Africa  – September salvations, October 16, 2018

Great testimonies from Linda and Olivia from their visit to Burundi and Uganda and they just left a few hours ago to travel to Kenya. We were blessed to receive the testimonies of the 31 outreaches our co-laborers were able to coordinate in the month of September. We don’t have the report from eastern Uganda, but 3,093 were ushered into the kingdom during this last month. That is an average of over 4 new believers every hour for the entire month which is why we are soaring on wings like eagles, even though in this world we do have troubles just like Jesus promised. He then reminded us that He has overcome the world and the evidence speaks on His behalf, because He also said when He is lifted up from the earth – all men would be drawn to Him. Thanks to everyone that is praying and financially supporting these men and women that suffer and face trials and difficulties to bring the life-saving gospel to these areas throughout central Africa: from the dense jungles of the DRCongo, to the farmlands of Uganda and the desert regions of South Sudan and north Kenya.

 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 or mail 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, October 13-14, 2018

Many thanks to Joanna for preparing a lesson for Veronica and Shels to use for the Harvest Kids on Saturday morning. Madilyn, Hailey and Laly spent the night and Kylie, Georgia, Melody and Dezirah came early to help make sandwiches and prepare for the day. We are at a place where much of the responsibility for setting up, teaching and leading will be done by the Harvest Kids themselves. After crushing cans, the kids counted their change that had been donated and have enough to purchase 3 more of the 12 mattresses that are needed for the orphans that live at the Nalidi Grace primary school in eastern Uganda. They were also able to chat with Linda and Olivia in Africa and to see the pictures of the mosquito nets that they were able to donate to the kids. They also saw photos of the autographed frisbees and the parachutes that they sent along with the school supplies. The girls at the school also received some of the hand-made pillow case dresses that had been donated by Avis from Sedro Woolley. Kylie helped lead the lesson which was on “Let us love one another” from 1 John 4:7-16.

After the regular Harvest Kids, the kids played games and baked cookies for the upcoming rest area next weekend. They had a great fellowship and enjoyed learning more about Jesus and God’s Word as they set up the Harvest Home for their sleepover. It was a blessing for Shels to spend the night with the kids enjoying popcorn and watching, “Grace Unplugged” and “I’m Not Ashamed.” Everyone roused up in the morning and we talked about the ministry and how they can be more actively involved in every aspect and shared ideas about other things that we can do while together at the regular Harvest Kids gathering or the next sleepover. We are always open for more people to get involved, whatever age. We will be working on the green house project, selling hazelnuts for the upcoming mission trip and starting to prepare items for taking to Mexico over the Christmas holidays. The Harvest Kids meet the 2nd and 4th Saturday from 101m-12:30pm at the Harvest Home, 9467 Pierce Lane, Sedro Woolley. For information, please contact Veronica 425-244-2525, Shels 360-319-5267 or George 360-421-8811. 

Africa  – Blessing the children, Oct 11, 2018

    Many thanks to Susan, our HV Africa admin coordinator, who escorted Linda and Olivia to visit with Pr. Jonathan and the Canaan School in Mukono, Uganda where Madilyn’s House was built. They were blessed to see that Madilyn’s House is no longer home to just the 27 orphan girls that lived at the primary school when the house was built in 2013, but is now home to 45. Thanks to Avis from Sedro Woolley, for sending these beautiful pillowcase dresses that she so faithfully makes and then donates them to bring smiles to these young women. Many thanks to Lynn and Child’s Evangelism Fellowship for hosting a 5-day club at the Harvest Home this summer and for bringing their parachutes to teach the kids inter-active games. Afterwards, the Harvest Kids decided they wanted one of their own so we have been using it. When Pr. Martin and his family were in Sedro Woolley in September, they enjoyed the parachute so much the Harvest Kids decided to send three of them to Africa. Canaan primary school in Mukono, Nalidi Grace primary school in eastern Uganda and the children at the Kibuli church fellowship all received one and it has brought many smiles to these energetic young people. Jim Kager, our Harvest Kids liaison that lives at the Life Care Center in Sedro Woolley, decided we needed to take frisbees to Africa a few years ago. This time, our Harvest Kids in Skagit Valley and Harvest Vision family in Pierce county all signed and decorated them before they made their 10,000 mile trip to serve  these children.    

Africa  – Multitudes in the valley of decision, Oct 11, 2018

Are you ready? Do you believe that there are “multitudes in the valley of decision”?

