The Christian Broadcasting Network



Email Updates

Latest entertainment articles and reviews. Subscribe

Weekly top stories and videos. Subscribe

Related Links

More book reviews and feature articles on


Wear the Crown: Inspiring Stories and Photos of Modern-Day Martyrs

By Dan Wooding
ASSIST News Service

CBN.comATLANTA, GA (ANS) -- Wear the Crown, a new book by missionary and musician Bill Drake, vividly tells the tragic and awe-inspiring stories of some of today’s persecuted martyrs, as well as shows compelling photos from The Voice of the Martyrs, an interdenominational ministry dedicated to assisting the persecuted Church worldwide.

“It is especially relevant, given the recent release of End of the Spear, the movie about Nate Saint’s and Jim Elliot's fatal missionary trip to Ecuador,” said a spokesperson for Operation Mobilization USA.

“The book comes in the wake of reports that more people have been martyred for the sake of the gospel in the 20th century than in all the previous centuries combined. As many as 160,000 believers reportedly make ‘the ultimate sacrifice’ each year. At current rates, one in every 200 Christians around the world can expect to be martyred.”

The tragic stories of Sofia Sigfridsson and Karen Goldsworthy in the Philippines, Susianty Tinulele in Indonesia, Bonnie Witherall in Lebanon, Sergei Bessarab in Tajikistan and heretofore virtually anonymous others have the power to reinforce Christians’ faith and to inspire and change lives in highly significant and wonderful ways.

“The martyrs whose testimonies are recorded in this book would not want their lives or their stories to simply be a memorial,” writes Tom White, director of The Voice of the Martyrs, in the foreword. “The same Holy Spirit who caused them to be a witness continues to call us from inactivity to activity.”

The Drake Family lives in Tyrone, GA where they work as full time missionaries through Operation Mobilization.Drake has been international music minister for Operation Mobilization (OM) (  since 1991, first in the United Kingdom and now in Atlanta. OM partners with the Church for the evangelization of the world through Biblical teaching and lifestyle, cross-cultural discipleship training.

Drake presents his music and message around the country through a live experience called “Crowns.” His new CD, Aroma, will be released May 6.

For more information, visit Drake’s website at

Dan Wooding is an award winning British journalist now living in Southern California with his wife Norma. He is the founder and international director of ASSIST (Aid to Special Saints in Strategic Times) and the ASSIST News Service (ANS). Wooding is the co-host of the weekly radio show, "Window on the World" and was, for ten years a commentator, on the UPI Radio Network in Washington, DC.

More from Assist News Service

  • Translate
  • Print Page

Are you seeking answers in life? Are you hurting?
Are you facing a difficult situation?

A caring friend will be there to pray with you in your time of need.

Do You Know Jesus
Grow In Your Faith

Need Prayer?

Call 1-800-700-7000
Email your prayer request

Email iconSign up for E-mail Updates Full List