"Do you not say, 'Four months more and then the harvest'? I tell you, open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest."
-John 4:35 (NIV)
My wife and I recently returned from living overseas for two years. I remember the first time we stepped back into a Wal-Mart Supercenter and how amazed we were by the quantity of food, variety of food, and even the price of food. Although I have never been a farmer and do not claim to be an expert in horticulture, I do have a fundamental understanding of how crops are grown and that the "harvest" we see in the Wal-Mart store is the end result of many people's hard work.
The same goes for Spiritual harvests. It is important to understand and acknowledge the years of labor that are essential to invest in order to reap the spiritual harvest spoken of by Jesus. For example, while China is currently seeing a tremendous "reaping" of an estimated 10,000 new believers every day, we must remember the thousands of faithful workers who poured their lives out preparing the way. Let us not forget or discount the sacrifices made by those who plowed the field, planted the first seeds, and nurtured the ground for many years.
Our sports workers are often serving as the spiritual plowers, sowers, and nurturers in parts of the World where the ground is hard, dry, and desolate. We trust that as a result of our representatives' selfless service, the Father will prove himself faithful and produce the harvest - even in the hardest soil - in due time.
Please consider how you can support our ministry and share in the harvest that the Father has provided through sports.