Considering His Harvest

October 22, 2008 by Paul Chappell

In Matthew chapter 9, we find Jesus going about His father’s business.  He was teaching, preaching and healing the sick among the people. He then pauses for a moment, and the Bible records these words:

“But when he saw the multitudes, he was moved with compassion on them, because they fainted, and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd. Then saith he unto his disciples, The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few; Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest.

This week, during our Mission Conference at Lancaster Baptist, we are considering His harvest. It has been our privilege as a church family to host a number of missionaries who have answered the call of God in their lives and have gone to the foreign field. It has been a thrill for me to see these families share their burdens and visions for their fields.

missions sunday

This year we constructed a village on the front lawn of our campus for the children of Lancaster Baptist. The name of the village is “Wynochu Village” (Why not you). Each day, the children have had the opportunity to visit the missionaries in their huts and learn more of their fields. It has been a blessing to watch their excitement for missions, and we pray that their hearts will remain tender toward lost souls as they grow older.

Last night Dr. Sisk brought a powerful message from Psalm 2 in which he asked the question: “Who wants the heathen?” Sadly, too often Christians stand by as the heathen go to Hell. What are you doing to make an impact for worldwide missions?  We can all do something. We must go. We must give. We must pray.

Charles Spurgeon once said,
“If sinners will be damned, at least let them leap into hell over our bodies. And if they will perish, let them perish with our arms about their knees, imploring them to stay. If hell must be filled, let not one go there unwarned and unprayed for.”

Please pray that we would allow God to do a great work in our lives this final night of the Missions Conference.


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