Africa – The harvest is ripe, May 15, 2019

  “Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Does he not leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it? And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders and goes home. Then he calls his friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.’ I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent.” Luke 15:4-7

  What a wonderful blessing to receive 2 days before we leave for the coordinator’s conference in eastern Africa. Our co-laborers in these different countries coordinated 28 outreaches in April from 2-7 days a piece that included door-to-door visitation, evangelistic crusades, movie ministry and leader’s training. There were 3,303 people that accepted Jesus and are now being discipled in local church families. Thanks to everyone that prays and financially supports these workers in some of the most difficult harvest fields in the world.   

USA – Going to the movies HVM style, May 11, 2019

Building the kingdom, one movie at a time. We are blessed to have so many wonderful Christian movies that have a biblical message that is relevant to the present days. This allows us the opportunity to break bread with others in the Church, even though we may be in different buildings on a Sunday morning or maybe not be in the building at all, share testimonies, pray together and allow the Holy Spirit to speak to us across generational and cultural lines. Great discussions follow, individually and corporately, as the Holy Spirit comforts, counsels and convicts each of us as true disciples of Jesus Christ. This night, we watched a movie about a young woman that was contemplating getting an abortion at the request of the baby’s father and how Jesus lovingly interceded to help her in her time of need.  Great potluck, Linda’s popcorn and we can save the money that we might spend going to the movie theater to advance the building of God’s kingdom. Sadly, some people might not be as comfortable attending a potluck in a church building or in someone’s private home when they are first reaching out for help, much like the “secret” disciples that Jesus chose to share with individually during his earthly ministry. Not every meeting of the Church has to be the same, they just need to be about Him and real. The last month or two, we have had friends together to watch: The Last Straw, October Baby, To Save A Life, Facing the Giants, Courageous and Allison’s Choice.

USA – Harvest Kids with CEF, May 11, 2019

What a beautiful day that the Lord provided for the Harvest Kids today. Thanks to everyone that donated cans for the kids to crush and prepare for recycle. The kids raised another $20 from their Change the World donations and that gives them $100 toward the goal of $470 to purchase the tin needed for the roof of the Fountain of Hope primary school in northwest Uganda. We were blessed to have three new young people join us and they were able to put their handprints on the trees that represent the ministry in the USA, Mexico and Canada. Everyone signed frisbees that will be going to three different primary schools and the Comfort Africa outreach in Uganda next week when George and the team attend the coordinator’s conference. Many thanks to Lynn and Christine for bringing a powerful, interactive lesson for everyone focused on the wordless book. Lynn shared the resurrection story and prayers were lifted up to everyone and their families. We were blessed that Pr. Joe Miller joined us to say Hi to the kids before returning to his home in Kirkland.     

USA – Interceding for our children, May 8, 2019

We are joining with others to pray for our children, born and unborn, at Planned Parenthood at 1805 E. Division in Mt. Vernon today. Please join with us, if not physically, in spirit. We are very thankful for those that have already signed the I-1004 petition and have received their own copies to begin getting signatures of registered voters in Washington so the “Parental Notification of Abortion Act” can be voted on by the people. This measure would prohibit persons from performing abortions on minors without first providing 48 hours actual notice to the minor’s parent or legal guardian with exceptions for medical emergencies, or by court order, and provide criminal penalties and civil liability for violations. We have forms to sign at 9467 Pierce Lane, Sedro Woolley, WA and forms to distribute, as well as many others that are supporting our families in Washington state. Please go to Info@ParentsAndStudentsProtectingMinors.org for more information, to sign up for updates, get information on the petitions or to donate financially.

