Mission / Philippines

Soil Sampling in the Philippines

Moody skies over E.G.

Matthew 13

“Then he told them many things in parables, saying: “A farmer went out to sow his seed. As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up. Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow. But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root.Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants. Still other seed fell on good soil, where it produced a crop—a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown.Whoever has ears, let them hear.”

 The disciples came to him and asked, “Why do you speak to the people in parables?”

 …… (He replied)

 “Listen then to what the parable of the sower means: When anyone hears the message about the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what was sown in their heart. This is the seed sown along the path. The seed falling on rocky ground refers to someone who hears the word and at once receives it with joy. But since they have no root, they last only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, they quickly fall away. The seed falling among the thorns refers to someone who hears the word, but the worries of this life and the deceitfulness of wealth choke the word, making it unfruitful. But the seed falling on good soil refers to someone who hears the word and understands it. This is the one who produces a crop, yielding a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown.”

This is one of Jesus’ most well-known parables. I’m fairly sure you have heard it before. I know I have. I’ve read over it time and time again without really understanding the truth buried in it. But this week I feel like every time I have opened my Bible this passage has been the first thing I have seen. The world really is a field. We are planting seeds everywhere we go. Every time we open our mouths and talk about the kingdom of God we are planting seeds in the hearts of the people here in this village. It is not our job to make the seeds grow, but we do have the responsibility of planting, watering, and maybe even harvesting some of the seeds that are scattered in the soil here. It is a scary thought to think that we may be the only exposure to the good news that the people of E.G. Montilla have in this lifetime. It puts the entire purpose of our summer into sharper focus.

Here in E.G. Montilla there have already been a lot of seeds planted, most of the people here have heard parts and fragments of the gospel but they have never actually heard it wholisticly. Many of the seeds that have been planted are actually weeds.

My biggest fear is that God might have a little patch of soil prepared for a seed to land on it and grow. But because of my lack of boldness or faulty discernment I might miss the opportunity to plant that seed.

Though I am learning this lesson here in the Philippines, I know that it isn’t something that only applies here. There are fields ripe for harvest here, in South America, and even in Greenville, SC.

That person that you sit across from in Starbucks may be just as lost and hopeless as the witchdoctor my team gets to have bible studies with every week.

Here is what you can be praying for if you feel so led:

  • That the Holy Spirit would lead my team and I to fields that are ripe for harvest here in the Philippines.
  • That he would give me the boldness and the discernment to know when to plant, water, and harvest.
  • That we would preach the gospel at all times. Not simply with our words, but with every action of love, every smile, every laugh. pray that they would all point to Kingdom of God.

I’m not going to be back to a computer for 2 weeks, this is our longest stay in the village this summer. I can’t wait to tell you all that God does during this time. I wish I could just sit down for a week and write out all of the adventures we have gotten ourselves into, but that will have to wait till I get back in the states.

love you all!

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