Counted Worthy Of Suffering Disgrace For The Name

Banished forever to Siberia from all comfort because of her conviction and proclamation about Christ, Maria has no regrets whatsoever and that brings another witness to the scene in her stead.

Following excerpt from 83% into The Pilgrim Church by E. H. Broadbent
A young woman living with her parents, well-to-do farmers, was converted and was diligent in speaking to her friends and neighbours of the Saviour. She was sentenced to life-long banishment to Siberia. It was made possible for her to take the journey by rail. When the prisoners' wagon in which Maria was known to be, came to the station nearest to her home, a large crowd of relations and sympathizers gathered round. Only a glimpse of her face could be seen as she pressed it to the thick bars of the small opening, but she could better see them. "I love you", she said, "Father, Mother, brothers, sisters, friends, I shall never see you again, but do not think that I regret what I have done; I am glad to suffer for my Saviour's sake, who suffered all things for me". The train moved on, she was not heard of again, but a boy in the crowd went home weeping and soon decided to follow Christ himself. He grew up to be an effectual preacher of the Gospel through whom many were brought to the obedience of faith.

The Pilgrim Church

Genre:General missions
Subject:General Missions
Publisher:Pickering & Inglis Ltd.
Year:1931
Location:London
Library:Project Gutenberg Australia
Online:http://gutenberg.net.au/ebooks10/1000351...

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Many believers were arrested and viciously put to death for their faith. Hans Leupold, a church elder, was one of them - while in prison, Hans composed a beautiful hymn that has now brought consolation and encouragement to suffering saints.
Believers in Austria were being put to death for the faith in Jesus and yet, with a joy that had overcome the bitterness of death, they faced their death—with "more patience in their sufferings than their enemies in inflicting them." This boldness and peace, even in the face of death, brought many to Christ!
Jakob Hunter's refusal to stop the gathering together of believers eventually got him arrested on the orders of King Ferdinand I, who ordered that he be burnt publicly. But even as Jakob received the crown of martyrdom, another brother, more gentle but just as courageous to his place.
As the church in Moravia was persecuted, believers got together in safe districts and lived communally. Like the early church, they shared in each other's needs, provided refuge to many and experienced much spiritual blessings.
Banished forever to Siberia from all comfort because of her conviction and proclamation about Christ, Maria has no regrets whatsoever and that brings another witness to the scene in her stead.
An ex-soldier returns from battle to his village, having encountered Christ while away. Starting with his neighbor, daily they read the scriptures and gladly they endured persecution, until a new community of believers, modelling their lives after the early church was formed in the village.