    “Proclaim this among the nations: Prepare for war! Rouse the warriors! Let all the fighting men draw near and attack. Beat you plowshares into swords and your pruning hooks into spears. Let the weakling say, ‘I am strong!’ Come quickly, all you nations from every side, and assemble there. Bring down your warriors, O Lord! Let the nations be roused; let them advance into the Valley of Jehoshaphat, for there I will sit to judge all the nations on every side. Swing the sickle, for the harvest is ripe. Come, trample the grapes, for the winepress is full and the vats overflow – great is their wickedness!’

Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision! For the day of the Lord is near in the valley of decision.”

(Joel 3:9-14)

    What a blessing to have just received an email from our Harvest Vision coordinator in Burundi. He was so gracious to travel to Rwanda to pick up Linda and Olivia at the airport and transport them to Burundi so they could visit for 4 days and then travel back with them to Rwanda to see them off for their travel to Uganda the first part of October. His email starts with apologizing for being late with his testimonies of the outreaches that he coordinated in the month of September because of his providing hospitality to Linda and Olivia. How gracious from a humble servant of the Lord. He then thanks the ministry for having supported Linda and Olivia to go and visit with them and for Kennedy, who over-sees the outreach equipment for all of central Africa and coordinates outreaches in central Africa, for accompanying them to Burundi. He then thanks us for the new projector that was sent to replace one that was worn out and for the cartridges he needed for the ministry printer.  

    Then, after giving thanks – he shares the testimony that he was out in the field for 8 outreaches in the month of September doing door-to-door evangelism, teaching, crusades and movie ministry where he and our other co-laborers witnessed 541 make first time decisions to accept Jesus, 236 of them getting baptized and they are all being discipled by local believers in their communities. We join with the Father in heaven and all the angels in rejoicing for our new brothers and sisters in Christ.

    “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great could of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider Him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.” (Heb 12:1-3)

     

USA – Greenhouse & aquaphonics ministry, Oct 11, 2018

    We have been blessed with creative ways to deepen our relationship with the Lord and with others by focusing on His creation and the many ways in which He has blessed us throughout the world. Harvest Vision Ministries and now with the Harvest Kids the last 5 years, we have done farming projects, locally and in Africa, taught younger people how to build and construct everything from birdhouses to flower boxes for Mother’s Day, planted seeds and watched them grow and then enjoyed the harvest and made pancakes with the fruit the kids picked themselves. For years, since Linda worked cloning plants at B&B Lab and at Skagit Gardens we have had a vision for a community greenhouse and thanks to Wayne & Rebecca Watne we now have a place where it will be a blessing to those in their neighborhood and to the entire community. Their home is on the Samish River, where Wayne will be able to teach and share his passion for the plants, trees, salmon and the eagles flying overhead. We are blessed to have Wayne as a biologist, Fred as an experience farmer and many others that have building, gardening and food preparation gifts.

    In general, we have staked out the 48’ x 20’ which will accommodate the actual green house which will have an aquaphonics garden and a traditional soil garden. The aquaphonics will include a tank for fish and the water and nutrients from them will be used to flow over and through a gravel type bed where we are planning to plant flowers. We can be sure if the fish need to be “harvested”, Wayne will have the kids doing it with a fishing pole. The plants grow with no soil and after harvesting will be put in hanging pots and flower boxes the young people will build and will be given to those in need or available for donations for the ongoing ministry. Eventually, we will identify people who would be blessed to have a smaller version for their home or apartment which would allow them to have fish in a small tank and have plants that are grown the same way next to their fish.       

    The soil portion of the greenhouse will have benches where plants will be started from seeds and then transferred to pots or to a garden plot next to the greenhouse. As the crops are harvested by our young gardeners we will be asking some of our older, gifted people to spend time with these young people and teach them how to: turn a cucumber into a pickle; cabbage into sauerkraut; berries into jams, jellies and pies and to can and freeze fruits and vegetables. These will be available to help people in need and also available for donations at local open markets. Again the primary objective is to build relationships with others in such a way that our own personal relationship with the Lord is strengthened and through the love of Jesus, others would be encouraged to have a relationship with Him. Eventually, we will identify people who would be blessed to have a raised garden in the yard of their home, trailer or apartment or even a box garden on their porch. Again, it is about building multi-generational and multi-cultural relationships.

