“Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional.” This famous Buddhist quote attributed to Japanese writer Haruki Murakami carries a great deal of truth. The proposition, however, is that we choose not to suffer. If pain is something we can never avoid, we can choose not to be stuck in suffering.

The Gospel of Jesus Christ, however, does not try to avoid suffering. The whole Gospel is based on the choice of a Father, God himself, who decided to suffer the loss of his Son, and the Son himself who chose the cross. Their choices were inherently connected to the greater good of human redemption and their own glorification.

Talking about the “Suffering Church” can be tricky. Some people construe that we are merely talking about the poor and needy. However, our experience with persecuted Christians from all over the world has led us to understand that, just like our Lord and Savior did, many of them do suffer by choice. Many of those suffering souls could simply deny their faith, for instance, and no longer be persecuted in their homelands.

As members of the Western church we claim to suffer for very minute reasons, and most Christians clearly recognize that in comparison, others suffer even greater challenges because of their faith. The question then is, how can they do that? How do they stay resilient through their suffering, if many of them could just walk out of it?

First, they truly grasped what eternity means. On numerous occasions I heard persecuted Christians in the Middle East say that they were not afraid of death. One of them even stated that nobody could kill a dead man, clearly referring to the death of his old self and his new condition in Christ (Gal. 2:20). Indeed, it is not possible to kill a Christian, all one could do is to anticipate his eternity.

Secondly, they know there is a spiritual component of this fight. The Bible clarifies that we are not fighting against men, but against a whole spiritual system (Eph. 6:10-20). In the video The Nine: Overcoming ISIS, an Iraqi Christian affirms, “I know from the Bible that this is not them. It is Satan who leads them. They are people just like me but Satan controls them. I forgive them with all my heart and we love them.” It would probably be unbearable to suffer for Christ being fueled by hatred and bitterness. These brothers and sisters understand there is another war going on, for which they completely depend on God.

Thirdly, they see their suffering as worship. They understand that God is glorified when they stand firmly in the courage of their convictions. They choose to rejoice and be glad for the honor of suffering for Christ (Mat. 5:10-12). Their true song to the Lord is sung in the midst of the turmoil. Under extreme risk and oppression they compose their psalms.

Finally, and maybe most importantly, they believe that God has a plan. 1 Peter 4:19 says, “Therefore let those who suffer according to God’s will entrust their souls to a faithful Creator while doing good.” These brothers and sisters truly believe that God is at work amidst their struggles. He does have a plan and it has to be good one.

May these lessons inspire and encourage us to keep pressing on through our suffering. Yes, pain is inevitable. As for the true Christian perspective, suffering is pain with purpose, and if the purpose glorifies God, then it is not something we should want to avoid.

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  1. The purpose of our suffering for the sake of Christ are as listed below:-
    Through our sufferings,
    1 – God’s Calling in us become burning and we do great exploits in the Lord God of Israelite.
    2 – We are pruned to begin bearing spiritual qualities.
    3 – We are competent.
    4 – We are compatible.
    5 – We have good characters,
    6 – we have the sound minded
    7 – We are competent,
    8 – We are consistent.
    9 – You become the history maker in an area you live and the entire world.

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MORE’s Global Headquarter is located in Colombo, in the state of Paraná in Southern Brazil. From this location we coordinate international projects and provide support to our missionaries.

In Colombo, MORE has a Mission Training School, that is focused on equipping Christians that have the calling to go into missions and help the Suffering Church. MORE also hosts refugees that are unable to stay in their countries due to religious persecution or war.



In operation since August 2014, MORE Uganda has helped run an ESL School in partnership with a Norwegian organization Refugee Alliance. MORE’s team visits periodically refugee resettlement camps providing support and identifying best ways to implement development projects


Southeast Asia

MORE Southeast Asia’s efforts are focused on refugee assistance and resettlement and community development initiatives with local Christians. Our base provides support and refuge to Christians of surrounding nations that are undergoing persecution.


Middle East

MORE Middle East started in 2014 with the goal to strengthen the suffering church in the region and to provide support to christians fleeing persecution and looking for refuge. 

MORE has small business initiatives aimed at helping Christians find work and dignity. There is also a dental and medical clinic for the community. MORE’s missionaries do on going visits to nearby refugee camps to provide discipleship and relief. 



MORE USA started in 2016 with the purpose to raise awareness about the suffering church with the american church and to build partnerships that will help support MORE’s global projects.


MORE Nepal works in partnership with other organizations and local churches. Our team is located in Kathmandu, the capital and visits the interior of the country periodically. MORE’s work has been concentrated mainly in the provinces of Dolakha and Sindhupalchok, which were deeply affected by the 2015 Earthquake.Nosso objetivo é desenvolver projetos que visem à recuperação da agricultura de subsistência – principal fonte de renda destas populações. A partir deste trabalho será possível promover meios de geração de renda para os camponeses por meio do comércio e exportação.

The goal for this location is to develop projects with local farmers to recover their land and subsistence, which is their main source of incone. As a result of this work, MORE believes we will be able to provide more income and support to the local communities.


Since early 2015 MORE Italy has been providing support to refugee resettlement projects and working alongside the Italian church. MORE Italy’s director has been working with refugee initiatives since 2011.

Our goal is to raise awareness amongst the Italian church to the reality of the Suffering church and the refugees that are arriving at the Italian shores daily.


MORE started as a response to the Haiti earthquake in 2010. After the emergency aid that was provided, MORE started it’s base with the focus to develop mid and long term recovering projects around the nation in partnership with local Haitian churches.

MORE Haiti has a Community Development School that is provided free of charge and is a training program to our Small Business initiatives which hold three core principles: financial investment, people development, and discipleship. Our program with those that want to participate in our school and small business initiatives lasts eighteen months. MORE Haiti also has ongoing projects with a local orphanage and a music school (REMIX School) .

Guinea Bissau

MORE Guinea Bissau is working in partnership with House Emanuel, a local orphanage. Our missionaries have been discipling and equipping teenagers and local children, many of which have never left the orphanage compound.


More Colombia started in late 2014. Most of it’s efforts are related to Small Business initiative in the rural area. In partnership with local churches MORE has also been providing support to internally displaced refugees that are running away from guerrillas and the internal conflict that has been ongoing for decades.


Central Asia

MORE Central Asia is providing support to Christians that are suffering persecution due to local regimes. Our missionaries have been encouraging and discipling local leadership.



In 2015, MORE started a new base in the northeastern region of Brazil in the deep drylands. In partnership with other missions, MORE has started small business initiatives to provide income and discipleship to families. As a result, a toy factory and a guitar factory are now in operation.