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Laboring in the Field

  • Now after these things, the Lord also appointed seventy others, and sent them two by two ahead of him into every city and place where he was about to come. Then he said to them, "The harvest is indeed plentiful, but the laborers are few. Pray therefore to the Lord of the harvest, that he may send out laborers into his harvest." Luke 10:1'2 WEB.

    I grew up cropping tobacco. We walked along the rows and broke the ripened yellow leaves off, then slapped them under our arm. We were usually covered up to our shoulders in layers of tobacco gum and dirt by the early afternoon. A tractor pulled a trailer, called a "tobacco drag," along a nearby path. When you had all the tobacco you could carry, you made your way to the drag and stacked it on until it became full.

    The drag loaded with tobacco leaves was taken to the barn of the day, where it was sewn onto sticks using a long machine called a stringer. Then the tobacco sticks were hung on the rafters inside the barn and heated with propane burners for a few weeks. Until the tobacco had lost about eighty percent of its weight. Then we stripped it off the sticks, tied it in huge burlap bags, and took it to the auction to sell.

    The tobacco cropping season came during July and August in the South, the hottest part of summer. When you bent down between the rows of tobacco, there was no wind at all. The croppers would often struggle through the intense southern heat. A layer of sticky gum would get on your arms, then the sand from the leaves would stick to that. It built up until you were covered in something resembling black tar. It was also highly water-resistant and very difficult to wash off.

    Sometimes the croppers became sick, partly from the heat and partly from the diesel fumes of the tractor settling over the area. They would often begin vomiting, falling out, leaving the rest of us to carry their row. We would make it through the day, but it was rough. We sure could have used some more help.

    There is a great harvest in the kingdom of God starting to happen, but the true laborers are few, and the work is difficult. We are approaching the greatest harvest of all time. Yet, many of those in the field have been tired, hurt, sick, discouraged, or passed on. Who is going to step up and fill their shoes? Isaiah said: "Here I am, send me!" (Isaiah 6:8), and God sent him. Wherever you are, pray for more laborers. We could really use some help in the field today.

    Interestingly, Jesus sent the laborers out ahead of Him to the places He was about to visit. In my life, I have always wanted to be where the revival was but usually ended up being somewhere else while it happened. The laborers prepare the way for the Lord to come. They go ahead of Him into the fields. So if you are a laborer, know that your work is not in vain. For we are preparing the way for the Lord of the harvest to come.

    Prayer: Heavenly Father, I thank You so much for all that You do for me. Please put those I can reach in my path and give me the words to speak them. Fill me with boldness and Your passion for the lost. In the name of Jesus Christ, I pray. Amen!

    Note: Merry Christmas, everyone! We love y'all and pray you have a peaceful and very merry day! ~ Also we know that Christmas can be a lonely time for some, especially in these last couple of years. If you have a prayer need, we are here for you! We and the prayer team are ready to lift you up at our private prayer page: RHM Prayer Network


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Kay Collinsworth
Kay Collinsworth

Amen Father use me, I'm here.

Merry Christmas to all and Pastor Dion and Sylvia I thank you for all you do, God bless!

December 25, 2021
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Sherri McGraw
Sherri McGraw

Merry Christmas everyone.  God bless all

December 25, 2021
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Candy Laventure
Candy Laventure

We thank you, Lord, for your many blessings and answers to prayer. We thank you for the gift of your son, Jesus. We thank you for your word. We thank you for the hope you give us. Amen

December 25, 2021
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Patricia Walker
Patricia Walker

Amen.  Happy birthday to Jesus .. Merry Christmas to all.  Pastor Dion and Sylvia God Bless you both. You do amazing work.  Thank You. Amen

December 25, 2021
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd

Merry Christmas :)! We love y'all and pray you have a wonderfully joyful celebration <3!!!

December 25, 2021
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Celeste Strenn
Celeste Strenn

Thank you for your service and love dear Sylvia and Dion❣️

December 25, 2021
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Gail Sellu
Gail Sellu

Merry Christmas to all! May the peace and comfort of the Alford be with you! The Light has come! Sing Hallelujah to the Highest! Enjoy!

December 25, 2021
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Dave and Sue Earlywine
Dave and Sue Earlywine

Heavenly Father please lead us and we will follow.Merry Christmas to everyone and have a blessed day. Amen 

December 25, 2021
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Yvette York
Yvette York

Amen Merry Christmas Everyone Have A Joyful Day

December 25, 2021
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Marisa Jackson
Marisa Jackson

Merry Christmas!!

December 25, 2021
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Lynn Brown
Lynn Brown

Merry Christmas RHM family! Thank You Father for sending Jesus to us!!

December 25, 2021
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Scott Riegelmann
Scott Riegelmann

Merry Christmas everyone

December 25, 2021
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Jose Simo
Jose Simo

O Heavenly Father I'm so thankful for all Your blessings and care while You accept our prayers, show us the path to follow and do the work You want us to do .Strengthen us Lord to accomplish Your will, in Jesus Christ name we pray, Amen. 

To this great community of Refreshing Hope and our Pastor and Sylvia I wish you all a blessed Christmas day, thank you. That the Lord almighty bless you and families, Amen. 

 

December 25, 2021
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Dana Rozell
Dana Rozell

Amen! Merry Christmas Everyone!

December 25, 2021
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Schalk  de Beer
Schalk de Beer

Yes, amen Lord. 

Merry Christmas all, may 2022 be the greatest year ever, amen 

December 25, 2021
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Celeste Strenn
Celeste Strenn

Amen❣️Merry Christmas RH family❣️

December 25, 2021
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Deng Tembreza
Deng Tembreza

PRAISE THE LORD.  HAPPY BIRTHDAY JESUS.  FROM CANADA, MERRY CHRISTMAS RHM FAMILY 

December 25, 2021
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Mari Kaufmann
Mari Kaufmann

Amen 

December 25, 2021
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Wanda Pennington
Wanda Pennington

Amen and Amen 

December 26, 2021
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Richard Mondello
Richard Mondello

In Lord Yeshua's name I ask this, Amen. Thanks and praise to God for the birth and life of our Savior Yeshua Christ!

December 26, 2021
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen!

December 27, 2021
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Sherry McCosh
Sherry McCosh

Amen!! Thank you, God, for sending your only Son Jesus to die in our place! We praise you and we honor you!

 

December 28, 2021