Jonathan had arrived. His trip was a long one with many layovers, but he finally made it to Nairobi. My brother had decided to come and help with the media work that needed to be done in East Africa.
For some moments I sit, perusing Facebook and Google Plus. Lately, I had found such encouragement there. It seemed that it used to be that I was alone in promoting mission work and the work yet to be done in places yet to hear of the Gospel message. There was a time where it seemed that so few of my friends were involved in missions. When I left for my first mission trip, very few of my friends were in foreign missions.
But now… this is changing. Added to work in Thailand are whole families gone to the field devoting their time energies to sharing Jesus. I think of the two girls from my local church who are now working in Cambodia at a school, showing and sharing Jesus with their students. I think of others who left their own plans and desires aside and went to work in places of greatest need. But this is only part of the change that I’ve noticed.
In the last 9 months, throughout this trial of having no replacement in my work, and not fulfilling the personal burden that God gave me of sharing the need of missions through media, I have gathered courage from the Facebook and Google Plus posts of my friends who are catching the vision. In times when I seemed almost ready to give up, and too tired and exhausted to continue, the posts showing the vision of reaching the unreached coming from those in my circle of friends gave me strength to continue. It has really given me joy to see others in my circle of friends and even beyond personally picking up the burden of foreign mission work in unreached fields at the expense of their own personal dreams and plans. And yet, something still troubles me…
There are so many souls who are perishing without the Water of life. Many would receive Him if they knew of Him. True there are more labourers going into the harvest, but it’s not enough! There should be a thousand where today there is but one. If only every Bible believing Christian would feel that it is their responsibility to share Jesus with everyone they can, and not just the people who already know about Him. So many places are without any Christian influence, and even though the number of missionaries is increasing our time is rapidly decreasing. The time we have left to work is short! There is no time for delay! Delay will cost us… not money, but souls! And so although I see more missionaries going into foreign and unreached fields, my soul cries for many more labourers because the time left in which to work is so short! The night is rapidly approaching. Blessed are those who sincerely repeat and act on Isaiah’s words: “Here am I Lord, Send me.” Isa 6:8
And so even when our energy is gone, and our strength seems to have disappeared, we must continue for just a little longer. The energy may be gone, the strength may seem zapped, and our vision may feel dimmed, but we must continue for the sake of the souls who God has commissioned us to save. If we but continue working a little longer, we shall find rest in the hereafter when the work is finished and we have gone home.