40And to him they agreed: and when they had called the apostles unto them, they beat them and charged them not to speak in the name of Jesus, and let them go.
Scripture Testimony Index stories for this passage
The Wang-chang-lings though uneducated, were committed to Christ Jesus and suffered greatly for Him through the awful persecutions of the Boxer Rebellion. Even as they were forcibly separated and went through trials, the wife remained cheerful, and couldn't stop herself from singing. The husband testified that God never left him, and always provided a means of escape.
At a great personal cost, Mateen committed his life to doing God's work - sharing the Gospel with Afghans. The beatings, arrests and imprisonment he suffered did nothing to deter him.
After 8 days of hard labour with blood gushing out of his hands, Kazim was asked if he was ready to deny the Lord Jesus. “No. Never" was his simple reply and not even the beating that followed got him to change his mind.
Tenzin Lahkpa had decided to follow Jesus and abandon Buddha, and he tenaciously stuck to his newfound convictions even when faced with death.
A local mullah and member of the Taliban came with thugs, and had Nazim beaten to pulp - his only crime was teaching children from the Bible. But Nazim didn't stop, there was no going back for him; even while dying, he gathered his family friends and boldly declared God's message to them.
The Narrow Road, Stories of Those Who Walk This Road Together Brother Andrew, John and Elizabeth Sherrill
When Tofael was beaten and left unconscious for preaching the gospel at a marketplace with his fellow students in Bangladesh, many feared his friends would never go out to preach again. But courage, instead of fear, was what filled them in the aftermath of that experience; for they read in the Bible that persecution is part of the job and is in fact a tool for evangelism.
Sundar Singh was arrested for preaching in a forbidden Tibetan village. But his joy was so great--joy that he might suffer for Jesus' sake--that he sang and preached all night long from his tiny cell window. The enraged officials tried to silence him with torture, but he sang hymns of praise to Jesus all the more.
In Communist Romania, severe beating was the reward for preaching the gospel. But instead of backing down because of this, Richard Wurmbrand, alongside other believers, resolved to continue preaching, saying to themselves: "we preach and they beat; and everyone is happy."