Good relationships take time, not months, years. The same is true for church members. Yet, there is a pattern in many churches where just as relationships should be deepening transitions are happening. Too often, when relationships in the church begin to mature to a point where deep accountability can happen people decide to move on. This pattern is not good according to Nathan Carter in this ERLC article.
The stories of missionaries can be inspiring and encouraging. Often their stories entail some sort of hardship and perseverance. The same can be said of African-American missionaries but with the added burden of overcoming bigotry to fulfill the missionary calling. This article introduces us to three African-American missionaries that pushed past the discrimination in order to serve their Savior.
The sad truth of this world is that there is suffering. Ministers and believers alike will inevitably have to walk with another through suffering and that is okay according to Joy Allmond. While these times are never comfortable, Christians know the Comforter, which frees them in their uncomfortableness and not knowing the answers in times of suffering.