Expecting blank stares this morning, I began my Bible lesson with the ladies who had gathered. This past November, I had taught from Matthew 8 and decided I would continue teaching the things God has been working in my heart from this part of His Word. The ladies in our job creation program (LandMine Design) plus several others had joined for our teaching time. I casually asked if anyone remembered the story that I taught on back in November. To my surprise, Volek immediately raised her hand and began telling the story as if she was reading it word for word from the Bible. As she shared the story, I'm certain my mouth was hanging open, shocked at how well she remembered every detail.
We went on with the rest of the Bible lesson and plans for the day. It was a really good and full day! Tonight, I can't help and be amazed by Volek's memory. Sure, it's impressive that she could remember a little lesson from two months ago. But what tugs at my heart even more is the power of God's Word to hit its mark, especially in a place where people are so very hungry for it!
Preparing to teach the lesson this morning, I happened to read these verses about Jesus: "When He saw the crowds, he had compassion on them because they were confused and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. He said to his disciples, 'The harvest is great, but the workers are few. So pray to the Lord who is in charge of the harvest; ask him to send more workers into His fields." (Matt. 9:36-38). I'm seeing these words come to life in the hearts and longings of our villagers. The hunger to learn about God is palpable here. It's as if I'm seeing a new and deeper hunger that really hasn't been there before. Or perhaps I haven't noticed it as strong as I do now.
So tonight, I'm asking the Lord who is in charge of the harvest to send more workers to His fields. Would you join me in praying this over our little village out here? I see confusion and helplessness in our villagers. But, I also see hope and longing in their eyes. Some of them already know Jesus and are so very hungry to know Him more deeply. Some are just tasting His goodness and discovering a thirst they didn't know existed in their souls. All have a longing to know more...to grow...to deepen...to discover!
Thank you for journeying with me. Thank you for praying. Thank you for asking the Lord of the Harvest to provide His workers here.
Teaching this morning (with a few kid helpers!)