I felt humbled as I returned from teaching pastors in the deep south of Sri Lanka. In these pastors’ experience, it often takes ten to 15 years’ pioneering in unreached areas before they see significant fruit and reduced hostility. Many give up after a few years. But those who persevere bear much eternal fruit.
When I return from ministry in the West my feelings are very different. I have been able to ‘use my gifts’; I am hit by frustration when I return to being a leader in our less efficient culture.
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