A Letter from the FEBC President

“…He had compassion on them…” (Matthew 9:36)

We’ve all likely heard the end of this passage in Matthew, “Pray the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.” Pray…therefore. We want to follow Jesus’ example, and it’s important to look at the beginning of the passage to understand why Jesus gave this urgent instruction.

After ministering among the people in many places and seeing their great needs, the Lord had compassion on them. He felt the weight of their distress, and his heart was moved deeply. He knew the answer to their needs was to hear and receive the Good News that they have a Shepherd who tends them gently, who gives them eternal life, and who loves them without end.

Sharing Jesus’ compassion means that our hearts will be unavoidably broken over the desperate needs of people who have yet to hear the Good News, just like Jesus’ own heart was broken. This is both the price and the privilege of seeing the world as Jesus sees it.

Sharing Jesus’ compassion for people leads us to pray that more workers will be sent out. This is what Jesus calls us to do. Let us continue to answer his call.

Until all have heard,

Edward W. Cannon
President and CEO

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