Wednesday, September 26, 2012

This Day in History September 27, 1962

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I am so glad we live in a free country where I can write what I want.  And on this date in 1962, the old Ottoman Empire was dismantled, and the Yemen Arab Republic came into being.  And thus began civil war between the North and the South. In 1990, they finally unified.

Yemen holds a very special place in my heart.  I have only been on one mission trip in my life, and Yemen is where I went.  I was married at the time, and I think it was the summer of 2000 (if I remember right).  I was married, and we went off to Yemen on a short-term missions trip with the Southern Baptists.  We worked in the hospital in Jibla, Yemen, and we spent three weeks there.  It is a three weeks I shall never forget.  Later on, three of those missionaries were killed, and we had known two of them.  It is still strange to write that I knew missionaries who were martyred for their faith.

I said what I did about a free country earlier because I am aware of the current unrest in the Middle East, and I am happy to know that I can still write about something like this with no fear of reprisal.  I still think of Yemen in positive terms, but when I hear about all the anger and violence, I am reminded of the eerie sounds coming from the village mosque every morning.  I remember hearing the "sermon" every Friday afternoon.  I remember the sadness in the eyes of women who were imprisoned for killing an abusive husband.  I may never know if my life touched anyone during the time i was there, but I hope and pray that I will see some of those wonderful Yemeni women again.

And as a side not, Yemen is the site of the best fish I have ever eaten.  Nothing like seasoned, blow-torched fresh fish.  And I am not joking!

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1 comment:

  1. I read something a year or so ago where more missionaries and servants have been martyred in the past 100 years than in all of the previous years of the world.


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