We need to transform the meaning of effort and difficulty in the area of mission. At the moment we are hearing a no as a failure, it is making us feel rejected not only by the person who said no, but also by the church. but what if we start thinking “a no” means “a not yet”? Not yet gives us a path into the future. It means we can ask the person again, or go on and ask another person. Is you church gripped in the tyranny of now? If so I think we need to praise faithfulness where we cannot see the immediate result. This will give greater persistence and lead to hope. Encourage new and all Christians to invite someone to take a closer look at Christ and his church and if the person we ask says no, then think not yet and start to hope.