Fearless Love: Joy in Passion
This week Christians around the world celebrate the pinnacle of the Christian faith, what many call, “Passion Week.” Most Christians will partake in having communion. Communion directly comes from the Biblical story of Jesus having the Passover meal with His disciples. This meal represents the Gospel, as Jesus takes the bread and says, “This is my body.” Then he lifts the wine and says, “This is my blood… Whenever you do this, do it in remembrance of me.” Pastor’s today recite the Words of Jesus when leading in communion. “This IS my body.” Present tense! The Body of Christ is still being broken and blood poured out for the sins of this world.
There are areas in the world today that want to literally wipe the witness of Christ off the face of this earth by killing them. This week in Somalia Africa, two Muslim extremists on Monday (April 18) murdered a member of a secret Christian community in Lower Shabele region as part of a campaign to” rid the country of Christianity.” Compass Direct shared with Spirit of Martyrdom ministries that Al- Shabaab militants (fundamental Muslim group) shot 21-year- Hassan Adawe Adan in Shalambod town after entering his house at 7:30 p.m. “Two Al-Shabaab members dragged him out of his house, and after 10 minutes they fired several shots on him,” said an area source who requested anonymity. “He then died immediately.” The two militants then shouted “Allahu Akbar [God is greater]” before fleeing. Adan, unmarried and living with his Muslim family, was said to have secretly converted to Christianity several months ago. Area Christians said they suspected someone had informed the Islamic militants of his new faith. One source said that a relative who belonged to Al-Shabaab had told Adan’s mother that he suspected her son was a Christian. “This incident is making other converts live in extreme fear, as the militants always keep an open eye to anyone professing the Christian faith.” Converts in Somalia have an external civil war in their nation and an internal war of applying faith over fear. Hassan Adawe Adan is a martyr of love. His body was broken and blood shed because of the witness of Jesus Christ.
Spirit of Martyrdom ministries is directly working in North Africa to support the underground Church of Muslim background believers in Jesus. We support them with funds, Christian materials, encouragement and training. In this way we “remember” His Body and honor the sacrifice of His blood. We also serve the Church in America with courageous stories, teaching and training on being a bold witness of Christ to Muslims and others. Your prayers, volunteer of time and financial gifts help us accomplish this work.
If you have not read and studied the book I wrote with Mujahid Al Masih called, Fearless Love, In the Midst of Terror; I hope you might make some time this month. In the first section of the book we explain the violence against Christians with a concise teaching regarding the doctrine of Jihad. The rest of the book has over 50 courageous and inspiring true stories of love and forgiveness. These believers have found joy in the passion of Christ. The book is now offered in English, (print, ebook and audio), Spanish (audio) and Korean (print). This month we are offering Fearless Love, In the Midst of Terror book as a gift for any size donation to those who request it. In the reference box please include, “Fearless Love” you can ask for the audio or print book.