The short biblical answer is: Jesus is worthy! Maybe you’ve chosen to adopt a traditionally resistant or creative access people group as your focus. Maybe the socio-political climate has become more difficult. Maybe you’re dealing with unavoidable personnel losses. Unless you’ve limited your participation or responsibility to a certain time frame, stay the course. C.T. Studd said it this way, “If Jesus Christ be God and died for me, then no sacrifice can be too great for me to make for Him.”

A common truism we teach quite often is: “It’s not a problem; it’s a teaching opportunity.” For your congregation to have a full-orbed biblical understanding of the role of suffering, persecution, and difficulty under the hand of almighty, sovereign, loving God, in the accomplishment of His purposes is a good thing.