I’ve always relied heavily on Galatians 6:9 which says, “Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary.” Being faithful when many are faithless, being on mission when its easier to be about your own thing, and planting seed while you still see so little fruit can be a wearisome experience. It can be easy to cave in ministry when you work hard and then a year goes by, 2 years, 4 years and it just doesn’t seem like things are happening. But when we are patient and wait expectantly God begins to open doors and windows.
The church where I serve (Faith Community Church) is beginning to see God throw open all kinds of doors and windows. After years of humble service to pre-teens, Branciforte Middle School is now in conversation with us about how we can help the many kids they cannot help – 60% of their students have parents who don’t come home until after 7pm at night. In addition Grind Out Hunger (a local group that is committed to “grind out hunger” for young kids) has asked us to partner with them to distribute lunches to hungry kids during the weekday throughout the summer. Also, the local paper is interviewing our youth pastor Nick Hart about his bike repair ministry to the homeless that he sets up every 2nd and 3rd Tuesday while our church distributes food in partnership with 2nd Harvest food bank. Oh, and the people of our church and getter more and more bold in sharing their faith. I’m celebrating some of this reaping we are experiencing!