I am still amazed at how our team has shrunk in the few months I was gone from Peru. As you all know, the IMB went through some tough times the last few years. Part of being good stewards of what we have been given, is determining where to send new personnel. Another part of it has been not replacing existing personnel. Both aspects have affected our team and how we plant churches in South America. We are to say the least, short-handed.
This morning I was studying in Numbers, and today I came across chapter 11. The children of Israel were ready for some meat and thinking back to the good 'ol days in Egypt. Moses speaks to God, in a moment of little faith, wondering how they were going to get out of this one. Would they slaughter the flocks? Would all the fish of the sea be gathered? How did the Lord respond? He told Moses:
And the LORD said to Moses, “Is the LORD's hand shortened? Now you shall see whether my word will come true for you or not.”
(Numbers 11:23 ESV)
It made me think, what was it exactly that I was waiting to come true. The answer was our original Bible quote in our newsletters from the first two years:
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 ESV)
So that's it. That's God's word for today: "Stop complaining. Stop worrying. I am your everything. Just do what I called you to do and in MY TIMING, the harvest will come." He never promised the laborers would be plentiful, in fact, he warned the opposite would be the case when the harvest was ready. So we plant, we water, we wait on the Lord.