“Do you not say, ‘There are yet four months, then comes the harvest’? Look, I tell you, lift up your eyes, and see that the fields are white for harvest” (John 4:35).
This verse should alert us, causing us to stop and examine the context of Jesus’ exhortation and teaching. The disciples were clearly out of step with their Rabbi (teacher). They had gone into town to buy supplies so their journey could continue. When they returned to where Jesus was waiting for them, they “marveled that He was talking with a woman” (4:27), but said nothing. Then they offered Jesus some food, perhaps to derail any touchy subjects about talking with “foreigners” and especially a woman.
Jesus is not going to be derailed from the very purpose of being sent from the Father. I wonder sometimes how much time we waste in focusing on organizational development, methodology, and financial concerns rather than seeing our mission and call through the eyes of Jesus? The current thinking was there were “four months, then comes the harvest”. Is there really time to waste when Jesus proclaims the harvest time is NOW? Jesus and the Apostles were about doing the Father’s work with the simple methods they received through the Holy Spirit. His strategy is the only one that fulfills the commission to reach every people group with the gospel.
As Tim and Randy head out this coming week to S. E. Asia, please be praying for the Holy Spirit to ignite a work in those they train, so these countries and their unreached people groups are reached with the power of Christ in the gospel.
This is a list of each country and the number of People Groups (PG) and those still unreached (UPG). The percentage should cause the church to REPENT and realize much time we have wasted.
Thailand: PG 115 - UPG 82 (71%)
Cambodia: PG 42 - UPG 30 (71%)
Laos: PG 135 - UPG 113 (84%)
Vietnam: PG 118 - UPG 69 (59%)
Myanmar: PG 152 - UPG 49 (32%)
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