Plowing the Land and Getting Ready to PlantPosted by pat on Dec 27, 2011 in Authors, Blog, Dominican Republic, Missions, Pat | 0 comments
Proverbs 16:3, “Commit your work to the Lord and your plans will be established.”
Proverbs 24:27, “Prepare your work outside, get everything ready for you in the field; and after that build your house.”
This is the theme for us for the next few months. In fact, through the work of the Spirit, we’re already in the middle of “getting everything ready for us in the field” through our time serving with Makarios. The main question we get now that we’re venturing on our own is “What is your ministry focus?” It’s a very honest and obvious question to ask…and we’d ask the same thing if we were on the other side. And while we have all kinds of ideas in our brains about potential ministry opportunities, the truth is we need to wait before we commit to or announce any ministry focus. If we did, it wouldn’t be fair to God as we’ve only just started this phase…which is somewhat hard to grasp since it feels like we’ve been doing this for months when in reality we were quite busy committing our time to our previous ministry work.
Our time now is to “get everything ready” before we “build our house” of ministry. So, what is our “everything?” It’s people. It’s relationships. And it’s spending lots of time praying for the Lord to open doors to the areas where He wants us to focus.
To help us in get started, we are going to walk alongside those already out there ministering in the area. We’ve met several other missionary families who’s ministries focus on a variety of aspects (from church planting and direct evangelism to education, abstinence education and work with women in prostitution…to name just a few). But even though there are several others ministering in the rea one thing is for sure…the field is still ripe for harvest and there is plenty of work to be done for the Lord. We are also going to rely on our national friends here (Bernard, Emmanuel, Santa and Alfredo, Pastor Pedro “Amouri”, and the staff at Makarios) to help us in mapping out the needs (and assets) of the areas around us. They know the lay of the land better than we do and have a different perspective to offer.
This is going to be a great time of discovery. We will meet new people and venture off into unknown places. It’s also going to be dirty work that requires great discipline. And it will no doubt also be a time the enemy will use to distract us and cause us to question ourselves, grow impatient and lose focus on the Lord. So, we need you.
Would you join us in praying for the Lord’s guidance and for “His plans to be established” in our work?
For His glory.