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About Us2020-11-20T14:28:37-07:00

Spirit of Martyrdom International

You Will Be My Witnesses (Martus) . . . to the Ends of the Earth. Acts 1:8

Martus = Credible Witness

Internationally Serving those who Risk Much for Jesus

In Acts 1:8, the Greek word “martus” is translated as “witness.” “Martus” is also the English root word for “martyr”. Living in restricted nations, our international leaders are “living martyrs” because their faithful and bold witness for Christ puts both their lives and their freedoms at risk. In the same way, our international family inspires us as fellow believers to lay down our lives in full surrender and obedience to God . . . with the same Spirit of Martyrdom.

Serve, Assist & Equip


Serve and raise support for international leaders, speak on their behalf, and equip them to serve as courageous witnesses of Jesus Christ.


Assist international leaders in training others with tools for multiplication and maturity in Christ.


Equip nationally training believers in multiplication with discipleship and evangelism workshops.

SOM Internaltional

Three Foundational Biblical
Principles of SOM International


Holding on at great cost and persevering with calculated risk. The Scripture uses the terms faithfulness, courage, and integrity all to refer to different elements of faith.
(1 Corinthians 16:13)


Our anchor for the soul, firm and secure. Hope emboldens perseverance in the saints for healing and relief in suffering. Hope incorporates vision for the lost, unrighteous, violent and persecutors. (Hebrews 6:19-20)


The greater the sacrifice, the greater the love expressed.  Martyrs are all witnesses of Christ. Martys of “martus” means witness.  As witnesses, some martyrs give up their lives for Jesus while still alive and others are willing to literally die for the cause of Christ.  We seek to honor, encourage, and serve the living martyrs of Christ today – those who witness at great sacrifice and risk. (1 Corinthians 13)

FAQ’s – Frequently Asked Questions

How Do I Donate Online with Zero Fees?2019-05-06T15:52:03-07:00

In your personal PayPal account, click on “Send Money to Friends”. You will enter Becca@spiritofmartyrdom (SOM staff Accountant) as the contact email. This will add the money directly to our SOM account with no fees being removed.

How are the funds used?2019-05-06T15:51:39-07:00

We are a part of Excellence in Giving and Guidestar. Please feel free to email us requesting the financial information for the breakdown of our funds. contact@spiritofmartyrdom.com

How can I get involved?2019-06-18T09:38:29-07:00

We have many great opportunities for volunteers locally and across the country. Click here to visit our Get Involved page to view your options.

How can I donate?2019-06-18T09:31:26-07:00
  • Donate on our webpage with an e-check or credit card. Click Here to Donate
  • Donate over the phone (928-634-1419). We are able to process a credit card or e-check and we cover the fees.
  • Auto Donation. Set up an auto donation to be processed with our office every month. Either a credit card or e-check can be processed. We cover the fees.

The most cost-effective way to donate to SOM is with an e-check because it carries the least fees.

If you would like your donation to go to a specific part of our ministry, you can designate your gift to that. If there is no designation for your gift, the funds go to the greatest need at that time.


What is our connection with Russell Stendal?2019-05-06T15:50:30-07:00

We are Russell Stendal’s USA office. We handle all of Russell’s finances and correspondences. We mail out his prayer updates and provide him with 100% of the funds that are given for his ministry.

Where did the name Spirit of Martyrdom come from? 2019-05-06T15:50:07-07:00

Spirit of Martyrdom was founded in 2008, with the name derived from the title of David’s original book, Spirit of Martyrdom For the Love of Muslims, co-authored with Mujahid El Masih. (The title of this book has since been changed to Fearless Love –In the Midst of Terror.)

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