Daily Topic for March 23, 2007

John 4:35
"Do you not say, 'Four months more and then the harvest'? I tell you, open your eyes, and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest."

Jesus likened the spiritual responsiveness of the Samaritan woman and her community to fields ripe for immediate harvest by alert workers. These words to His disciples are still applicable for us today. Can we see? Are our eyes opened? Fields are ripe for the harvest. Surely today, in analyzing the responsiveness of our world to the gospel, in realizing that the numbers of evangelical Christians are growing at a faster rate than those of non-Christians, we must recognize the spiritual receptivity of hundreds upon hundreds of human societies. Are we eagerly looking for ripe harvests, or do they catch us unaware?

Lord, help us be aware of what You are doing.

Outreach to Muslim Arabs in the U.K.

Summer is beginning, and London is filling with tourists from around the world. On a street near Hyde Park Corner, almost all the visitors are from the Arabian Peninsula. A parade of people passes by on their way to the park. The veils worn by the women in one family suggest they are from Oman. A group of men in white robes are probably from Saudi Arabia. Three women with many children accompany a man dressed in Western clothes. Are all three women his wives?

Each summer, perhaps a million people from the Arabian Peninsula visit London. The city gets ready for their arrival. Some Londoners empty their homes to make a quick profit from summer rent; restaurants prepare for long evenings of lucrative business.

A different kind of preparation also happens. Christians from around the world come to work at book tables, run children’s clubs, and seek to befriend these summer visitors. Peoples from the Arabian Peninsula have a chance to hear the gospel in ways they never could at home.

Learn more at joshuaproject.net

Pray for efforts in preparation for this coming summer. Pray for divine appointments, and for hearts to be open to efforts to introduce London’s visitors to Jesus Christ.-Caleb Project

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