men opened fire on the two Christians amid crowds 
outside Faisalabad District and Sessions Court."

When we hear about such atrocities, it is good to remember too
the other 171,000 such deaths that occur around the world every
year. The Persecuted church is truly on the heart of God.

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God bless you all.

Andrew Strom.