Update on Sang-Min Lee’s case

On Tuesday, we posted about Sang-Min Lee, a young Mennonite in South Korea who has refused to fulfill his obligatory military service. Yesterday we received some surprising correspondence from him. The judge has delayed his trial, without any explanation! So Sang-Min is not in prison at this moment, which is reason for rejoicing. At the  Keep Reading…

Trial day for Mennonite CO in South Korea

By John D. Roth It was one of the passages narrating the week of Jesus’ passion that first led Sang-Min Lee to consider the way of peace. Soon after he became a Christian, Lee was moved by Jesus’ teaching to love our enemies, especially his rebuke to Peter for defending him with a sword in  Keep Reading…


One of the reasons Martyrs Mirror has continued to be read by Anabaptists for centuries is because it enlivens and illuminates the Biblical texts. Jesus’ injunction to “love your enemies” (Matt 5:44), for example, takes on new life in the story of Dirk Willems, the Dutch Mennonite who abandoned his escape route to pull a  Keep Reading…

A sustaining spirituality

The story of David Klassen, a Mennonite Brethren church leader in the USSR who was imprisoned three separate times between 1936 and 1965, is an inspiring account of faithfulness in the face of overwhelming opposition. How did he and other Mennonite Brethren in Karaganda sustain their faith in such difficult circumstances?

Why a Bearing Witness blog?

The stories collected by the Bearing Witness Stories Project are meant to inspire and challenge readers with their testimonies of faithful and costly discipleship. But they also raise many questions.