“There is a time for everything, and a season for everything under heaven.” Solomon being a man of great wisdom wrote these words In Ecclesiastes 3. But he further wrote in chapter 8 “and the wise heart knows the proper time and procedure.” So, there is a time for everything and everything should be done at the right time. When you do the right thing but at the wrong time, it can really cause problems.
Why do farmers plant in the spring? Because it is the right time! What would happen if some industrious farmer got an early start and sowed his crops in December in the snow-covered fields of the Midwest? He wouldn’t be smug for long as the unintended consequences of poor timing costs him a ton of money in lost resources, wasted time, and respect for his good name. He would be the hot topic in the town diners, barbershops, and church narthexes for sure. We were invited to take a group to Panama and some North American teams are forming and ready to go in some places, but not all. For these places, the timing is just not right – yet. Belize is ready, Jamaica is not. Community missions in the US are ready, children’s homes and ministries, not quite yet. The time to take teams and services is when they are open and ready to receive us. Taking a team with all good intentions at the wrong time will have many unintended consequences because of poor timing in loss of resources, wasted time, and most important loss of respect for a good name. We will be patient and wait for the right timing.
Solomon also wrote, “A good name is more desirable than great riches; to be esteemed is better than silver and gold.” (Prov. 22:1) When our teams serve, our ministry is effective in part because of our good name. We are often asked to partner in places because we are highly regarded. For this, we are very thankful. We are going full speed ahead where we are able and being patient for the right time for those places lagging behind. But when it is time – we are primed and ready to go all out and all in!
John Key, Executive Director
email@example.com | 765.286.0711
Quarantines and COVID curfew restrictions are still creating challenges for teams to serve in 2021 with CSI in Jamaica. We are optimistic about the progress. As we further develop our relationship with the local churches we are also creating even greater opportunities for teams to serve in 2022. Thankfully, the 2022 Calendar in Jamaica is filling up! If you want to hold a week for your team, family, church, or school, contact Jennifer at the home office. Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.