How awesome it is to write about great successes, souls being saved, baptisms and the church increasing in blessings. While it’s tremendous to write these reports, it’s not the whole story if you omit reporting afflictions. Successes are far greater in light of afflictions of the faith. “But call to remembrance the former days, in which, after ye were illuminated, ye endured a great fight of afflictions.” (HEB. 10:32) Afflictions follow “illumination” and they can have two results. They will either make you or break you as seen in Mark 4:17. What I want to emphasize is how much greater the successes are while enduring affliction for faith in Christ Jesus. Be encouraged with us if you are afflicted for your faith in the Lord. I believe that is the thing I am experiencing now.