After her husband, Tilmann, was murdered along with two Turkish Christians in Malatya, Turkey, Susanne Geske was overwhelmed by shock and grief.
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“Tell me the truth! Dead or alive?”

When Susanne Geske heard the answer to that question — that her husband, Tilmann, had been murdered along with two Turkish Christians — she struggled to comprehend what had happened.

The five murderers, all 19- and 20-year-olds, were arrested at the scene of the crime. As Turkish media rushed to Malatya to report on the “missionary massacre,” all of the reporters wanted to interview Susanne. They came to her door the day after her husband was killed.

“Lord, what should I say?” she prayed.

The Holy Spirit pointed her to the words of Christ on the cross: “Forgive them, for they don’t know what they are doing.”

Though Turkish media often paint Christians as the enemy, with the Lord’s help Susanne took the opportunity to share the gospel of forgiveness and the love of Jesus Christ. Her living example of forgiveness was broadcast all over Turkey.

Listen now to hear how God enabled her to respond with such grace.

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“The Protector of Widows”
The Psalmist tells us that God is “Father of the fatherless and protector of widows” (Psalm 68:5). Susanne Geske is not the only martyr’s widow who has learned the truth of that passage and shared her story of God’s faithfulness on VOM Radio. Listen to other stories to be inspired by the example and faithfulness of those who have given up spouses here on earth to see the advance of a heavenly kingdom:

  • Semse Aydin’s husband, Necati, was killed alongside Tilmann Geske.
  • Anita Smith forgave the men who killed her husband in Libya, and it was broadcast all over the Middle East.
  • For Pauline Ayyad, it took five years to come to the point of forgiveness.
  • Hannelie Groenewald’s entire family was martyred in Afghanistan.
  • Gracia Burnham was held hostage with her husband, Martin. He was killed in the gunfight that led to her rescue.

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