The Harvesters: The Wedemans

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We are hoping that with this new series “The Harvesters” we will introduce you to many different followers of Jesus who are striving to make disciples of Jesus out in the world.  Whether you’re in the military, a missionary, a scientist, a stay-at-home parent or anything else under the sun.  We hope this series encourages you to do likewise in your own “fields of harvest.” 

And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”Matthew 28.18-20
Tell us who you are

We are Danny and Charity Wedeman.  We have two sons, Duke and Colt.

Where are you laboring in the harvest?

We live at a U.S. naval base in Italy.  It is a small community of several thousand who work and live together.

Who are you reaching for Jesus?

Military and their spouses—many have already professed a belief in the God of the Bible in their past but have struggled to grow in their faith.  We want to impress upon them the call of Christ to grow as a disciple and take on personal ministry.

What is the hardest thing about your Harvest place?

“The healthy do not need a doctor…”  The military population, generally-speaking, is healthy, proud, and well-off.  There is an allure, even among Christians, to travel Europe and post pictures about it on social media.  Everyone works long hours for the fleet and region admirals.  It is hard to maintain and grow gospel-fluent community with so many worldly distractions.

What has surprised you the most about bringing Jesus to people in everyday places?

It is people’s reactions when you bring Jesus into normal, everyday places. I think we’re accustomed to compartmentalizing our lives, even Jesus, to certain days/times of the week.  It’s when we least expect Him to show up, that He often has the most impact on us.

What has encouraged you the most about your work (in the Harvest)?

Seeing scattered sheep join a flock, stay in the flock, and grow in the flock.  It’s also cool to see people start to think about a “spiritual” legacy in their coworkers, spouses, and children.  They’re right on the cusp of a breakthrough—a vision for investing in future generations of believers.

Do you do church in the Harvest? How does that look different/the same as what we traditionally see as church today?

Yes—It’s really wherever we can shut out the distractions for awhile, listen to one another, and let the Spirit lead.  Both at work and in our home.  Sometimes in a chapel building.  It’s different in that it’s throughout the week, not just on Sunday, and can happen anywhere.  Somehow, there’s always food and ample caffeine.