Plentiful

 

harvest field

 

Matthew 9: 36-38  When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.  Then he said to his disciples, The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few.  Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.

Eastside Mission had it’s kick-off community block party outreach yesterday.  I must say it was absolutely amazing to be back on the streets after 8 months of “being still” and waiting on God.  During the 8 months God was growing, stretching and preparing us as He was about to expand our borders.  After 4 years of inner city street ministry on Main Street in Hamilton we thought God had really given us a HUGE mission field.  Now, reflecting back we realize that was our time of preparation.  

Back to yesterday, we had all kinds of fun activities for our introduction into the neighborhood. Pastor Felix and I spent the time by getting to know our neighbors, meeting their families and talking about their needs and the community needs.  At one point, I remember standing a midst all the busyness of serving and lovin’ on people I had a count of 175 people that we were blessed to serve this day.  We have approximately 1700 people within immediate radius, we passed out 560 total flyers and served 175 men, women and children.   As I’m standing there and process all of the conversations I was having, watching the kids playing I am feeling overwhelmed with all the needs.  Trust me, the needs in this area are many!  As we suspected there is a lot of heroin and addicted mommies and daddies.  Many generations living together in small houses and not being able to make the ends meet.  

For some time leading up to the kick-off and even more today we have been posting pictures, sharing needs, asking for volunteers and I’m starting to feel myself getting stressed about how in the world are we going to accomplish this.  This is 4x what we did and served over on Main Street.  God what in the world are you thinking?  So as I’m starting into that familiar tailspin I pick up my bible and I start reading about Jesus going into a city and Him telling the disciples that the harvest is plenty but the laborers are few.  Man God is so awesome 2,000 years ago He knew that there would be a great need for workers in the harvest field.  God knows we are facing many needs financial, volunteers, supplies, etc. but God ALSO knows that the laborers are few; therefore, as He is guiding me in His word to ask Him to send out workers into His harvest field.  Because bottom line – He has given Pastor Felix and I the charge of stewardship over this mission and building His church among these un-reached people and whether He sends us 2 or 20 we are going to praise Him, serve others and glorify our God as we pray for God to send the laborers.  Won’t you take a minute and join us in praying for this harvest field and the workers to serve in it!!  God might also be calling you to take a step out, he may be calling you to step outside of the church you are comfortable in with the friends and family you love and do some water walking!

Praise Him!!

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Prisoner of Shame

Image  John 4 – The Woman At The Well

On Thursday evenings I have the honor of going to the Jail in our city and bring the Gospel of Jesus Christ to broken women.  Last Thursday I preached on being a Prisoner of Shame to my girls of J Pod.  This woman we read about in John chapter 4 has a bad reputation, she’s been married 5 times and is living with another man, that isn’t her husband.  She runs with the wrong crowd and she is definetly no angel.

Because of her reputation and the shame she felt because of it she would wait until the hottest part of the day to go to the well to get water.  Most of the women went first thing in the morning before the noon day sun.  Not this women, she was too ashamed so she wanted to avoid contact with the other women.

One particular day while at this well she met Jesus a Jew.  He told her about all the things that she had ever done, and told her he had living water to give her so that she would never thirst again.  Not only were the things he was telling her amazing to her but the fact that Jesus, a Jew would even dare talk to a Samaritan Woman.  

But Jesus is no respecter of persons; he loves us all.  This woman had been married five times, can we just say that she was looking for love, acceptance and happiness in these men and they failed to make her happy.  Jesus wanted her to be happy so he was offering himself as the Living Water that would forever satisfy her.  With this water she would be happy during the good times and the bad. 

Jesus told her to go and tell her husband about the living water she had just received and she admitted that she didn’t have a husband.  When Jesus already knew she didn’t have a husband, but he wanted her to realize that she had been looking for love in all the wrong places.

During this encounter Jesus did something that he had not done before, he announced publically to her that He was the Christ.  She was so happy she left her water pot, ran back into town and told all the people to come and she the man that had told her everything.  Many of the Samaritans believed in Jesus and they believed because of this woman’s witness. 

Friends, God used this woman who had been a prisoner of shame to reach many people, even to those people who had looked down upon her.  But check this, being the awesome Jesus that He is He used this woman to publically announce who He was.  Amazing!  That is my Jesus!! 

No matter what she had done or where she was in her life Jesus showed up, offered Himself to her as the living water because she was special and worthy of his time and love.

This story is so inspiring.  Doesn’t this just show us that Jesus will go out of his way, go down to the deepest lowest pit just to show us he loves us and that he wants us.  This is the story that I told the ladies Thursday as I offered them the living water of Jesus Christ.  Praise God 9 precious women received Him!

Praise Him!