The Call of the Harvest by Mateo Echeverry

Hamburg, Germany has over 300 refugee camps throughout the city. Remodeled ships, restructured postal buildings, regular apartments, and buildings made entirely of modified container units are used to house the tens of thousands of refugees that now call Hamburg home. The camps range from housing as little as three families to over 1000 people and anywhere in between.

This summer, a team of eight (with a few more coming in and out) spent five weeks visiting these camps and sharing Jesus’ message and love. Six days a week from 1-7PM, the team would split up and head to different camps in search of people of peace. No one spoke the language, so we relied on God to provide translators that could speak Arabic and/or Kurdish, the primary people groups we were focusing on. True to His nature, God did far beyond what our team could have imagined. By His grace, God allowed us to see the following take place:

  • 170 people engaged
  • 140 people heard the Gospel, a personal testimony, or at least 1 Jesus story
  • 95 people visited at least once more after initial contact
  • 6 professions of faith
  • 1 baptism

Jesus’ words in Luke 10:2 came to life for each of us as we reflected on what God did: “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore beseech the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.” Though no one had formal training, nor seminary degrees, nor anything special at all, God allowed us to see great things happen simply because we obeyed Him and went. The need is overwhelming and there are few who are willing to go. Pray that many would cease this unique opportunity in history that we might see God’s promise of a plentiful harvest fulfilled amongst these unreached people groups.