Dear brothers and sisters at PSPC
Thank you for your faithful support over the past 11 years of our ministry with SIM! We are grateful for the different ways you have expressed that support – through prayer, through sharing of resources … even giving a listening ear sometimes!
One of my joys serving with SIM’s East Asia team is hearing the testimonies of our workers serving among communities of people where Jesus Christ is least known. And in each instance – the environment is different, but the stories are similar: people coming to faith in Christ despite their life situations (illiteracy, poverty, isolation), despite opposition from family and community, and even despite Satan’s various attempts to distract and to deceive.
Yet in each instance when someone comes to faith in Jesus Christ, we witness a tremendous joy that brings to mind Jesus’ Parables of the Lost Sheep, Lost Coin, and the unforgettable Parable of the Prodigal Son (Luke 15:1 – 32), where the shepherd rejoices (Luke 15:5), the woman rejoices (Luke 15:9), and the father rejoices with his household with the choice fattened calf (Luke 15:23) … in each instance because what was lost is now found!
And Luke reminds us in his gospel – “there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance.” (Luke 15:7), and “there is joy before the angels of God over one sinner who repents” (Luke 15:10)
Brothers and sisters in Christ – what do you and I invest our lives in?
While it is true that many of us have responsibilities, and we seek to be responsible stewards of the resources God has given us – thus making sure our families are taken care of and ensuring that we balance our accounts, it is also true that the Lord of the harvest (none other than Christ our Lord) declares that, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into His harvest.” (Luke 10:2)
There are tremendous numbers of people living and dying without having met a single Christian in their lives, some even here in Singapore. How then, would they have the opportunity to respond to God’s love which they have not encountered before?
Paul the Apostle puts it so compellingly:
“…Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”
But how can they call on him to save them unless they believe in him?
And how can they believe in him if they have never heard about him?
And how can they hear about him unless someone tells them?
And how will anyone go and tell them without being sent?
That is why the Scriptures say, “How beautiful are the feet of messengers who bring good news!” (Rom 10:13-15, NLT)
Friends – would you like to experience the joy with someone who has come to Christ for the first time? Take the time to bear witness for Jesus Christ! Would you like to partake in Christ’s great plan to bring in the harvest of the lost sheep, lost coin and lost son? Then send workers by supporting in prayer and resources, or even come join us in the harvest force!
The prophet Haggai’s words are challenging to us in today’s context. He said, then, to the people of Judah “Why are you living in luxurious houses while my house lies in ruins? (Haggai 1:4, NLT).
What is God saying to us, now, in our context today here in Singapore?
Many people still live in communities where the name of Jesus has not been heard. Would you join us to make it possible for someone to tell them in these very same communities, that God loves them and Jesus has paid the price to redeem them from sin?
Would you come with us to invest in something, even someone, who is of eternal worth?