An essential goal of White Fields is to assist national pastors in getting into the spiritual harvest. We enable them to travel to their target area by providing transportation. Providing the standard means of local vehicles makes it possible for them to travel efficiently to the target area where they can visit homes and proclaim the gospel.
How Do You Make A Group of Pastors Smile
What if our pastors had to walk to every house for ministry? What if they had to use motorbike taxis to get to church on Sunday morning? What if they could not bring their family to fellowship gatherings? Our short what-if analysis can be productive if we give it some thought.
I have examples of pastors starting a church but had not yet received a motorbike for transportation. One of our pastors walked for two hours every morning from the secure house we provide for his family and another pastor’s family. He would then minister house to house, visiting church members and reaching out to families that had not yet attended church. He was committed to the people living in this remote village.
The Villages We Reach are Truly Remote
When we provided him with a motorbike, his ministry achievements expanded by saving the two-hour walk each morning. He would now drive there in twenty minutes. He also brought his wife along for ministry to the ladies.
How will they preach unless they are sent? Just as it is written, “HOW BEAUTIFUL ARE THE FEET OF THOSE WHO BRING GOOD NEWS OF GOOD THINGS!”Romans 10:15
Our Partners Have Made a Difference
Many generous donations have provided motorbikes and vehicles to our pastors through the years. The pastors are responsible for providing regular maintenance on the vehicle. This past weekend, we were privileged to give our pastors in Uganda an extra boost. A generous partner donated to upgrade mechanical repairs on all the motorbikes. Some received new shocks; others needed valve replacements, new tires, or muffler repairs. The mechanics set up outside our church buildings and went to work.
And he said to them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.Luke 10:2
The smiles of our pastors shined through the brightest when the repairs were completed. Our pastors live with very meager provisions. They sacrifice a great deal to bring the gospel to impoverished villages. So to receive repairs to the motorbike was a big treat. One pastor said it was like having a brand-new motorbike again.
Consider Romans 10:15
The Good News is the beautiful message of the gospel of Jesus Christ. We are no longer just bringing the message to the Jews. God opened the opportunity for salvation to all people of every nation that would confess their sin and believe in the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus for the forgiveness of their sin.
Jew and Gentile stand before God without distinction in this privilege, for the Lord is Lord of all people who will believe. He abounds in riches for all Jews or Gentile who call on Him.Dr. Jim Rosscup
These verses of Scripture open an exciting concept. The gospel is not available to only one select ethnic group of people. God, throughout the Old Testament, had His chosen people, but now He has opened up the presentation of the gospel of Jesus Christ to every nation, every tribe, every language, Jew, and Gentiles.
Paul raises several important questions in verses 14 and 15. How will they believe if they have not heard? How will they hear without a preacher? The answer is that God must send preachers that will proclaim the message so the people can respond. There are several points of participation for us here. The first is that God desires us to pray. We should devote our thoughts, time, and energies to reaching those who need Christ. God yearns for people to hear the gospel; we should have the same compelling desire in our lives. Secondly, we must be involved in using the financial blessing provided by God to support missions and send those preachers.
In graphic style Paul has made a powerful plea for missions. It is just as true today as then.A. T. Robertson
The natural result of our belief in Jesus Christ, resulting in our forgiveness and salvation, should be to diligently proclaim the gospel message to others that have not yet heard. Additionally, we can be good stewards of the physical rewards God has blessed us “to send” preachers. We cannot physically go to all the places where people have not yet heard. Your support for White Fields helps us send pastors into remote villages proclaiming the Good News. This is one way to satisfy the yearning to spread the gospel.