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February 16, 2021 18 min

21 men would not compromise their faith. They would not yield to the terrorists and deny Christ. With great courage, each man knelt down on the wet and cold ocean shore. Behind each man was an assassin poised to strike with a saber. In their final moments, these young Christian men – many of them in their late teens and twenties, prayed as evil charges were declared against them.

The 21 declared to each other and to heaven, “Ya Rabbi Yassu,” “Oh my Lord Jesus,” just before sabers sliced their throats. At that moment, the 21 went from the shores of Libya to the shores of Heaven.

Today on BraveMen, in a very personal moment, Paul shares the story of these men, the bravery, the stalwartness, the death and life. It is a memorial - and it is a celebration.

Far from trophies to a militant dogma, "The 21" became trophies of grace. Heroes of faith. Men in whom courage was real.

As we pursue the intense Dangerous Nations campaign to reach men for Christ in the darkest corners of the world, we are reminded of the sacrifice of men like these. And we are mindful of how much men need our brotherhood, even as we need their stalwart hearts for Christ.

Dangerous Nations is focused on training 50,000 leaders and pastors to disciple 5,000,000 men in 50 of the toughest nations on earth. Whatever kind of anti-Christ actions the nation endures, this CMN campaign, partnering with “boots on the ground” and like-minded ministries, will build churches, rescue families, and reach young men on the streets of the nations.

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