2010 China – Megan Napier

Trust, Seeds, and Laborers

Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. – Proverbs 3:5-6

In the beginning, I had the honor and privilege of leading a team of eleven warriors for Christ into China to pour out the fire of God. I was all set with the passion and drive to be super organized and was being blessed by all the words God was showing me for this trip. However along the way, God was once again reminding me that yes our passions and our desire to see God move in China was great, but we needed to leave it in His hands. So the eleven warriors turned into nineteen, missions turned into a vision trip, and our expectations for the trip were drastically shifted into a whole new perspective on how God likes to move: on His time and in His way. His promises were still true: He was going to use us to affect the people we would meet but it was going to be according to His plans. It was hard trying not to be in control but I realized more and more that God wanted us to have fun, meet amazing people, bless them, plant seeds, and just see how great He is.

Go through, go through the gates; prepare the way for the people; build up, build up the highway; clear it of stones; lift up a signal over the peoples. -Isaiah 62:10

God used us mightily in praying for the people we met and in the areas we were in. We saw two and a half healings and many more were blessed by the prayers we lifted up to our Lord from our hearts. By showing us the situations our brothers and sisters were in, God broke our hearts and poured through us His compassion for the people of China. We prayed for the leaders who were tired, and yet who still in their hearts held unto the visions God had given them. We prayed for people who were so hungry for more of God. We prayed for the college campuses, that the students and professors would come to know Christ, and that when they go out into the workplace, government, homes, and into their social circles, carrying His light. We prayed for the land of China, realizing the oppression that is over the land, but proclaiming that God is stronger and mightier. God used us to clear the way and many seeds have been planted. In the times to come, we will see the fruit. And when we do, we will join in shouting with our Chinese brothers and sisters, “Hallelujah~!”

But I also want to leave you with this: “Then he said to his disciples, ‘The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few'” – Matthew 9:37

This verse was heavy on my heart when our team met with the underground church leaders of China. Especially the leaders we met in Nanjing shared with us the hardships that they had in trying to pastor 300 hungry churches (about 2,000 people). These leaders even had their own personal desires to study more about theology, but were unable to because they did not have the extra help necessary to oversee all the churches. Their hunger was so strong and their hearts were so pure. It really convicted my heart when I looked at my own situation: numerous resources available to me through the Internet and podcasts, a church plant in Itaewon that started with 10 leaders but has more up and coming leaders, and on top of all this, the time to sit back and study the Word.

But in the midst of this I also have to understand God’s ways. He is preparing China. Yes, God used us to pray right there on Chinese soil, but we must continue to pray and sow the seeds, especially for more laborers. Surely God will answer our prayers. He is already stirring the hearts of the people there, and when the time is right, God will bring about the Spiritual Revolution. This will not only transform China, but also raise up the nation to send laborers into the other harvest fields. So I ask, especially to those who already have a heart for China, to please pray for the laborers who are already ministering: for strength, and for protection from the government. Pray for the up and coming laborers- that they will also not fear, but instead accept and pursue the calling of God to be the next ministers to the flock of China. And who knows, maybe God is even stirring in your hearts right now to be one of those ministers to China. But first we must pray.

Therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest and “fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” – Isaiah 41:10

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