In 1980 a young believer from Rwanda was forced by his tribe to renounce Christ or face death. He refused and was immediately killed.
Afterward, a document was found nailed to the wall inside his house:
Iím part of the fellowship of the unashamed.
          I have Holy Spirit Power.
                    The die has been cast.
                              I have stepped over the line.
                                        The decision has been made.
                                                  Iím a disciple of His.

I wonít look back,
          let up,
                    slow down,
                              back away,
                                        or be still.

My past is redeemed,
          my present makes sense,
                    my future is secure.

Iím finished with low living,
          sight walking,
                    small planning,
                              smooth knees,
                                        colorless dreams,
                                                  tamed visions,
                                                            mundane talking,
                                                                      cheap living,
                                                                                and dwarfed goals.

I no longer need pre-eminence,
          prosperity,
                    position,
                              promotions,
                                        plaudits,
                                                  or popularity.

I donít have to be right,
          first,
                    tops,
                              recognized,
                                        praised,
                                                  regarded,
                                                            or rewarded.

I now live by faith,
          lean on His presence,
                    walk by patience,
                              lift by prayer,

                                        and labor by power.

My face is set,
          my gait is fast,
                    my goal is heaven,
                              my road is narrow,
                                        my way rough,

                                                  my companions few,
                                                            my guide reliable,
                                                                      my mission clear.

I cannot be bought,
          compromised,
                    detoured,
                              lured away,
                                        turned back,
                                                  deluded
                                                            or delayed.

I will not flinch in the face of sacrifice,
          hesitate in the presence of the adversary,
                    negotiate at the table of the enemy,
                              ponder at the pool of popularity,
                                        or meander in the maze of mediocrity.

I wonít give up,
          shut up,
                    or let up,
 
until,

I have stayed up,
          stored up,
                    prayed up,
                              paid up,
                                        and preached up
                                                  for the cause of Christ.

I am a disciple of Jesus.

I must go till He comes,
          give till I drop,
                    preach till all know,
                              and work till He stops me.

And when He comes for His own, He will have no problems recognizing me - my banner will be clear!
          ------- Penned by an Anonymous African Pastor

Rwanda Believer