"Day of the Christian Martyr" 2020 honours PASTOR JEAN-PAUL SANKAGUI 

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According to church tradition, 29 June marks the martyrdom of the Apostle Paul. Christians around the world will take time to honour the legacy of those who have sacrificed their lives for the advancement of the gospel. 

This year, Christians around the world will take time on June 29 and throughout that weekend to honor the legacy of those who have sacrificed their lives for the advancement of the gospel.

If you go to our Day of the Christian Martyr Resource page (click here), you’ll receive links to download these free digital resources to inspire your church, small group, class or family to witness boldly for Christ:

  • a powerful video testimony of Jean-Paul Sankagui

  • questions for reflecting on Jean-Paul’s sacrifice

  • a sermon outline inspired by those who gave their lives to share God’s saving grace

  • an inspiring Day of the Christian Martyr church bulletin insert

  • PowerPoint slides to inspire your church, small group, class or family with the examples of Christians who sacrificed their lives for the sake of the gospel

The Story of Pastor Jean-Paul Sankagui

Pastor Jean-Paul Sankagui planted a church in a Muslim neighborhood outside Bangui, capital of the Central African Republic, in 1993. He maintained good relations with the community for years. But civil war between Seleka rebels, government forces and anti-balaka militias changed everything. 


Most of the pastor’s church members fled the area as hostility increased toward Christians. And even the pastor’s wife, Mary, urged him to leave the area and work someplace safer. But Pastor Jean-Paul stayed in obedience to what he believed God had called him to do. 


On Feb. 7, 2017, Islamists shot Pastor Jean-Paul to death outside his church in Ramandji before looting and burning his house and church. Mary said they killed her husband because the community no longer wanted Christians in the area. She and Pastor Sankagui had been married 48 years and had 11 children and 17 grandchildren. After losing not only her husband but also her home and all her possessions, Mary had no choice but to leave the area. 


Five other evangelical pastors in the region also were killed in the first five weeks of 2017. Pastor Jean-Paul knew the risks, counted the cost and willingly stayed to shepherd his small congregation and serve as a witness for Christ in the neighborhood.


Day of the Christian Martyr 2019


The Groenewalds Martyred

in Afghanistan

The Story of the Groenewalds

They counted the cost. They knew Christ was worthy, and they willingly put their lives on the line and paid the ultimate price.

Hannelie had expected the Taliban’s attack in Kabul that day. She and other doctors from her clinic had even been put on standby at a U.N. meeting in case of attack. Nothing, however, had prepared her for the Taliban’s actual target.