Laborers for the Harvest
by David, Editorial Staff, Tents of Mercy Network
The young men were thirsty for more of God. Every morning we came together to the well of living water from 6:30 AM to 8:45 AM for a time of meditation in the Word, praise and worship, prayer and teaching application. Afterward we put in a full day's work serving practically with olive trees, goats, pruning, farm maintenance, etc.
Feedback from Discipleship Participants:
"I grew in the fruit of the spirit and received lots of good on-the-job vocational experience fostering a diverse set of skills."
"On weekends back at home I found myself longing for our morning times together in consistent, un-hurried pursuit of hearing God's voice. This has been a very special time in my life."
"The internship was greater than I knew while I was in it. Only after I finished and looked back did I realize what a strong effect it had. When I came, I had no idea what Yeshua had in store for me. I came in faith, following His lead, and His grace met me here. I soon discovered that I was learning under an anointing. I also found that God had placed around me, not necessarily the men whom I would have chosen to live so closely with, but men who challenged me, sharpened me, and honestly cared for me. These friendships are still valuable to me. The lifestyle that was offered, of worship and study and service in community, surpassed all my expectations. This simple life is rich. I came with a certain understanding of life in Yeshua. While here, that understanding changed. My perspectives were deepened and my horizons broadened."
We saw the promises playing out before our eyes:
One of our main service projects was pruning 500 olive trees to help breathe new life into an olive grove that had been neglected for several years. We are looking forward to harvesting this grove next year, believing that the oil quantity it produces will increase.
Another project we helped with was the "offspring of your flock". During these months a few hundred kid goats were born on the goat farm where we did much of our service and vocational training. We helped "catch" the babies, and then fed them by bottle until they learned to eat grain and hay. The guys learned tangible lessons, translating Bible parables regarding flocks and trees into personal understanding and application.
Many other parts of the Word have taken on special meaning such as:
"Pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest" (Matthew 9:38).
"He goes before them and the flock follows Him, because they know His voice" (John 10:4).
We appreciate your prayers and support which made this first extended session possible! Planning is already underway for the next session to begin later this year.
If you are interested in helping this program through prayer, financial support, or equipment purchase, please contact us (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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