It’s Harvest Time
He said to his disciples, "The harvest is great, but the workers are few.” (Matthew 9:37 NLT).
I remember as a child sitting in my backyard, bored because there appeared nothing to do. After sharing my frustration with my mom, I was suddenly given a list of things that I could do. Working in ministry can sometimes seem so routine that it appears that there is nothing meaningful to do, but there is. If we share our thoughts and frustrations with the Lord, the one who is in charge of the fields, he will show us what to do. A new assignment might emerge, or a revitalization of one that was.
For over eighty-five years we have been blessed to partner with the church in women’s ministry. This ministry was birthed out of the need to help our missionaries and educate women and children in the call to mission. This call has not waned nor lost its purpose. How we articulate and promote our methods has changed and evolved, but our message remains the same. There is a harvest of souls waiting for you and me to help show them the way.
Yes, we need workers. We need volunteers, we need women who care. As a leader I know that often it is difficult to find people to serve. When that has happened to me, I have learned to ask this question first, “Is what I am asking folk to do, inspiring, transformative, or meaningful.” If we design our ministries to make a difference in another person’s life, God will send the workers.
I encourage you to be as creative and culturally aware of your surroundings as possible. There are needs all around you, in and outside the local congregations! This great harvest surrounds us, our cities are ripe, the needs are massive, the homeless are among us, the marginalized are in our midst, and lost souls are abundant. It’s harvest time.
Let us pray to the Lord of the harvest how best to meet those needs, and he will send the workers.
We in the national office have provided tools to assist your endeavor. I encourage you to use the resources available: Connector Ministries (web-based ministry guides), re:Connect, CBO materials, Friday Connection, and this magazine to name a few.
It’s harvest time dear friends! We need workers, persons just like you and me who remember when they met Jesus!