Matthew 10:22 “All men will hate you because of me, but he who stands firm to the end will be saved.”
In a village not far from me was a small Christian church. The village chief was known for disliking Christians. He ordered every family in the village to give him a half-day’s wages so he could purchase alcoholic drinks to worship idols.

The Christians in the church decided not to participate in this idolatrous ceremony. So the chief and his elders ordered the soldiers to steal all the chickens from the Christians.

We missionaries wanted to buy more chickens to replace those that had been stolen. When we heard that action would further antagonize the leaders and might put the Christians in greater peril, we didn’t do it.

Outside of praying for those Christians to be strong and trust God, there was nothing we could do.

Some of us secretly were able to give them medicines, rice, beans, and eggs as a means to encourage them.

How would you react if all men in town hated you because of Christ?


About celestecharlene

I served as a medical missionary in West Africa for thirty years treating the sick and establishing health clinics in rural neglected areas.
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