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A missionary returning home from a hard line Islamic society was asked in a question time, "How do you feel about persuading people to follow Jesus when it will result in them being persecuted?"

What a good question. For those people, to become Christians would mean becoming outcasts; living in fear of murder, even, at the hands of their own family and society. "How do you feel about telling people about Jesus when that's what you're calling them to?"

His answer: "Terrible." With a pained look, that was it. Half a minute's pause. Then he added, "But the alternative's far worse."