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Ravi Zacharias

When Ravi Zacharias was a cricket-loving boy on the streets of India, his mother called him in to meet the local sari-seller-turned-palm reader. “Looking at your future, Ravi Baba, you will not travel far or very much in your life,” he declared. “That’s what the lines on your hand tell me. There is no future for you abroad.” By the …

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Dr. Jerry Umanos

Dr. Jerry Umanos, servant of God, husband, father, friend, and pediatrician was murdered in Kabul, Afghanistan in April of 2014. His life touched many both inside and outside the USA and his death hit very close to home as I have friends and family who work for Lawndale Christian Health Center who knew and loved him. As the event unfolded, the …

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Elisabeth Elliot

Even though I never knew Elisabeth, she seemed to always be present in our family. Her books were threaded through my mother’s bookshelves … and then in mine. My grandparents were Plymouth Brethren missionaries at the same time as Jim and Elisabeth Elliot and reading her books gave me an idea of what their lives must have been like as …

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Dirk Willem

How many Anabaptists died during the sixteenth century persecution in Europe? No one knows for sure. What is certain is that at least 1,500 were cruelly tortured and killed. For the most part these were peaceful citizens who did not believe in war and who became the forerunners of today’s Mennonites and Amish. The main complaint of the authorities against …

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Charles de Foucauld

CHARLES DE FOUCAULD was born in Strasbourg, France on September 15th, 1858. Orphaned at the age of six, he and his sister Marie were raised by their grandfather in whose footsteps he followed by taking up a military career. He lost his faith as an adolescent. His taste for easy living was well known to all and yet he showed …

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White Rose Society

The White Rose Society

In the early summer of 1942, a group of young people — including Willi Graf, Christoph Probst, Alex Schmorell, and Hans and his sister Sophie Scholl (all in their early twenties), as well as their professor of philosophy, Kurt Huber, formed a non-violent resistance group in Nazi Germany. The group became known for an anonymous leaflet campaign, lasting from June …

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Father Frans Vander Lugt

Frans Van Der Lugt

In 1964, Frans Van Der Lugt left Holland to study Arabic in Lebanon. He then moved on to Syria in 1966 and considered it to be his home. Van Der Lugt was a well-known figure in Homs, a rebel-held city that has been under a government siege for more than a year. The priest was respected by many for his …

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R J Thomas

R.J. Thomas

Outside the city of Seoul, Korea stands the memorial to the martyrs of the Korean church. Interestingly, the first picture in the gallery is of a Welshman, R. J. Thomas. He was a missionary to Asia who had a big heart for Korea, but it was a hermit kingdom. No foreigners were allowed in. So he went to China instead, …

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Asia Bibi

Asia Bibi

Arrested June 2009 in Pakistan Asia Bibi, a 37-year-old Pakistani woman from the village of Ittanwali, was arrested by police on Friday, June 19, 2009. Asia (also called Asia Noreen) is the wife of 50-year-old Ashiq Masih, and their family is one of only three Christian families in a village of 1,500 families. Many of the local women, including Asia, …

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Betty Stam

Betty Stam: A Woman Who Promised All

I first read about Betty Stam while reading a book by Elisabeth Elliot. She included a prayer that Betty had prayed early in life. This is that prayer: In 1934, John and Betty Stam were new missionaries to China, with a 3-month-old daughter, Helen, working in the small eastern town of Tsingteh, which is today called Jingde, in Anhui Province. …

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The Cambridge Seven

Having been accepted as missionaries by Hudson Taylor of the China Inland Mission the seven were scheduled to leave for China in early February 1885. Before leaving the seven held a farewell tour to spread the message across the country — it was during this tour that someone dubbed them “The Cambridge Seven.” For the next month, the seven toured …

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