The widows and children of the Malatya martyrs are always near to my heart and in my prayers this time of the year. Semse Aydin is the inspiration for this blog I’ve written. She lives daily in the shadow of persecution. May God continue to be her everything.
This post was originally written after a horrific terrorist attack that took place in France in 2015. Since that time our world has been assaulted again, and again by this shade of evil.
As I recently watched and listened to the news of the attack and subsequent slaying of those in the French magazine office of Charlie Hebdo; I found my thoughts immediately drawn to a comparable, yet very different story. Both stories share the similarity of bloodshed at the hands of adherents to radical Islam. Each story is painfully tragic. I wondered if any of those slain in France had met their attackers before that fateful day. I thought of the life and deaths of Necati Aydin and Ugur Yuksel and Tilmann Geske, who were murdered in their office at Zirve Publising in Malatya, Turkey on April 18, 2007.
Those who were responsible for the murders of Necati, Ugur, and Tilman weren’t all strangers to these men or their families. To the contrary, one of the murderers had sought Necati out earlier pretending to be interested in his Christian faith. As described in the book titled Faithful Until Death and written by Wolfgang Haede, Necati…
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