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
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.
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.
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.