|Letter from the President—Steve Nelson|
(From the December 2016 edition of HopeSpeak)
Dear Hope of Survivors Family,
When Jesus sent out His first ambassadors of grace, He commissioned seventy elders to go before Him into the towns and villages preparing the fields to reap a bountiful harvest. As they were about to leave He makes a profound statement about the work on which they are embarking. He says, "The harvest truly is great, but the laborers are few; therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest." (Luke 10:2 NKJV)
One might think these seventy trained men, energized by their mission, empowered by the Spirit, would not be considered merely a few. Jesus commissioned them to do great things for the kingdom of God—heal the sick, bring peace to those who were open to their Heaven-ordained mission, and they returned telling of miracles and blessings beyond their wildest dreams. Yet Jesus also knew this commission would reach far beyond their time. This commission was given to all God's faithful followers to the close of time. People like you and me, men and women who have been given a monumental responsibility to preach this same healing message. And today, more than ever, His words ring true. "The harvest truly is great, but the laborers are few."
So how do we complete our work? What can you do? Let's look a little closer at His words. Yes, we all see how great the harvest truly is, but how can each of us make a real difference? Apparently, Jesus also knew that those who would be able, or willing, to go into the harvest would always be few in number. But does that mean the work will never be finished? When we look at the difficult task of reaching the lost, probably one of the most challenging persons to bring into the Shepherd's fold is one that a wolf has carried off and nearly devoured. This precious lamb is hurting, losing faith in the Shepherd, and often perishing out in the cold. Yet there is still good news! Jesus told us to "pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers." God has answered these prayers, many I'm certain were ascending to His throne long before the ministry of The Hope of Survivors came into existence. Heaven has answered the prayer of many lost and broken souls. We praise God for this amazing privilege and gift of service commissioned to us, but there is still one more important need. Remember Jesus' words "the laborers are few." That part still needs the help of God's church, everyone has a part they can do to bring back the lost and dying sheep.
Here is where Heaven's Commissioner is calling you. You can share the healing message of The Hope of Survivors' ministry with others. It may be legislation efforts that some of you have been tirelessly putting forth to protect the vulnerable within our folds. It may be to start a support group in your community, or to share some of our materials in your home church. We will send them to you free of charge, just ask. Or perhaps you're not able to be on the front lines promoting this delicate issue. That's ok too, but you can do something that is still vitally important. You can "pray to the Lord of the harvest" to sustain His servants who are daily going into the harvest to find His missing sheep who are in the heat of combat with their enemy. Yes, there is one last part of Jesus' commission. I believe Jesus recognized that the workers would be few in number because the support to sustain His servants on their journey would also be few. This may be an area in which you can truly make an eternal difference.
Yes, there are countless ministries needing support, and we certainly can't tell you where God is asking you to give, but we can assure you that every donation given to this ministry will enable to help us reach many lost sheep for Him. Thank you in advance for your generous support! Isaiah 5:20, "Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!"
God bless you,
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