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Missionary Motives, Tom Needham: “We always brought in the harvest.”

EarthTom Needham was a farmer in Iowa who is now a farmer of men in Cameroon. He’s an exemplary missionary whom we’ve been privileged to support. Responding to my query about what propelled him to the mission field, Tom reached back to his first occupation for a powerful illustration:

“We rejoice with you. How our churches need to get a vision for evangelism! The fields are white unto harvest. I spent many years on the farm both growing up and as an adult. Every year there was a harvest, sometimes, more, sometimes less, but always a harvest. Sometimes the harvest was easy, sometimes it was difficult. Sometimes I didn’t feel like getting in the combine. Sometimes I got discouraged when equipment broke down or the weather was unpleasant. Sometimes I wanted to quit early. One year I didn’t finish picking corn until mid winter when the ground finally froze hard enough to get the corn picker out there. The point is, we always brought in the harvest. We never once left it out there. Christians are responsible to bring in the harvest. The Lord Jesus has promised that when we sow, there will be reaping. The harvest must be brought in: ‘Say not ye, There are yet four months, and then cometh harvest? behold, I say unto you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest.’ John 4:35″

Again, reader, consider whether the Lord would have you take the gospel where it is unheard or unbelieved. And pastor, join me in praying and laboring more diligently to see more people from our churches go!


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