    We are currently preparing to receive a load of rock which will be used to level the greenhouse floor and are setting the posts which will support the PVC which will make the arched roof. We will be installing doors on the ends and setting the fish tank and will put the plastic on and do the remainder of the building of the aquaphonics portion and seeding benches in preparation of starting seedlings in the spring. We will be installing a concrete enclosure to hold cow manure that will be brought in for future fertilizer. Black plastic piping will be installed to pump water through coils in the manure and compost that will pick up the natural heat and will be piped through the greenhouse to supply heat during the winter months.   

    We are thankful to everyone that is praying and has donated time and resources to put substance to this multi-vision which will prayerfully allow everyone that chooses to make their contribution so that no one is left out and God is glorified.      

   “Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms. If anyone speaks, he should do it as one speaking the very words of God. If anyone serves, he should do it with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory and the power forever and ever. Amen”  (1 Peter 4:10-11)

Africa – Linda and Olivia in Uganda, Oct 11, 2018

Thanks to everyone for your prayers for Linda and Olivia as they visit and encourage our co-laborers in central Africa. They traveled with Pr. Martin, the director of Harvest Vision in Africa, from Seattle through Amsterdam, but they got off the plane in Kigali, the capital of Rwanda, while Martin traveled on home to Kampala, Uganda where he will meet them after they visit Burundi. Pr. Evariste, the Burundi coordinator and Kennedy, our central Uganda coordinator, met them and spent the night with a friend of Evariste that lives in Kigali and helps Evariste with outreaches in Rwanda. They arrived in Kigali on Friday night, Oct 5th and traveled to Burundi the following day where they visited with Pr. Evariste, his wife, Adele, and their children, Axel and Vanessa, who are both attending the university. They also visited the first service at a new church family that was just started after a recent outreach. They also delivered a new projector to replace one of the older ones that was no longer working properly. They traveled back to Kigali and flew to Uganda on Wednesday, Oct 10th and will be traveling to Mukono to visit Pr. Jonathan at the Canaan Foundation school where Madilyn’s House is on Friday and will be visiting with Peace, the young orphan, that Blake, Kylee and their kids have been working to adopt on Saturday. They will be in Uganda until they travel with Pr. Martin to Samburu in north Kenya on Oct. 16th. Linda is looking forward to her 70th birthday on Oct. 14th . She celebrated her 60th birthday in Africa 10 years ago and is so grateful to have this special day celebrated with Olivia, who is the co-director of Harvest Vision in Mexico, on her first mission trip to Africa. Please keep them and the rest of our Africa family in your prayers.

USA – Here I am, send me, Sept 28, 2018

    Jesus said, “Open your eyes and look to the fields, they are ripe for the harvest.” When Isaiah found himself in the presence of God, and God was searching for someone to go to the lost he responded, “Here I am, send me!”

   Many thanks to one of our local farmers who did as Jesus asked and donated hazelnuts from his farm that will be used to help some of the Harvest Kids and others make their first mission trip to Mexico in December and fund other projects for vulnerable children in Africa. All of these have responded to make themselves available to share the love of Jesus and bring light into darkness: locally, in Mexico and in Africa. Many thanks to the adults who have been helping with the project and supported these kids as they sorted, washed and  decorated bags to put the nuts in. The suggested donation is: In the shell per pound: raw $5 or baked $8; shelled nuts are also available.  Hazelnuts will be available at the Harvest Home, 9467 Pierce Lane in Sedro Woolley, Tuesday-Friday, 10am-4pm or at Walker Motor Works, 9430 State Avenue in Marysville, 10am-6pm. Please contact us if you would like to help or would like to have some of these any time. Call Michelle 360-319-5267 or George 360-421-8811 in Sedro Woolley or Kylee 360-540-8090 in Marysville.     

USA – T-shirt ministry, Oct 8, 2018

We have been waiting a long time for the Lord to put together a ministry that would allow us to design and print our own t-shirts that would capture the Holy Spirit’s leading in all the different aspects of ministry that God has called us to. Thanks to Kylee, Rabecca and others who have studied and worked on designs and have finally purchased the last piece of equipment that should be needed for us to move forward and launch this ministry. We are expecting the last piece of equipment, a dryer, to arrive within the week and will be working with Rabecca to schedule a time to print our first shirts which will be a design that Wayne has had on his heart for a while. I have included some photos of the design that Angie was given for the theme of the Mexico 2018 springbreak team. Rabecca and the helpers did a fantastic job and the shirts are still holding up well. We already have a theme scripture for the December Mexico team and will be working on that design. We are tentatively scheduling this ministry to be done out of the Harvest Home, 9467 Pierce Lane, Sedro Woolley. If you are interested in helping, please contact George at 360-421-8811.       

