Content Warning: depictions of violence and trauma.
When Ann left for the field, she expected life to be hard.
She knew the Christian life included suffering, but she didn’t expect it to come to her.
We get the privilege of looking back with Ann, seeing the way God has woven His grace, provision, and presence throughout Ann’s life.
As a new missionary, Ann was adjusting to Central Asian culture and learning the language. Suddenly, an event dramatically changed her life. Listen in to hear her story of a home break-in and attack just nine months after arriving in her new country. She shares the effects on her faith, relationship with locals, and how God used it.
“Suffering can mean many different things, but biblical suffering is to bear or tolerate pain or loss that has not been of my own doing, to bear what God brings for His sake and to accomplish His purposes.”
The Bible tells us we will suffer. But God also says He will walk with us in the suffering. It is not without purpose or hope. Join us as we discuss questions like these: Should we expect suffering in the Christian life and kingdom work? How does this fit with our faith? How does God meet us in the struggle? Can it be used for His glory? We can learn so much from Ann’s humility, strength and dependence on God in hard times. She is an encouragement to press forward in dependence on God as we seek to pursue His calling in our lives.
What we discuss in this episode:
How to we define biblical suffering
Expectations before going to the field
Ann’s story of a home break-in while serving in Central Asia
God’s provision of peace in moments of crisis
God’s presence with us
Perseverance in suffering
Ways God can use our suffering for His good.
How God can redeem our mistakes for His glory.
How Ann’s story of suffering paved the way for the gospel.
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Show notes: http://relentlesspursuitpodcast.org/2021/01/episode-what-if-i-suffer