The Real Australian Winter 2022 Editorial

Greg Harris - National Director

On a flight recently from Perth to Darwin I had a window seat. This is a unique situation because I normally prefer the aisle, and it afforded me the opportunity to again be struck by the vastness of this country. As you can imagine there was a lot of red, rugged, and dry country to be seen. It once again reminded me of the remoteness that many of our Field Staff experience.

That said, it isn’t just flying over vast tracks of WA that should remind us of the remoteness. I get the same sense when I have opportunities to drive several hours on long stretches of road before the next town. The same can also be said for flying 1600 kms off the eastern coast to reach Norfolk Island which gives new meaning to remoteness (see the article on page 10 about the Carleton’s move there.)

However, what also strikes me when viewing Australia from above or through the windscreen is not just the vastness and beauty, but also the numerous gospel opportunities that exist. It can be somewhat overwhelming and feel like we are only scratching the surface.

Now I am not so naïve to think that reaching all these people will depend solely on BCA, for God will bring about His good purposes through many means. Yet as I prayerfully consider all this, I am once again reminded of those poignant words of Jesus: “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few.” (Matthew 9:37)

Currently, one of the most significant challenges for BCA is sourcing workers with the right balance of calling and experience to what are often remote places. There are strategies that we continue to work on, but ultimately the answer to this challenge is found in the following verse: “(Jesus said) Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into His harvest field.”.

This is where each of us have a pivotal role to play, regularly and urgently asking the Lord to send out workers into this vast harvest. To encourage you to be disciplined in this activity let me suggest this modest action that I heard about in another context.

Each morning I suggest most of us either put on the kettle or turn on the coffee machine. Could we take that small daily action as a reminder to stop for a moment and ask for God to raise up workers? What might possibly happen if tens of thousands of prayers were offered each morning as the water boiled or the coffee machine warmed up?

 

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