From the President (In the latest Upper room Newsletter)

My original intention for this letter was to focus on this time of the year. Summer has passed and now autumn has begun. Fall is upon us once again – Harvest time.

Then I picked up my Bible to see what it had to say about harvest. The first passage I read sent my thoughts in an entirely new direction. Here is what the Good Word says:

Then he said to his disciples “The Harvest is plentiful but the
workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send
out workers into his harvest field.” (Matthew 9:35-38)

Jesus said something similar when he referred to his followers as “fishers of men.” Those words were spoken to two of his disciples.

Here, Jesus was looking at the crowds following him and referred to them as a field ripe for harvest.

We as a community are richly blessed with many workers, people who will gladly go out into our “harvest field” to seek out those who are (or perhaps might be) thirsty for His word, who want to have a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ. Many people are ready to give their lives to Christ if someone would lead them to that point. All of us, including myself, need to have faith in ourselves, or rather, faith in how the Spirit of the Lord will use us to reach out to others.

Jesus commands us to pray that people will respond to his need for workers. Often, when we pray for something, God answers our prayers by using us.

Be prepared and open for God to use you to show another person the way to Him. Ask Him who he is putting on your heart to sponsor, so that he or she will experience a love-filled, thought provoking wonderful three days.

De Colores!
Mark Thunem, President

Women’s 95 Weekend Postponed

Due to the storm and power issues persisting at the NSLC and the town of Monroe, Women’s 95 has been postponed. Once a new date has been determined, this will be relayed.