When World War II threatened Papua and New Guinea, it was obvious that missionaries of European origin were in danger. There was talk of leaving. Bishop Philip Strong wrote to his clergy urging them to stay at their posts. They stayed. Almost immediately there were arrests. Eight Anglican priests and two laymen were executed "as an example" on 2 September 1942. In the following few years, many Papuan Christians of all denominations risked their own lives to care for the wounded.
Prayer - Martyrs of Papua New Guinea
Heavenly Father, turn our weakness into strength: as you gave the martyrs of Papua New Guinea the courage to suffer death for Christ, give us the courage to live in faithful witness to you. We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.