Devotionals - Four Weeks Until Departure
“Then He said to his disciples, ‘The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field”. Matthew 9:37 -38”
How many times have you heard this verse prayed? How many times have you prayed it? I can tell you that there are many faithful Christians in our host country praying it right now, pleading with the Lord to send workers to the field, workers to come help them reach their nation for Christ. You are the answer to their prayers!
Read Matthew 9:35-36. These verses talk about how Jesus had compassion on the crowds because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Jesus went through the towns and villages teaching people about the Good News and healing the sick. You now have the opportunity to do just as Jesus did and just as He commended His disciples to do. You will go into the orphanages and shelters where the children and maybe some of the workers have never heard the Gospel and teach them the Good News through your actions and through the love you show them. You can also see the sick healed. These children are hurting and want attention and love shown to them. We should pray for God to heal the loneliness and hurt that we will see around us and believe He can and will. But He also uses physical means to heal these hurting children. The humanitarian aid you bring and give to them gives them physical help and a memory of the ones who took the time to visit them and bring it to them. You will have the opportunity to give this aid to some hurting children. Your simple act of love may not be seen immediately and may not be acknowledged. However, God’s love through you has a tremendous impact that does not come back void! I remember one little boy who was in a TB ward at Children’s Hospital #15 in St. Petersburg, Russia. He was the youngest of nine and the only boy, and they had survived alone on the streets. He sat there on the dirty floor, motionless, and never looked up as we came into the room. I felt compassion and held him. He never reacted or looked up, but the Russian nurse who knew him told me he was enjoying that. He needed to be held and loved. That morsel of hope may be the one thing he needs as a memory to want to find that Christian love again. You are Jesus with skin on! Most orphans by their early 20’s end up in crime, prison, prostitution, drug addiction, or homeless. Some have committed suicide. You may very well be the one that God has sent to have compassion on some one to give them hope and more importantly to tell them how to receive Eternal Life!
Answer the call for workers in God’s field now. Tell the Lord you are ready to serve Him. Pray that He will give you the same strategic compassion and desire to help the orphans and hurting children just as He has.