Caucasus

Season of sowing

February 05, 2015

“Don’t you have a saying, ‘It’s still four months until harvest’? I tell you, open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest. Even now the one who reaps draws a wage and harvests a crop for eternal life, so that the sower and the reaper may be glad together.” - John 4:35-36 (NIV)

A couple of times a year, a church planting team working amongst a Muslim people group in the Central Caucasus plans a one- or two-week Season of Sowing (SoS). While the team always looks for opportunities to share their faith with friends and new acquaintances, the SoS is a time for them to be especially intentional and bold, preparing stories to share and rallying the prayers of supporters.

Team members say that during a SoS, it’s not uncommon for them to experience greater distractions and spiritual opposition, whether it’s disobedient children, trouble sleeping or cell phones interrupting deep conversations about spiritual matters.

During a recent nine-day SoS, the team sowed the Father’s truth broadly. Men on the team shared about their faith with other men in tea houses, while fixing their cars and during trips to nearby villages. Women on the team shared baked goods and their faith while visiting neighbours and friends   

One team member connected with a university student for the first time. They went for a walk and the subject of God came up.  

“I remember the moment well, as we stopped briefly next to a cemetery, and the conversation came to a lull, both of us looking at what was before us,” she said.  

The friend asked the team member what she believed.

“I was then naturally able to share about Jesus, whom she’s open to hearing more about,” the team member remembered. “She even showed me how she’d downloaded the holy books on her phone, but hadn’t yet started reading them. It felt good talking about Jesus on our first meeting, having prepared as a team for such an encounter. And I love it when we see glimpses of how God has gone before us!”

Praise God for the opportunities team members had to share their faith with friends and neighbours in this Muslim region of the Central Caucasus. Please pray for the team and their community as they follow up with seeking individuals.