Remember the prisoners as if chained with them-- those who are mistreated-- since you yourselves are in the body also.  Heb 13:3 (NKJ)

Don't forget about those in prison.  Suffer with them as though you were there yourself.  Share the sorrow of being mistreated, as though you feel their pain in your own bodies.   Heb 13:3 (NLT)

The Persecuted Church

"Suffering is not the worst thing that can happen to us.  Disobedience to God is the worst thing." 
-- a Vietnamese Christian enduring suffering in the late 70's 



From the stoning of Stephen to the halls of Columbine High School, many have given their lives and paid the ultimate cost for being a follower of Jesus Christ.  We ask the Lord to kindle a new passion in us to pray for our brothers and sisters facing persecution and to make us ever aware of the precious gift of freedom we have in the Western world.   


These men of faith I have mentioned died without ever receiving all that God had promised them; but they saw it all awaiting them on ahead and were glad, for they agreed that this earth was not their real home but that they were just strangers visiting down here. And quite obviously when they talked like that, they were looking forward to their real home in heaven. If they had wanted to, they could have gone back to the good things of this world.  But they didn't want to. They were living for heaven. And now God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has made a heavenly city for them.
(TLB) Heb 11:13-16

It is easy to die for Christ.  It is hard to live for Him.  Dying takes only an hour or two, but to live for Christ means to die daily.  Only during the few years of this life are we given the privilege of serving each other and Christ... We shall heaven forever, but only a short time for service here, and therefore we must not waste the opportunity.
sadhu sundar singh


Featured Articles
Return of the Jesus Freaks
(Coming Soon)


Featured Information Sites
A basic list of sites that introduce you to an awareness of persecution around the globe.
Voice of the Martyrs 
A great place to start in understanding the suffering of the Body of Christ. 
International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church 
Great informational site that will stir you to prayer action. 


Recommended Readings
Books dealing with the stories of those who gave their life or faced torture instead of renouncing their faith..

She Said Yes
(Every parent should read this book!)
Misty Bernall, The Plough Publishing House, ISBN 0-87486-987-0
Jesus Freaks
dc Talk and Voice of the Martyrs, Albury Publishing, ISBN 157778072-8
The Cost of Discipleship
Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Simon and Schuster, ISBN 0-684-81500-1


The Tragedy of our American High Schools
Sites in remembrance of the tragedy that has struck our own nation... children murdering children in the hallways of our schools.  Some died for no reason at all, but some died for the simple reason that they were BELIEVERS...

Cassie Bernall Foundationl
Information about the book "She Said Yes" and the tragedy of Columbine. 
The Columbine Redemption 
General site dealing with the healing and aftermath of the Columbine tragedy.

My Last Breath
Song by Danny Oertli sang in honor of Cassie at her funeral.


An anthology of violence that has reached the schools of our own country, with two cases of martyrdom.

April 20, 1999.   Littleton, CO. On April 20, 1999, two students walked non-chalantly into Columbine High School at 11:15 a.m. and fired shots from a multi-gun arsenal and lobbed homemade bombs throughout the school. At the end of the rampage, 12 students, one teacher and the gunmen were dead.
June 15, 1998 - A male teacher and a female guidance counselor were shot in a hallway at a Richmond, Va., high school. The man suffered an injury to the abdomen, that wasn’t life threatening; the woman was reportedly grazed.
May 21, 1998 - A 15-year-old student in Springfield, Ore., expelled the day before for bringing a gun to school, allegedly opens fire in the school cafeteria. Two students are killed.
May 21, 1998 - Three sixth-grade boys had a “hit list” and were plotting to kill fellow classmates on the last day of school in a sniper attack during a false fire alarm, police in St. Charles, Mo., said. 
May 21, 1998 - A fifteen-year-old boy died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head in Onalaska, Wa.. Earlier in the day, the boy boarded a high school bus with a gun in hand, ordered his girlfriend off the bus and took her to his home, where he shot himself.
May 21, 1998 - A fifteen-year-old girl was shot and wounded at a suburban Houston high school when a gun in the backpack of a 17-year-old classmate went off in a biology class. The boy was charged with a third degree felony for taking a gun to school.
May 19, 1998 - Two boys were suspended from school in Johnston, R.I., after being accused of writing and handing out threatening notes to classmates. The notes said things such as, “All your friends are dead.” The boys will remain out of school until they have been evaluated to determine whether they are dangerous.
May 19, 1998 - Three days before his graduation, an 18-year-old honor student allegedly opens fire in parking lot at Lincoln County High School in Fayetteville, Tenn., killing a classmate who was dating his ex-girlfriend.
April 28, 1998 - Two teenage boys are shot to death and a third is wounded as they played basketball at a Pomona, Calif., elementary school hours after classes had ended. A 14-year-old boy is charged; the shooting is blamed on rivalry between two groups of youths.
April 24, 1998 - A 48-year-old science teacher is shot to death in front of students at graduation dance in Edinboro, Pa. A 14-year-old student at James W. Parker Middle School is charged. 
March 24, 1998 - Four girls and a teacher are shot to death and 10 others wounded during a false fire alarm at Westside Middle School in Jonesboro, Ark. Two boys, ages 11 and 13, are accused of setting the alarm and then opening fire from a nearby woods.
Dec. 1, 1997 - Three students are killed and five others wounded while they take part in a prayer circle in a hallway at Heath High School in West Paducah, Ky. A 14-year-old student, described as emotionally immature, is arrested. One of the wounded girls is left paralyzed.
Oct. 1, 1997 - A 16-year-old outcast in Pearl, Miss., is accused of killing his mother, then going to Pearl High School and shooting nine students. Two of them die, including the suspect's ex-girlfriend. Authorities later accuse six friends of conspiracy, saying the suspects were part of a group that dabbled in satanism.
Feb. 19, 1997 - A 16-year-old student opens fire with a shotgun in a common area at the Bethel, Alaska, high school, killing the principal and a student. Two other students are wounded. Authorities later accuse two other students of knowing the shootings would take place. Evan Ramsey was sentenced to two 99-year terms.
Feb. 2, 1996 - A 14-year-old boy walks into algebra class in a trenchcoat with a hunting rifle and allegedly opens fire, killing the teacher and two students. A third student is injured during the shooting at a junior high school in Moses Lake, Wash.


Facts: Death in schools

The students killed at Columbine High School in Littleton are the first Colorado violent deaths in a public school since 1992, according to the Department of Education. A study by the National School Safety Center reported school deaths have occurred in all but 11 states since 1992.

235 school-associated violent deaths occurred in the United States from 1992 to 1999.

77 percent of all violent deaths in schools were caused by guns.

66 percent of all victims killed in schools were male.

66 percent of all school deaths between 1992 and 1999 occurred in high schools, 17 percent in junior high schools and 11 percent in elementary schools.

28 percent of all school deaths between 1992 and 1999 were due to interpersonal disputes, 15 percent were suicide and 14 percent were gang related.

13 percent of sixth through 12th grade students in a national survey said someone had seriously threatened to shoot them.

8 percent of school-aged youths nationwide surveyed in 1993 said they had carried a gun in the prior 30 days.

Source: The Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence, University of Colorado and The National School Safety Center. April 21, 1999


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