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!!

Devil’s Playground

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God has given my husband and I a completely new direction within the last two years that I never imagined would be the road we travel.  We’ve been in the  ministry since 1998 serving in various roles within our church; Youth Pastors, Associate Pastors, Head Deacon, Women’s Ministry Pastor and we’ve cherished and love every minute.  Two years ago God directed us to the Inner City of Hamilton, Ohio.  The work we do is set among the prostitutes, drug addicts, alcoholics, criminals and dope boys and we wouldn’t have it any other way.

Over the last years we have been led to go out among them and build relationships.  We have developed some friendships and some losses but one thing remains the same; God died for each and every one of us including the dope boys.  We have met people that just want to come around to take and use up what God is using to help.  We’ve learned not to spend our time with people who are unwilling to change and invest in those that are.  Believe me there are far greater people that are unwilling to change, I mean deeply change.  These people are master manipulators, they do it for a living, so they will tell you what you want to hear to get what you are giving out.  You feel me?

There have been a few lives we’ve been honored to see saved, pr

uned and grown.  Praise God for that honor.  Friends, the fields are still white for harvest but we need to be going to them.  We spend too much time, money and effort begging people to come into our buildings on Sunday.  Then we expect the Pastor standing behind the pulpit to “win” them to Christ.  This is not the “church” that Jesus gave His precious life for.  He did not die so that we can have nice pews.  Jesus left us here on earth to be His hands and feet and one day a week, sitting in a pew, or standing behind a pulpit doesn’t cut it.  Jesus’ church gets dirty, goes to the crack houses, loves on the drug addicts, gives hope to the hopeless, shelter to the homeless, and joy to a child’s heart.

The church that Jesus died for is unstoppable and connected to one spirit with one purpose.  When we look upon God’s kingdom on Earth we see lives changing, communities transforming, families restored and addicts delivered.  These are some of the great things of God that is beyond our control and only truly taking place where Jesus is the head and lead shepherd.

As we look around our community and into the face of many broken people we see the captives of this world.  We need to get on the offensive, go face to face with the enemy and storm his playground; amen!

Join us any Saturday or Sunday as we Take it to the Streets – all for His Honor and Glory!!  We go in the name of Jesus and no other name!
Praise Him!