Paul, Silvanus, and Timothy, To the church of the Thessalonians in God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ:
 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
 We ought always to give thanks to God for you, brothers, as is right, because your faith is growing abundantly, and the love of every one of you for one another is increasing.  Therefore we ourselves boast about you in the churches of God for your steadfastness and faith in all your persecutions and in the afflictions that you are enduring.
I think we need to start boasting. We shouldn’t boast about ourselves, but others. We don’t do this we talk about the persecutions that the Sudanese Christians are faced with, the persecutions that other Christians are faced with and we are horrified. We mourn. I think we need to start boasting. The Sudanese Christians show great strength that is admirable when they face these persecutions. It is a testimony to the faith if there ever was one. The Swedish Mission province that is everywhere maligned in the press and threatened with imprisonment for saying things like homosexual activity is a sin, show remarkable courage in confessing the faith. Lets take a cue from Paul and start rejoicing in the confessions of faith these people are able to make before the world. Lets start boasting about them in the churches of God. What a wonderful blessing we have in these people who stand tall for the faith!