I’m excited to say I’m headed off to Lexington, KY today! Even more exciting…I’m headed to a Symposium where we will be discussing the future of agriculture in feeding our growing population! You see, our world is expected to have population growth reaching a projected 9 billion people by 2050, while dealing with diminishing resources and environmental concerns.
At first glance, this may sound like another boring agriculture conference (mostly those of you not active in the ag industry will take this view). But in reality, it is a chance to learn and discuss the future of reaching thousands of people and nations around the world. Take a moment and think. What is the best way to reach out to the hungry? To help them become self-sufficient in feeding and clothing themselves. And this provides an open door to sharing God’s Word with them. Not to mention, working the land really allows a person to know the Lord and His goodness in a different way when you rely on Him to fuel one’s crops.
Okay, beyond that, I am excited to learn from scientists and many involved in the agriculture industry to see the new advancements they’ve made to increase production. Without that increase, there would be more food shortages around the world than there are currently. According to the UN Food and Agricultural Organization in it’s most recent estimate, 925 million people were undernourished in the world in 2010. And that number has yet to increase.
Also note that over 2 billion people (over 30 percent of the world) are still essentially cut off from access to the Gospel. These unreached people vary from those living in major urban centers to areas more remote and rural. And less than 10 percent of the modern missionary workforce is focused on these lease-evangelized peoples of the world.
I have a desire to bring the Lord’s message to those people hidden in the background, and simultaneously bring into the light the stories of those hidden in the background. Ultimately, this is why I am excited about this Symposium. My eyes will be opened to more opportunities in agriculture that will shed light on unreached areas both agriculturally and spiritually. I am also excited to learn more about how to share these messages with people, as I will be attending many marketing and communication sessions.
The world is so large…and I am getting a small glimpse from people involved in agriculture around the world. It’s time to soak up the information and pray about what the Lord has in store for me to do with it!
So as I prepare to fly to Lexington and engage in the Alltech Annual International Symposium, I will be keeping in mind those in need. I am excitedly making another step in the direction of my dream. And to encourage you as you go on your way today, here are a few verses on sharing the Lord’s Gospel.
“Then He said to His disciples, ‘The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Therefore beseech the Lord of the harvest to send out workers into His harvest.’” -Matthew 9:37-38
“He said to them, ‘It is not for you to know times or epochs which the Father has fixed by His own authority; but you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth.’” -Acts 1:7-8
“Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come. Now all these things are from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation, namely, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and He has committed to us the word of reconciliation. Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were making an appeal through us; we beg you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.” -2 Corinthians 5:17-20
“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, so that whatever you ask of the Father in My name He may give to you.” -John 15:16