Sam Childers was a drug dealer, fighter and biker, his life dominated by drugs, alcohol, violence and crime. When he hit rock bottom he went to church with his wife Lynn and his life took a sharp change of direction.
He found himself doing building work in Uganda, and there he encountered the appalling suffering inflicted by the murderous Lord’s Resistance Army. Sam formed his own small Sudanese force and set about building an orphanage in a war zone to rescue the children being brutalized by the LRA. But when the LRA attacked the compound and destroyed it he wanted to give up. His dream had failed. So he packed up and called his wife.
Endurance and perseverance are two of the great themes of the Bible. So many of its characters had to keep going and hang in there. We are called into a marathon, not a sprint, and there are many days when we want to give up. That’s when we need others to keep believing, to encourage us, perhaps even to bully us a little. To get back on the track and keep running the race.’So encourage each other and build each other up, just as you are already doing.’ 1 Thessalonians 5 v 11. ‘We are hunted down, but God never abandons us. We get knocked down, but we get up again and keep going.’ 2 Corinthians 4 v 9