FIELDS WHITE UNTO HARVEST

Pete in the white cotton fields

When Jesus took time out of his busy schedule to speak to a lowly Samaritan woman–a woman who had been married five times and was currently living with a man who was not her husband–he astonished both his disciples and the sinful Samaritan woman. Why would Jesus waste his time in a Samaritan community? After all, the folks there didn’t even worship in the temple in Jerusalem. Even worse, why would he waste his time with such a sinful woman?

Jesus had eternity in mind as he spoke to the Samaritan woman and he later admonished his disciples, “Do you not say, ‘There are yet four months, then comes the harvest?’ Look, I tell you , lift up your eyes, and see that the fields are white for harvest!”

Cotton ready for harvest

When Jesus spoke of the harvest, he was not talking about cotton and he was not talking about wheat. He was talking about souls, the souls of men, women, and children, no matter where they came from. By the end of the story, Most of the Samaritans from that town believed in Jesus.

Can you imagine living in a town where the majority of citizens are Christians?

While we were in Georgia for the Sunbelt Festival we were surrounded by white cotton fields that were ready for harvest. During this time, one verse kept repeating itself to my soul. I tell you, lift up your eyes and see that the fields are white for harvest (John 4:35).

And at the Sunbelt Festival the fields were ready for harvest!

About 4,000 (4 times what you see here) walking sticks were given out which means 4,000 people heard the story of the beads–many for the first time.

The Sunbelt Festival is our largest event. Even with 6-8 folks sharing the gospel at one time, the line outside our tent was often 20-30 folks long.

Before the gates open each morning volunteers gather for prayer.

But that’s not when prayer begins. As soon as an event is scheduled, Pete and I begin praying for the people God will bring our way. We ask him to prepare their hearts to receive the gospel. We ask him to prepare us and give us strength, love for each person who comes our way, and the words to say. Whatever happens at an event is God’s doing, not ours. We are simply grateful and overjoyed that God would use weak people like us.

What a blessing to work with these wonderful folks!

Steve and Chris(front) fellow workers from New York worked countless hours at coordinating the event. Becky and Walter (right) offered their beautiful home so volunteers would have a comfortable place away from home and delicious meals for our entire stay. They also volunteered at the event. On the left, Pete and I. By the time we pulled our RV out of Walter and Becky’s yard, we felt we had known them all our lives, and knew we had made forever friends. How precious is our fellowship with fellow believers!

What a blessing this group of teens were! They all knew Jesus.

They were so excited about their relationship with Jesus and allowed me to pray for them that they will each follow the path God has for them. When I asked if I could take their picture to remind me to pray for them, they agreed. They then asked to take my picture so they could pray for me. What a gift these young folks were. God is going to use them in ways we cannot imagine.

My precious new friend Sheryl who kept the restrooms spotless.

Sheryl not only kept the rest rooms clean, she greeted everyone with a kind word and welcoming smile. Most important, she encouraged everyone to stop by The Fellowship of Christian Farmers’ booth. She reminded me of the words of Jesus found in Luke 9:48b “For he who is least among you all is the one who is great.”

The number of salvations at Sunbelt has not officially been put together. But God knows.

In one day, just one of the eight volunteers was blessed to lead 30 people to Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. Praise God for each person who will now spend eternity in heaven.

From the Sunbelt Festival in Moultrie Georgia with an attendance of 200,000 to 300,000, Pete and I made our way to Lake Wales Florida and Pioneer Days with an average attendance of 10,000.

The journey there wasn’t what we expected. Along the way, the trailer jack broke and we ran out of water in the RV which, among other things, meant we had to use costly bottled drinking water to flush the toilet. When things like this happen, all Pete and I can do is laugh and compare our tiny trials to those of the Apostle Paul. There’s no room for complaining when that comparison is made!

There is no way to adequately thank Ron and Deb (coral shirt) and Liz for all their help!

Pete sharing the story of the beads. The Lake Wales event offered many opportunities to share with families.
Sometimes God calls us to plant seeds, sometimes to water, and sometimes to harvest. We never know how he will use us. What we know is this: for the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.

One of my most moving memories during the Pioneer Days took place when I shared with a group of three people, a couple in their 50’s and the woman’s aunt. The couple was due to be married the following Friday. After sharing the gospel, it was evident that only one person (the woman who was about to be married) was a believer. We talked some more. At one point the believer said, “I know I should not be unequally yoked, but I love him.” As we continued in conversation, I knew beyond doubt that God was giving me the words. The aunt was eager to pray to receive Christ, but the gentleman seemed like a wall was built around his heart. As the aunt prayed to ask Jesus into her heart, it was if the wall around his heart crumbled and he prayed along, tears running down his cheeks. He and his new wife agreed to read the Bible together every day, starting in the book of John. Afterward Pete and I were honored and humbled to pray over this couple, asking God to bless their marriage and use them as a couple to draw others to him. Isn’t God good!

