Editor’s note: this story is by Southern Baptist international workers with ties to Flint Hills Baptist Association in Kansas. Their names and location are not being used due to security reasons.

“As we work with local believers to plant churches here we have been reminded of the Parable of the Sower in Matthew 13.

“Many, many seeds are tossed out in different ways on the hard, rocky, weedy and fertile hearts of people. It is often slow work to see which efforts bring forth a lasting harvest. As the sower, we must faithfully toss out and nurture the seeds of the gospel.

“So, we sow through discipleship meetings, coffee dates, walks with neighbors, ministry partnerships, play dates, Zoom calls, Bible studies and backyard barbecues — all to speak life, spark interest and give hope.

“A church is nothing less than the people of God, a local expression of His bride. And we seek to invest in those God is drawing to build them up in their faith person by person.

“Pray for wisdom and patience as we weigh opportunities to reach out to those around us and often face rejection.

“Pray that Christ would faithfully build His church and that we would faithfully sow and nurture seeds of the gospel message. Ask God for additional families to join us.

“Your prayers and gifts to the Cooperative Program and Lottie Moon Christmas Offering® support us as we sow gospel seeds in the country where we serve.”