This week some ministry colleagues shared about one of their national church planting partners who have chosen to reside in a remote area where there are almost no Christ followers. The woman had a difficult pregnancy and underwent a C-Section. Shortly after the delivery bleeding occurred necessitating her to return to surgery. Due to the unsophisticated medical care in their area the physicians simply chose to perform a hysterectomy. Though happy to be alive she can no longer have any more children of her own.
After this sad life changing event they returned to their work and were subsequently driven out of their area by radical Muslims eight months later. Then after relocating earthquakes hit their area and they were forced to sleep in tents for a few weeks.
This shook up their entire team and they gathered to pray and minister to one another. They believed that their work must continue through the acute phase of the earthquake clean up and have stayed. They continue to share the gospel and start fledgling bible studies praying house churches will emerge.
I was amazed at the commitment of this couple to push through personal, environmental, spiritual, and physical hardships.
This story shows the commitment of those who have come from the bondage of false religions to know the Truth, that Jesus Christ is the son of God and provides forgiveness, restoration, and eternal life and calls us to share this with others who do not know him.
I am asking myself – what is my commitment level? What are the limits of my faith? How much do I really trust in God? Can I push through hardships to get the gospel to people? How important are the lost to me?
“Do you now believe?” Jesus replied. “A time is coming and in fact has come when you will be scattered, each to your own home. You will leave me all alone. Yet I am not alone, for my Father is with me. I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” (Jn 16:31-33)