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 **John & Betty Stam Martyrs For Jesus**

Chinese Communist soldiers barged into the cold room December 1934, where missionaries John and Betty Stam were held captive. They commanded, “Take off your outer garments and shoes. You’re coming with us.” The Stams prayed silently for strength and looked at each other. They knew what those orders meant. They were to be executed. Outer garments would interfere with the thrust of the executioner’s sword.

Betty Stam tried not to look at Helen Priscilla, their 3-month-old child, lest she would attract attention to her. She had hidden two five dollar bills under Priscilla’s blankets during the night. It was just enough to cover the cost of the journey for their child, now soon to be an orphan, over the Chinese mountains to reach her grandparents.

Then Communist troops had arrived before more than a handful of villagers could escape. The Stams were taken captive and John was told to write a ransom note demanding $20,000. He told the soldiers the ransom would not be paid, and stated in the note, “My wife, baby, and myself are today in the hands of Communist bandits. Whether we will be released or not, no one knows. May God be magnified in our bodies, whether by life or by death (Philippians 1:20).”

The Stams spent the first night in jail, and baby Helen Priscilla cried. The soldiers discussed whether or not to kill the baby, for as one soldier states, “It is our way.” A prisoner, just released, protested. And the Communists demanded, “Your life for the baby’s.” The man was hacked to death in front of the Stams.

As the Stams left their precious child in the cell, they had no way of knowing what would become of her. They left her in God’s hands and faced their executioners with courage. John Stam’s final act was to plead for the life of another protester who objected to the manner in which the Stams were dragged to the spot of execution. John’s pleas were silenced by the sword that severed his head. Betty trembled for a moment, and then fell beside her husband.

Miraculously, little Helen Priscilla was rescued many hours later by Rev. L Ke-Chou and his wife. They carried her over the mountains to Betty’s parents, also missionaries in China. While John and Betty did not survive that day, the Lord used their deaths to raise up a new generation of missionaries. Their legacy continues today as the testimony of their courage lives on. The triumph of the Stams that day is perhaps best expressed in a poem Betty wrote at age 18:

Lord, I give up all my own plans and purposes,
All my own desires and hopes,
And accept Thy will for my life.
I give myself, my life, my all
Utterly to Thee to be Thine forever.
Fill me and seal me with Thy Holy Spirit.
Use me as Thou wilt, send me where Thou wilt.
And work out They whole will in my life, at any cost,
Now and forever.[1]

John, in writing to his father some time before, and mentioning the prevailing dangers, had enclosed verses which, though written by another, he said expressed his own feelings.

Afraid?

Afraid? Of what?
To feel the spirit’s glad release?
To pass from pain to perfect peace,
The strife and strain of life to cease?
Afraid—of that?

Afraid? Of what?
Afraid to see the Savior’s face,
To hear His welcome, and to trace
The glory gleam from wounds of grace?
Afraid—of that?

Afraid? Of what?
A flash—a crash—a pierced heart;
Darkness—Light—O Heaven’s art?
A wound of His a counterpart!
Afraid?—of that?

Afraid? Of what?
To do by death what life could not—
Baptize with blood a stony plot,
Till souls shall blossom from the spot?
Afraid?—of that?[2]

Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will find it (Mt 19:24, 25)

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 Re: **John & Betty Stam Martyrs For Jesus**




Thanks 4given1...A beautiful testimony...and I predict one that will mean something to those reading it today. I believe that soon, those in America will be faced with similar confrontations to prove who they love more than all.


God knew all along, and prepared this couple since their youth to stand, and pay the price required.

May God help us all, that we might trust and believe in the day of our deaths.

 2010/3/23 11:30
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Quote:
Afraid? Of what?
To feel the spirit’s glad release?
To pass from pain to perfect peace,
The strife and strain of life to cease?
Afraid—of that?

Afraid? Of what?
Afraid to see the Savior’s face,
To hear His welcome, and to trace
The glory gleam from wounds of grace?
Afraid—of that?

Afraid? Of what?
A flash—a crash—a pierced heart;
Darkness—Light—O Heaven’s art?
A wound of His a counterpart!
Afraid?—of that?

Afraid? Of what?
To do by death what life could not—
Baptize with blood a stony plot,
Till souls shall blossom from the spot?
Afraid?—of that?


I love this peom!!! praise God.


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