Jesus’ prayer to our Father: “May they be brought to complete unity to let the world know that You sent Me and have loved them even as You have loved Me.” John 17:17

USA – Burundi salvations and needs, May 5, 2019

We were blessed to have received the testimonies of Pr. Evariste who coordinated 7 outreaches in Burundi in April. 305 people accepted Jesus, 90 of them have been baptized and many were healed. He also reported that one of the generators has failed because it has been repaired too many times. Today’s devotion was about the apostle Paul sharing about the troubles and persecution he faced in bringing the gospel message to Asia and that many times they “despaired of life itself”. Today we can continue to remember our brothers and sisters in Christ who are suffering for their faith. We can pray for them to experience God’s comfort and encouragement and to be strengthened with hope as they reach out to the lost in their communities. They, along with their families, sacrifice every day to bring the gospel message of hope to those in communities with no clean water, power, medical care and many times lacking food and always under the threat of witchcraft, persecution and war. We will be visiting the coordinators from Kenya, Uganda, Burundi, South Sudan and the DRCongo in the next two weeks and bringing them ministry supplies to continue their labor of love. The generator needing replaced and car repairs were not on our original budget and add another $1,350 to the $6,000 we already needed. We would ask that along with your prayers, consider making a donation to help meet these needs. We are taking phones, projectors and lamps, solar-powered audio bibles, water filters, backpacks, tents, sleeping bags, sound equipment, laptops and the money needed to purchase some needed supplies in Africa. Thank you in advance for your support.        

     Donations can be made on line at www.myegiving/hvm or the “electronic giving” on the home page of the www.harvestvisionministries.org website or through PayPal to harvestvision21@msn.com. You can also mail donations to Harvest Vision Ministries, PO Box 733, Sedro Woolley, WA, 98284. All donations are tax-deductible and help advance the gospel of Jesus Christ and build His Kingdom.

USA – The heart of the Harvest Kids ministry, May 2, 2019

“The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” Psalms 34:18

     In February 2013, a vision for helping orphan girls in Africa was birthed in Kylee’s 4 year old daughter,  Madilyn, and with her mom and sister Hailey’s help, they collected donations to build Madilyn’s House at a school in central Uganda. Prior to the completion of the building, they visited the school and the children in Africa, only to have the vision expanded to meet other basic needs of the vulnerable children there. In June 2013, after returning from Africa, they walked around collecting aluminum cans to crush and recycle to help purchase some mosquito nets for these girls and now, 6 years later they are still pursuing and fulfilling the vision.

      Kylee Walker wrote this May 2, 2014, 5 years ago and 1 year after they started Harvest Kids.
“Yesterday we found out that a girl who attended the Canaan school died of malaria. She didn't live in Madilyn's House but is a friend and classmate of all the girls. My heart is broken that the children of the school have to deal with this loss. I know we can't do everything or fix this problem. But the girls of Madilyn's House have nets what about the rest of the kids in the school? Or the community? What else can we do to make a difference? It's so different being there. I thought I was prepared for it before I left. I watched videos and had seen pictures but when you are there and it's real it's not even explainable. I cry now watching any videos like that within the first 30 seconds. Madilyn's House projects include schooling, medicine, nets and all basic needs for children in Africa. You could help by saving your cans and/or coins.”

    Madilyn’s House projects are now the many different projects that the Harvest Kids do to meet the basic needs of vulnerable children in central Africa. The kids just finished purchasing mattresses for orphans in a school in eastern Uganda and just launched an effort to raise $470 for the roof over a school in northwest Uganda. The Harvest Kids meet the 2nd and 4th Saturday of each month at the Harvest Home, 9467 Pierce Lane in Sedro Woolley from 10am-12:30pm and will soon be starting in Granite Falls. Other than the specific projects that the kids are working on, the rest of Harvest Kids funding is through Harvest Vision Ministries. Please feel free to come and join us.   

    If you would like to make a donation, they can be made on line at www.myegiving/hvm or the “electronic giving” on the home page of the www.harvestvisionministries.org website or through PayPal to harvestvision21@msn.com. If you would like to donate electronically but do not have access to the internet or would like someone to assist you, please call George Henson at 360-421-8811 or Kylee Walker at 360-540-0890. To maximize your gift, on donations directly out of a checking or savings account a fee of $.25 is withheld, while credit and debit cards the fee is $.25 + 2.7%. You can also mail donations to Harvest Vision Ministries, PO Box 733, Sedro Woolley, WA, 98284. All donations are tax-deductible and help advance the gospel of Jesus Christ and build His Kingdom.

