In the country of Syria, not far from the city Paul was converted Christians are witnessing for God despite a fierce civil war. Hundreds, yes even thousands there are coming to know Christ!
“You need to stop!” Boutros’ pastor told him. “We can’t afford to lose you!”
Boutros is an active member in an evangelical church located in Syria. He takes to the streets with Bibles, witnessing for his Savior! He knows he could be kidnapped and questioned, tortured, and even cut in pieces! These thing have happened to others. This is why his pastor is concerned. Yet Boutros refuses to stop.
One evening his wife called the pastor with with bad news! Boutros hadn’t come home. They tried to call his cell phone, but there was no answer. Two hours later they tried again, but this time the phone as a turned off. They knew something was wrong. The church leaders gathered at the church and began interceding in prayer. Boutros could have been cut in pieces! At 9pm they called the secret police to see if they knew many thing about Boutros. The other possibility was that Boutros had been taken by the extremists, which was much worse. The police wanted to know what he was doing. “Giving out Bibles” the members answered. “Why are you doing this? Are you crazy?” They claimed no knowledge of Boutros whereabouts.
It was a dark moment for the brethren. They cried and prayed, committing him to Gods care. Two days went by, and the whole congregation gathered at the church… No one ate anything. Then in the midst of their discouragement and despair God answered their prayers.
Suddenly Boutros walked through the door with a story to tell! The police had locked him up, but when they took him for interrogation the next day, the interrogator kept yelling and cursing at him! He didn’t even know what Boutros had done. When he asked Boutros told him, adding that the Bible teaches to respect and pray for your leaders. The interrogation stopped. The head interrogator was touched by Boutros’ words. He gave Boutros his personal phone number with instructions to call him if he had any more trouble with the police!
The next day Boutros again went into the streets with Bibles witnessing for our Savior.
This story I adapted from the Voice of the Martyrs magazine got me to thinking… How many of us would actually get up and leave our safe home country to go to to a country like Syria! Let alone taking to the streets in such a place to witness for Christ in the face of possible death! How much is our faith worth? Is it worth giving up safety? Is it worth giving up our very lives? What if our faith was worth as much to us as Boutros’ faith is to him? What if we would lay fear and safety aside and go out to witness for Christ regardless of the consequences?
“Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also.” John 15:20
“Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.” Matthew 28:19-20