And let us not grow weary in doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. Gal. 6:9
We have talked a lot about the many ways COVID has affected our lives and the ministries of the church. Yes, COVID has made it more difficult to make visits, minister to people, evangelize the lost and to even have conversations. While lots of things are a little more difficult, most are not impossible. We figure out how to do the things that are most important to us. Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association, National Football League, and other sports figured out how to make adjustments to allow them to play their games during the pandemic.
As Christians, we must pray and figure out how to evangelize the lost and minister to the needs around us during the pandemic. Many of us identified a person that we were going to pray for this year that they might be saved. I hope you have been praying for somebody. I want to encourage you to talk to your “one” about the Lord. Again, if I can be of any assistance please let me know. It has been exciting to see some fruit lately (Isaac and Steven trusting in the Lord). It has been exciting to have some people join the church the last couple of weeks (Joe, Tom, and Tonia). We all need to be reminded that God is still at work even though COVID is impacting so many people. Sometimes we have to make adjustments but we want to continue to sow seeds of the gospel knowing that if we faithfully sow the seeds, in due season, God will bring a harvest.
This week we have been praying for our international missionaries. This morning we got an opportunity to talk to Kyle and Molly Jones. They have now moved to the area where they will be doing ministry. They were so excited about their city, their team, and opportunities to evangelize and disciple people in their community. One of the nationals that work with them lead a Muslim family to the Lord this week. It encouraged my heart to see how excited they were to serve as a missionary and make Christ known in that part of the world. As we have watched videos this week from Kenya, Croatia, Thailand, and the Americas we have seen some of the fruit of the labors of our missionaries. God is changing hearts and saving people all over the world.
Let us continue to pray and give for the sake of the gospel. While we aren’t able to go to many places right now due to COVID, we can pray and we can give. Our International Mission Board has over 3,500 field personnel on the ground right now who are engaging over 1,200 people groups. Sadly, there are still over 3,000 unengaged and unreached people groups. Now is not the time to slow down or grow weary in the Great Commission. I’m thankful that in times like this when we can’t go on mission trips, the International Mission Board has missionaries on the field to carry on the work. We get to join them by praying and giving. Let’s give generously this year and meet our $20,000 goal and let’s pray like never before for our missionaries. Kyle and Molly asked us to pray for them as they continue to learn the language, meet people in their area, start their ministries, and have time with the Lord to grow in their personal faith. (They are going to send us a list of things that we can send them and we will share that with the church.)
As we come to the end of 2020, I am excited about the new year. I’m excited for Kyle and Molly and what God is doing around the world. I’m excited to start a new series in January called “Turn Our Eyes Upon Jesus.” I’m praying for revival in our church and throughout our land. What if God turned the chaos of 2020 into a great awakening in 2021. While many have grown weary in 2020, let us pray for God to renew our strength in 2021. The fields are ripe for the harvest. Let’s pray for laborers and for the harvest. Now is the time!