Pete spoke with a teenage boy who knew Jesus as his Savior but was struggling with continued sin in his life. This young man was filled with guilt and very down on himself. Pete shared Scripture and spoke with him about the difference between conviction (which comes from God) and condemnation, which comes from the enemy and offers no hope for the future. They ended their time together with prayer. A few minutes later the pastor from a church who had a booth at the event came to Pete and said, “I don’t know what you told that boy, but I want you to know it made a difference. Thank you.”

Sometimes God allows us to pray for needs other than salvation. It was a blessing to pray with a mom whose son has stage 4 cancer.

Because our son had stage 4 cancer, I understood this woman’s broken heart. I don’t know if her son will survive as our son has, but she was able to tell me about her son’s faith in Jesus and we shared together the hope that is ours in Jesus Christ. I am confident this meeting was set up by Christ.

By the end of Pioneer Days thirty people had prayed to receive Jesus as their Lord and Savior.

Deb sharing the bead story

We praise God for the opportunity to share him and the life-changing story of salvation wherever we go, especially at events with the Fellowship of Christian Farmers. We are blessed to work alongside some of the most wonderful people and we are blessed by you, our amazing supporters. We couldn’t do it without you. I can’t tell you how many times an unexpected gift came in the mail and within days we had a need that would have prevented us from sharing at an event had it not been for that gift. I wish I could share with you the confidence and strength that comes because of your prayers. It’s almost the official month of Thanksgiving. And at the top of our list is your name. Thank you. Thank you for all you do to make this ministry possible. Because of your prayers and gifts, people who were on their way to hell are now on their way to heaven. Praise God!

UPCOMING EVENTS

November 6 Dragon Boat Festival Lake Hernando, FL

November 20 Haven Holiday Market Winter Haven, FL

January 15-16 Manatee Festival Crystal River, FL

January 29-February 4 ECHO work week Ft Myers, FL

February 26-27 Swamp Cabbage Festival La Belle, FL

March 3-5 Pioneer Days Wauchula, FL

March 5-6 Strawberry Festival Floral City, FL

April 26-28 Flowertown Festival Summerville, SC

We also have applications pending for the Edison Festival of Lights in Ft Myers, FL, the largest event in SW Florida, and the Cape Coral Craft Fair. Please pray that our applications will be approved.

  • Doors will open for more events
  • Bill’s continued recovery
  • Our health, that we will remain healthy and able to continue in ministry
  • Our car and RV’s health. Right now our car won’t start. We are bringing it in on Monday. Pray it will not be too costly a repair.
  • Pray for growth of all those who have recently prayed to receive Jesus Christ and his offer of salvation.
  • Pray that God will prepare us for our upcoming events.
  • Pray that God will prepare the hearts of those we will speak with.
  • Pray for God’s continued provision for ministry.
  • Pray that we will be accepted for the craft fair and Edison Festival of Lights. This will be a huge miracle!
  • Pray for our nation and the freedom to continue to share Jesus with a needy world.
  • Pray for wisdom and provision as we decide whether or not it’s God’s will for us to travel to Louisiana for disaster relief.

Thank you for following our blog and supporting us with your prayers and gifts. We love you and look forward to seeing you at an upcoming event. May God continue to bless you and may you continue to glorify HIM. Feel free to contact us at sandyspieces@gmail.com or 14880 Tamiami Trail, Punta Gorda, FL 33955.

We continue to be held…

In His Grip,

Pete and Sandy Singer

Published by sandramaesinger

Fifty years and counting, that is how long Pete and I have been married. We have two wonderful adult children, seven amazing grandchildren, one terrific great-grandson, and a pug with an inflated ego. Originally from Minnesota, we now call southwest Florida home. I'm looking forward to publication of The Missing Piece, which is the sequel to my first book, All the Broken Pieces. Also keep an eye out for He Came to Me, which places readers in the sandals of the often neglected women whose lives were changed when Jesus came to them. Along with Pete, I have spent my life in ministry, often opening our home to women in crisis and working with lawmakers on legislation that promotes life and family values. Both Pete and I are certified Community Chaplains and since Pete's retirement, we minister with The Fellowship of Christian Farmers International, traveling to festivals and fairs to share the gospel and bringing hope and help to those hit by natural disasters.

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