Reaping a Harvest

Aylett Family

“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up” (Gal. 6:9 NIV1)

This is a favorite verse for Jeremy Aylett. Mr. Aylett shares, “Any time you step out in faith and obedience to Jesus, there is always adversity and difficulty. What’s important is that we remember growth takes time and we shouldn’t grow weary in doing good. As long as we do what is God-honoring and good, there will be a harvest. We must pursue wisdom, skill, and feedback from others, but we trust God to bring the growth in His time!”

Indeed, the Ayletts stay very busy and have much work to complete. San Diego is an incredibly beautiful and temperate city. People who live there enjoy a vast array of recreational opportunities. With almost 70 miles of beaches, theme parks, and attractions like the San Diego Zoo and SeaWorld, this city offers virtually unending sources of play and creativity. Jeremy Aylett explains that while these activities are enjoyable, they are also distractions to spiritual thought and conversations.

To overcome these distractions, the people of San Diego need to know the truth about Jesus, and they need to feel a sense of community within Christian fellowships. Mr. Aylett says that the key to sharing Jesus with others in his community is authentic faith, kindness, compassion, and hospitality. As people see faith lived out in the lives of these church planters, they are seeing the beauty of a life lived in obedience to Jesus.

This faith community is also fulfilling the need for a sense of belonging in a very urban setting where loneliness is rampant. To build a sense of community and purpose, the Ayletts work to find ways to help people get involved. They help people discern their gifts and then use those gifts to serve other people. Mr. Aylett says that “serving is often a way that people realize their greater need for God.”

In teaching your Mission Friends® about helping others and leading them in Helping Others activities, you are building a foundation on which they will learn about their own spiritual gifts and the joy of using those gifts in surrender to Jesus and in service to others. You are building their sense of belonging and their understanding of Christian community. You are introducing them to God’s gospel purpose and building curiosity about the ways that missionaries carry the gospel to the nations.

Sometimes we grow weary in the midst of preschoolers’ hyperactive energy and Mission Friends lessons gone awry! May I encourage you to not grow weary in doing good? God promises that at the proper time your work will reap a harvest if you do not give up.

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