USA – Harvest Kids Greenhouse dedication, April 28, 2019

    April 19th, last year, Fred and George met with Wayne at his home on the Samish River to talk about the vision and to finalize where the Harvest Kids greenhouse/aquaponics ministry would be located. Rebecca and Wayne live at 18686 Jolly Road in Burlington, WA. Now, one year later, April 28th, we were blessed to dedicate the greenhouse portion of the ministry that will magnify and glorify our Creator by bringing different generations and cultures together in His unlimited garden. Young and old have been constructing the actual greenhouse and others have already been planting seeds and laying out the garden space. Soon there will be vegetables to can, pickles to make and jams and jellies to prepare. Harvest Kids will help build raised gardens in people’s yards and aquaponics in their apartments. Planter boxes will be built and filled with beautiful flowers to bless shut-ins and others, and some will be made available for donations to help the kids meet the needs of vulnerable children in Africa.

   Many thanks to everyone that has provided the materials, equipment and work to get the ministry to this place. People donated gravel, building materials, trucks and cat to fill and level the ground, the fish tank and other items and needs, including financial support, along with sweat and sore muscles. But mostly, we appreciate your prayers for the building of God’s Kingdom and the opportunity to bring our gifts together in the name of Jesus Christ with the promise that when Jesus is lifted up from the earth all men will be drawn to Him. Planting a seed and watching it grow can be done by anyone, but to witness the seed of faith planted into the heart of a new believer and watch them grow through the power of the Holy Spirit into a true disciple of Jesus Christ and a blessing to our Father in heaven can only be appreciated by those that are truly born again.

   Please contact us if you would like to join with us and get involved at any level. Remember – “What is birthed in prayer, must stay bathed in prayer!”             

USA – Africa salmon dinner & silent auction, April 27, 2019

Many thanks to Reggie who built the pit, got the wood and the salmon and put it all together for a wonderful main dish that Linda and her helpers built this dinner around. Thanks to the Lyman Baptist church family for providing a place to host this special evening and for everyone that donated items for the silent auction, helped set up and clean up, helped with the African dress fashion show and the Harvest Kids that raffled the soapstone that blessed so many that attended. A special blessing to those that came and joined in the fellowship, signed the frisbees that will be taken to vulnerable children in Africa and purchased the many items that were donated for the auction. Thanks to Pam for making up the videos and Joanna for helping with the sound. Thanks to Wayne for sharing from his heart about the needs of our co-laborers in Africa that sacrifice daily to reach the lost in their communities and what a blessing it is to support the harvest of souls that is taking place in central Africa. We were blessed to see a video showing the evolution of the Harvest Kids greenhouse project from vision to reality and how God will be using this to bring Him glory by uniting believers together from different generations and cultures. We received $1,290 towards the $6,000 needed for the items needed to support the ministry in central Africa. Wayne Watne, Pam Westberg, Dan and Noah Lenhart and George Henson will be on a trip to Uganda from May 17-23 to take much needed supplies to support the outreaches and will attend the 3rd coordinators conference with Pr. Martin, the Director of Harvest Vision Ministries Africa, his staff and the coordinators from five different countries. They will be sharing with each other about the work in their different areas, encouraging one another, helping identify ways in which they can help one another and helping us understand how we can better serve them when we return to the USA.

