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"Pilgrim and Sojourner." - 1 Peter 2:11


During my sixth visit to Guatemala this week the Lord reminded
me that He promises to bring results when we minister His Word.
Last Sunday I enjoyed lunch in an open courtyard at a modest
home in El Rosario, Guatemala, a town I have visited six times
since 2002. My friend Adolfo had invited me to eat with his family
after the morning service at Iglesia de Nueva Vision, a Pentecostal
congregation. Nothing thrills me more during my missionary trips
to El Rosario than spending time with members of this church in
their homes.

As we were eating a meal of chicken, rice and Coca-Cola, I
noticed some green, volleyball-sized fruit hanging from a nearby
tree. I had never seen such large fruit before, so I asked my friend
Luis (in my broken Spanish) what they were. His father-in-law,
Minor, immediately hopped up from the table, walked over to the
tree and snapped one of the gigantic fruits from a branch.

“Perhaps you need to be reminded of this simple truth as 2010
ends and you prepare to enter a new year. The fruit will come.
Don’t give up.”

While peeling away the tough, two-inch-thick skin with his
pocketknife, Minor introduced me to the pomelo, a relative of the
grapefruit that is less tart but very delicious. “We call it the fruit of
the Promised Land,” Minor said, referring to the bountiful fruit
Israel discovered when Moses sent spies to Canaan.

The pomelo was our dessert that day.

On Monday I traveled with the church’s pastor, Oto, and my four
American team members to the mountain village of Saspán, about
an hour from El Rosario. We had been invited to minister with
Oto’s sister, Gisela, a courageous woman who has built a
congregation of 50 or so adults in her tiny farming community.

I was anxious to see Gisela because I had given her a word of
prophetic encouragement during my last visit. I told her in
November 2009 that I believed God was calling her to increase her
outreach to children and to make them a ministry focus. I learned
when I arrived in Guatemala this year that Gisela had taken this
challenge seriously.

When we arrived in Saspán and climbed the steep mountain path
to the church, I could hear the noise of children laughing and
singing. The scene I discovered in the crude basement of Gisela’s
church warmed my heart: Dozens of kids, ages 3 to 12, were
learning Bible verses and songs and doing crafts while Gisela’s
trained teenage teachers conducted a morning class.

“This is the fruit of what you said to me last year,” Gisela said to
me in Spanish. Up to 80 children now participate in her children’s
outreach each week, and there are only 200 children in the entire
village. Already some of the children’s parents have come to
know Jesus personally as a result of the new ministry.

When we climbed up the path to the main sanctuary for an
impromptu worship service, I looked out the open windows and
noticed two trees laden with fruit. One was full of papayas, the
other with coconuts. Then I noticed many maracuyás, or passion
fruit, littering the ground between the church and Gisela’s mother’s
house. Bananas were hanging in a tree nearby. Fruit was everywhere.

I realized the Holy Spirit was communicating to me in a very
personal way. I remembered what Jesus said in John 15:16a:
“You did not choose Me but I chose you, and appointed you that
you would go and bear fruit, and that your fruit would remain.” I
also remembered that before this trip to Guatemala the Lord had
given me Galatians 6:9 as a promise: “Let us not lose heart in
doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary.”

During this trip to Guatemala my eyes were opened to see the
results of our previous visits to the community. I saw the change in
the women of El Rosario after they had been baptized in the Holy
Spirit and healed from the effects of abuse. I saw the maturity in
the teenagers after they had been challenged to go deeper with
God. I saw how the pastor’s daughter, Ana Ruth, had become an
anointed leader, and how his son-in-law, Eric, was now introducing
dozens of youth to Christ. Spiritual fruit was everywhere.

The Lord began to speak to me: “When you are faithful to sow the
seed of My Word, be assured that I will cause growth and produce
a harvest. You are not just spinning your wheels. The work may
seem tedious at times, and it may require great patience. You
may encounter disappointment and delay for a season. But be
certain that when you abide in Me and remain faithful, the words
you speak and the work you do will always produce lasting fruit.”

Perhaps you need to be reminded of this simple truth as 2010
ends and you prepare to enter a new year. The fruit will come.
Don’t give up. Keep planting and watering. He is still the Lord of
the Harvest, and He is the one who causes the growth when His
Word is sown.

You may not see any blossoms on the trees yet, but before long
something as big and sweet as a pomelo may appear. I pray the
Lord will grant you the blessing of not only seeing but enjoying the
fruit of your labor for Him.

SI Moderator - Greg Gordon

 2010/12/8 16:58Profile

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 Re: DON'T QUIT - The FRUIT WILL APPEAR! by J. Lee Grady

Thanks for the encouragement


 2010/12/8 17:59Profile

Joined: 2004/4/5
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 Re: DON'T QUIT - The FRUIT WILL APPEAR! by J. Lee Grady

Thanks for posting this.
It sure did encourage me.
You gave strength to your brethen with this post.

Hope these verses will encourage you.

And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.

As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are the household of Faith.
You are doing this.

God Bless and keep you, in His perfect will.

 2010/12/8 21:40Profile

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