Teuku Masrul (c. 2008) - Killed for Preaching
Yes, my soul, find rest in God; my hope comes from him. Truly he is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will not be shaken. Psalm 62:5-6
Teuku Masrul, an Indonesian evangelist, was attacked and killed in Banjarmasin, Kalimantan. A Bible was placed on his face by his attackers, suggesting that he was killed for preaching the Gospel.
His father, Zainuddien, a convert from Islam, had been in prison and faced many threats to his life because of his ministry to Muslims. When Teuku was killed, Zainuddien was left alone, his wife and two daughters having already died.
In March 2008 Zainuddien survived an attempt to poison him. As he began to vomit blood, his Christian friends prayed, and he survived. The poisoner was so amazed at seeing prayers answered that he confessed to what he had done.
Jesus feels for thee; Jesus consoles thee; Jesus will help thee. No monarch in his impregnable fortress is more secure than the cony in his rocky burrow. The master of ten thousand chariots is not one whit better protected than the little dweller in the mountain’s cleft. In Jesus the weak are strong, and the defenceless safe; they could not be more strong if they were giants, or more safe if they were in heaven. Faith gives to men on earth the protection of the God of heaven. More they cannot need, and need not wish. The conies cannot build a castle, but they avail themselves of what is there already: I cannot make myself a refuge, but Jesus has provided it, His Father has given it, His Spirit has revealed it, and lo, again tonight I enter it, and am safe from every foe.
C H Spurgeon (1834-92)
Dr Patrick Sookhdeo is the International Director of Barnabas Fund and the Executive Director of the Oxford Centre for Religion and Public Life.
Originally appeared on Isaac Publishing
For Other Articles by Dr Patrick Sookhdeo
Filipino Christians (2003) - Targeted by Islamists