In Acts 8 Philip gets redirected by the Lord while in the midst of great revival in Samaria to go to the desert and witness to one man. Philip may have thought, “But, Lord, we are seeing people saved and lives changed! We are reaching those that are outcasts, that people have neglected and we are reaping a great harvest!” And God just tells him, “Go to the desert.”
In the desert he finds the Ethiopian eunuch, on his way home from Jerusalem. The eunuch is burdened that he needs something but he does not know how to find it nor what it is exactly that he needs. Being in Jerusalem did not help him find the answer; organized religion had no help for him. Just like that, the Serbian Orthodox religion here, the established religion, has no help for people. He may have left as dry as he came but God had other plans for help was on the way! This shows the immense value that God places on individual souls. He has prepared the right man with the right message for the right time. Thank God Philip was yielded or the eunuch may have gone to Hell unreached with the Gospel!
The verse that stirs my heart in Acts 8 is verse 31 after Philip asked the eunuch while reading Isaiah 53, “Understandest what thou readest?” And the eunuch said, “How can I except some man should guide me?” He here is spiritually holding up a sign saying, “Help Wanted.”
Like the Ethiopian eunuch, lost people are spiritually holding up a sign saying, “Help Wanted” whether they know it or not. Can you see it in their eyes? The Gospel is the answer for their desperate need. They are running out of time; they need the truth of the Gospel and we need to reach them, before it’s too late! As you can see in this man’s face, people have no hope without the Gospel. We need to be urgent about it! Vance Havner once said, “The tragedy of our time is that the situation is desperate but the saints are not.” “Say not ye, There are yet four months, and then cometh harvest? behold, I say unto you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest.” (John 4:35). The harvest is heading for ruin if it is not picked in time.
2. Personnel Are Needed
Like most places where we see a “Help Wanted” sign, it indicates there is a vacancy in the workplace and a spot is open for anyone willing and capable of filling it. That’s the case here in Serbia! There are scores of towns and villages that are wide open for the Gospel! Who will be willing to take it to them?
Some may need to do like Philip and take a short missions trip. These trips are greatly encouraging to a missionary, burdens people more for the lost in foreign lands, and are useful in calling out more missionaries. Not only that but the amount of work done could pose great potential to possibly even a church being started! We are ready and open to having short term missions groups come to work with us in Serbia. Along with that you may consider here as a place for missions internship.
Some may need to be in it for the long haul and come as a permanent missionary to Serbia. For some, that may mean that you leave some productive harvest fields to others that are brand new territory as Philip. God is directing some to do so and God may need to redirect some as He did with Philip. God may have other plans than your plans. As a “Help Wanted” sign on a shop window indicates, there are people here that are finding too much work to do by themselves and they need a co-laborer. That certainly is the situation here in Serbia! We need help here! Why is it that Christians consider to go to the mission field as their last choice? It is said that less than 1% of Bible college students even consider missions.
It would sure make us more effective to have help. Jesus sent out the disciples two-by-two in the Gospel and Paul went with Barnabas and later with Silas. From Deut. 32:30 we see that, “one chase a thousand, and two put ten thousand to flight.” This shows that pairing up in the work does not just double the output but makes it ten times more effective! We need co-laborers in Serbia if we will effectively reach them! Praying and giving to the work here is one thing, but coming is quite another!
Who knows what God wants to do through you? The eunuch’s return to Ethiopia most likely brought Christianity to the continent of Africa for the first time and has been one of the oldest forms of Christianity as the Coptic church. God could possibly use you like that to help establish the independent Baptist movement in Serbia with hundreds to thousands saved and scores of churches that will be here till Jesus comes! Even if that may not happen, it is still worth it for even just one more soul to be saved here for every soul is worth a world of effort to reach; they are that valuable to God!
However, think of the awful consequences of neglecting God’s call to missions. Souls that should have been reached will go to Hell; and those that could have been reached by you would never be reached. Your lack of decision could result in leaving millions unsaved. Are you willing to face God in disobedience to His call on your life?