Unknown attackers recently tortured a pastor to death in Southeast Asia. Tim Landis with FARMS International says we cannot name the country or victim for security purposes.
However, like Stephen in the book of Acts, this pastor’s death already leads to something good. “It’s strengthening and continuing to grow the Church, even amid possible persecution,” Landis says.
A few months ago, opponents started sending death threats to the pastor because he was teaching people about Jesus. “This country does not accept something different from the norm, and he was very different from the norm, so he received several threats,” Landis says.
The opponents decided to make good on their threats as the pastor traveled to a recent speaking engagement in another village.
“When he didn’t show up to the church meeting, people started to ask questions,” Landis says.
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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Katey Hearth
CALL TO ACTION
- Ask the Lord to comfort and care for this pastor’s family.
- Pray believers in this country will be brave and courageous, trusting the Lord to care for them.