"But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect." 1 Peter 3:15
I just wanted to write a quick post for this. Everyone, I am sure, has heard about the four Americans taken hostage by Somali pirates. They were taken hostage while sailing around the world handing out Bibles for those in need.
Word comes this morning that all four Americans have been killed, and the Somali Pirates have either been captured or killed.
While it is not clear that the murder of these missionaries rises to martyrdom, it is clear that they were murdered while fulfilling the great commission. It appears that they were in the wrong place at the wrong time when the yacht was overrun by pirates.
We should pray for the family members to be able to find solace with our Lord. We should rejoice for our brothers and sisters for finding peace with our Lord. And, we should pray that we should be so bold as to try to fulfill the great commission as our fallen brothers and sisters were.
This should serve as a reminder that we need to be praying for our missionaries that place themselves in harm’s way . We should also be praying for the pirates, and that they can be reached by the saving grace of our Lord.
The names of the Americans killed:
Dr. Bob Riggle, Phyllis Macay
Jean and Scott Adam