Young people from all over the country gathered for a three day retreat in another city. We went and spent an afternoon with them. We talked about enduring persecutions with pleasure for the sake of Jesus. Since He bore more agony than we can imagine, and took our pain so we don't have to. After this picture was taken, Renee and I drove back home.
The group travelled home separately. They were soone held up by police, searched, interrogated for 5 hours, and falsely accused of taking lost articles from the retreat facility.
There just an hour before we heard scriptures, one said: "Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything." (James 1:2-4)
And we read another scripture from the gospel of Mark 10:28
Peter said to him, "We have left everything to follow you!" "I tell you the truth," Jesus replied, "no one who has left home or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or fields for me and the gospel will fail to receive a hundred times as much in this present age (homes, brothers, sisters, mothers, children and fields—and with them, persecutions) and in the age to come, eternal life. "
Our young brothers and sisters were released by police and hour from home at 10pm without a charge and without apology.