USA – Harvest Kids with Nate & Hannah, April 27, 2019

Thanks to Cheryl Walsh that took 540# of crushed cans up to the recycle center in Bellingham earlier in the week. The kids got $196 that supports orphans in the Comfort Africa ministry in Uganda and helps pay the teachers for the primary school for the Wambuti pygmy tribe in the DRCongo. This morning, we thank John, Lena and Reggie for joining the girls for breakfast before going out to help crush cans with the kids. We were blessed to have our friends, Nate and Hannah, come from Kent to share with these incredible young people that are learning to show the love of Jesus by “serving, rather than being served”. Nate has been involved with his family in Harvest Vision for some time, visiting and helping locally, and been on missions to Africa and Mexico, including a mission trip to Mexico with Hannah. They recently got engaged and we are so happy they came to visit and share with the Harvest Kids. After crushing cans, Nate and Hannah, led the kids in some parachute games before they came in to watch a video of the new “Fountain of Hope” primary school project that they helped start in northwest Uganda. Today they counted out $77 of change they donated that is the start of the $470 needed to purchase the tin for the roof of the new school. We were blessed to have Jake and Sarah bring they kids to join us today and along with Nate and Hannah, they all put their birthday “cakes” on the birthday board and their handprints on the wall. After lunch , we shared a photo of a bird on a branch with a quote that Linda had printed earlier to give to everyone: “A bird on a branch is not afraid the branch will break because their trust is in their wings.” Nate and Hannah, shared about the importance of encouragement and love in our lives using Paul’s examples from Thessalonians and Philippians. Nate and Hannah had everyone share examples of being encouraged and showing love in difficult situations, even when they have been hurt or wronged by others. Each one of them shared the things they are thankful for before closing in prayer and finishing up with some “hula hoop” exercise. We are so thankful for everyone that prays and supports the journey of faith these young people have chosen so they can become true disciples of Jesus Christ.

USA – Celebrating the Lord’s work, April 24, 2019

    We are celebrating the work our co-laborers in locally and in central Africa this weekend, April 27th and 28th. We are looking forward to having John Seaman from Kellie’s Spiritual Recovery Center in Curlew, WA with us.

    Saturday morning, Nate Lenhart and his fiancé, Hannah, from the Bonney Lake Area, will be leading Harvest Kids at the Harvest Home, 9467 Pierce Lane, Sedro Woolley, WA., from 10am-12:30pm. Bring your kids, cans and change as we are starting a new project to put a roof on a school in NW Uganda.

    Saturday evening, we will be having a salmon dinner, silent auction & fashion show fundraiser from 5-7pm at Lyman Baptist church, 31441 W. Main, Lyman. We will be sharing about the upcoming trip to Africa to meet with our co-laborers who coordinate ministry in Uganda, Kenya, Ethiopia, Burundi, Rwanda, South Sudan and the DRCongo.  The fundraiser will help purchase the ministry supplies they need to continue their evangelizing, teaching and church planting. We will also be showing a video of the greenhouse aquaponics ministry for the Harvest Kids.

    Sunday, 1-5pm, we will be at Wayne & Rebecca Watnes home, 18686 Jolly Rd, Burlington, on the Samish River to dedicate the greenhouse aquaponics ministry from 1-5pm. Potluck bbq to share the vision of this multi-generational  ministry. Please come and fellowship with us. Bring family and friends. The Body of Christ.

Please join us in prayer and we would be blessed for you to join with us in supporting these fellowship and outreach oppportunities.
Call 360-421-8811 or 360-421-8812 for info.

Africa – March outreach testimonies, April 17, 2019

Jesus said: “I tell you, open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest! (John 4:35)

Jesus said: “I tell you there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent.” (Luke 15:7)

Jesus said: “For the Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost.” (Luke 19:10)

Jesus said: “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to Me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always to the very end of the age.” (Matthew 28:18-20)

What a blessing to receive testimonies from our co-laborers in Uganda, Burundi and the DRCongo. They were able to have 32 outreaches in the month of March using the sound and video equipment over 87 days and witnessed 2,938 people receive salvation through faith in Jesus Christ. They are now being taught to be true disciples in local church families and we know that many more will come to faith through their testimonies. We are so grateful for their faithfulness to sacrifice and endure difficult circumstances to reach the lost in these communities and we are encouraged by their servant hearts. Thanks to our co-laborers in the USA who pray and help financially support the harvest in central Africa. We pray that every believer will renew their strength and resolve to reach the lost with the message of hope in their own sphere of influence as we prepare the Church to be His Beloved Bride.

