Our world has never been very safe for Christians. Persecution rears its ugly head at different places in different times. In Somalia, unidentified gunmen, believed to be acting on behalf of family or relatives, murdered 17-year-old Nurta Mohamed Farah in an apparent honor killing. The young girl had converted from Islam to Christianity and after suffering repeated beatings, isolation, and other abuse by her parents she had fled her home.
--World, January 1, 2011 p. 20 Illustration by Jim L. Wilson and Rodger Russell
Matthew 5:10 (NIV) “Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”