FACES - YWAM Singapore Issue.2018 - Page 9

The reality of being persecuted for the Gospel was made more acute when Sara opened up about her housemate, Anne (pseudonym). Anne had spent the last 14 years travelling in and out of the remotest village in Elbonia—one week on a donkey and another week climbing mountains just to reach them. And it was only in December 2016 that Anne fi nally saw one person come to the Lord, just months before she was shot dead in her own room. “I remember the day after, we gathered as a community to grieve, cry and pray. I had a vision. I saw Jesus walking in that village. I saw Him sitting down with the people drinking tea, speaking to them and loving them. I asked, ‘When have you been there, Lord?’ and God showed me that He walked amongst the people when Anne went to be with the people.” By this time, both Sara and I were in tears. I caught a g limpse too of the Father’s radical love and initiative. He goes the farthest distance to look for His lost children, longing to bring them home. Coming back to Singapore this time has been diffi cult for Sara and for those who love and support her. Her close friend shared how hard it was to pray for God’s will to be done, if it meant that Sara would be killed. Even her church that commissioned her is still grappling with what it really means to follow Jesus. “We talk about following Jesus as if there is no pain or loss. But God is still at work even in life or death. Everyday in Elbonia is a privilege for me,” Sara shares confi dently. As we begin to round-up our conversation, I asked Sara, “What keeps you going?” “After our team spent a couple of days to debrief the incident, I felt like my family grew—the family of believers serving together in Elbonia. We are so different. Different countries, different backgrounds, ages. (Sara starts naming the countries that her fellow missionary friends come from.) These are my family members. Through the care we have for one another after all that’s happened… they keep me going.” Sara’s answer surprised me. It is not something ‘supernatural’ that keeps her going. It is the love her Christian brothers and sisters have for each other in spite of suffering that spurs her on. I then understood what Jesus meant when He told His disciples, “Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are My disciples” (John 13:35). The proof of God’s love often does not come with mere words or preaching. It comes when we choose to stay together, to work through pain, to love each other through suffering and trials. The world is watching the family of God. [Sara’s story shows us that responding to God’s call doesn’t eliminate hardship. Despite the shocking events experienced in ‘Elbonia’, Sara resolved to return. Let us pray for her and those in Frontier Missions to endure well, and that God’s song will be heard.] 7