USA  – A day in the life of these Harvest Kids, April 14, 2019

What another wonderful day with some of the Harvest Kids. Fellowship with other believers and the teaching of God’s Word at Lyman Baptist, then fellowship at the Hamilton Easter Egg Hunt sponsored by the community and the local fire department, then another blessed afternoon with Cheryl and Tia dancing with the tambourines and decorating them with ribbons. The kids were able to pick their own combinations after Cheryl taught them the biblical meaning of the different colors. Afterwards, David was able to discover the problem with the mysterious Harvest Kids bubble gum machine that they use to generate donations to help vulnerable children in central Africa.

“At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, ‘Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?’ He called a little child and had him stand among them. And He said, ‘I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. And whoever welcomes a little child like this in My Name welcomes Me. But if anyone causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to sin, it would be better for him to have a large millstone hung around his neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea.”

USA  – Leave everything and come and follow Me, April 13, 2019

“Come, follow Me,’ Jesus said, ‘and I will make you fishers of men.” At once they left their nets and followed Him.” (Mt 4:19-20)

“Jesus went up on a mountainside and called to Him those He wanted, and they came to Him that they might be with Him and the He might send them out to preach and to have authority to drive out demons.” (Mk 3:13-14)

Pretty simple. He left everything to come and be with us and He asks us to leave everything so we can be with Him. None of the disciples came looking for the miracles that others came for but they found freedom when they died to their own worldly desires and became like Him: “to serve rather than be served”, “to deny themselves, pick up their cross and follow Him” and “to seek and save those that are lost”. Many people say, “Yes, I understand all that, but what are we supposed to do”. In the flesh that translates to mean “but what is in it for me and how do I know I am going to get the things I want?”.

Jesus said, “I tell you the truth, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you have no life in you. Whoever eats My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day.” Simple choice: to become bread broken and wine poured out to a lost and dying world.

Simple, but it comes with the price that most aren’t willing to pay.

“From this time many of His disciples turned back and no longer followed Him.” (John 6:66)

“I want to know Christ and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in His sufferings, becoming like Him in His death, and so, somehow, to attain to the resurrection of the dead.” (Ph 3:10-11)

USA – The harvest fields of Africa, April 8, 2019

  We are thankful that many of you have had the opportunity to meet Pr. Martin Ochieng, who over-sees the Harvest Vision coordinators in Uganda, Kenya, South Sudan, Burundi, Rwanda and the DRCongo. Many of you have given him encouragement and even now pray for him and the labor of love the Lord has given unto him. These men and women have devoted themselves to reaching the lost in their areas in cooperation with existing church families, regardless of denomination, so these new believers can be taught to be true disciples of Jesus Christ by pastors and leaders that are given the biblical training to be true shepherds. We have a team from Washington that will be traveling to Uganda in mid-may to meet with Pr. Martin and all the coordinator’s. This is a great sacrifice for them, but they have testified about how much they are encouraged by sharing with one another and how they benefit by learning new ways in which they can be better equipped to meet the ongoing challenges of leading evangelism, church planting, discipleship and training pastors and leaders. They also have the opportunity to share their own challenges of caring for their own basic needs and the needs of their families. It was suggested that we present a list of the needs that we are currently in need of for the meeting and to support the ministry in the immediate future. Pr. Martin and these coordinators have expressed to us their greatest need is to reach the lost and these are the items they are asking for at the present time.

$1,700 to finish a 7 year farming project that will provide funding to maintain existing equipment;

$3,700 for the costs of the actual conference;

$200 for Burundi vehicle repair;

$540 for heavy duty backpacks for the coordinators;

$900 for speakers and speaker repairs;

$860 for projectors and replacement lamps;

$850 for laptops and phones;

$450 for tents, sleeping bags, mattresses and torches (flashlights) and

$630 for 15 microphones and cords.

Please contact us if you want more information about the ministry, this mission trip or this list. 

Please join us in prayer and share with your immediate family or church family and if possible, consider sending a donation to help us meet these needs.

