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Yousef, whose mother threatened to kill him for having a Bible, now smuggles Bibles the way his family once smuggled drugs.
After Parveen’s employer beats her for attending church, Parveen begins to help other young Christian women who work in Muslim houses. Abdulmasi kills hundreds of Christians in northern Nigeria with no remorse—until the day he chooses a new life of faith and sacrifices everything for a God of love.
What can we learn from these faith-filled brothers and sisters around the world? How can we pray for them? And what do their remarkable stories teach us about a God whose light shines in a dark world?
I Am N reminds us that we are each “N”—as radical Muslims in Iraq identify followers of Jesus the Nazarene. Wherever we live, we have camaraderie with those who are persecuted. So come meet their families. Read their stories. Deepen your faith in a God who gives us the courage to shine in a dark and hurting world.
The Voice of the Martyrs is a nonprofit, interdenominational organization that offers practical and spiritual help to persecuted Christians around the world. Founded in 1967, the Voice of the Martyrs is also dedicated to supporting the families of Christian martyrs and inspiring all believers to deepen their commitment to Christ.
Table of Contents
Part I: Sacrifice
Iraq: The Day IS Arrived in Mosul Pakistan: The Mother Behind Bars Iran: Hope From on High Iran: Where There’s a Will There’s a Way Somalia: Losing the Battle to Win the War Pakistan: After the Bomb Came the Angels Pakistan: Rising Above the Family Beatings Pakistan: A “Fool” for Christ Martyrs in History: Dietrich Bonhoeffer
Part II: Faithfulness
Iraq: An Iraqi Seed Bearing Fruit Afghanistan: Life Amid a Sea of Death Iran: Following the Light of His Daughter The Philippines: Losing Family, Finding Christ Nigeria: “When He Came to His Senses ….” Iraq: Love As the Lure Bangladesh: Seeking and Finding in Bangladesh Nigeria: Back From the Abyss Martyrs in History: Mehdi Dibaj
Part III: Joy
Nigeria: Faithful Father, Faithful Son North Africa: Daring to Speak the Truth Pakistan: The Honor of ‘No’ Afghanistan: An Unexplainable Escape Malaysia: Freedom Behind Bars Nigeria: The Former Witch Doctor Egypt: Honored to Shed Their Blood Pakistan: Forever Walking in Faith Martyrs in History: Cyprian
Part IV: Perseverance Somalia: On the Wings of Prayers Somalia: No Turning Her Back on Jesus Turkey: The Boy Who Would Not Back Down Nigeria: A Modern-Day Job Algeria: The Power of God and Soccer Iran: Making Good on Second Chances The Philippines: Staying to Do “Big Work” Iraq/Lebanon: Rolling on Amid the Resistance Martyrs in History: John Bradford
Part V: Courage
Egypt: The Theology of Pain Nigeria: From Persecutor to Persecuted Middle East: Swimming Against the Current Pakistan: The Faithful Servant Iran: Sweet Release in Iran Malaysia: The Knock at the Door Iran: A New Stranger and Pilgrim Syria: The Road to Damascus Israel: Rising From the Ashes Martyrs in History: Wang Ming-Dao
Part VI: Forgiveness
Nigeria: ‘“There Is No Problem’ Central Asia: ‘We Will Leave You in Peace’ Niger: ‘Continue to Love the Muslims’ Gaza City: ‘New Mind of Forgiveness’ Nigeria: Face to Face With the Her Assailant The Philippines: Enemies Longing for Love Nigeria: Point-blank Forgiveness Somalia: ‘Forgiving your enemies is good’ Nigeria: A Lesson for the Children Turkey: ‘A Story About Victory’ Martyrs in History: Richard and Sabina Wurmbrand