The Word Among Us

June 2014 Issue

A Different Kind of Martyrdom

How I learned to stop talking and start listening.

By: Rose Almeter Dominey

A Different Kind of Martyrdom: How I learned to stop talking and start listening. by Rose Almeter Dominey

Martyrs go straight to heaven. I first heard this when I was about five and, after quickly thinking it over, I decided to ask God to let me die as a witness to the truth. It seemed to me the surest, fastest way to be with Jesus forever. Trekking through the jungle, sharing the good news with a lost tribe, being quickly put to death—it couldn’t be all that bad, right?

Thirteen years later, more realistic about martyrdom but still wanting to be with Jesus forever, I began my first semester at a large...


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