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Author and pastor Calvin Miller says he thinks the most vibrant missionaries he has met are medical doctors serving in lonely outposts of the Arab world. These physicians and nurses are aware that in winning a Muslim to Christ, they condemn their converts to ostracism and persecution—even martyrdom.

One doctor said to him, "How do you think I feel in longing to lead people to Christ, knowing that the moment my patients receive Christ they face a life-and-death contempt in this culture?"

"It must seem pointless," Miller replied.

"Pointless?" the doctor said. "This is the point of the gospel—the cost and consequence of receiving Christ is the entire point of ’Take up your cross and follow me.’"

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