Kelli Reese with some of the children at a community center in Western Bay.
ask why I choose to spend time and money to
go where I know I will not reach large crowds.
Jesus said, Lift up your eyes, and look on the
fields; for they are white already to harvest.
This is the harvest field that I see. It may not
be much, but without Christ they will perish.
In spite of the seemingly small harvest field,
the Lord has given me children over the past
ten years who have come and trusted Christ as
their Savior. Many of them are excited to come
back each summer and learn more about the
Lord. I have several young people now who are
too old to come to Bible Club, but they always
come and ask if they can help. This is a very
needy and very ripe harvest field.
On an average summer I will be in 15
to 20 communities reaching between 200–
300 children. Typically, depending on the
distances involved, each week I will travel to
three different outports and hold a one-hour
Bible Club in each place each day. The next
week I go to three different outports. In some
of these communities, I may only have two
or three children, but they are children who
need to hear the Gospel. Some may consider
it a waste of time and resources to drive
hundreds of kilometres to reach so few, but
I am thankful that we have a God who cares
about each one of these children individually.
There is joy in the presence of the angels of God
over ONE sinner that repenteth.
I believe God has sent me to reach these
forgotten few. Many of these children have
never heard of the name of Jesus other than
when it was being used as a curse word. I have
actually had children go home and tell their
parents that I was swearing simply because I
mentioned the name of Jesus. Some of them
come from such broken homes that they are
thrilled to learn the simple truth that Jesus
loves them. Just this summer I had a little girl
tell me that she couldn't bring a Bible to Bible
Club because she didn't know what a Bible
was. How precious it is to introduce these
children to the treasure of God's Word.
Number 1, 2012