Matt and Lindsay Kinnick
Univ. of Minn. - Twin Cities
"And Jesus went throughout all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom and healing every disease and every affliction. When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, 'The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest tosend out laborers into his harvest.'" Matthew 9:35-38 ESV
Verses of Scripture like this and many more encourage us in our labor, remind us of our vision and ministry, and help keep us dependent on the One to whom the harvest belongs!
There are two correlated problems in this passage, and two correlated solutions to those needs.
The two related problems are:
The crowds are "harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd." and ...
"the laborers are few"
The two related solutions are:
"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." (emphasis mine)
This sums up our heartbeat and concern for the lost of this world, and the lost students at the University of Minnesota (UMN). This also sums up our vision to reach the lost of the world, and the lost at our campus. We are committed to prayerfully raising up laborers at UMN, trusting God that the harvest is still plentiful, the crowds (world) are still harassed and helpless, the laborers are still few, and that by continually praying and laboring in the lives of a few He will use us in reaching the world for His Kingdom and glory!
Please join us, friends, in earnestly asking God to raise up and send out laborers in His harvest from all our lives, and through students at UMN!