From the Director of Arab World Media
Thanksgiving Day, in its earliest form, was a time to gather together with family and friends and give thanks for the year’s harvest. Today, few of us depend on the season’s crops for our livelihood. I am thankful for the bountiful food I eat; however, my faith was not tested this farming season. Sadly, I do not know if the farmers near where I live had a good year or a bad one, nor would that have an impact on my life. Or would it?
A biblical perspective
God uses the illustration of harvest to help us understand our work in his kingdom. Luke 10:2 reminds us that we need to pray for more workers to be sent out to the waiting harvest of people. We can anticipate a rich harvest when the seed falls on good soil (Matthew 13:23). The Bible makes it clear that we are all invited to participate in the sowing and watering; however, we are dependent on God for the growth (1 Corinthians 3:5-9).
Arab World Media has been sowing seeds among Arab world Muslims since 1959. We are thankful for the fruit we have seen over the years. There have been seasons when our faith had to focus on looking forward, and we took encouragement from Galatians 6:9:
And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. (ESV)
We are thankful that 2017 has been a year of reaping. In the first nine months, 340 people turned away from Islam and chose to follow Jesus. We also thank you for your partnership in the gospel through prayer and giving. Generous giving is compared to supplying seed to the sower that will increase the harvest (2 Corinthians 9:10). As we look ahead to 2018, we invite you to continue your partnership with us through your generosity.