Yes, the Gospel spread by leaps and bounds through the pages of the New Testament. Thousands were added as the love of Christ changed the landscape of history. But I've been thinking lately about grassroots. Those are the stories we recount: Jesus healing a blind man who couldn't keep his mouth shut about "his miracle", a women so desperate for relief that she snuck underneath the crowd, conversations which led to conversions of influential sorcerers, and on the stories go. In the most sincere evaluation, the gospel always spread one person at a time. It is the grassroots movement to end all grassroots. Jesus interfaced with individuals. Paul and Peter stayed in people's homes presumably staying up into the wee-hours swapping stories of God's greatness, God transported Philip to the desert to talk to one man.
So this leads to a key building block of Seven Soils: we anticipate thousands coming to Christ, but the reality is God always deals with individuals, one-on-one. Intrinsic in the DNA of Seven Soils' projects, plans, goals, and methodology is a grassroots style. We are building a network with significant mass, but the Gospel is not effective as a leaflet-drop from 30,000 feet. Seven Soils' mission is massive: Advance the Gospel to every place it has not yet reached; but our methods are infinitesimal. We are establishing a network of these grassroots movements that spread from person to person as their eternity is changed. The natural state of the Gospel is a conversation on a porch, a prayer whispered on a factory floor, or a discussion had while weeding the fields.
Speaking of fields, they are ready for harvest, but the workers are few. Pray that the Lord of the Harvest may send workers into the field...how about you? (Luke 10:2) One stalk at a time. Pray Give Go