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!