I received this text from a DOVE missionary in northern Kenya today: “The heavens are in applause as we have ushered Pavan* into God’s Kingdom.” I called her back to verify what I was reading. “Yes, we just led him to Christ,” she confirmed.
Pavan (not pictured) was a student back in 2000 when DOVE’s school, in his village, was meeting under a tree. Today the school comprises 3 well-built classrooms, an office, kitchen, and colorful playground. “He remembers the things we taught him 12 years ago. He remembers that we took him to a barber when his parents could not afford it. He has been thinking about this decision very seriously. This is a genuine conversion,” our missionary narrated. By that time I was in tears. Converting from Islam never comes easy. But after years of selfless, sacrificial service in this ‘dry’ land, this moment apparently made it all worthwhile.
I contrasted this with my own experience this Saturday. I met Florence at 4:03 p.m. just outside our church compound. By 4:15, she was praying to ask Jesus into her heart. She was receptive from the moment we started our conversation, and thrilled after getting saved. In appreciation, she freely shared mangoes with us that she was supposed to be selling.
Sometimes the rewards take a long time in coming. Other times, they are almost immediate. But seeds that are planted in love and watered with prayer WILL grow. It is a law of nature. It is a law of the Kingdom. Whether it is 12 years of hard sowing or 12 minutes of free-flowing conversation, the angels rejoice all the same. And so do we!
What seeds are you watering with prayer today? What harvest are you waiting for? Whatever it is, be encouraged that your labor is not in vain. “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up” (Galatians 6:9).
*name has been changed