"You work for years you will not see. You work for the invisible all the time, but you work for the eternal. So it is all worthwhile." -Amy Carmichael
In about two weeks, our team will leave SEA. We will leave our neighbors who have welcomed us in their homes. We will leave the neighborhood kids who hold our hands as we walk down the streets. We will leave three college girls that we have poured into from day 1.
We have shared the Good News day after day. We have prayed to the Father expectantly asking for salvation. We will continue to do so even after we leave, but I never knew how hard it would be to leave a place that doesn't know who the Father is personally. We are trying to make the most of everyday, every hour and every minute we have to be effective for the Kingdom.
We have seen only a few accept Jesus Christ. However, those few could flip this area off it's feet to see and believe in Jesus Christ. Those few will be the brightest light on the college campus and in the neighborhoods they live in.
"For it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose." -Philippines 2:13
We are working for the good purpose so others will know how Jesus Christ has changed our lives and as long as we speak truth to these people, we are being obedient. We cannot force our neighbors and friends to see the difference of Jesus Christ and their Hindu gods. However, we can pray that they seek Truth and hide it in their hearts.
I know for a fact that each one of us has sought to be obedient to the Father this summer.
"Let us not become weary in doing good,
for at the proper time we will reap a harvest
if we do not give up." -Galatians 6:9
My prayer for my team is that even though it is difficult to see the fruit we work and pray so hard for, we will continue to expectantly pray for these people after we have left. We will continue to be obedient even when we are not physically here. I pray we do not give up on these people... that they genuinely seek to have the Holy Spirit in their hearts as we do. I pray that they see a difference in us and that they want to be different as well.
If we are truly followers of Jesus, we must not give up on these people that the Father created. He has never given up on me. He has never given up on you. He hasn't given up on these people who live across the world and has never heard of His name. He is before me, with me, and always ahead of me. He seeks to call these people His children. I pray that our team is motivated more than ever to share the Good News and pray expectantly knowing that everything happens in the Father's time, not ours.