The Killing Fields Revisited
Look around you! Vast fields are ripening all around us and are ready now for the harvest (John 4:35).
As the last strongholds of Communist oppression are giving way, miracles have been are occurring throughout Vietnam and Kampuchea (Cambodia), lives are being changed by Christ's great message of love and forgiveness. If I could, I would share many details with you. However, we need to protect the security of those working in these nations.
What we can tell you is that the "JESUS" film is being shown broadly with tremendous results. Throughout Indo-China, the film is being presented in homes with the use of portable video sets and 14-inch screens. For example, one film team held 34 showings in just two months. The gospel was presented to 841 people. Of these, 276 indicated they received Christ. That's 32 percent!
As in the former Soviet Union, the people of Indo-China are starved for spiritual truth. There is an incredible openness and curiosity about the gospel as a result of years of suffering and deprivation of the things of God.
Referring to the senseless slaughter and holocaust of millions of innocent civilians in Cambodia by the evil communists (the area referred to as "the Killing Fields"), one of our staff members, while working on the distribution of the "JESUS" film, reported, "The stories of the Killing Fields are absolutely incomprehensible. They are a visual lesson that I can never forget.... I stepped through fields still full of bones and clothes. I saw the shoes of a small child who had been killed many years before, still laying amongst the weeds. With over two million slaughtered, it is more than time that we bring a new harvest, a field ripe for eternal life and joy...the possibilities are staggering."
Now these Killing Fields have become spiritual harvest fields for the kingdom. Our Lord says, "I tell you, open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest" (John 4:35, NIV).
What is happening here and elsewhere in the earth reminds me of the depiction of the earth's harvest in Revelation 14: "Then another angel came out of the temple and called in a loud voice to him who was sitting on the cloud, 'Take your sickle and reap, because the time to reap has come, for the harvest of the earth is ripe.' So he who was seated on the cloud swung his sickle over the earth, and the earth was harvested" (vs.
Yours for fulfilling the Great Commission each year until our Lord returns,
The late Dr. Bill Bright was Founder and President/Chairman Emeritus of Campus Crusade for Christ, an organization which began as a campus ministry in 1951 and now has more than 27,000 full-time staff and up to 500,000 trained volunteer staff in 196 countries in areas representing 99.6 percent of the world's population. In the past 50 years, Campus Crusade for Christ has seen approximately 6 billion exposures to the gospel worldwide. The film, "JESUS," which Bright conceived and funded through Campus Crusade for Christ, is the most widely translated and viewed film of any type ever produced. Since its use began in 1980, the film has been translated into 839 languages and viewed or listened to by over 5.7 billion people in 228 countries. Dr. Bright was also the author of more than fifty books. Visit campuscrusade.com for more details
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