Recently, I was touched by the stories of martyrdom in my church history classes. Of note is the account of Perpetua and her servant Felicitas during the 3rd century AD.
Perpetua was a young mother while Felicitas was 8 months pregnant. They were both persecuted for being Christians. Despite the pleadings of Perpetua’s father, she refused to recant the faith. Thus, she is condemned to a brutal death.
Indeed, Perpetua’s story of courage in the face of death is an encouragement to us all. God was as real to her then as He is now.