Monday, May 08, 2006

Luke 10:2b Virus!!!

This has been my prayer every morning for the past year. Luke 10:2b. We are simply praying for God to send forth more workers into the "campus harvest fields" of this nation and beyond. The campus harvest fields are RIPE, but the workers are few. Pray God raises up workers out of the harvest. As you pray the below prayer (Luke 10:2b) you will be surprised how God will back up that prayer and answer it. Please pray for us at UCLA. Since my last post many have been asking what has been happening at Bruin Walk since? I was only inspired to take out the Cross for a week. Since then, our team has been focusing on following up on the many students who committed to Christ by starting new Bible studies and simple churches among each group (oikos) of students. The hard work is now in front of us. Let us continue on the work of the ministry, be faithful in the little and God will make us faithful over much. Whatever way you are called to communicate the Gospel, pray and obey. May we all press on towards the mark of knowing Christ & making Him known to this generation.

Under the mercy,

Jaeson


USA: the Luke 10:2b virus breaks out

Something very special happened when house church coach John White and Kenny Moore, Southern Baptist Director of Church Planting for the State of Colorado, had breakfast together on October 2, 2002. Both have a passion to see Colorado covered with living expressions of the Body of Christ. While lingering over the last cup of coffee for the morning, their thoughts were turned to the ninth and tenth chapters of Luke. They observed that this was where the Lord was really shifting gears, where the foundation was laid for all that would follow till the end of the age. Up to this point, the Lord was doing the ministry. Now he was sending out the 12 (Luke 9:1-6) and then the 72 others (Luke 10:1). "Now there were 42 two-man teams to establish the presence of Christ ? to plant churches ? everywhere," writes Jim Montgomery, a respected missionary and publisher of The Great Commission Update. "I would have been ecstatic," says John White, "if I had 42 church-planting teams for the state of Colorado. But what Jesus was saying really astounded us. 'The fields are ripe but these 42 teams are so few.'" The harvest is not the problem. The critical missing component is an adequate number of harvest workers. How do we get enough apostolic church planters? Luke 10:2b says to do one thing: ask the Lord of the harvest for them. John and Kenny covenanted with each other to pray this "10:2b" prayer together every day possible from that moment on. So every day either John would call Kenny or Kenny would call John to pray. If they didn?t connect, they would leave their prayer on voice mail.

800 days later
In the following 30 months, they have followed through on this pledge about 700 or 800 times, saying "God, here we are again, John and Kenny, pleading for more harvest workers for Colorado, just like every day." "Regular prayer, like the poor widow in Luke 18," says White, "can and should become a healthy, regular and hence relentless intercession." Kenny and John started inviting others to do the same, regularly praying the 10:2b prayer in teams. There are now between 200 and 300 people praying 10:2b with a partner virtually every day. The 10:2b virus is spreading!

Amazing results

"And the results have been amazing," says White. "We're to the point where we get a phone call or e-mail almost every day from someone saying something like this: 'It?s in my heart to plant a (house or simple) church. How do I do that? Can you help me?'" Kenny Moore used to get six or eight people over the course of six months who would indicate a desire to start a new church. He now has a steady stream of inquiries, and there have been around 100 Southern Baptist Churches established in Colorado alone from the time he and White began praying 10:2b together.

Tim Pynes had been on the staff of a large, post-modern church in Denver. With so many programs in this mega-facility, Pynes found he had merely turned into a project manager. "This is not what I signed up for," he told White. "I want to invest in the lives of people." He left the megachurch and started meeting White. He now has a growing network of 8 house churches in Denver. Guy Muse, a Southern Baptist missionary in Ecuador, has been encouraging all of his house church people to pray the 10:2b prayer on a daily basis since May of 2004. "In that month of May alone, 30 new congregations were established," he reports.

"Cast out", not "send forth"

The Greek word for "send forth" in Luke 10:2b, ekballein, was a very forceful, almost violent, term. It is the word used when casting out a demon, for example. White and Moore realised that they should not pray for potential labourers who may be interested, but for highly-motivated people who God had taken and, as only he can, placed with gentle force in the harvest. It seems to work...

Source: Jim Montgomery and John White, DenverWH@aol.com
Note: Jim Montgomery, founder of the global Dawn Movement, has started
publishing a regular bulletin, the "Great Commission Update", available free of
charge from JimMontgomery@oci.org, on the web site
www.greatcommissionupdate.org, or by post from Jim Montgomery, PO Box 36900,
Colorado Springs, CO 80936, USA. Warmly recommended!

2 Comments:

At 5/08/2006 01:50:00 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Pastor Jae! May God bless you and your team at UCLA!

 
At 5/10/2006 12:04:00 AM , Anonymous yining said...

Thank you Jaeson for always giving & giving. must be why God keeps refilling to overflow =)

MAY HIS WORD SUSTAIN YOU IN THIS SEASON.

Blessings!

 

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