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SUFFERING IS EXPECTED – written by Tanis Harms
TOPIC: suffering for the sake of the gospel
SCRIPTURE: 2 Cor.1:3-11; Col.1:24-29; 2 Tim.1:7-12;
. 1 Pet.4:12
Style: drama/conversation: a person explains
. to a relative how they are feeling called
. to go into missions despite
. the many dangers
Cast: PERSON 1 & 2
Set & Props: small table, missionary display, pamphlets
(PERSON 1 sets up a small missionary display on a table,
then straightens a few pamphlets in front of that.
PERSON 2 enters and sees and approaches PERSON 1.)
P 2 Hey, I heard the news, but I just couldn’t
. quite believe it. But now I see -
P 1 It is true. Are you here to offer support?
. Of course, financial support is needed, but
. prayer support is MOST important.
P 2 I’m here to offer friendly support.
P 1 That’s good, too.
P 2 As a friend, I’m here to talk you out of it.
P 1 Well that is - not helpful at all.
P 2 This decision is not – reasonable – at all.
P 1 Why wouldn’t you think so?
P 2 Because it’s crazy!
P 1 Now, what is so crazy about going to
. another country to spread the gospel message?
P 2 It’s dangerous, for one. Especially –
. going to THIS country! This is insane.
. You could be killed.
P 1 I could be killed here.
P 2 But this will only raise your odds.
. Have you seen the statistics on how many
. missionaries are killed each year?
P 1 The odds??? Do you really see this
. as me gambling with my life?
P 2 Well, not really gambling. But, yeah,
. gambling. If you were going to do
. something stupid like - walking down
. a dark alley and flashing wads of money,
. you’d up your chances of being mugged.
P 1 But that would - NOT - be a WISE thing to do.
. AND that would be like - testing God.
P 2 Right, so that’s exactly what you’re doing
. by going to this country – even if it is
. to spread the gospel.
P 1 How is spreading the gospel NOT wise?
. And how are you testing God by
. spreading the gospel?
(PERSON 2 crosses their arms and thinks.)
p 2 Okay, but maybe it’s HOW you are going
. to go spread the gospel.
p 1 You don’t think I haven’t prayed a LOT
. over this decision? I have been called to go.
. It is God’s will for me to go to THIS country.
P 2 But this country! It’s like – throwing pearls
. before the swine. Have you checked out
. the statistics on this culture?
. So few of these people actually leave
. their religion for Christianity.
P 1 Even if just one person comes to know
. the Lord, there is rejoicing in heaven.
P 2 Then there are the statistics on how many
. missionaries are living way below poverty level.
P 1 By whose standards? God will provide
. all of my needs.
P 2 And how many missionaries suffer health issues
. because of the shabby healthcare and
. dangerous insects? –
p 1 Where do you get this stuff? You can’t
. believe everything on the internet.
. And even if these statistics are correct,
. so what?
p 2 Well, I guess, all I can say is,
. I’m really going to miss you.
(PERSON 2 gives PERSON 1 a hug.)
P 1 Look, 2 Timothy 1, verse 12 says,
. “For this reason I also suffer these things,
. but I am not ashamed; for I know whom I have
. believed and I am convinced that He is able
. to GUARD what I have entrusted to Him
. until that day.” We are going to suffer
. for the sake of the gospel no matter where we are.
. And God has everything under control.
. When it is my time to go be with Him,
. it doesn’t matter where I am. And if there
. is still something I need to do here on earth,
. God will see to it that I stick around.
p 2 But why must it be YOU?
P 1 Well, ah, all of us are called. Not all to
. the same place, but to do the same thing.
. We will all suffer for the sake of the gospel.
. That is a promise, and it should not come
. as a surprise to any of us.
P 2 Aren’t you scared? At all?
P 1 If I was putting my trust in the statistics
. of the internet, yes, I’d be afraid.
. But I am putting my faith and trust in God’s words,
. and the promises of God, who is all-knowing.
P 2 Hope you’re strong enough to handle this.
P 1 And if I was putting my trust in my own strength,
. I would be afraid. But I am trying very hard
. to put all of my faith and trust in God,
. who is all-powerful.
P 2 Uh, that really does put it into perspective.
. I’m just relieved then, that it’s you and not me.
p 1 So what about you?
P 2 You’re so not funny.
P 1 I’m not joking around. What are you willing
. to do for Jesus? How far are you willing
. to go to let someone know about the
. saving power of Jesus?
P 2 About... 50 miles, maybe?
P 1 I’m not necessarily talking about physical
. distance. What about in your actions
. or in conversation – with your neighbor –
. or the black sheep of the family?
P 2 Hey, now you’re talking – WAY too close
. for comfort.
P 1 Okay, so why are you so concerned
. about comfort?
P 2 I get the feeling that my priorities
. are not exactly in the right order.
. I suppose I need to research this.
P 1 I’d suggest that the Bible is the only
. resource you need for that.
P 2 Yeah, I’ll be checking into that.
P 1 Great, and you’ll be praying for me?
P 2 Sure. I mean, yes, I will definitely
. be praying for you.