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We Died Before We Came Here

We Died Before We Came Here

A True Story of Sacrifice and Hope

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A moving memoir by Emily Foreman, wife of Stephen—a missionary shot dead at the hands of al-Qaeda in North Africa

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If not you, who? If not now, when?

This was the challenge answered by Stephen Foreman and his wife, Emily, when they traded in their American white picket fence for a giant, dusty sandbox as missionaries in the deserts of North Africa. Stephen had given Emily a well-read copy of Foxe’s Book of Martyrs on their first date, a telling foreshadowing of the ultimate cost he would pay when, at 39, he was shot and killed by al-Qaeda operatives. His life and death planted a seed of boldness and inspiration in the hearts of local believers. This seed would grow and multiply efforts to help reach the very goal that Stephen was willing to give his life for—glorifying God and seeing his Kingdom established among the nations.

In this memoir, Emily, left with four kids and an undying calling to reach the Muslim world, recounts their heartrending yet uplifting story of sacrifice and love for a people held captive by the ultimate Enemy. Stephen did not die in vain. This promise echoes through the book’s pages and far beyond, in the minds and lives of countless individuals touched by a man who daily put his life in the hands of God.

Because of security issues and the need to protect other workers and local believers in the country, the book employs pseudonyms for all major characters, including the authors.

Product details


Contributors Emily Foreman
ISBN 9781631464515
Format Paperback
First published September 2016
Dimensions 139.7mm x 209.6mm x 14.4mm
Language English
Pages 208
Publisher Navpress
Customer reviews


“Wow. Read it.”

Gut wrenching, challenging, inspiring. Exhausted by emotions reading this and reminded to focus not on what seems so important day to day, but instead on building our relationship with God and living for him. This book, telling of their life in Norhern Africa, is a reminder of how we are called to live and how that works out day in day out. On the whole short chapters, so easy to stop and digest what you've read - easy and yet difficult. As I read this I felt as if I was a luke warm church in revelations, having forgotten my first love for my Saviour. Emily the author is honest and imperfect, as was Stephen and God has been glorified through them.

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