One look at the spiritual condition of our nation and it’s easy to see a picture similar to that described in Matthew 9.
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 labourers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out labourers into his harvest field.”
Standing in the midst of our ripened fields today two things are abundantly clear. Australia still desperately needs the love of Christ, and we need labourers to express this compassion of God to our neighbours.
Labourers … manual workers … sweating and dirty … getting tired … living among, and giving their lives for, the sheep. This is what our Navigator leaders do, we labour! We labour to extend God’s love and compassion throughout Australia through new generations of faithful, ordinary labourers. Part of this work involves equipping and encouraging those God has called, and in this regard we need your help.
Labourers are not invincible. They are normal, everyday people just like the fishermen and tax collectors called by Jesus to be his apostles. They’re weak, imperfect men and women who need help, support and encouragement to keep labouring. Therefore, I would like you to partner with us financially through our 6-week long “Keep the Labourer’s Labouring” appeal which will directly support those currently labouring.
Equipping and encouraging our labourers is not only essential to them, but also critical to achieving our ultimate goal, for the harassed and helpless to know God’s compassion.
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