Sunday, March 6, 2011

Signs of the Times…

Here are two signs of our times: one proclaims a national holiday celebrating el diablo, the other proclaims the work of God’s men claiming the world for Christ. Both events are happening as I write this, within a mile of each other. Nationwide people are partying with el diablo. In three cities this weekend, TPI is teaching, and men are learning, biblical truth. Some people are celebrating worldly pleasures, many inspired by Satan, while others are studying under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit.

Just as in Jesus’ time, the national leaders, even the religious leaders, were aware of what was happening but thought they were powerless to stop it. The Roman leaders sanctioned anything the Jews wanted to do, as long as it didn’t interfere with their control. The religious leaders tolerated the money-changers in the temple as normal, even God-sanctioned, activities.

Jesus knew better. He put a stop to it. And Jesus entered the temple and drove out all who sold and bought in the temple, and he overturned the tables of the money-changers and the seats of those who sold pigeons. (Matthew 21:12) Jesus took an unpopular stand (He did that a lot!).

The men here are also taking a stand. They are not overturning tables or emptying the temple, but while others choose to celebrate el diablo, they have chosen to teach and study God’s Word. It is such a blessing to know these men, to be with them, and to call them friends; men who take a stand for God against what many others in society have found acceptable, against what the government deems acceptable.

I thought you would want to know.

Please continue to pray for them.

Friday, March 4, 2011

The Workers

Then He [Jesus] said to His disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Therefore pray to the Lord of the harvest to send out workers into His harvest. – Matthew 9:37-38

How many times have you read that passage, and even said a prayer (or two)?

These past few days I spent with the workers (los obreros) in Jujuy in northwestern Argentina, I thought What would happen if EVERYONE responded to Jesus’ request to pray for workers, but NO ONE responded to God’s call to be a worker in the field?

I also realized that some people are praying the God would send workers into the field, and others are praying that God would bring workers into the field. Do you see the difference? Some people are sitting at home asking that God send workers where they are needed, and others are praying that God would bring workers to where they are needed.

Anyone reading the above passage has 3 choices: ignore it, pray for workers, or become a worker. Sandy and I have the opportunity to not only pray for the workers, and sometimes even be the workers, but we get to meet and fellowship with many of God’s workers in the field. These are men who are married and have families, like many of us, but have responded to the hunger God placed in their hearts for His Word. They are taking the gospel and biblical training into areas that do not even have a space on the map. They are winning souls for Christ, starting churches that multiply, and discipling others to do the same. They have responded to His call to be the workers in the field.

What an awesome privilege we have been given. If you have prayed for us, thank you. If you have supported us financially, thank you. If you want to know more about how God is working throughout Latin America, OR VISIT WITH US IN ONE OF THESE COUNTRIES, please contact us.