struck down but not destroyed

Every two weeks, Brother "S" goes to a different village or town to pray for the town and to look for a "person of peace," that is, someone who might be open to the Gospel. A while ago, he had the opportunity to sit and talk with two young men in one of these villages. He spoke with them about their relationship with God. They shared with Brother S their belief that Islam is the way to paradise. Brother S told them he does not believe that to be true, but rather the only way to God is through Jesus Christ.

When Brother S said this, the two young men, who had been very friendly up until this point, became very upset, almost as if Satan had entered them. They made a scene, and others in the area became upset as well. Brother S tried to explain that they were just having a discussion, but no one would listen. One man head-butted Brother S, while another man took off his belt and began beating him with the metal end of the belt.

In that moment, Brother S prayed that God would get him out of this situation and that it would not be reported to the police. Suddenly, a young man came by and asked what they were doing. He appeared to be very strong, and stood up for Brother S, threatening anyone who might try to hurt him further. The young man escorted Brother S to a taxi station, where he was then able to leave the village.

Brother S ended this story as follows: "I have not shared this story with my church because I do not want them to give in to fear. I also have not shared it with my family to avoid having them do something which makes this more serious. In truth, I feel love for these young men in this village. I pray that they will come to know Christ. It also reminds me of how Jesus, the apostles, and the Believers who preceded us told us that these things would happen. It reminds me that we are blessed when people insult us, persecute us, and falsely say all kinds of evil against us because of Christ (Matthew 5:11). Please pray for that village and the youth in that village to come to Christ. Pray that they will think about the things I shared with them."

2 Corinthians 4:8-10 says, "We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our bodies."