Jinan International Christian Fellowship Bible Institute(JICFBI) was conceived by Jinan International Christian Fellowship (JICF). JICF is comprised predominantly of students from various countries around the world who travel to China for further studies. A significant number of these students come from countries in Africa. The major focus of JICF is to provide spiritual support for the students, support mission work, with the focal point being the development of leaders so that students have the skills and resources necessary to assist in other fellowships around China as well as providing leadership when they return home. The students expressed concern that there were little ongoing resources available back home and that many of the pastors were not trained. As a result JICF began to seek affordable resources for the students both while they are in China as well as resources they can access upon returning home that they can use and share with others in the ministry. Harvestime Ministry provided such resources.
INTRODUCTION TO HARVESTIME
(Excerpt from the ministry introduction)
Harvestime International Network: The name of the organization reflects its purpose:
Harvestime: A joining of the words “harvest” and “time” stresses the urgency of the command to harvest. The Bible warns, “Where there is no vision, the people perish” (Proverbs 29:18). Jesus Christ challenged His followers with one of the greatest visions of all times:
…Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest. (John 4:35)
The challenge for laborers for the spiritual harvest fields of the world is greater than ever as we near the return of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
In the natural world, harvesting is the act or process of gathering the ripened crop, to gain or win by effort the product of any labor.
In the spiritual world, the analogy of natural principles of harvest is made to the reaping of souls of men, women, and children through proper presentation of the Gospel.
…The harvest truly is plenteous, but the laborers are few.
The only way this great spiritual harvest will be reaped is for each born-again believer to become a reproducing Christian–a harvester.
It is to this vision Harvestime International Network is dedicated–raising up laborers for worldwide spiritual harvest.
International: The word international means “between or among nations.” Our vision is global in nature, with special emphasis on people groups yet unreached with the Gospel
Network: A network is the joining together of many segments to make a whole. Working between denominations, organizations, and nations in a new network of evangelism is the vision of this ministry.