Our church was recently hit with a high-ranking moral tragedy. It was discovered that a staff member (and close friend) was engaging in marital infidelity. I was both shocked and saddened. I didn’t see it coming. None of us did. Of all the crises I’ve faced and had to deal with over the last 17 years of pastoral ministry, this was a first for me. I have dealt on numerous occasions with husbands and wives in the throes of an extramarital affair, but never a staff member. Never someone this close to me. It’ll take me a long time to get over this one.
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There are many such stories regarding Muslims in the Middle East encountering believers and searching for the truth. They share their new faith quietly due to the harsh penalties for leaving Islam. Some meet in secret house groups while others become members of a recognized church. Local group leaders and believers face the risk of arrest, jail, torture, or death as they count the cost for following Christ. Each country has its own stories and circumstances.
Despite great obstacles, the gospel message continues to advance.