Efrem Smith is another speaker that I am familiar with from the speaking circuit of my days as a youth pastor and his days on the Youth Specialties circuit. He had always been beloved. And has had a highly notable ministry career.
Smith shared from Revelation 7, and spoke of the multitudes that made it through the Great Tribulation. It was a fascinating talk.
He talked about how "Jesus did not come to earth in the package of the privileged."
Then he shared about how missional living must be grounded in a faith that suffering is redemptive, and that God calls us to be standing with those who are disenfranchised, hurt,and suffering in order to be a part of God's work of redemption.
He said that when we need to "join those in tribulation in order to experience the kingdom of God'
Another popular quote from that talk "A people who are detached from their heritage is an idolatrous people"
Suffering with those forgotten and suffering in our backyard, and not just across the world, is central to what it means to be a part of a missional church.