Hi my name is Raynna, I represent an entire family who loves and appreciates the body of Messiah all over the world. Thank you for wanting to know more about us. Two decades ago we heard the call to take seriously the role of intercession, to understand more deeply the power of prayer.
One of the ways we all learn is by sharing. It was in our heart to share about our persecuted family. My husband, an artist, had a design for a particular kind of cross that could be worn to facilitate the sharing of the reality that persecution still exists today. Many do not know that Christian persecution did not end in Rome. And, so, after many labors of heart and sketching, a cross was born.
This is that design, it has come to be known as The Martyrs’ Cross and is now worn all over the world by thousand of followers of Jesus, because what is impossible for man really is POSSIBLE for God. So we wear this cross with many others to remember to pray and because it catches the eye and that gives us a chance to talk about those we love.
You can read more about the cross below. Currently we are not creating them but we hope to in the near future again soon. In the mean time, we are still praying and wanting to be a companion to you in your own prayerfulness. This comes in many forms but the one we’d really like to tell you about today is our newest prayer book, Beloved Prayers.
If it is in your heart to remember persecuted Christians in your prayers then we would like to be a companion to you in that. Sometimes it helps to have a partner in prayer, that’s what Beloved Prayers is for. You can learn more about it here.
More about the symbols and design of The Martyrs’ Cross:
fish: Christian Symbol Used by Early Underground & Persecuted Church
thorns: Remember Christ , His Persecuted Body
spike: Pray for the Persecutor.
The points on this cross might pierce you. It is not a comfortable cross. Just as our persecuted brothers & sisters are not living in comfort. It has been designed to literally spur you on to love – good deeds & prayer.
What is a Martyr?
A righteous martyr is a witness, not a victim.
A Christain Martyr is one who chooses death, discomfort,or loss rather than to deny Jesus as Messiah or His Word; giving up all to know Him and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings. (See Philippians 3:10)
In some lands there’s an obvious physical battle manifested of the spiritual battle being waged. In some lands it seems less obvious, perhaps because it is not labeled after the prevailing ideology of the day, doesn’t look like prison, or crucifixion. Yet, the truth is, that in every land the enemy of our souls is seeking to kill, steal, and destroy lives—and in every land we have family struggling to fight the same good fight.
The word “Martyr” is Greek, and it means witness—as we experience and partner with Jesus in His sufferings, past and present—it’s dark, like a womb, that in time, gives birth to life. Resurrection life after death and resurrection living now, can be experienced (witnessed) as we commune with Jesus in His sufferings, with His people in their present trials, as we pray for them and their persecutors and act on their behalf. Sabina Wurmbrand said, “It takes a martyr to make a martyr”. Jesus said to find your life you must loose it.
Our offering is small, but our God is big.
Since 1999 tens of thousands of The Martyrs’ Cross has gone to Algeria, Iran, Pakistan, England, Siberia, Vietnam, Laos, Sudan, China, the Americas, Canada, India, Bolivia, Australia, Cuba, Ireland, Sri Lanka, Mexico, Iraq, Israel, North Korea, Indonesia, Ghana, Turkey, Palestine, Colombia, Saudi Arabia and other unknown destinations. In over 26 nations brothers and sisters on the front lines of physical persecution for their faith in Jesus have received Martyrs’ Crosses joyfully, often times tearfully, as they receive affirmation in this small gift that they are not alone, not unknown, not forgotten.
The Martyrs’ Cross is a symbol as well as a family, our family and many others who have joined us. We want to remember, to be people who pray for and love with action, persecuted and persecutor alike. We invite you to do the same and join us.
We began and continue with serving persecuted Christians and we have grown to understand this should include sacred life everywhere. A “martyr” is not a victim, but rather a witness. We witness, along with all who give their lives to the ultimate goal of Love, that the way of the God of Israel is justice, mercy, compassion and humility.
We are eager for Mercy to lead the way and bring about healing in this world. This online space is dedicated to sharing things that we are learning along the way in the real physical space of our daily lives. We pray to be a resource of strength for you in yours.