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The word “to”, while a simple preposition, is a substantial part to our mission. “To” implies direction.

In Luke 10:2 [These were his instructions to them: “The harvest is great, but the workers are few. So pray to the Lord who is in charge of the harvest; ask him to send more workers into his fields.] the word “to” is mentioned multiple times, all of which are critical.

The first “to” is in the very first phrase “These were his instructions to them”. To figure out who ‘them’ is, we look back to the end of chapter 9 and beginning of 10. In the end of chapter 9, Jesus discusses the cost of discipleship. He lays out that to be a disciple you are accepting that nothing else is important and that following Him is your full attention. Jesus stresses this by telling them of how they won’t have a home and states how they cannot bury their dead or say goodbye to their family. After all of this, chapter 10 opens with the Lord appointing 72 disciples. This catches my attention immediately. After all Jesus says and challenges them with, 72 stay and follow. Wow. Anyways, Jesus commands these 72 to go out in pairs ahead of Him. Then comes “These were his instructions to them.” The instructions were directed toward those that understood the cost of discipleship, those who knew what truly mattered, those who left everything they knew and simply followed.

Jesus tells the disciples “pray to the Lord…” Honestly, this phrase doesn’t usually stand out. It is normal for this to come out of Jesus’ mouth, but within this simple command is also truth and reassurance. As I mentioned earlier, “to” implies direction and movement. While the word here doesn’t seem important, it is a reminder that our prayers are not stagnant – that there is movement and direction. Our prayers to Him are never in vain.

The final “to” in this verse is coupled with the word “in” – “ask him to send more workers into his fields.” “Into” means to act out movement resulting with being enclosed or surrounded. As I’ve heard it put once, ” You can only see light in darkness,” so naturally it does no good do mission work in a place where everyone already follows Christ. In order for us to obey this command, we go out among the darkness. We move to a place where we are surrounded, because there His work is more than evident and irrefutable.

We believe that we are among these workers and that we have been sent. We honor and obey Him, acting out the “to” by going. But I believe this cycle, stated in this passage, is constantly reoccurring. Let me explain. The way discipleship works is as someone disciples you, you disciple another, that person disciples another, and so on. So we must look at ourselves through both perspectives. We are the among the workers mentioned in the latter half of this verse, but we are also among the “them” being given direction in the beginning.

While looking through this lens, the command “ask” jumps out. This verse is spoken by Jesus to the disciples before they left to go to the other cities. So before we leave and go ahead, before we are told to talk to people, to teach, or to build relationships, we are told to ask. As it says in 1 Corinthians 3, only God can provide growth. It is pointless to go about anything without involving Him from the very beginning. We cannot disciple anyone without Him being in the middle of it all. So our first action, no matter where we are or what we are doing, is to ask. Ask God to be present, for His blessing, that He uses us and speaks through us, and that He sends more workers into His fields as we have been sent.

We ask.

We move.

And we watch Him work.

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the field

Singapore is a small country located in southeastern Asia near India, Thailand, and Malaysia. It is exactly one degree of latitude North of the Equartor, which means it’s really hot and extremely humid. Tropical regions don’t have seasons like Summer, Spring, Winter, and Autumn; they only have rainy season and dry season.

Singapore consists of a lot of different cultures. Singapore was under British Rule as a trading port. In 1963 Singapore declared independence from Great Britain and became apart of the Federation of Malaysia. However, after only two years, Singapore was excluded from the Federation because of disagreements and riots and became the Republic of Singapore. Singapore has become home to many different peoples including the Maylas, Chinese, Japanese, and Indians. This mixture of nationalities is reflected by the religion and language. More than eight different religions are represented in Singapore with Buddhism being the most common. Spoken language is also very divers with the majority of the country speaking Mandarin Chinese. Because of the British occupation, though, 18 percent of the country can speak English, which will make our job a little easier!

Because of the large mixture of different nationalities, there is not one specific culture or a single set of traditions that are held throughout the country. Here are a few things that are done day to day or are different in Singapore. Like in many other Asian countries, people in Singapore remove their shoes before entering a room. In Singapore there is close to no recreational drug use due to strict laws; it actually has one of the lowest rates of drug use in the entire world. People drive on the left side of the road there because of the strong British influence. Chewing gum is illegal in Singapore along with jaywalking, smoking in air-conditioned places, and eating while riding the MRT (their public transportation – like a subway), all of which you can be fined for and even arrested.

We are ecstatic about being sent here! Please be praying that the people of Singapore are blessed, that they are open to us as we build friendships with them, and that they accept God’s incredible love.

the workers

These were his instructions to them: “The harvest is great, but the workers are few. So pray to the Lord who is in charge of the harvest; ask him to send more workers into his fields.” -Luke 10:2

We are those workers.

We are being sent to Singapore this coming summer for six weeks to share Jesus with the people there and are amazed by the ways He has already worked on this journey.

A lot of things have happened over the past six months.

Britney and Sam committed to LST (Let’s Start Talking) last fall not knowing where they were going or who else they’d be going with. The only way we can explain Savannah becoming apart of the team is God! The week before Intensive Training Weekend for LST, Savannah happened to mention to her cousin, Elizabeth, who was friends with Britney and Sam, that she wanted to do mission work like LST this summer. So the week before the training began, the third and final team member was added!

There were still a few problems in the way, though. Savannah was born with a heart problem and was going to have surgery which could have interfered with the trip. After a lot of prayer, Savannah went to the doctor to find out which surgery she will get. She explained ahead of time there there were two choices, one surgery would have no issues while the other would prevent her from going. Not only did she not have to have the more intense surgery, but Savannah doesn’t have to have surgery at all!

God has obviously been working in our team even before we had everything finalized.

Since then, we have found that we are being sent to Singapore! We are beyond excited knowing this and have begun weekly training to prepare for everything from teaching English to learning about the culture.

Thanks to everyone who has supported us through prayer or donations! You have no idea how much it means to all of us!

More to come!