In November of last year, thousands of care workers up and down the UK were forced out of their jobs in a sector which as it stands is already facing a daunting shortage of more than 100,000 workers. The care sector is not alone in this crisis. The NHS is facing the same problem. According to the latest NHS figures, 85,000 of its staff have still not had a Covid vaccine and a further 40,000+ have only had the first of two required jabs. All face immediate dismissal on 31st March on this year, from a sector which is also facing at present, a 100,000 staff shortfall. But it’s not just healthcare. Last month, the Education Secretary, called for ex-teachers to come out of retirement to help bridge the gap of staff illnesses in schools across the UK. Staff shortages are spreading to almost every part of the economy, ranging from haulage to hospitality.
While this world’s workforce is in short supply, the Kingdom of Heaven’s workforce is also in the same. If God was to put out an advertisement, nailing it to every Church door across this land, do you want to know what it would say? Two words; “SHORT STAFFED”. Underneath the headline caption, would be the reference Mt. 9:37-38. “...The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few; Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest”.