Pastor Wayne Derber
Phone: 815-570-2088 (home) 815-508-3435 (cell)
“Harvesting God's Fields”
And he (Jesus) said to them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few;
pray therefore the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.” – Luke 10:2
Dear Friend in Christ,
These are busy days for farmers as they work to harvest their crops of corn and beans. No farmer needs to be told the importance of the harvest. The harvest is the climax of another year of hard work for a farmer in planting and tending the crops.
There is a harvest even more important than corn and beans – a harvest of people. All around us are fields of people who are not Christian. All around us are fields of people who do not know God and his love. All around us are fields of people who are not following Jesus as their Lord and Master. Indeed, “the harvest is plentiful.”
Unfortunately, “the laborers are few” for this plentiful harvest. Jesus wants to harvest people into his kingdom. But few people want to do the work of harvesting. Harvesting is hard work for farmers. Harvesting is also hard work for Christians.
The first thing that Jesus asks us to do is to pray – to pray for people to do the harvesting work in God’s fields. Second, we can give money to help support missionaries and new mission congregations in our nation and around the world. Third, we can invite people to attend our own worship services. Fourth, we can reach other people by living loving and compassionate lives that demonstrate that we are following Jesus.
Jesus said that “the harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few.” Will you help with the most important harvest of all?
In Christ, Pastor Wayne