If you would like to make a donation, they can be made on line at www.myegiving/hvm or the “electronic giving” on the home page of the www.harvestvisionministries.org website or through PayPal to harvestvision21@msn.com. If you would like to donate electronically but do not have access to the internet or would like someone to assist you, please call 360-421-8811 or 360-540-0890. To maximize your gift, on donations directly out of a checking or savings account a fee of $.25 is withheld, while credit and debit cards the fee is $.25 + 2.7%. You can also mail donations to Harvest Vision Ministries, PO Box 733, Sedro Woolley, WA, 98284. All donations are tax-deductible and help advance the gospel of Jesus Christ and build His Kingdom.            

USA – Granite Falls Harvest Kids kickoff, April 5, 2019

Many thanks to Rabecca Williams for agreeing to help these young women do their first over-night at the Harvest Home. Kylee helped make arrangements for Madilyn and Hailey’s school friends that they invited from Granite Falls and George and Laly drove down to pick them up. We drove by to meet with Wayne at the greenhouse on the Samish River in Burlington where they met the new baby chicks and helped Wayne load up a chicken coop that he had made and was taking to his mother the next morning. After introducing the girls to Walker the Wonder Dog, we drove to the Harvest Home and the girls from Granite Falls watched the Madilyn House video and another video of the variety of ways in which Harvest Kids have helped vulnerable children in Africa since the ministry started over 5 years ago. Linda’s healthy dinner was followed by a special treat of ice cream sundaes that Rabecca provided. The girls from Granite Falls put their handprints on the wall with the over 200 handprints that are already there, autographed frisbees that will be taken to orphans in Africa next month, played games, painted fingernails and then their Posh face masks. Afterwards, they watched a movie and enjoyed Mama Linda’s famous popcorn. Rabecca had to leave early for work, so Linda made green pancakes for breakfast. There was some time with George to chat about helping others and to share the vision for the greenhouse ministry and then everyone shared ideas about how Harvest Kids could be started in Granite Falls.

Harvest Kids meet the 2nd & 4th Saturday of each month from 10am-12:30pm at 9467 Pierce Lane in Sedro Woolley. Ages 5 and up. “We are young people on a mission serving God reaching across the globe and right in our own backyard, making a difference in the Kingdom of God. We are God’s kids and we care about saving lives for eternity, reaching out and building homes, getting beds, mosquito nets, medicine, school supplies, feeding children and loving and helping others. We do fundraising by recycling donated aluminum cans and collecting change to fill our “Change the World” containers.” For information: call George 360-421-8811, Linda 360-421-8812 or Veronica 425-244-2525. In Granite Falls, call Kylee 360-540-0890. Information if also available at www.harvestvisionministries.org.

USA – Harvest Kids greenhouse, vent, fan & roll-up side walls, April 2, 2019

      Many thanks to Fred, Robbie and Mike for donating their time to get this last portion of work completed so we can move seedlings in and prepare to plant or transplant into larger pots to make available to others that might be needing them for their garden projects. We have three tables available and even a bench that our junior Harvest Kids can stand on to work on the plants. The vent and fan have been installed and then after extensive research by farmer Fred we were able to install a roll-up mechanism to lower and raise the bottom portion of the sidewalls to better control temperature and humidity.

“One body, many parts.” TEAM = Together Everyone Achieves More.

Africa – Multitudes in the valley of decision, April 1, 2019

    “This is the day the Lord, has made. Let us rejoice and be glad in it.” Psalms 118:24

“Then He calls His friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with Me; I have found My lost sheep.” Luke 15:6. “Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision!” Joel 3:14.

We just received the testimonies from Pastor Evariste, the coordinator in Burundi, where they organized 7 outreaches to different provinces in the month of March and have witnessed 296 come to salvation and 115 baptisms. They have also started the bible colleges in Bujumbura and Cibitoke provinces. They are in need of a laptop to support the movie ministry and toner for the college books that they print and provide at no charge to the pastors and leaders that attend the bible colleges. We also received testimonies from Evangelist Augustine, the coordinator in the eastern DRCongo, of 227 coming to salvation at their leadership conference and crusade March 29-31. The circumstances and trials that they face on a day to day basis are beyond what most of us in the west can imagine. Thank each of you for your prayers and we encourage everyone to help financially support these workers by becoming a giving partner with Harvest Vision Ministries.

