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“Our role as outsiders is to support and encourage the people who are there over the long haul and sometimes that doesn’t sound like it’s doing much. It’s a profoundly important role.” – Brian Fikkert

Long-term, relational ministry is hard.  It is not usually real glamorous or a lot of positive short-term results.  The church in North America has had a view of missions that focuses on monthly or yearly results.  Relational ministry, however, starts very small and takes a long time.  Those on the front lines need the North American church to be a source of encouragement, with people who are praying for and standing with those on the front lines.