Easter is a special date for Christians around the world. However, at this time of year, believers become, with even greater reason, the target of attacks and terrorist acts. According to some testimonies from Christians around the world, the Holy Week season is one of the most dangerous as they suffer persecution from governments, security forces or other radical groups opposed to Christianity.
It is important to note that persecuted Christians are under threat of attack in countries where there is persecution for faith in Christ. In the last five years we have had several examples of this. The largest occurred in Sri Lanka, on April 21, 2019, where 259 people died and 500 were injured. The attack was directed at three churches and three hotels where the date was celebrated. The radical Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the bombing of 7 suicide bombers.
Christians who suffer violent attacks are scarred for the rest of their lives. But surprisingly, the experience of accompanying them can positively transform their way of seeing life. Verl is proof of that, he lost a third of his family and he talks about how good the Lord has been: “Losing someone hurts. But they were not killed, they were seeded. All the blood of the martyrs is the seed of the church. My son, my sister, and my brother-in-law died, but they will rise with Jesus the day he returns. God is good. God is great. My son was mine for 13 years, but he is the Lord’s forever. “Verl says that he will dedicate his life to faith, after all, he adds:” I am nothing. Jesus is everything.
Therefore, it is essential and very important to keep persecuted Christians in mind throughout Holy Week.