The Harvest is Plentiful
Happy Fall Ya'll!
I know I have not blogged-it-up in a while but trust me, I have a really good excuse! As I have mentioned in many past blog posts, I have been serving at Alamo Stone Church for a couple of years now and I have become the Saturday/Friday Night Live Coordinator (SNL/FNL)
What is a SNL/FNL? It is an outreach event Alamo Stone does at local communities. We have had them at UTSA, Woodhill Apartments, and now Sagecrossing Apartments which happens to be the largest apartment complex in San Antonio. We provide a fun and family friendly venue with live music, free food, free raffle drawings, games, and speakers. It is a great way to get to know the community, allow for neighbors to meet neighbors, and most importantly, share the love of God.
I have had the pleasure of forming relationships at past SNL/FNL's and have witnessed relationships that were built. It has been such a huge blessing coordinating these outreach events. They have become my "babies" so to speak.
This Saturday is the 8th SNL/FNL that I have been a part of. I cannot believe it! And, it is my last to coordinate... I am so blessed to have had someone that I have been coaching and mentoring to pass this event off to.
You see, God does not call us to hoard and serve alone in this plentiful harvest. He calls us to sharpen one another and to be good stewards of what we have and go out by twos (at the least). I firmly believe and have always believed that He would want me to pass this event on and share the knowledge He has instilled in me with someone else eager and ready to serve.
Some of you might be asking (and many have asked before), Why do you coordinate this event and pour so much into it?
Well, Matthew 9:35-38 says "But when He saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion for them, because they were weary and scattered, like sheep having no shepherd.Then He said to His disciples, “The harvest truly is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.” (NKJV)
Jesus felt compassion for the great multitudes, for the harvest; He looked around and noticed that it was just Him and the disciples and He told them to actually pray for the Lord to send more laborers. I too have looked around and see such a plentiful harvest--hungry and thirsty souls, yet few laborers. Coordinating SNL/FNL's have enabled for me and the Lord to gather other laborers, not just from Alamo Stone, but from all over San Antonio to be able to serve together.
Usually what's on my mind during the "crunch-week" prior to the event is has the food been purchased? Do we have enough chairs? I need to decorate posters! I need this, I need that! Not this time, no sir. God has broken my heart for what breaks His. The most important thing to me is to share the love of God and to give the community of Sagecrossing an opportunity to choose Christ.
I am so excited for Saturday. Our scripture for this SNL that the Lord has placed on my heart is from Ephesians 3:14-19, "For this reason I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, from whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named,that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man, that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height—to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. " (NKJV)
This is my prayer--that this community would be rooted and grounded in the Father's love.
If you are able to and reside in San Antonio, I challenge you to come out Saturday and help serve, talk with the community, or just toss around a football with the children. What an opportunity to share the love of Jesus Christ with the largest complex in San Antonio.
Labor in His Field Today,