In Matthew 9: 37-38 Jesus compared the missionary field to a perishing harvest. He said, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few”. These words were spoken 2,000 years ago but to this day the situation with missions still hasn’t changed much.
What is the harvest? It is open doors and present day opportunities to evangelize and preach the Word. Somehow we assume that these opportunities will last forever, and the doors will never close, but this is not true. The doors open and close, and the opportunities can be easily missed. The good news is that this process goes in both directions. While some countries close for the Gospel, others open for the Word of God.
Since 2003 we have been ministering in India. It would be interesting to count how many trips we’ve made, but we lost count long ago. We keep starting new churches, raising up new pastors and leaders, and building new children’s homes, schools and rescue centers. We want to gather the perishing harvest! While the doors are open we want to do as much as possible.
Sometimes our trips take us to very remote areas, and we preach the Word in some very strange places: slums, unfinished buildings, waste areas, remote difficult-to-reach villages. Why do we go there? Because there is a harvest to gather. There are people who are “harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd” (Matthew 9: 36).
Can you help us to gather the harvest? Can you pray for us, as Jesus encourages us in verse 38? Can you help us to reach the unreached? Become a part of the worldwide harvest, the Great Commission, which is given to us by Jesus, “Go and make disciples of all nations” (Mathew 28: 19). We keep preaching the Word and “harvest a crop for eternal life” (John 4: 36). We pray for you that you would experience the joy of harvest, just as the Scripture says, “that the sower and the reaper may be glad together”.