Wallace’s Missionary Prayer Letter August – September 2010 (Oct. 11, ’10)
Dear Pastors Church Families, Friends and Family:
Matthew 9:36, “But when he saw the multitudes he was moved with compassion on them because they fainted and were scattered abroad as sheep having no shepherd, then saith he unto his disciples, The harvest truly is plenteous but the laborers are few. Pray ye the Lord of the Harvest, that he will send forth laborers into his harvest.” As the Great Shepherd, Jesus, looked upon the sheep-like souls, and knew He was their answer – Jesus doesn’t possess the answer to life’s needs (the greatest being salvation) He is the answer. In the preceding verse (35) Jesus had been busy in the cities and villages preaching and teaching. Jesus Christ saw the multitudes and wanted His disciples to know that His plan included them. The answer to the Lord’s request and their prayers was they themselves – the Pray-ers; this same request is also given to Christians today. Jesus had one recorded prayer request in the Bible. Imagine that – our Savior asking for prayer! He said pray that the Lord would send more laborers. As they prayed for more laborers, He sent them. As we sensitively pray for the needs of the lost and surrender our heart to the Lord, we will realize that God can and wants to use us. Remember the account in Isaiah 6:8? Certainly Jesus would have you reach your Jerusalem and then your Judaea. From there God would have you witness in your Samaria, but don’t stop there. God commands us to reach to the uttermost part of the earth. Do you hear the call (Acts 16:9)? Will you help Jesus’ prayer to be answered? Oh, how we need to be faithful and obedient as peoples’ lives lie in the balance.
I was catching a plane recently, and while there, I stopped at a Kiosk. The clerk asked, “Where’s your destination?” What a great open door! I quickly replied, “Heaven. Where’s yours?” Telling he was startled with the thought of hell, I gave him a gospel tract and had about five minutes to clearly present the gospel. That day Richard heard the plan of salvation. He didn’t get saved, but Praise the Lord, the seed was planted. On the plane, I used Richard’s line with a few passengers around me. I asked them, “Where’s your destination?” After their replies, they graciously asked me where I was headed. I shared with them the same good news that I shared with Richard. We need to always be aware that whether on a plane, bus, or on foot; everyone is headed somewhere for eternity. We should be willing to tell lost souls how to be sure they can someday arrive in Heaven, because most peoples’ current appointment is Hell. Amen!
It was a blessing at a recent mission conference to see four Christians called to foreign missions. Praise the Lord! That week, we also had four churches take us on for support. Hallelujah! This is a great blessing for we have had a few churches unable to continue their support due to the economy. Our support is now almost 84%. Glory to God!
Continue to pray for our family for both strength and safety. As I’ve said in the past, kidnapping is a major problem in Mexico City. The missionary that will be helping us once we arrive in Mexico City said that a major kidnapping ring was just discovered a few houses down where he lives. Also, please pray for us to (1) finish raising our support soon, (2) continue to be encouraged in trials (our transmission went out and there have been difficulties with family members concerning our soon departure), and (3) our daughter Hannah as she is learning and enjoying her Bible College experience. If you would like to write Hannah, the address is c/oHeartland Baptist Bible College, 4700 Northwest 10th St., Oklahoma City, OK 73127.
Thanks to Sheryl Culp with Culp & Associates, Chris Jaquess of Two Tall Design and Mark Chartier with Calvary Publishing for help with our new photo/prayer card, updated web, and revised stationary. “Brethren, pray for us.” 1 Thessalonians 5:22. We pray for you, too. We are your servants for Jesus’ sake (2 Cor. 4:5).
Bro. Mike Wallace & Family