Workers on the Harvest Field

Lisa Cornish

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When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.” (Matthew 9:36-38)

On June 4, I took part in the commissioning service of Mal and Chris Good at Casuarina Baptist Church in Darwin.

Mal and Chris have sensed God’s call on their lives to serve with the Outback Australia Team in the northern community of Lajamanu. They will do this on a part time basis while continuing to lead Casuarina Baptist. The service was a joyous occasion capped off with laying of hands and prayer which was, in part, spoken in the Warlpiri language of the people of the Lajamanu community.

On June 18, I participated in the re-commissioning service of David, Susie, and Kyran Haydon at Camden Baptist. The Haydons are now back in Malawi for their second term of service. We celebrated the time they had already spent in Malawi and prayed for the opportunities awaiting them over the next few years. The church also recognised Anushka who will be staying in Adelaide to continue her studies.

In both services the role of the church at home, supporting through prayer, written and financial support was highlighted. This partnership is vital for the practical work of reaching out to an unknowing world in love.

There are ongoing opportunities for support for both families in the work they are doing on the harvest field. If you are interested in supporting them through prayer, receiving their newsletters, of financially please check them out on the Baptist Mission Australia website or contact me ([email protected]).

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