Prepared for Action, Sober-minded
“Christianity, if false, is of no importance, and if true, of infinite importance. The only thing it cannot be is moderately important.“
~~~C. S. Lewis
“Therefore, preparing your minds for action, and being sober-minded, set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.”
~~~1 Peter 1:13
If Christianity is of infinite importance than it is worthy of our utmost obedience. I am privileged to witness this truth being lived out by Jacob.
After Preston and Laurel left we had no specific, immediate ministry event lined up, but!… it’s not as if there were nothing else to do. No, there was harvesting to be done. I asked Jacob why having land necessitates plowing and planting and harvesting. “Well,” he answered, “because it exemplifies hard work and productivity and it gives a good testimony within the community.” He also stated, “The ground needs to be ready to plant the second crop of the year and with upcoming pastor’s retreat time is limited to harvest and get the soil tilled for planting.” So, around here, there is no “resting on our laurels.” (No pun intended, Laurel!) Much of last week and this has been spent (on Jacob’s part) in overseeing and participating in the harvesting of our 10 acres of soybeans. It looks to be a pretty productive crop, too. One hundred percent of the profits will be placed into the ministry of RAU.
Jacob is respected for his getting out there in the middle of it all and working with everyone on the projects. Little by little, he is also teaching the men how to operate the machines. So far, he has trained a couple of men to use the lawn mower and weed-eater and during this harvest time was able to teach one of the men how to operate the tractor. Jacob has grown to respect these men, too, for their faithfulness and hard work.
In the middle of harvest time Jacob received word from Charles of another invitation by the Muslim leaders to share the infinitely good news of the Gospel in their own trading center within Yumbe District. It will happen on the 26th of July, this coming Sunday afternoon. We have been told by Muslims leaders that the preaching of this message brings peace when it is heard and that is why they want the message shared openly! It will be happening in a very busy marketplace from the rack of the Land Cruiser so, potentially, many people will be listening. The trading center is very near a large Mosque. Jacob loves to preach next to Mosques. Please be fervent in prayer during this time. According to the difference in time zones, it should be around the hours that people are getting ready to go to church (8-10 a.m.). Charles also received some feedback through a friend that one of the Imams that attended the past two dialogues in Yumbe really enjoyed the gatherings and he very much wants to continue interacting because he “learned a lot about Christianity that he had not previously known.“
Jacob continues to keep his eyes on the prize and to set his hope fully on the grace that will be given when Jesus Christ is revealed on THAT DAY! He is prepared for action and sober-minded. May the Lord use that readiness to bring great glory to Himself and joy for all peoples!
Thank you for your continued prayers and partnership!
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The greatest evil is having the gospel and not doing everything within our power to get it to those who do not have it. May the Lord grant each of us His followers the wherewithal to be obedient disciples! Jacob W. Lee
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