Penn of Denn

She was just 34 years old, when she became a martyr. It didn’t happen in the books of Acts 2000 years ago, it happened this week. Gayle Williams had been working in Afghanistan for the past three years, with a humanitarian group focused on educating Afghan nationals with handicaps, when she was gunned down in the streets of Kabul. Her crime? A Taliban spokesman stated, “This woman came to Afghanistan to teach Christianity to the people of Afghanistan. Our (leaders) issued a decree to kill this woman.” The aid organization that Williams worked for, “Serve Afghanistan”, denied the proselyting charges and issued their own statement saying, “She was a person who always loved the Afghans and was dedicated to serving those who are disabled.”

And so you have to wonder, what it is about the message of Christ that scares the Taliban so much, that they had to send two men on a motorcycle to gun down a defenceless woman, whose only crime was showing the love of Christ to a hurting people.

And then my politically incorrect side wonders, if the lack of Muslim humanitarian organizations, says as much about Islam as the gunmen do.

Have a great week and remember: To see what is really possible, you will have to attempt the impossible.