The Harvest is Ready

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Ready to harvest
John 4
34 Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me, and to finish His work. 35 Do you not say, ‘There are still four months and then comes the harvest’? Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look at the fields, for they are already white for harvest!
Though it wasn’t yet harvest season when Jesus told His disciples these words, for the crops were not yet ready to harvest, but as the disciples looked up, the men of Samaria were coming out in mass to hear the message of Christ.  The woman at the well had left her water pot to go tell the people of the city to come meet the Man who told her all things she had ever done.  “Must this not be the Christ?” she shouted.  As a result, the men of the city came out to meet this man who had so changed the worst woman in town.   As they were walking out to meet this “Man,” Jesus told His disciples, “Look, the harvest is plenteous.”
As I am now home from Asia, I can tell you, “Look, the harvest is plenteous.” People, people everywhere.  In the mid 1900’s there was a strong mission’s movement into the Philippines. Men who had been there in the war went go back as missionaries.  As a result, there is a strong gospel presence in the Philippines.  Yet, just like in the USA, there are millions still lost.
In Bangkok, Buddhism is strong.  I will show you more on Sunday but you cannot go around town without noticing mini-temples in front of houses and businesses.  These mini temples, it is believed, is where the evil spirits live thus freeing up the building behind it from the evil spirits living there.  People stop and light incense, leave bottles of red pop, and place figurines on these mini-temples.  How lost they are in this false belief.  Yet, Buddhism is everywhere.  The Christian churches are by-and-large, very small and far in-between.  Pray that the Lord of the harvest will send laborers into Thailand as He did into the Philippines.

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