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.