On Seeing the Multitudes...
Terry and Lorie Lingel serve with International Gospel Ministries. They split their time between their home in Idaho and Mexico, where they bring the Gospel to lost people through evangelistic outreaches, supporting local pastors, and serving the poor.
“When He saw the crowds, He had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.” (Matthew 9:36)
Jesus saw harassed and helpless crowds 2,000 years ago. Today, Terry and Lorie travel Mexico, encountering similar crowds. Harassed and helpless spiritually – while culturally religious, most Mexicans have yet to experience the liberating power of Jesus' death and resurrection on their behalf. Harassed and helpless politically – caught up in the violence of the current drug wars in their area. Harassed and helpless economically – many single mothers working long days only to find they don't have enough money to feed their children, even less to buy a notebook which would allow their children to attend school.
After seeing the crowds, Jesus instructed His disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.” (Matthew 9:37b-38) He then sent those disciples into the harvest field. Today, the same Lord of the harvest is at work, sending workers into His field to reap His harvest. During their current trip, Terry and Lorie visited Pastor Jorge and Claudia as they led a Valentine outreach at the church in Cale Doce. Pastor Jorge continues to serve his congregation as well as reach out to those in the surrounding community. Many adults in the area are illiterate. Pastor Jorge and Claudia are able to meet this physical need through literacy classes combined with Bible studies, thus opening the door to meet spiritual needs as well. Terry reports that in the midst of the physical danger from the drug wars, the believers have a renewed hunger to reach out to God, as well as an increased willingness to serve. Many people have come to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. The harvest is plentiful.
In addition to visiting Jorge and Claudia, Lingels met with a new Bible club teacher and have been visiting house to house to invite people to a new weekly Bible study in an area just opened for habitation by the poor. During these visits, Terry and Lorie met two women struggling financially. These women, with their combined ten children, live in very difficult physical conditions. One child reported that they have been sleeping in the dirt. Lingels are providing the children with food, clothing, and blankets. While alleviating their physical suffering, they are also encouraging them to make the Lord a part of their lives.
Jesus instructed His disciples, “Ask the Lord of the harvest...” Will you petition the Lord of the Harvest on behalf of the Lingels and the people of Mexico?
Pray for the salvation of the two women and their children as Lingels introduce them to Jesus.
Pray for boldness for Pastor Jorge, Claudia and the Mexican believers as they share Christ in the midst of conflict and violence.