Laborers for His Harvest

Lee DeYoung

READ : Luke 10:1-9

The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore ask the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest. (v. 2)

Each of 47 students in our January-May 2007 class at Lokichoggio came to be better prepared to minister back in their respective areas. The harvest in recent years has been bountiful.

One trainee came from Lecongole in Sudan’s Jonglei state of the Upper Nile region. On a brief landing stop there, I met pastor James Aleji Zelu. Prior to 2000, no believers in Christ lived anywhere in that area. James told me, “The people here were believing in other gods—worshiping the sun, rivers, and trees. Now when people hear the Word of God we pray for them and they receive Christ as God has called them.”

The first church was planted in the Lecongole area in 2000. Since then, four additional congregations have been planted there with the help of previous graduates from the Lokichoggio training program. Today 4,000 believers worship in five newly planted congregations every Sunday.

According to James, that’s just the beginning: “We are planning many more churches. We pray that God will grant that many more people will come to Christ. This training needs to continue because we have more called workers who need to be prepared for ministry.”

PRAYER

Raise up more laborers for your abundant harvest field, O Lord. Amen.