Then He said to His disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.” – Matthew 9:37-38
Since stepping into the position of Team Coordinator here at Hope House Detroit, this verse has been on repeat in my mind and heart. I speak it to other team members to describe my week or how I feel the process of growing our team is going. I remember it in moments of frustration- when our numbers just don’t seem sufficient for the needs of our programs. I remember it in moments of confusion- when something happens that calls an awesome team member away from us. I remember it in moments of joy- when I get to see or hear about moments where a team member gets to genuinely connect and know a child’s heart.
Scripture is wonderful. It is comforting and has a way of helping us navigate through life. Sometimes scripture helps us gain perspective, that what we are experiencing is part of a bigger plan that we just might not see yet. But to me, I think the sweetest thing about the Bible, is just how everlasting it is. There will always be work to do towards God’s kingdom and there will never be enough workers. It was a true statement then, it was a true statement 100 years ago, it is a true statement today, and will be tomorrow as well. To me, the most mind-blowing part about it is that Jesus knew that when he spoke those words to His disciples and that’s why He gave us instructions on what to do. The NLT translation phrases it as “So pray to the Lord who is in charge of the harvest; ask him to send more.” What a rich truth that is to hear! The Lord is in charge of the harvest! Not us! God does not need us to do His work. He allows it. He invites us to share His gospel, to love one another, to be a worker for His kingdom. He asks us to love Him by loving others with a sacrificial, “you are greater than I” kind of love that is rare in today’s world. This isn’t an obligation at all; it’s an honor to be invited into God’s story.
Now, we invite you. Would you like to join the story that God is weaving at Hope House Detroit? We can’t tell you how it ends or even what will happen tomorrow, because to be honest, God surprises us everyday with what He has in store for us. What we can tell you, however, is that part of our “harvest” at Hope House is to know and love the hearts of young people and it is an amazing honor to be allowed to be a part of it. We have many ways for someone to be a laborer; from being a reading partner to playing with chalk in the front yard, every job looks different. The result, however, is always the same. A relationship being built, out of love, that will hopefully grow God’s kingdom. You’re invited. If you accept the invitation, I can tell you that you are an answered prayer and so appreciated by us, by our children, and by God.
Dana Rodriguez – Team Coordinator