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The Christian Monitor Story

PKS, April 4th, 2003
The Beginning
Christian Monitor (CM) grew out of a small e-mail newsletter called Christian Rights Watch (CRW). CRW came about after I stumbled across a book called Their Blood Cries Out (TBCO) by Paul Marshall in the Elims bookstore in Hong Kong on December 21st, 2001. After a brief perusal of TBCO, I thought it was a sensationalist book that had no merit or factual basis. I thought, as most people do, that persecution today is not real. I believed that persecution was a thing of the past. Persecution was something that happened to the Christians in the book of Acts and in the first 500 years of Christianity.

My Realization
After returning to Taiwan, where I live, I decided to do an Internet search for Christian Persecution. It was there that I was confronted by the reality of persecution today. It was then I discovered obscure ministries like The Voice of Martyrs, The Barnabas Fund, Christian Solidarity Worldwide, International Christian Concern, and others. It was a shock to see that Marshall's book was not filled with factless assertions but were based on events that were occurring in our time. It was a deeply convicting experience that altered the perceptions of my faith, changed my heart and convicted me that I had to do something.

Ignorance
At that time I realized that people were, like myself, ignorant. Ignorant people do not have the knowledge to act. They do not have the knowledge to have compassion or to love. It was then that I decided to start CRW, as much to inform myself as others. I contacted my pastor and asked if I could send it out to members of our Church and he agreed. On December 28th, 2001, I started sending CRW to about 20 people in my Church in Taipei and received some very positive comments and feedback. As time progressed, I started to place the persecution updates on various Christian Bulletin Boards, and other people started to get interested and started to ask me if I could add their names to my mailing list. CRW started to grow.

The idea for a website
In 2002, after sending out CRW over a period of a few months, I decided it was time to build a website. The website was to be an information portal that gathered news items from many different news sources around the world and make them easily accessible to the general public. Many stories on Christian persecution go unnoticed because they are buried in a small news item at the bottom of an obscure page. It was then that I contacted a dear friend at Church who helped set up the domain name and helped find a good host. My wife also contributed by paying for the domain name and the hosting fee. CRW changed it's name to Christian Monitor as it was felt that Christian Rights Watch was too long for a domain name.

Christian Monitor is Born
So, from the ashes of CRW, Christian Monitor was born. The aim of Christian Monitor was to link to various articles on different websites and to maintain an archive that would be easily accessible to all people. My aim in creating Christian Monitor was not only to inform others of the tragedy of modern martyrs, but it was also to inspire Christians to act on their behalf. It is also our aim to keep a record of events as evidence of one of the greatest, unnoticed, human rights tragedies of our time: the persecution of modern Christians.

The Persecuted
Christian Monitor was born to meet a need: to inform people, both Christian and non-Christian, about the reality of persecution today. It is an information portal to stories on tragic events that are happening today. The stories on these pages are the stories of real people. People with real flesh and blood. They are people with hopes and dreams. They are people with aspirations. They are men, women and children who all have one thing in common: they confess Christ as their Lord and savior, they confess that Christ is their king. For this confession they are persecuted, some are starved, some are beaten, some are tortured, some are enslaved, and some are even killed. Despite all this they remain true to their faith. They continue to be the light and salt of the world. They continue to be a blessing to those who meet them, and their faith and their endurance and their courage should be an inspiration to all people, not only Christians.