Laborers for the Harvest

1 week, 4 Neighborhoods, 20 clubs, 104 kids, 44 new believers. Successful is the best way to describe JME in Terceira (local mission project that we did the first week of July).  It really was a fantastic week. Our team included 3 high school/college students, one of the CEF Portugal directors, Clara, and me. We lived out at the camp center and spent the days leading clubs and the nights preparing activities and playing Skip-Bo!

 104 kids is a lot, but when I look at it in comparison to the nearly 60,000 people that live on this island I realize we have barely scratched the surface here. For the first time in my life I’m really feeling and experiencing what Jesus was talking about in Luke 10 when He said “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few.”  Most of the people on this island would call themselves religious, but they have never been told the truth of the Gospel. They don’t know who Jesus is or that He died in their place to take the punishment for their sins. The message is here, and it’s slowly spreading. The four small evangelical churches on the island are working to reach their neighborhoods, and CEF is ministering to many children through camps and clubs, but honestly, we need more help.

I’m overwhelmed by the responsibility I feel, knowing that this is what He called me here for. But I am taking the advice we find in Jesus’ next words: “Therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest. Go your way; behold, I am sending you out…” I’m praying that the Lord will raise up leaders amongst the new believers and call more people to serve Him on this island. I know this situation isn’t unique to Terceira. All around the world, even in your own neighborhoods, there are people who need to hear the gospel. Jesus is sending us out. Will you be a laborer? 

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