Friday, July 24, 2015

Last, but not least

When ISIS published a video in February of men being beheaded for their faith in Christ, it was assumed that all were Coptic Christians from Egypt.

In Egypt they had no work. They had gone to Libya to find work to earn money for their families. There they were kidnapped.

Most were quickly identified from the video. But one, a black man, was not identified until later. His name was Mathew Avairga, and he was from Chad.

According to Voice of the Martyrs, Mathew was not a Christian. In common with each of the others, he was asked on camera by one of his persecutors: "Do you reject Christ?"

Having seen the quiet faith of the others, Mathew decided that he too would be a follower of Jesus. "Their God is my God," he said. Moments later, he was dead.

We are not called to witness, but to be witnesses. May each one of us be as faithful as those young men.

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