On this day in 1931, Karl Bregenzer, a Moravian missionary, was murdered in Nicaragua at the mission station where he worked.

Earlier that morning, during family devotions, the Bregenzer family read John 15:13, “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends”.  But during family devotions, word came that the village where Karl had been faithfully serving for three years was about to be attacked by a rebel group that had been scouring the countryside.

Karl sent his wife and children away from danger with some of the men from his church, but he chose to remain in the village. His wife later reported “that morning Karl was much burdened with the souls that were still lost, and it was this that kept him there to give the Gospel to the
enemy, for ‘how shall they hear without a preacher’?”

“The Lord God is still alive!” These were reported as his last words to his wife. That Karl uttered these words under such circumstances seems amazing. Even more amazing is his wife’s response when she and her children had reached safety, “The Lord has been so good to us.”


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