We are surrounded by a cloud of witnesses

Scripture reference

Hebrews 12:1 (ASV 1901)

Therefore let us also, seeing we are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,

Stories

A few days before leaving his homeland, Rees Howells listened to his pastor preach on Hebrews 12:1 and as though speaking specifically to him said “Young man, you may be leaving home, you may be going to a place where your parents will not see you; but remember, the cloud of witnesses and God will see you.” This word from the Lord became an encouragement for Mr . Howells when he faced temptation in the new place he traveled to!
Inspired by a great cloud of modern missionary witnesses, Christiana desired to be a missionary to those who had never heard of Jesus before.