Overcoming Fear with Fearless Love
The message David discovered in his own life from global visits with the persecuted Church and personal studies is that the Bible tells us in the end times the love of most will wax cold. It is fear that waxes love cold. We live in days of terrorism. Love overcomes terrorism. Biblical love is martyrdom. Jesus demonstrated sacrificial love and died for His enemies. Jesus invites us to pick up our cross and be known for our sacrificial love.
Presently, there are over 50 Islamic majority controlled nations that restrict freedom and are hostile to the gospel. If the institutional Church in America is to be effective in ministry to persecuted Christians, Christians must understand the worldview that supports the human rights violations. Now America is under spiritual and physical attack from the same philosophy that supports persecution of Christians. In this environment, David found churches open to receive teaching regarding these issues.
History of Spirit of Martyrdom
In 2004, David was led to begin writing his first book, The Spirit of Martyrdom along with a friend Dr. Mujahid El Masih from Pakistan. In 2007, Casscom Media offered to produce The Spirit of Martyrdom – For the Love of Muslims as an audio book. In 2008, the book went to print and the name changed to Fearless Love – In the Midst of Terror.
December 2007, Spirit of Martyrdom was incorporated as a non-profit ministry. In April 2008, David transitioned from staff at The Voice of the Martyrs to an Associate Representative until spring 2011. David now serves Spirit of Martyrdom full-time as the Chief Executive Officer. David credits the Holy Spirit in expanding the scope of Spirit of Martyrdom to the global Church of courageous witnesses of Christ.
In 2014, SOM-North Africa was established with the assistance of SOM-USA. The President of SOM-North Africa has grown this work in outreach to the greater region by establishing Church Planting Schools in 2017. The schools are multiplying leaders and the Christian witness in unreached villages. The work of SOM-North Africa is unique as it is founded and run by ex-Muslims.
SOM-USA has supported Bangladeshi Christian leadership with assistance of distribution of tens of thousands of Bibles and Christian materials since 2008. In 2017, a faithful Bangladeshi Christian leader established SOM-Bangladesh. In 2019, they started their first Church Planting School to empower the leadership and multiplication of the church at risk in the region.
In 2011, SOM-USA started supporting the first Church Planting School within the SOM International network. In 2012, Pastor Singh established SOM-India with a heart to serve persecuted Christians and advance the gospel. India is considered the most unreached nation of the world to God’s Word and currently in the top ten nations to persecute the small minority of Christians. In 2012, Ladies Sewing Schools were established which trains widows in the skill of sewing and biblical discipleship. By 2019, over 3,800 Indian Church Planters have been trained in leadership and discipleship making. Over 1,400 ladies have started microbusinesses “Lighthouse Centers” in their homes as a witness to their villages.
In 2009, American missionary to Colombia and good friend, Russell Stendal, approached David about joining forces with Spirit of Martyrdom. Spirit of Martyrdom became the umbrella and United States office to communicate with USA partners the work in Latin America and vital ministry in war-torn Colombia. The ministry in Colombia is touching the lives of people through Christian radio broadcasting and distributing Bibles and Christian materials. The work has now expanded to the people of Venezuela and other Spanish speaking nations. Most importantly, there are relationships being built with Latin Americans of all political, religious and ethnic persuasion as we demonstrate peace and love through faith in Jesus Christ.
In 2019, faithful Mexican leaders bringing the gospel witness to the unreached tribal areas of the Sierra Madras Mountains established SOM-Mexico. This is a dangerous area to navigate with banditry and drug cartels. They are using aviation to access remote and hostile areas with the gospel. When nurturing new house churches in the mountains, they bring practical supplies and Bibles.
In 2012, SOM-USA started the Witness Development Department. David helped create a Discussion Discipleship Method and Evangelism method that is being used around the world. Specifically, Discipleship and Evangelism weekend workshops were developed in the USA to encourage believers. These methods are patterns found in scripture. They are the effective practices that David observed in his global travels.
Today SOM-USA domestically uses these workshops to serve the American Church. SOM-USA strengthens the leadership of the American Church with monthly updates – via printed newsletters, emails and web content, speaking and teaching at Christian gatherings and the distribution of Christian books and materials.
Spirit of Martyrdom is grateful to God in the expansion of His global network. We praise God for the many Christians domestically and internationally who sacrificially serve and give to further the Kingdom of Christ. If you would like to join us on this journey of what God is doing around the world, please contact us.
Spirit of Martyrdom International honors the martyr’s heritage. We teach the Hebrew and Greek doctrine of Scripture regarding martyrdom. We determine to bring attention to the sacrifice of the living martyrs and global leaders throughout history. We give special tribute to Richard and Sabina Wurmbrand and their influence in this ministry. We also seek to honor even the smallest sacrifice and contribution of the friends of Spirit of Martyrdom International.