Missions Sunday: Cast your bread upon the waters

While most of us have heard the Biblical phrase, “Cast your bread upon the waters, for you will find it after many days” (Ecc 11:1 NKJV), many do not know the actual meaning of the words. Our speaker on Sunday, Daniel Jesudason, is a long-time member of our church who has served on our pastoral team, as the Executive Director of HCSA as well as missionary, translator and trainer with SIL/Wycliffe.While most of us have heard the Biblical phrase, “Cast your bread upon the waters, for you will find it after many days” (Ecc 11:1 NKJV), many do not know the actual meaning of the words. Our speaker on Sunday, Daniel Jesudason, is a long-time member of our church who has served on our pastoral team, as the Executive Director of HCSA as well as missionary, translator and trainer with SIL/Wycliffe.

Daniel shared many stories, testimonies and examples that helped us to see that casting our bread upon the waters is a call to missions. He explained the original meaning of the verse as a form of seed planting that took place during times when the rivers would overflow into the fields. Farmers would cast their seed upon the waters knowing that it would reach the soil below and eventually produce a crop. In the same way, as we reach out both locally and overseas by praying, giving and going, we are sowing seed that will eventually bear fruit!

Every year, we prioritise missions. Through our Faith Promise Giving and other funds, a signifcant amount of our overall income goes to missions and outreach. We have not stopped casting our bread upon the waters and we have seen God at work in amazing ways. Each person is precious and as we plant the seed of God’s word into the hearts of people the light of salvation will arise!

Our Filipino congregation, Church With A Mission, also brought us testimonies from their recent missions trip to the Philippines where they had the privilege of leading over 50 people (many of them family members of CWAM) to receive Christ. They saw an amazing harvest that came simply by casting seed as they went, prayed, shared God’s Word and demonstrated God’s love.
Beloved child of God, never stop casting your seed! Singapore is called to be an Antioch, a nation of churches and believers who continually cast our bread upon the waters, knowing that our investment and service is not in vain. Ecclesiastes 11:1 is both a promise and a principle of kingdom living. Lift up your eyes and look with discernment at the harvest fields all around us. The principle of sowing and reaping is dynamically working. A return is on the way, your harvest is coming. In due time, you will reap!

Looking for good returns,

Ps George

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