Unplanned is the definitive movie on abortion that has sparked more pre-release controversy than any film. The explanation is not complicated. The reason for all the drama and speculation is not because of the R rating. It’s not because it exposes Planned Parenthood and how they operate. And it’s not because we currently have governors, senators and presidential candidates casually supporting infanticide. The uproar is for the person who inspired the movie but will never be able to see it: the 13-week-old baby boy who was aborted right before the eyes of Planned Parenthood director Abby Johnson on September 26, 2009. He changed her heart. He is the reason this movie exists. And by portraying his short life, this film validates that this baby had a life. He represents not only himself, but all aborted babies who have no voice and are hardly ever known or seen.

Abby was a very hard-working person who defended “choice” better than anyone else and truly thought she was helping women. Then, she came face-to-face with the baby boy on the ultrasound. He humanized all unborn children for her because he fought. He was alive. He didn’t care whether we thought he could feel pain or whether he should get to be born or who his parents were. He just fought for his life right before Abby’s eyes. It was a fight he had no chance of winning, and, as a result, he changed the heart of an abortion facility director. Look at his impact. Abby has helped 500 abortion workers leave the industry. How many babies has Abby Johnson saved from abortion as a result? How many babies are alive because of that baby boy’s short life?

There are many good reasons to see Unplanned this weekend. Yes, it’s the beautiful story of Abby Johnson--her courage, her wonderful family, and her willingness to put her life out there like no former abortion worker ever has. The movie is also accurate and the best education on abortion of any film. But the real reason you should see this is because of that 13-week-old baby boy. He had no voice and now he has a movie. Honor his short life. Pay homage to those who have gone through the same death as he did, a death that Hollywood rated R, but a death that will not be forgotten. Abby has been his voice, and you can be one too by commemorating him, his movie, and his life.

USA – Africa farming project needs your help, March 26, 2019

   Many thanks to everyone that prays and helps support our brothers and sisters in central Africa that tirelessly and faithfully are reaching the lost in their communities and outlying areas. Most of our coordinators have families that also knowingly make sacrifices to help make the outreaches possible and even though they work with church families of all Christian denominations many times they simply don’t have the little extra money to pay the transport to move the equipment. This last year we started a farming project which will generate funds in Africa to help meet some of the needs to keep the outreaches going. We have a long-term lease on some land in central Uganda and have prepared the ground to be planted. We are in need of $1,700 to plant the pineapples and we will only need to do occasional weeding until we produce the first crop which will be used to help support the ongoing outreaches. Already, in January and February of this year, they have coordinated 58 outreaches and have witnessed 5,451 accept Jesus and are now being discipled in local church families.

If you would like to make a donation, they can be made on line at www.myegiving/hvmor the “electronic giving” on the home page of the www.harvestvisionministries.org website or through PayPal to harvestvision21@msn.com. If you would like to donate electronically but do not have access to the internet or would like someone to assist you, please call George Henson at 360-421-8811 or Kylee Walker at 360-540-0890. To maximize your gift, on donations directly out of a checking or savings account a fee of $.25 is withheld, while credit and debit cards the fee is $.25 + 2.7%. You can also mail donations to Harvest Vision Ministries, PO Box 733, Sedro Woolley, WA, 98284. All donations are tax-deductible and help advance the gospel of Jesus Christ and build His Kingdom.

USA – Saturday with Harvest Kids and family, March 23, 2019

   Crazy days filled with the love of Jesus. Grandma Linda with Rocket, the cat, checking out the dove and squirrel taking turns in the Harvest Kids church bird feeder, Fred touching up the greenhouse, the girls moving some plants into their new home, praying for the born and unborn, breaking bread together as a family and watching “The Last Straw”, a visit with Jessie and the boys and closing up the evening praying together as a family.
“How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God!”

(1 John 3:1)