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Significant Christian Martyrs in Africa and Asia

Throughout New Testament Christian history there have been children, men and women who have shed their blood to stand for truth and their faith in Christ marked them as “men of whom the world was not worthy”. Some of these people are never remembered and their sacrifices are taken for granted by many. Noll and Nystrom in the book, Clouds of Witnesses: Christian Voices from Africa and Asia describe in fantastic details the lives and significance of a lot of these martyrs:

Southern Africa
1 Bernard Mizeki (c. 1861–1896): The First Anglican African Martyr
2 John Chilembwe (c. 1870–1915): Holistic Christian and Accidental Rebel
3 Albert Luthuli (1898–1967): Gentleman of Justice

West Africa
4 William Wadé Harris (c. 1865 –c. 1929): Passionate Prophet
5 Byang Kato (1936–1975): Theological Visionary

East Africa
6. Simeon Nsibambi (1897–1978): Revival Anchor
7 Janani Luwum (1922–1977): Martyr of “the Second Century”

8 Pandita Ramabai (1858–1922): Christian, Hindu, Reformer
9 V. S. Azariah (1874–1945): Bishop, Statesman, Pastor
10 Sundar Singh (1889–1929?): Mysterious Mystic

11 Sun Chu Kil (1869–1935): Pastor and Founding Father

12 Dora Yu (1873–1931): Catalyst for an Enduring Chinese Faith
13 Mary Stone /Shi Meiyu (1873–1954): Agent of Change
14 John Sung /Song Shangjie (1901–1944): Firestorm Evangelist
15 Yao-Tsung Wu /Wu Yaozong (1893–1979): Communist and Christian
16 Wang Mingdao (1900–1991): Imprisoned by Choice
17 Ignatius Cardinal Kung/Kung Pin-Mei (1901–2000): A Catholic Valiant for Truth

[HT: Jim West]

They were stoned, they were sawn in two, they were killed with the sword. They went about in skins of sheep and goats, destitute, afflicted, mistreated— of whom the world was not worthy—wandering about in deserts and mountains, and in dens and caves of the earth. (Hebrews 11:37-38 ESV)

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