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We plow and we scatter

“Now he that planteth and he that watereth are one: and every man shall receive his own reward according to his own labour.”

1 Corinthians 3:8
 

For quite some time now, we have had open youth work in our church. Once a week, in the evening, we have open door for all the youth in the area. There they can pass their time with kicker, darts, table tennis, billiards, board and card games. Those who get hungry can also eat something for very little money.

Half way through, we have a brief devotion and prayer for the concerns of the youth.

In the past, there were in excess of 20 people, but the number has decreased again in recent times. We have given a lot of thought on how to increase the numbers again. Last Tuesday there were only seven people. And yet, we continue as normal, in the hope that our work will be worthwhile.

In the devotion in the little circle, Philip spoke about the meaning of Advent and that Jesus came to take our sin upon Himself. It ended with the importance of settling the matter with Jesus and not delaying it.

Suddenly, a soft voice was heard: “Yes, I want to do that.” In the first moments, it was quite still. Then a second voice was heard: “Me too.” Two of the boys apparently understood what we had been speaking about week after week. We went to another room with the two boys and after a short talk they did the sinner's prayer with us and thereby invited Jesus into their hearts.

It sometimes happens that, just as we ask ourselves if our work is still worthwhile, God steps in. It doesn't matter whether 5 or 100 youth come, what is important is that we speak from our hearts about our faith. When we remain faithful in our ministry, when we use that which is given us and leave the rest to God, then HE provides the fruit.

We ourselves cannot convert anyone. We can only plant the seed and nurture it. The growth and progress must and will be provided by God! He is the Lord, who makes our efforts successful.

I would like to encourage you with this. Regardless of what you do for God, regardless of how successful it may appear or not – don't give up, but continue to serve faithfully. You are not responsible for the growth, give what you can and trust God!

I wish you a blessed day and much joy with what you do.

(Translated by Linda Gates)

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