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Called to Suffering, Partakers of Joy: An Interview with Ajith Fernando


Pneuma Review: What encouragement can you give to the church leader that is struggling with the paradox of God’s promise to provide for every need and yet is experiencing hardship and pain all around?

Ajith Fernando: I suppose the first thing I would say is: “Don’t give up. Cling to the Word. God promises that he will turn it to good—just cling to that even in the darkest night. It will turn out for good—God is a god who keeps his promises!”

Be open to ways in which God can comfort and heal us when we are hurt.

But I would also direct the person to be open to ways in which God can comfort and heal us when we are hurt. Lament, fellowship, sharing our burdens with those we can trust, meditating on the word, grappling with God in prayer—all these are used by God to help us cope during the darkest night.




More resources:

Ajith Fernando is featured in “God of Joy, God of Pain” a Day of Discovery DVD, available from RBC Ministries at

Read the review: Ajith Fernando, The Call to Joy and Pain: Embracing Suffering in Your Ministry (Wheaton: Crossway, 2007).


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Category: Living the Faith, Summer 2008

About the Author: Ajith Fernando is the Teaching Director of Youth for Christ after being its national director in Sri Lanka for 35 years. He and his wife, Nelun, are active in church ministering primarily to the urban poor. His ministry includes mentoring younger staff and counseling Christian workers. He is the author of fifteen books published in nineteen languages. Facebook.

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