Month of Prayer and Giving Day 12- Wariness and Weariness
“And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.”
Most every pastor has experienced it before. You can’t do enough for some people. You provide wise counsel. You visit them regularly. You assist them financially. You pray for them ceaselessly. At times you neglect others – including your own family – to minister to them.
Then – every veteran pastor knows what comes next! – they leave. Why? Because you were not as loving and caring as you should be. You become wary of people. You become weary in your labours.
Been there? Done that? Some of you are there and doing that.
This can be disheartening to the most seasoned of pastors. How much more so when it happens to a man and his family in their first vocational ministry assignment.
But, by God’s grace, Akin Olawale presses on in the work the Lord has given him to do at Walthamstow. Progress is slow – and has necessitated a recalibration of expectations – but the folks God has sent are devoted, teachable and outward looking. That is a blessing.
Will you pray for ‘Wale as he balances his time between studies at London Seminary and service at Walthamstow? Will you pray that he will persevere in evangelism and discipleship even when people disappoint and frustrate? Will you pray that he will be granted all the spiritual and physical strength he will need for the labours ahead?
Why not visit the church in Walthamstow some time? Their Sunday meeting is in the afternoon. You could maybe even call in on them without missing a service in your own church. Your presence – along with your prayers – would no doubt be a big encouragement.
“Therefore we ought to support people like these, that we may be fellow workers for the truth.”
3 John 8 ESV
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