WASHINGTON – With new global Islamic upheaval taking place, Christians are paying the price – often with their lives.
But because the murder and mayhem takes place in closed societies, the world remains, for the most part, clueless.
You can help shine the light in these dark places with some great new information tools you can share with your friends, neighbors and churches, says Joseph Farah, editor and chief executive office of WND, who is making these resources available in the WND Superstore.
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- A new video about the martyrdom of three Christian workers at the hands of Islamic activists in Turkey reveals that while the government's case against the alleged killers continues in turmoil and confusion, the Christian community in the Muslim nation views the tragedy as the will of God. "Malatya," available now as the April 18 fourth anniversary of the deaths approaches, is from Austin Stone Community Church, Voice of the Martyrs and Family Christian Movies. It tells the story of the martyrdom of Necati Aydin, Tilman Geske and Ugur Yuksel. The three, who were working at a Christian publishing house, had agreed to meet with several young Muslim men who expressed interest in the Bible. Authorities have reported the Muslims first demanded that one of the Christians convert to Islam. When he refused, they pulled knives and tied up, tortured and stabbed the Christians for several hours before their throats were slit. WND has reported on the case since the widow of one of the slain Christians created a tidal wave of reaction in Turkey by expressing forgiveness for the attackers. The dramatic video story is available for only $4.95 from the WND Superstore.
- Then there's the classic "Foxe's Book of Martyrs" updated for the 21st century. You can get it in a beautiful faux leather version for your library, or a more economic paperback edition. For nearly 2,000 years, courageous men and women have been tortured and killed because of their confessions of Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. But martyrdom is not a thing of the past; every day the Christian church is persecuted in countries all over the world. The affliction of Christians was actually more prevalent in the 1900s than in all the past centuries combined. You will get a poignant illustration of these recent martyrs in this book. In addition to the age-old stories of Christian heroes, this updated edition of Foxe's Book of Martyrs contains stories of persecution up to 2001. John Foxe began his memorial of martyrs in 1563. He began with Stephen, the first to die for the cause of Christ, and ended with the most recent martyrs of his day; those killed during the reign of Bloody Mary. Foxe was motivated to write by the fear of forgetting or becoming insensitive to the struggles of the martyrs. He knew that Christians must not overlook the persecution of their brothers and sisters in Christ. For if the Church is not reminded of the cost of following Christ, its very foundations will crumble. The courage, faith, and love of the martyrs will touch your life. For nearly two-thousand years, courageous men and women have been tortured and killed because of their confessions of Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. This updated version includes reports on modern martyrs of the 20th and 21st century, a full color timeline of selected events and people for historical reference, and has been carefully edited into Modern American English for today's reader
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- "First Comes Saturday, Then Comes Sunday" is the award-winning documentary by Pierre Rehov, a French filmmaker known for going where the action is – especially in the dangerous Middle East. Why has there been a great-and-little-reported Christian exodus from the Middle East, with some 2 million fleeing in the past 20 years alone? This Christian exodus is a result of many factors, including the fighting between Israelis and Palestinians, the related decline of the economy, but perhaps most significantly, the religious persecution these Christians encounter from their Muslim neighbors. "First Comes Saturday, Then Comes Sunday" is a well known sentence in the Middle East meaning : "First we take care of the Jews (who pray on Saturday) then we will take care of Christians," the "Sunday people."
- You won't believe where Christians in the Middle East are most threatened – Iraq! Find out why in "Facing Extinction: Assyrian Christians in Iraq." Each day thousands of Aramaic-speaking Assyrians (the language of Christ) are enduring unjust persecution because of their Christian Faith. The crew traveled into threatened Christian communities to film the stories in this program. Included is actual footage, filmed by the terrorists themselves, performing acts of violence against innocent Assyrians. The Iraqi government shows no interest in protecting the Christians, the Pentagon is ignoring the situation, and the United States State Department has no mandate allowing Assyrian Christians to immigrate to America. These conditions are the making of another twenty-first century holocaust involving hundreds of thousands of Christians. The future of Assyrian Christians in Iraq rests with us all. Narrated by Jim Caviezel (The Passion of the Christ). Commentary by United States Sen. Carl Levin, Rep. Anna Eshoo, and Rep. Frank Wolf.
- "Holy Land: Christians in Peril": Here's a real bargain. If you've still got a VHS player, you can get this award-winning Pierre Rehov documentary for just $0.99.