Dear Praying Friends,
I sat for an hour and a half speaking to a Maasi man about concepts he claimed to have never heard of: the depravity of man, the Sovereignty of God, and the redemptive plan of salvation. I wasn’t intending to speak to him of these subjects; but, his questions made it unavoidable.
We were seated in the shade on three-legged stools about ten inches high behind the weekly market in the small village of Mdori Tanzania. He did not live there. He came to sell a few heads of cattle. His home was much more remote and difficult to locate for anyone other than for those who were from there.
Though he did not hurriedly accept any of the three concepts I spoke to him about that blistering hot day, he greatly desired for me to go with him to his village, so he and others could learn more!
It was difficult, but necessary to decline.
I did not decline because I doubted his sincerity, nor because I was discouraged with his simplicity, but because I was dedicated to God’s superintendency! I understood that God had managed my affairs that day so as to purposefully merge our paths. I also accepted His oversight of our conversation as I spoke to him about our eternal destiny. But, God had already directed me to labor in this small village of Mdori. Yes, I desired to be with inquisitive people asking thought provoking questions, unlike what I had been experiencing locally. However, we do not doubt God’s previous leadings because of the lack of measurable results, nor because of the possibility of better results found elsewhere. We are called to be laborers whether that eventually evolves into being reapers or not!
In John 4:38, Jesus was admonishing his disciples that they were reaping souls in Samaria on fields white unto harvest because sowers had previously labored in fields brown unto death! The disciples could see ‘white fields’ from near, but only because of sowers who saw them from afar – and labored.
Around 1780, William Cary went to India and labored under much frustration, loss, and duress seeing his first person converted only after seven years of ministry. When asked how he could endure such laborious ministry he simply answered: “I can plod.”
I implore you to uphold your missionaries in laborious prayer as they plod, whether they be doing so in white harvest fields of plenty, or brown fields of drought!
Laboring for the Master!
GFF General Director