by Jill Lienemann, Kesher International Missions | ©2011
“He also made buildings to store the harvest of grain, new wine and olive oil…” (2 Chronicles 32:28a NIV, ©2010)
Sometimes farmers will not sell their yield right away after harvesting due to low profit potential whether from high moisture content of the grain or poor market prices. Other times the harvest supply will be utilized in the future as silage, fermented fodder used for livestock feed. In both cases the grain will be placed in silos, storage units, under monitored conditions.
On a mission trip, in addition to the harvest of souls, there is a secondary reaping that occurs. Team members can have a deeply profound encounter with God while reaching out to those less fortunate than themselves, “…being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God…” (Colossians 1:10b NKJV) This new yield of insight isn’t ready to be taken to the market – it needs time under a controlled environment before profitability can be demonstrated. “Happy is the man who finds wisdom, and the man who gains understanding; for her proceeds are better than the profits of silver…” (Proverbs 3:13-14a NKJV)
Upon returning home, take your personal harvest to your silo (church). If you are not already taking part in a Bible study, discipleship program, or local outreach then get involved. If you do currently participate in a ministry, contribute on a deeper level, “…that your love will overflow more and more, and that you will keep on growing in knowledge and understanding. For I want you to understand what really matters…” (Philippians 1:9-10a NLT) Allow the Lord to transform your experiences on the mission trip and develop your newfound gifting(s) into something He can use in a powerful, beneficial way.
KESHER TIP (connection): Tower, Bunker or Bag?
Silos are constructed in assorted shapes, sizes and materials having different advantages but accomplishing the identical purpose of storing bulk substances. Similarily, you have different giftings, skills and experiences stored in you but have the same objective as the rest of the body of Christ. God tells us in Titus 3:14 NLT, “Our people must learn to do good by meeting the urgent needs of others; then they will not be unproductive.” Seek ways to actively serve others through your interest in missions. Become a mentor or prayer partner to a first time mission trip member. Locate a people group who has captured your heart in your local area and find ways to minister to them. Take on the responsibility to be the conduit of encouragement between your congregation and your missionary partner. Be creative—allow the Lord to inspire you so that He may find you faithful!
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