“...to send out laborers into his harvest.”
– Matthew 9:38, Luke 10:2
It is clear from the context of this verse we find in both Matthew and Luke that the spiritual commission (“pray for laborers…”) is closely connected with the deep sympathy Jesus have for the lost. He sees them as “harassed”, “helpless”, and “without a shepherd” (Matt 9:36)
And we find in Acts 13:2, the Holy Spirit telling the church at Antioch to, “set apart for me Barnabas and Saul (Paul) for the work to which I have called them.”
Three points are obvious from these verses:
The Lord is the initiator of missions and the call comes from Him (Acts 13:1)
He identifies and choses those He wants (Acts 13:1)
Those who are called are commissioned and supported by the prayers of the church (Acts 13:3)
On Wednesday, Daniel Gan, Ben Wong, Juventus, Clarence, Elissa, Ezekiel, Janice, Jeanell, Jervina, Joshua Khoo, Magdalene, Nicholette, Sean Tan, Shanice, Sheryl, Vashawn, Yuan Fu and Carmen – 18 youths from our church! – left for Cambodia.
They are going to be there visiting and doing stuff that only youths can do to fellowship, share, and bond with the Christian youths in three churches – Phnom Penh, the village in Smachdeng, and Kampong Som – three very active churches engaged in various activities to evangelise the people around them.
They deserve our prayers and support. They will travel by bus over long distances when they are there in the country, they will be eating food that will be prepared with standards different from what they are used to, they will teach, speak, and share … so, there’s plenty to pray for.
The pastors who serve in the three churches there are eagerly awaiting the arrival of our youths and are also praying and promoting the youths visit to non-Christians in the hope that they will come and hear the gospel lived out in the lives of ours and their youths.
“And let us not grow weary of doing good,
for in due season we will reap,
if we do not give up.”
- Galatians 6:9
Pastor Robert Chew