Baga Beach on a Sunday night in Goa

We have been hearing some amazing stories of ordinary people going out to share stories of Jesus with their neighbors and villages near them. It has been extraordinary.

This morning Rick and I woke up thinking of the old hymn , Bringing in the Sheaves:

“Sowing in the morning, sowing seeds of kindness, sowing in the noontime, and the dewy eve.

Waiting for the harvest and the time of reaping, we will come rejoicing bringing in the sheaves”

We are so excited about helping pastors help other pastors and spread the word that we can simply find persons of peace, and share stories of Jesus and start discovery groups with people who are interested in hearing more.

This week we met with 27 Nepali pastors on zoom, who are anxious to learn more as they go out to reach unreached villages. Recently, they have seen Sujata healed, baptized and burn all her idols in just a few weeks. They have also seen a witch doctor come to know Jesus and want to learn more.

In West Bengal, also many healings have taken place as ordinary people go out to share with their neighbors. One lady had an infection after a childbirth and was instantly healed by prayer.

Outside Varanasi, many rural pastors are gathering together to learn more about making disciple makers and doing discovery groups in their areas. We are excited to meet with them in October.

And in Gujarat, we have friends who have a vision to reach the state, and new areas are opening up to them. We will meet with over 20 workers next week on zoom as preparation for a retreat we will conduct in Ahmedabad in October. There are many unreached villages all over Gujarat and God is sending people to reach them right now.

Matthew 9:37-38 “Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.”

Please pray as the Lord of the Harvest sends more workers out to sow and reap the harvest of new believers in Jesus. Ask God how He wants you to be part of it as you go into your neighborhoods! Feel free to share your stories to encourage others in the comments!


And here is the rest of the hymn:

Sowing in the sunshine, sowing in the shadows,
Fearing neither clouds nor winter’s chilling breeze;
By and by the harvest, and the labor ended,
We shall come rejoicing, bringing in the sheaves.

Going forth with weeping, sowing for the Master,
Though the loss sustained our spirit often grieves;
When our weeping’s over, He will bid us welcome,
We shall come rejoicing, bringing in the sheaves.

Let’s do this! Rain or shine! We are His ambassadors!

Psalm 126:6, “He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him.”

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