I am the Good Shepherd. The Good Shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. A hired man will run when he sees a wolf coming and will leave the sheep, for they aren’t his and he isn’t their shepherd. And so the wolf leaps on them and scatters the flock. The hired man runs because he is hired and has no real concern for the sheep.
I am the Good Shepherd and know my own sheep, and they know me, just as my Father knows me and I know the Father; and I lay down my life for the sheep. I have other sheep too, in another fold. I must bring them also, and they will heed my voice; and there will be one flock with one Shepherd. John 10: 11-16
In 2012, I went on a missions trip to French Horn Covenant Church in Taipei, Taiwan. I was teaching English in their summer Bible School program, working with Kindergarten through fourth grade students each day The theme while I was there was based on the Good Shepherd and how He knows His sheep. After several days, it just kinda hit me, that Asian people were just like the other sheep, those in another fold. The Good Shepherd is bringing them into His fold as well, so that we will all be one flock. Other religions such as Buddhism, Taoism and Confucianism have been in Asia for thousands of years, and people have been lost following these empty religions, confused, trapped in traditions and unable to break free. Christianity is taking hold all across Asia, and many are hearing the voice of the Good Shepard, hearing the good news and giving their lives to Jesus. So, as we work in the country of Zambia, let us work as God’s hands and God’s voice to reach the people here and bring them into His flock as well.
He leadeth me, O blessed thought! O words the heavenly comfort fraught!
What- e’er I do, where-e’er I be, Still ’tis God’s hand that leadeth me!
And when the task on earth is done, When by Thy grace the vict’ry’s won.
E’en death’s cold wave I will not flee, Since God through Jordan leadeth me.
He leadeth me, He leadeth me, By his own hand He leadeth me,
His faithful follower I would be, for by His hand He leadeth me.
Joseph H. Gilmore, 1862 (based on Psalm 23)
Heavenly Father, lead us to the work you have for us to do. Watch over us and keep us safe as we serve you in this place. Help us to bring your sheep into the fold, and share the love of Jesus Christ with those who may not know him. Guide and direct us each day we pray. Amen.