Martyr Monday: Cambodia 1975, a teenage girl

The Khmer Rouge soliders burst into the room, brandishing their weapons and shouting insults and threats. When the Khmer Rouge took over Cambodia in 1975, thousands of Christians were killed. Children were even thrown before alligators so the soldiers could “save their bullets.”

None of the members of the small congregation moved. An officer walked up to the pastor, grabbed the Bible he had been reading, and threw it on the floor. “We will let you go,” he said, “but first you must spit on this book of lies. Anyone who refuses will be shot.”

Another soldier grabbed a man by the arm and forced him forward. “Father, please forgive me,” he prayed as he knelt where the Bible had fallen and spat lightly on it.

“Okay, you can go.” Then the officer pointed to a woman. She too knelt by the Bible. She moistened the Bible just enough to please the officers.

A teenage girl suddenly stood up and walked towards the Bible. Tearfully, she knelt and picked up the Bible, taking the hem of her dress and wiping it clean. “What have they done to your Word, Lord?” she said. “Please forgive them!” The soldier lowered his revolver to the back of her head and squeezed the trigger.


That you might love the Word, more than food, more than all riches, more than your life-



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