Acts 8:1-4 And there arose on that day a great persecution against the church in Jerusalem, and they were all scattered throughout the regions of Judea and Samaria, except the apostles. Devout men buried Stephen and made great lamentation over him. But Saul was ravaging the church, and entering house after house, he dragged off men and women and committed them to prison. Now those who were scattered went about preaching the word.
Isn’t this an interesting way to get the Gospel spread? Persecution did not squelch the Gospel, as intended by the persecutors, rather as the Christians fled and scattered throughout the region, the Gospel spread like wild fire. The same phenomenon has been seen in China in recent years. As believers face trials, prison, beatings and death, the Church in China has grown exponentially and they are energized to keep spreading the Gospel at all costs. Here is a video put out by Voice of the Martyrs, note the quote at the end, “I think I’m still surviving today because our God is great” :