Someone recently asked me, “So how did you come up with the title, “It’s Hard to Drain the Swamp When Yer up to Yer Ears in Alligators!”?
“Its life in the ministry,” I laughed.
“Yes, I know,” they responded. “But how did you think of it?”
My mind traveled back nearly 30 years. My husband (Lane) and I were home missionaries with the experimental assignment of beginning three new works in a two year period—works that would hopefully one day grow into established churches. (They all three did!)
After this very successful two year pilot program ended, Lane was hired as Director of Church Extension in Palm Springs County, FL. Because the percentage of people reached for Christ in new and young works is far greater than those reached in most established churches, we were excited about this opportunity. But not everyone felt this same way. Why? Because starting new churches require Christians to get out of their comfort zone and reach people for Christ. Otherwise, the young work will die.
Lane’s new job was to try and persuade established churches to help support young works, both financially and with workers, yet he was finding this job very difficult. After one very disappointing week, he overheard a fellow worker—who himself was over church starts for ethnic works—make the comment, “It’s Hard to Drain the Swamp When Yer up to Yer Ears in Alligators!”Everyone in the office burst out laughing. When he shared this comment with me that evening, I laughed until I cried. At that time I didn’t know that I would one day write, or that I would use that comment as the title for my book, yet through the following many years of ministry, while facing the most trying of situations, those words often came back to mind. Yes, it is hard to drain the swamp when yer up to yer ears in alligators!
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