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The Call to Joy & Pain: Embracing Suffering in Your Ministry

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Biblical, theological, and devotional insights and advice on how joy and pain are both integral parts of the life of service, from ministerial veteran Ajith Fernando. 2008 Christianity Today Book Award Winner.
Paperback, 191 pages
Published September 7th 2007 by Crossway Books (first published 2007)
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Karen Mizener
Excellent, thought provoking reading. Finished this wonderful book. Would encourage everyone to read it.
Brandon Halvorsen
The Call to Joy & Pain by Ajith Fernando is by a written by director of Youth for Christ in Sri Lanka. Mr. Farnando provides substantial Biblical and historical support for the fact that as Christians, and especially as ministers of Christ, we will face suffering and persecution in this world. This is a message most needed in the Western world these days, and especially among those of the renewal movements. The book is written in a devotional format and the chapters are short which makes for ...more
A great book about why we need to rejoice despite suffering in this world. This helps in changing our perspective about how to embrace suffering and press on. Ajith explains why suffering is ineviable in our Christian life. Instead of trying to avoid it, which won't work since there is bound to be suffering in our life, he teaches us how suffering can draw us closer to God. Whether it is a difficult time, being tired, etc., we can choose to depend on God. I am also very touch by his personal sto ...more
Ron Reffett
This is a great book that is broken down into a 30 day reading, each chapter is short and can be read easily in one sitting. Aijth Fernando is the national director for Youth for Christ in Sri-Lanka has been since 1976. This is a great read especially if you find yourself experiencing trials and suffering in your life. This isn't a dour and depressing look at the Christian life but a call to joy in our suffering, we shouldn't go looking for suffering but when we do find ourselves going through i ...more
Dennis Henn
Nothing ground-breaking, but solid. The bulk of the book is Fernando's thirty meditations on suffering. Each starts with Scripture, a brief exegesis, application, and a quote or anecdote from a church saint. Fernando is from Sri Lanka and works for Youth for Christ there. He has experienced suffering and deprivation over thirty years of ministry. His experience saves the book from cliche.
Upon reading the title of this book, I knew that I need it right then. I am now in the process of working on my ministry, the Lord's greatest commission and this book made me realized why I get hurt and why I am at my happiest when I started on working on the Lord's harvest. Its because I love. Jesus made me realized that I do love Him, even then.
I love Ajith Fernando. He is inspiring, besides, he's also from Sri Lanka.

Anyway, I needed this book.

Update: I'm not from Sri Lanka. I just love a lot of people who are from the general vicinity (not Sri Lankans, quite a bit north, actually, but still in the area).
Rodolfo Villaruz
This is a great book for a christian want to know the purpose of suffering.

This might have a free-will delivery of message, but it's helpful for us so we are encourage to suffer.
Tim Mccracken
One of the best books written on encountering suffering in ministry, and how to continue to pursue God in spite of difficulties service to him.
Tim and Popie Stafford
A series of short meditations, closely related to Jesus Driven Ministry. I prefer the latter.
Kellie G
great and convicting read!!
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Ajith Fernando serves as Teaching Director of Youth for Christ in Sri Lanka after being National Director for 35 years. Ajith is a visiting lecturer and Council President of Colombo Theological Seminary and also serves as Visiting Scholar at Tyndale University College and Seminary in Toronto. He has written 15 books and his books have been published in 19 different languages. The Call to Joy and P ...more
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“Now I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh I am filling up what is lacking in Christ's afflictions for the sake of his body, that is, the church, of which I became a minister according to the stewardship from God that was given to me for you, to make the word of God fully known, the mystery hidden for ages and generations but now revealed to his saints. To them God chose to make known how great among the Gentiles are the riches of the glory of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. Him we proclaim, warning everyone and teaching everyone with all wisdom, that we may present everyone mature in Christ. For this I toil, struggling with all his energy that he powerfully works within me.” 0 likes
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