April Newsletter

by harold on April 8, 2013

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

In the church today, we have too many harbingers and not enough harvesters.

The harbingers are the voices declaring that destruction is coming. The harvesters are too busy to listen to that paralyzing nonsense.

Many Christians have bought into the lie that it will take a crisis to wake up the church and revive our nations. But crisis does not bring revival. It never has and it never will. The 9/11 crises increased church attendance in America for two Sundays, but then everything was back to normal by the third Sunday.

Some Christians reason that too much comfort and wealth causes people to forget God and there is some truth to that. However, the opposite is not true. It is not true that poverty leads people to return to God. If that were true than the poorest regions of the world would be closest to God today. In reality, the poorest of the poor are in India worshipping idols, among tribal people honoring their ancestors, or in the deserts of the Middle East praying to Allah five times a day. Poverty and crisis leaves people groping for answers but the answers they cling to are usually filled with superstition and deception.

Faith in God comes by hearing, not crisis.

Preaching truth brings awakenings.

Leadership and work bring in harvests.  

You can see this in the average church today. Just think of a youth ministry. One church can have an active ministry where the youth are alive and on fire, while the youth ministry across town is dead. The difference is not in that one church has a crisis, but rather that one church has anointed leadership. The same truth can be seen in cities or regions of the world. One church can be reaping a harvest, while a church across town is dying. The only crisis is a crisis of leadership.

I have the privilege of meeting some of the most passionate leaders in the world. Most of them you will never meet nor will you ever hear their names on television or read about them in Charisma magazine.  This last month I spent time with one brother who has sacrificed much to preach to tens of thousands of souls in India. Another is living in Lebanon, reaping a harvest throughout the Muslim-dominated areas of the Mideast. A third friend runs an underground television station that was bombed recently, but now is restored and receiving approximately 4,000 calls per day for prayer. Then there are three businessmen here in the States who are using their wealth to pioneer into new areas that others simply dream about influencing. These are the ones who are not waiting for a crisis to bring an awakening. Instead, they are causing a crisis in Satan’s realm as he watches his domain being plundered.

If we deceive ourselves into thinking that an economic or some other external crisis is needed to bring an awakening, then we can sit on our rears and wait for the next crisis to come. On the other hand, if we believe the words of Jesus that the harvest is always plentiful, then we will have to accept responsibility for bringing in that harvest. Jesus did not say the harvest will be plentiful after a crisis. He taught that the only thing keeping the harvest from coming in is the lack of laborers.

It is work and sacrifice that brings in the harvest. Reaping a harvest requires a change in priorities. It requires passion to accomplish something significant for God. An awakening is just outside of your present comfort zone. It is not a crisis that will get you out of your comfort zone. It is obedience and faith.

Your Brother, Harold
Prayer request: I am planning on going to Pakistan April 15. I still have not received my visa. Your prayers for that, a great harvest, anointing at a leadership conference, and safety is much appreciated.

Invite: For those of you living in the area, Worldcast Ministries is hosting a dinner Tuesday evening, April 30, at the Le Chateau, 15 North Naches Avenue, here in Yakima WA. We will be sharing our vision for the coming years, including the daily television program that will be broadcasting the gospel of peace to the Middle East. If you live in the area, please make it a priority to join us for dinner (on us). If you want more information, call our office: 509-930-4699. Give me the opportunity to challenge you to make a leap of faith to expand the Kingdom of God.

Steve and Sheryl April 8, 2014 at 11:35 pm

We love you Harold. We will be praying for a visa, safety, fire and life!

harold April 11, 2014 at 8:02 pm

Hi Steve & Sheryl,
Love you guys!

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