During the past few months, I have sensed on my heart a heavy emphasis for souls, and it has grown exceedingly. In the United States it seems that the hearts of many people are waxing worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived. Meanwhile, during my travels abroad to other nations, I have noticed that the same old deceptions used by the devil here in the U.S. are now being embraced by others around the world. We are living in perilous times, and the hearts of many people are increasingly growing cold toward one another and toward a desire to even know God.
Nevertheless, I am greatly encouraged that there still are souls to be sought! The harvest of the earth is ripe because our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ soon is to come as a thief in the night and rapture His church. Meanwhile, today, while there is still light, we Christians ought to be about our Father's business: The harvest of souls! The harvest truly is plenteous, but the sad reality is that the labourers are so few.
I just returned to the States from two international trips. My first trip was to a Restricted Access Nation--meaning that human authorities create difficulties and challenges for their people to have access to the Gospel. It truly is a beautiful nation. The people are bountiful in relationships, hospitality, and a beautiful culture. However, their lives are suppressed by superior entities beyond their control. They yearn for hope yet do not know where to find it.
I have the HOPE and His name is the Lord Jesus Christ! I was greatly privileged to go and serve some wonderful people for a short time. Many restrictions were put upon me, yet God did open doors for me to peacefully serve the people in deed and in the Word. I do believe the church will continue to grow in quantity as well as maturity because the people have a great opportunity. When human authorities take away people's false hopes in riches and leadership, then the true HOPE can become easier to see! Jesus Christ is that only hope.
Christians in Restricted Access Nations seem to have a better awareness of this truth than most of us in "free" nations where everything is readily accessible. Hope needs to be announced to these people; however, the laborers are few. It is grievous to report that a great number of people who want Hope and are ripe to receive Hope do not know about the true Hope. And the blame is ours. Romans 10:14 poses these questions: "How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard?"
How shall people believe on the Lord Jesus Christ if there is no one to tell them about Him?
My friend, have you ever considered becoming a missionary on a foreign field? Have you ever seriously fasted and asked the Lord if He would have you leave your comforts and go to serve a people group that does not know about our wonderful Savior? I am seriously begging you to prayerfully consider such an endeavor. Yes, there must be preparation, and it is true that the personal costs are high. However, the rewards are priceless and beyond your greatest imaginations!
For example, during my other trip, to the nation of the Dominican Republic, I encountered many divine appointments. And because of these divine meetings with people in common places, I had the privilege of spending time explaining the gospel to individuals who are searching for truth. One such time was when I was waiting for a friend in a boring hospital waiting room. I gave a gospel tract to a young man sitting next to me. He then began to read the whole tract. After he read it, I asked him if he understood what he read. We then discussed it, and about an hour later he asked me, "Can I receive Christ right here right now?"
I was so happy to hear him ask that. I joyously answered, "Absolutely!" And right there in a waiting room, he called upon the Savior for salvation.
This is just one of many joys that God gave me during my service in the Dominican Republic. God opened many doors for me to preach at many churches to exhort the people in matters soulwinning and discipleship.
God also provided some other opportunities for me to speak to needy kids at some schools. I was allowed to speak before a group of elementary school students as well as at the junior level school. During my talks, I shared my personal testimony and told how the Lord and the Bible have been helping me in life. In addition, I was asked to speak about an important topic that affects too many children: molestation and sexual abuse. Many times when children are being sexually abused they do not say or do anything because they are confused or frightened. So during my time before these students, I discussed important topics that will be a big help to them and their loved ones. For example, I explained to these youngsters what molestation and abuse are, and I emphasized the importance of going to a "good" person, such a teacher, and talking about what's on their minds.
Lastly, in the Dominican Republic, I had the opportunity to sit down and talk with certain leaders of a local church and discuss their plans to open a rescue boys home. I was greatly encouraged to hear about all the preparations they have made. And it's just a matter of time until some needy boys will have a safe place to call home!
I sincerely want to thank those of you who pray for this ministry and who faithfully financially invest in our work. Various challenges have arisen during the past three months, yet God has sustained.
Orphan Frontier has the privilege of partaking in helping orphanages, children's homes, and ministries in India, Israel, Malawi, Mexico, Peru, and the Philippines. You can learn more in detail about these ministries on our website at www.OrphanFrontier.org. Christmas will soon be here! If you might desire to give a financial Christmas gift to help an orphanage somewhere in the world, would you please earmark your special gift to note which children's home you desire to help?
And Merry Christmas!