In my diary that day, I wrote the following:
“Mum (Janie’s mum) is doing it pretty tough. She has been crying nearly every thirty minutes or so. Missions is a cost for all involved, even the ones left at home. Mum didn’t ask to make the sacrifice, she just has to accept that God’s will for us is elsewhere… and that is not so easy.
But if we can reach people for God’s kingdom however, it will be worth it. All the tears and sorrow will be forgotten when we can introduce mum to the people who have made it to heaven, through our ministry, because she was willing to let her daughter go, and give her life for the kingdom. Eternity will show the harvest that will come from this sowing.”
What we have done: We have taught eight subjects in Bible College, representing 225 lecture hours. We have taught 40 Sunday School lessons to our youth group, and run approximately the same number of Friday Night Youth events. I’ve preached at two district youth promotions, and spoken at a National Youth Promotion, and sat in half a dozen committee meetings. I have preached seventeen times in our local church, and worship led a half dozen times. I have taught approximately 40 mid week Bible Studies sessions in my home, and authored two studies for our entire mid week Bible Study program. In between that, there has been much prayer, fasting, and study of the Word, and the day to day business of keeping the lights on, the car running, the bills paid, and the grass cut.
And God has miraculously looked after us, while teaching us to walk by faith. My declaration from experience is this: God will never let you down, when you are about His business. He has also given us our first baby, which is why we are heading back to Australia in a couple of weeks. Doctors said no. But God said yes. Don’t tell me God doesn’t work miracles.
Jesus never rested on His laurels. The Good Shepherd leaves the ninety-nine sheep, and heads out into the night to find that one lost sheep. My heart breaks as I think of the thousands more that we could reach. I’m happy about what I’ve done – but I want more – we need more, and we are simply running out of time. I will never be satisfied with what I have accomplished, because to do so would be to drift into a self-congratulatory, self-centered, inward focus. Jesus told us to lift up our eyes, and to not do so will lead to an eternally fatal consequence for someone in Vanuatu.
The Harvest is White.
The Time is Short.
In the last year – we are so thankful for the people who have supported us. Without your help, we couldn’t be here. With your help, we can see an even greater harvest in Vanuatu for the next 365 sleeps.
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