Prayer of a Martyred Zimbabwe Pastor

I’m part of the fellowship of the unashamed. I have the Holy Spirit power. The die has been cast. I have stepped over the line. The decision has been made- I’m a disciple of his. I won’t look back, let up, slow down, back away, or be still. My past is redeemed, my present makes sense, my future is secure. I’m finished and done with low living, sight walking, smooth knees, colorless dreams, tamed visions, worldly talking, cheap giving, and dwarfed goals. I no longer need preeminence, prosperity, position, promotions, plaudits, or popularity. I don’t have to be right, first, tops, recognized, praised, regarded, or rewarded. I now live by faith, lean in his presence, walk by patience, am uplifted by prayer, and I labor with power. My face is set, my gait is fast, my goal is heaven, my road is narrow, my way rough, my companions are 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 enemy, pander at the pool of popularity, or meander in the maze of mediocrity. I won’t give up, shut up, let up, until I have stayed up, stored up, prayed up, paid up, 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 problem recognizing me. . . my banner will be clear!

13 thoughts on “Prayer of a Martyred Zimbabwe Pastor

  1. Stephanie, I read this wonderful declaration years ago. It was written by Dennis Lotz, a Harvard Graduate, when he was General Secretary of the Baptist World Alliance. Simply titled, “The Fellowship of the Unashamed”. Very powerful. This one is very close to the original. Nothing major has been changed.

  2. Fran, have you been able to verify that it was written by Dennise Lotz? The story is typically summarized like this. “In 1980, a young man from Rwanda was forced by his tribe to either renounce Christ or face certain death. He refused to renounce Christ, and he was killed on the spot. The night before he had written the following commitment, which was found in his room.”

    1. I made a copy of a sheet of paper with the title “The Fellowship of the Unashamed” Romans 1:16 was written next and then the “I am a part of the Fellowship of the Unashamed. I have Holy Spirit Power, etc.” There are a few differences in the one I have. The end says, “And when He comes to get His own, He will have no problem recognizing me. My colors will be clear.”
      At the bottom of the page:
      Denton Lotz, Harvard Graduate
      Baptist World Alliance General Secretary.
      It doesn’t actually say he wrote it and there is no date on it.

  3. Is this the poem of Joseph Yoo of Zimbabwe who was martyred? I am trying to find it, if anyone can verify, thanks!

  4. I believe that is a quote from somebody who used to be a pastor at Overlake Christian Church in Redmond, WA. His name is Bob Moorehead. He lost his church due to a scandal, and eventually his family and everything, including spending time in the prison. And, I believe he turned his life around later on, and wrote that piece ~2000. I have had the quote in my Youtube channel since 2006, and had in my prayer list since ~2000.

    1. This prayer was found in the room of a martyred man who had to either renounce Christ or face death. He chose death.
      The prayer was discovered in his room around 1980. Bob Moorehead had this prayer in his book that came out around 1995, according to some haphazard research I just engaged in.

  5. This vibrant declaration was contributed by Dr. Nina Gunter who got it from veteran missionary Louise Robinson Chapman (Africa: 1920-1940).

    One side note is that today this commitment statement circulates among Christians (and even web sites) with the byline saying only “Author unknown.” Doesn’t the story behind this statement make it all the more potent?

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