12 Days of Christmas: Perseverance

A family in Peru that learned to communicate and end violence in their home.

Perseverance is a mark of a Spirit-filled life.

It should be evident in how we as believers manage our daily affairs. Yet, we often lose it in a world that demands comfort, convenience and compromise.

Just the other day, as I was shopping for some Christmas gifts, I gave in to the lure of buying a fake replica of a tried-and-tested product. Guess what? The cheap imitation disintegrated in the car on my way home.

Had I endured the slightly longer drive to the store’s other location where there was still ample supply of the real thing, I would not have wasted precious time, money and energy.

The Bible encourages us to persevere to improve our character and to receive God’s promises.

You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised.” (Hebrews 10:36, NIV)

In places where Food for the Hungry works, many of God’s promises don’t happen instantly. Our staff face opposition of many kinds in their obedience to help the poor and the brokenhearted.

Yet, they remain steadfast under difficult situations. They persevere – often for years – with joy and hope. In the end, God uses them to change lives and deliver His promises.

In Peru, for example, one of the hallmarks of FH’s ministry is the prevention of family violence. Peruvians have suffered from decades of political turmoil and terrorism. And though we’ve seen significant progress in how parents and children understand God’s design for families, domestic abuse remains a big problem in many parts of the country.

But, God is faithful. If we don’t grow weary in loving the people of Peru, and if we persevere in the face of trials, we can be confident that the poor and the needy in Peru and around the world will receive God’s promises.

As you pray for Peru during this season of celebrating our Savior’s birth, please also share with the little ones in your family this beautiful Peruvian Christmas story.

Blog by Rez Gopez-Sindac, a writer covering faith and development. She lives in Austin, Texas, with her family.

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