Ten Christian missionaries and a 12-year-old boy lost their lives in August after they were executed by the barbaric Islamic group ISIS because they refused to deny Christ.
Christian Aid Mission (CAM) reports that on Aug. 7th, the indigenous missionaries were captured near Aleppo, Syria after rejecting advice by their ministry director to leave the area due to violence. The men chose to stay to share the gospel with those suffering from the ISIS insurgency.
“Every time we talked to them, they were always saying, ‘We want to stay here. This is what God has told us to do. This is what we want to do,'” the unidentified director told CAM. “They just wanted to stay and share the gospel.”
The director later learned of the plight of missionaries from relatives who had been in hiding. He states that on Aug. 28, two of the men were pressured to renounce Christ and return to Islam. They refused.
“In front of the team leader and relatives in the crowd, the Islamic extremists cut off the fingertips of the boy and severely beat him, telling his father they would stop the torture only if he, the father, returned to Islam,” the ministry reports. “When the team leader refused, relatives said, the ISIS militants also tortured and beat him and the two other ministry workers. The three men and the boy then met their deaths in crucifixion.”
The men and boy were left hanging on the crosses for two days with signs hanging overhead that read “Infidels.”
The same day, eight others were brought out before a crowd of witnesses and also asked if they would renounce Christianity. When they explained that they were there to share God’s love with the people, two women missionaries were raped publicly.
All eight were then beheaded.
“Villagers said some were praying in the name of Jesus, others said some were praying the Lord’s prayer, and others said some of them lifted their heads to commend their spirits to Jesus,” the ministry director relayed to CAM. “One of the women looked up and seemed to be almost smiling as she said, ‘Jesus!'”
Their headless bodies were hung on crosses.
As previously reported, ISIS has targeted those who profess Christ, executing 30 Ethiopian “followers of the cross” in April.
“You will not have safety, even in your dreams, until you accept Islam,” the fighter, who resembles “Jihadi John,” threatened. “Our battle is a battle between faith and blasphemy, between truth and falsehood.”
In February, 21 Egyptians were also marched to their death and beheaded.
“All crusaders: safety for you will be only wishes, especially if you are fighting us all together,” the ISIS fighter declared. “The sea you have hidden Sheikh Osama Bin Laden’s body in, we swear to Allah we will mix it with your blood.”