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HARVEST Trip Devotions

6| Harvest – Celebration

by Jill Lienemann, Kesher International Missions | ©2011

“Celebrate the Feast of Harvest with the first fruits of the crops you sow in your field. Celebrate the Feast of Ingathering at the end of the year, when you gather in your crops from the field” (Exodus 23:16 NIV, ©2010)

Farmers breathe a sigh of relief when the harvest has been completed knowing that their long hours and hard work resulted in success. They may make special plans to revel for the productive season with their family, co-laborers and even neighbors. In the U.S., Thanksgiving Day commemorates the end of the harvest cycle when people give thanks for the plentiful bounty and share it with others. God not only takes pleasure in our celebration of a fruitful harvest but commands it, “…after you have gathered the crops of the land, celebrate the festival to the LORD…” (Leviticus 23:39b NIV, ©2010)

God is even more delighted when we celebrate a lost soul accepting Jesus as their Savior and Lord. “In the same way, I tell you, there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.” (Luke 15:10 NIV, ©2010)

While still on your mission trip, start giving thanks before the Lord for the abundant harvest in your daily team devotions and debriefing. You will soon discover that by praising God for the first fruits of the harvest, He will provide more opportunities to share Jesus. “For seven days celebrate the festival to the LORD your God at the place the LORD will choose. For the LORD your God will bless you in all your harvest and in all the work of your hands, and your joy will be complete.” (Deuteronomy 16:15 NIV, ©2010)

Report back to your pastor and church leadership all that God is doing on your mission trip, and together you may give Him the glory for His mighty works. “You will enter the land I will give you and gather its harvest. At that time you must bring the first bundle of grain from your harvest to the priest.” (Leviticus 23:10b NCV) “Let them give thanks to the Lord for his love and for the miracles he does for people.” (Psalm 107:8 NCV)

Give an account to those who supported your mission journey whether the help was financial, prayer, mentoring or encouragement so they may join the celebration. “On arriving there, they gathered the church together and reported all that God had done through them and how he had opened a door of faith to the Gentiles.” (Acts 14:26-27 NIV, ©2010) “I will give you thanks in the great assembly; among the throngs I will praise you.” (Psalm 35:18 NIV, ©2010)

Let those closest to you, family and friends, hear you giving praise to God for it was not by your own strength, nor by your power but by His Spirit that you were successful. (Zechariah 4:6b CEV) “Go home to your own people and tell them how much the Lord has done for you…” (Mark 5:19 NIV, ©2010)

“Give thanks to the Lord and proclaim his greatness. Let the WHOLE WORLD know what he has done.” (1 Chronicles 16:8 NLT)

KESHER TIP (connection): Reunion Party, “God’s Class of …”
A mission trip can be like an intense summer course of spiritual education shared by a group of people who have bonded over stressful testing but effectively graduated. At a high school or college reunion party, class members reminisce over the funny moments and catch up on life-changing events. Equally important, your mission group should have the opportunity to debrief on all that God did on the trip as well as what He is currently doing in their lives because of those experiences. “Remember the wonders he has done, his miracles…” (I Chronicles 16:12a NIV, ©2010) “Remember this, keep it in mind, take it to heart…” (Isaiah 46:8 NIV, ©2010)

Go to the next devotion entitled, “Silos”, concluding this Harvest devotional series!

If you liked this one, check out “THE TESTIMONY

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About Kesher International Missions

Kesher International Missions desires to see individuals realize their potential by being stretched out of their comfort zones and using their skills and talents in an extraordinary way for God! Jill's passion for global outreach started in 1993 after she participated on her first mission trip to Russia where she experienced first-hand the life-changing impact on the people who heard the Gospel, the mission team members and her own life. In just a few years and many trips later, Jill is using her mission skills and knowledge to mentor and train leaders in mobilizing their own teams to share Christ’s love with the nations.

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