WATCH: South African Missionary Family Murdered by the Taliban While in Afghanistan are Inducted Onto Martyrs Memorial


The induction ceremony of Werner, Jean-Pierre and Rode Groenewald onto the Martyrs Memorial in Bartlesville, Oklahoma, was streamed online Saturday, June 29, as part of the inaugural Day of the Christian Martyr.

Werner, Hannelie and their two children, Jean-Pierre and Rode, left their comfortable lives in South Africa to serve as missionaries in Afghanistan after 9/11. They served the Afghan people for more than 10 years, Hannelie as a doctor and Werner in leadership development and humanitarian aid. On Nov. 29, 2014, the Taliban attacked their home, killing Werner, Jean-Pierre and Rode. Hannelie was not home at the time of the attack.

“The Groenewald family answered God’s call in spite of the risks,” said VOM’s Todd Nettleton. “They knew the danger in Afghanistan, but they were more concerned for people who didn’t know Christ than for their own comfort or safety. I hope my grandkids and great-grandkids will someday see the Groenewalds’ names on the memorial and be inspired by their willing, sacrificial gospel service.”

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SOURCE: Charisma News, Todd Nettleton