MARTYR MONDAY – Tilman Geske (1961-2007), Necati Aydin (1975-2007), and Ugur Uksel (1978-2007)

6 Dec

The day began like any other.  On his way out the door, 46-year-old German missionary and father of three Tilman Geske kissed his wife goodbye and departed for a morning Bible study.  In another part of Malatya, Turkey, 35-year-old Turkish native Necati Aydin, a pastor and father of two said his morning farewells. Ugur Uksel, a 32-year-old Muslim convert to Christianity like Aydin, was the third man joining the group for the Bible study at the church office, which doubled as a Christian publishing company.

The three men were going to worship and study together, along with some Islamic “seekers” who had expressed interest in the Christian faith.  It turned out that the “seekers” weren’t interested in Christianity at all.

(The following story is VERY disturbing.  READ AT YOUR OWN RISK.)

“What unfolded between the hours of 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. on April 18 could add another chapter to Foxe’s Book of Martyrs.  As the three men joined together for Bible study, the young islamic men got guns, bread knives, ropes and towels ready for their final act of service to Allah.  They knew there would be a lot of blood.  They arrived in time for the Bible study, around 10 o’clock, the letter said.  Reportedly, after Necati read a chapter from the Bible, the assault began.  The boys tied Ugur, Necati, and Tilman’s hands and feet to chairs and as they videoed their work on their cellphones, they tortured our brothers for almost three hours.  Tilman was stabbed 156 times, Necati 99 times and Ugur’s stabs were too numerous to count.  They were disemboweled, and their intestines sliced up in front of their eyes.  They were emasculated and watched as those body parts were destroyed.  Fingers were chopped off, their noses and mouths and anuses were sliced open.  Possibly the worst part was watching as their brothers were likewise tortured.  Finally, their throats were sliced from ear to ear, heads practically decapitated.”

But the blood of the martyrs is the seed of the Church.  Shortly after the massacre, the story hit the front pages of the largest newspapers in Turkey, and the widow of Geske was able to tell reporters she did not want revenge against the Muslims who killed her husband.  “Oh God, forgive them for they know not what they do” she said, agreeing with the words of Christ on Calvary (Luke 23.34).  In a country where blood-for-blood revenge is as normal as breathing, many many reports have come to the attention of the church of how this comment of Susanne [Geske] has changed lives.  One columnist wrote of her comment, “She did in one sentence what 1,000 missionaries in 1,000 years could never do.”


Writing that the Muslim world may know the love of Christ, and that YOU might live and die – as these 3 men did – for something that counts.


Necati Aydin, Tilman Geske and Ugur Yuksel, (L to R)


9 Responses to “MARTYR MONDAY – Tilman Geske (1961-2007), Necati Aydin (1975-2007), and Ugur Uksel (1978-2007)”

  1. Rebecca December 6, 2010 at 12:32 pm #

    Thanks for sharing the lives of those that laid them down for the sake of the gospel. I love martyr mondays! Wish you were returning for Christmas in a backpack with us!

    • Matt Papa December 6, 2010 at 1:00 pm #

      thanks rebecca! will miss you guys!!!

      Matt Papa

      “I repent of ever having recorded one single song, and ever having performed one concert, if my music, and more importantly, my life has not provoked you into Godly jealousy or to sell out more completely to Jesus!” Keith Green


  2. Ryan Hawkins December 6, 2010 at 4:38 pm #

    Great post. It’s very upsetting at first, yet encouraging and exciting to see men like these having the genuine faith to die for the sake of Christ all over the world. Their Hope was set on what is to come and they’re ready to be perfected and glorified. And the wife knew as well and really exemplified Christ’s forgiveness. So cool to see how God used that too. He is at work. Glory be to God.

    And Matt, keep making great Scripture based music; you’ll never know fully while here on this earth how God is using that and how that is spreading and impacting people all over the world. But one day you will fully know and seeing will be such a reward. Because God’s Word is powerful and it is encouraging to see someone be so Scripture based in their music. Thanks brother.

    • Matt Papa December 6, 2010 at 10:22 pm #

      Thanks so much Ryan. Blessings to you my brother


  3. Muop August 4, 2011 at 1:41 am #

    They are not human being. They are just animals. Why don’t we kill all of them? They are Muslim, and they think that they have a right to do anything they want… Bastards!

    • Josh December 12, 2011 at 4:40 pm #

      we are called to love everyone, even our enemies. Jesus also said that we are to pray for those that persecute us. what Geske said was what we should all say when someone has wronged us. I hope that God uses her words to save thousands of Muslims.

    • agathoszoe November 12, 2012 at 11:59 pm #

      Muop, I understand how you feel yet I pray that I would have the strength to take the suffering and pain that could possibly come because of my love for Jesus. Those that killed these three men are lost – they need Jesus Christ and the forgiveness that can only come through Christ. We must love them and pray that they and many others will stop killing and start seeking the love and grace of God through Jesus Christ.

  4. Broken August 10, 2011 at 11:58 am #

    Let us pray as believers that Christ will come to these men as Christ came to Saul and transform their lives. May the power of Christ love ascend on these men and may they fall before Christ in repentance and come to know the salvation that our brothers tried to share.

  5. Linda Speck May 18, 2017 at 5:06 am #

    Rest in peace. The two other victims were saved by the blood of Christ and 3 souls went to the foot of the throne in the Kingdom @

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