A group of Christian evangelists have been beaten with iron pipes after it was discovered they were handing out Bible to locals in an ‘undisclosed Middle Eastern location,’ according to Shoebat.
Three Christian missionaries have gone missing in the Middle East following their release from a hospital earlier this week.
Bibles for Mideast, a group of missionaries that delivers Bibles to underground house churches in 17 countries in the Middle East, announced on Tuesday that it is believed that three of its young missionaries were abducted by “Islamic terrorists.”
Pastor Paul Ciniraj, the director of Bibles For Mideast, revealed the information to WND on Tuesday. He identified the missing missionaries as “pastor Stephan, pastor Samuel and evangelist James.”
The ministry’s website explains that Samuel, 29, James, 30, and Stephan, 32, who are all Christian converts from Islam, were hospitalized on Sunday after being ambushed by Muslim extremists as they were preaching to a man they met on their way home from prayer service.
As evangelism and apostasy are both punishable by death in some regions of the Middle East, the ministry reports that the militants shouted “Allahu Akbar” and yelled “kill them” as they beat the preachers with iron pipes and desecrated their Bibles.
Fortunately, passersby on a bus stopped and chased off the radicals and transported the men to a nearby hospital. James, the evangelist, was reported as being in critical condition.
While in the hospital, the three missionaries said they sensed they were being watched “with a cruel intention” and asked the doctors to discharge them.
“But our pastors did not reach home,” Ciniraj told WND. “We tried to get them by mobiles several times, but [there was no response].”
“We suspect they are kidnapped or abducted by [the] car driver himself with his friends who traveled as fellow passengers,” Ciniraj added. “We suspect they are terrorists. God knows.”
In an updated story by Bible for MidEast, the Christian evangelists were days later, miraculously delievered by God.
No one can tell the story better than the men themselves. Read the miraculous deliverance story of Pastors Stephan and Samuel, along with Evangelist James, as they describe what happened.
Imprisoned For Distributing Bibles
A similar story to this, is of two Iranian Christian women who spent horrowing nights and months inside Iran’s most notorious prison, for distributing Bibles to citizens.
Maryam Rostampour and Marziyeh Amirizadeh spent a harrowing eight months in one of Iran’s most notorious prisons because of their Christian faith.
In a bid to shut down Christianity, take God off the scene and make sure the name of Christ is not known among men, Christians have overtime, become victims of persecutions, including beatings, imprisonment, and even death, for declaring their faith in Jesus Christ and refusing to deny Him. This is seen, not just in the Middle East, but also in the West where Christianity is believed to have a free course.
Recall that recently, a 79-year-old man preaching from the Bible on a subway in the United States, was left beaten and bloodied by a an angry woman who attacked him with a high heel shoe for preaching the word of God. Read
This is a few out of a thousand story of Christian persections around the world.
In spite of all these, the cause of Jesus Christ still goes on, and His name is unstoppable. The Gospel is being preached all over the nations of the earth, and many are receving Life, which comes only through Jesus Christ (John 3:16, 14:6).
The great harvest is on and God is saving the nations for his own name sake. From Iran to China great revivals, from Bangladesh to Tibet to the remotest villages in India, people are getting saved. Men and women, uniform and non uniform men, the times are here, behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation (2 Corinthians 6:2).
“The harvest truly is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest,” (Matthew 9:37).