The end is nigh! Well, the end of our time in Alabama, at least. A new beginning in Yakima awaits. A new beginning, new adventure and most importantly a harvest field that is crying out to be harvested. God has called us to join him in what he is doing in Yakima, but our question today is: has he called you as well?
Our calling is one of being sent. But we believe that we are not the only ones called to this harvest field. Perhaps God is calling you as well but it will look differently for you. Perhaps God is calling you to participate in the harvest through prayer. Of all the people who partner with us in this work, most will probably be called to consistent and earnest prayer. God loves to answer prayer and show himself mighty in response to the prayers of his people. “The eyes of the Lord are toward the righteous and his ears toward their cry.” Psalm 34:15. If you feel burdened to partner with us in prayer, we ask that you would take that calling seriously and ask God to help you be faithful to obey. We would also ask that you share this calling with us so that we can pray for and encourage you as well.
Another way God may be calling you to partner with us as we go out to Yakima is to come participate in the work. It may be a short-term mission trip but perhaps for a few, it will mean moving to Yakima and beginning to work alongside us as we work alongside the Lord. It is possible that God has something radically different for you than you ever dreamed. We know! That is our testimony!
Lastly, God may be calling you to partner with us in the work by supporting it financially. I have been reading through the Bible this year and way back in Exodus I was moved by the picture that was presented in chapter 35:21-29. The people of Israel were about to begin the work of constructing the Tabernacle as they were instructed by the Lord. It was time to gather supplies and resources for the project. “And they came, everyone whose heart stirred him and everyone whose spirit moved him, and brought the Lord’s contribution to be used for the tent of meeting, and for all its service, and for the holy garments. So they came, both men and women. All who were of a willing heart brought brooches and earrings and signet rings and armlets, all sorts of gold objects. . . ” The passage is filled with phrases like, “whose hearts stirred them,” and “whose hearts moved them.” As we have prayed about raising the support we will need to do the work God has given us to do, our prayer has been that people would give as God has stirred their heart. Not out of duty or begrudgingly, but only out of a heart that longs to give cheerfully, generously and obediently. This passage also describes that each person gave what they had to give whether it be a talent, skill or resource. If all you had to give was goat hair, you were asked to give it. (We, however, humbly ask not to receive any goat hair.)
The principle of giving out of a willing heart is repeated in 2 Corinthians 9:7 “Each one must give as he has decided in his heart.” We are not asking anyone to give whom God has not burdened to give. We also do not want anyone to give beyond their ability. But give according to what the Lord has laid on your heart and what you could give cheerfully. Whether a monthly pledge of support, yearly or one time gift, no amount is too small and no matter what you have to offer, we will make every effort to use it to God’s glory and in keeping with the vision he has laid on our hearts for the Yakima Valley.
We believe that just as God has called us to go, He is also calling others to join in the work by giving. He would not call where he will not provide so we know he is burdening people’s hearts and preparing them to give. Are you one of those? This would be an investment with eternal dividends as you “lay up treasure in heaven.” We have been invited to take a front row seat in watching what God is going to do in Moxee and the whole Yakima Valley region. We would love for you to come join us there as we all watch our God do some amazing things and bring transformation to a dry and weary land. “I will open rivers on the bare heights, and fountains in the midst of the valleys.” Isaiah 41:18.
God bless each of you as you prayerfully consider how God would have you participate in the harvest in the Yakima Valley region. If you have any questions, please contact us through theriverchurch[at]outlook[dot]com or https://www.facebook.com/#!/yakimavalleychurchplanting.
For more information on giving, go to https://theriverchurch.co/give/.
To give online, go to http://www.terraceheightsbaptist.com/#/give.