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"Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God."- Hebrews 12

Some stories of the war and the victories of the gospel

Bhutan: Pastor Norbu Promila

Pastor Norbu Promila was pleased with the service as he preached to the tribal people in the mountains of Bhutan. Those gathered seemed especially attentive and open to the Good News. Then in the middle of the sermon, police rushed in through every door, stormed the stage, and forcibly grabbed Norbu.

Pastor Promila was thrown in prison and tortured, and the authorities ordered him to forsake his call to preach the gospel. He received massive head injuries, and when authorities finally let him go, there was permanent damage to his body. He returned home, where his wife and children were shocked at his bruised and bloodied face. Ten days later, he died as a result of his wounds. Pastor Promilaís congregation in this militant Hindu kingdom refused to give up his mission. Shortly after his death, they met together and called for volunteers to continue Norbuís work among the tribal people. Five hands went up, one of which belonged to his wife. She answered Godís call to missions while also caring for her five children.

She ministered faithfully, and she and the other workers have seen many tribal people won to Christ. God provided for her needs and her childrenís. Mrs. Promila held fast to the knowledge that one day she would see her husband again and be rewarded for her faithfulness to Christ.

What we do for the Lord is not just a jobóitís a mission. A mission is never about a single personís responsibilities. It is singly focused on Christ and his kingdom. Therefore, someone at the helm of Godís work in a particular area may leave, but the mission itself never dies. Godís work is never left undone. It goes on forever to its completion. Those who are willing to undergo persecution for their faith teach us about the meaning of mission. They recognize that there are only two things that last for eternityóGodís work and human souls. When we are willing to invest our lives in these things, we are involved in a mission with eternal significance.