A martyr is somebody who suffers persecution and death for refusing to renounce their faith. In the Greek language the word means 'witness.' In the Christian faith a martyr follows the example of Jesus who gave up his life to bring about the Kingdom of Heaven. Though there have been many who have sacrificed their lives in the two millennia since Christ, four of these compelling and true stories from the early church are shared with the reader. May their courage and steadfastness lead each of us to greater faithfulness as we bear witness to Christ in our own arenas.