World Go! Manual

The Discipline of Enduring
By Rachel Elwood, Staff Writer
August 9, 2012

As you read this, our brother-in-Christ, Caleb, sits in a dirty, smelly prison in a small Middle Eastern country.

Several years ago, after Caleb became a believer, his brother-in-law came to his house and threatened him and his family. Caleb tried to get him to leave, but the man pulled out a large knife and attacked. In the scuffle that ensued, Caleb’s brother-in-law was killed.

After a trial that was openly discriminatory because of Caleb’s faith, he was sentenced to death. Miraculously, his life was spared when other believers in the city were able to convince the family of the deceased to accept “blood money” as retribution. (This is a common custom in Muslim countries.)

Still, Caleb has not been released from prison. During the month of Ramadan (July 20–August 18), he has a chance because wealthy people will often pay the ransom for prisoners to obtain credit on the scale of good and evil that they believe God will use to determine whether they can enter Paradise or not.

In the meantime, Caleb is enduring.

The World GO! Manual defines enduring as one of the characteristics of missions-active Christians: “It is our patient endurance that validates the strength and trustworthiness of Jesus to those around us.”

Although he has been stuck in prison for years now, Caleb hasn’t just been sitting around. Over time, he has won the trust and respect of his fellow prisoners and the guards. He is actively witnessing to those around him as he waits for release.

Although you and I may never face circumstances like Caleb’s, we still go through trials that test our faith. When we walk through these valleys, we are forced to make choices that reflect what we really, truly believe. By working through the Endure chapter of the World GO! Manual, you’ll learn what the Bible says about suffering, what our response should be, and what we can do now to help those who are suffering.

“There can be agony even when we walk with Christ, but none as torturous as the slow and painful death He suffered on the cross for us.”