November - The Harvest

November 2004

Is the Harvest ready for Laborers?

"Teacher, do you know where Egypt is?"

After spending several weeks in East Asia under the watchful eyes of my high school students I'd learned to answer a variety of questions from "Do you like the movie Titanic?" to "What do you eat for dinner every night?" But something in the way this question was asked was different. "Yes," I replied, as we walked to the map on the wall of my Asian classroom and found Egypt. The next question he asked made my mouth drop to the floor.

"Do you know about Moses?"

I replied yes again and asked if he knew the story of Moses. My student smiled and said, "Oh yes, I've read a book about him and also about David and Goliath." Again, I picked my mouth up off the floor as I realized this was about to be a huge moment.

My student stopped, thought for a moment and said, "Why did God talk to some people like Moses and not to everyone?" A smile crept onto my face as I began to answer what I think is one of the greatest questions I've ever been asked.

"You see," I said, "God drew apart some people and spoke to them so that they would in turn go and tell the whole world." As the two of us stood over the map, I pointed to Israel, Africa, Europe and eventually his country showing him how from one nation all nations were to be blessed by the Good News and understanding of this one true God.

We stood there for a moment when out of the blue it hit me; this high school student had never been to a church. In his country, he had never really been around Christians. He certainly did not have a Teen Study Bible complete with study notes like I did when I was his age. But yet he knew the stories of what God had done throughout history and he wanted to know more.

Joshua 4:23-24 says that God dried both the Jordan and the Red Sea so that "…all the peoples of the earth might know that the hand of the Lord is powerful…." In 1 Samuel 17:46, David says he will kill Goliath so that "the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel." God's scope and God's purposes have always been global, but this day I saw in a new way how the miracles of the Old Testament affected nations and were a testimony of the one true God.

That day my student put his trust in a Savior. He had heard of this God, but had no way to understand how he could reach him. There a millions like him, billions more who have yet to even know of the amazing things that God has done throughout time. "And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone telling them?" May we be quick to realize the great needs of the world and ready to go ourselves to those who have not yet heard.

by Felicity Smith