USA – Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep, Oct 8, 2018

   An interesting question that Jesus asked. “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 over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent.” (Luke 15:4-7)

   Many thanks to those of you that pray and faithfully have “left the ninety-nine” to help find these sheep in central Africa. With your help, our co-laborers in central Africa have coordinated over 230 outreaches and have witnessed the Holy Spirit lead almost 20,000 new believers to repent and confess Jesus as their Lord and Savior and are now being taught to be true disciples and leading even others that are in darkness into the light of salvation.

   We are thankful to have had our director of ministry in Africa, Pr. Martin, visit with us in the USA and as always, we have been praying for God’s direction in what is needed to support these co-laborers and their ongoing outreaches. We need you to prayerfully join with us, and if led, help us financially with these needs that will help us reach more people over-all with the gospel.

   1) Prior to Pr. Martin’s visit to the USA, we purchased a smaller, more economical vehicle for him to use for supporting the 12 coordinators that over-see their respective areas in Uganda, Kenya, South Sudan, Burundi and the DRCongo. The purchase price was $5,530 and we are in need of $1,800 to pay off the vehicle.

   2) We have one of our coordinators that receives no financial support and uses all his money, after that needed to meet his families basic needs, to visit and work with about 50 different pastors and leaders in his area. Almost all his extra money goes to public transport which affects him being able to facilitate the outreaches which bring in the lost. He is in need of a motorbike which costs $1,200.

   3) A number of months ago, we sent finances to start a farming project in northwest Uganda but we were not able to lease the land needed. This project would generate funds to help maintain equipment and support outreaches. We also had a second farming project in central Uganda which would lease an acre for 7 years and would grow crops that would be managed by the coordinator and local believers. Pr. Martin would like to shift the balance of the money from the northwest Uganda project to facilitate the one in central Uganda. We are in need of $1,000 to fully fund that project.

   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 or mail 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 – Shining like stars, Oct 6, 2018

    In Phillipians, Paul challenges believers in Phillipi to be blameless and pure as they “shine…like stars in the sky” while offering the good news of the gospel to all around them (Phi 2:14-16). We wonder how we can shine like stars. We often feel inadequate and struggle to make a difference. But stars don’t TRY to be stars. They just ARE. Light changes our world. And it changes us. God brought physical light into our world (Ge 1:3) and through Jesus, God brings spiritual light into our lives. (John 1:1-4)

   We who have God’s light in us are to shine in such a way that those around us see light and are drawn to its source. As effortlessly as a star hanging in the night sky, our light makes a difference because of what it is: Light! When we simply shine, we follow Paul’s directive to “hold firmly to the word of life” in a world in deep darkness, and we draw others to the source of our hope: JESUS.                         

USA – Faithful to the vision, Oct 6, 2018

“In the last days, God says, I will pour out My Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams. Even on My servants, both men and women, I will pour out My Spirit in those days, and they will prophesy.” Acts 2:17-18

“Why do you call Me, ‘Lord, Lord, and do not do what I say?” (Luke 6:46)

Paul said, “So then, King Agrippa, I was not disobedient to the vision from heaven.” (Acts 26:19)

I am so thankful that the Lord has entrusted us with the visions and dreams that are now becoming a reality of God’s handiwork. Thank the Lord for giving Linda the direction when she was 10 years old to go to Africa. Yes, it took 47 years before she made that first trip, but she is there now and faithful to the “vision”. The Lord gave a vision of a home for orphan girls to us when Madilyn and Hailey were only 4 and 2, and to gather young people together to help meet the needs of vulnerable children in Africa. I have had the privilege of hearing many people share about the burdens, vision and dreams which the Lord has given to them only to see many of them only become a vague memory. The Lord will not lower his standards to compete with our own worldly vision and dreams. I had some solid and good plans until I set my course to follow Him. But in order for Him to direct my steps to the fulfillment of His vision, dream, purpose and plan, I had to surrender mine. He won’t lower Himself to compete with my self-will which He died to give me.

“There are times when we do know what God’s purpose is; whether we will let the vision be turned into actual character depends on us, not on God. If we prefer to relax on the mountaintop and live in the memory of the vision, then we will be of no real use in the ordinary things of which human life is made. We have to learn to live in reliance upon what we saw in the vision, not to simply live in ecstatic delight and conscious reflection upon God. This means living the realities of our lives in the light of the vision until the truth of the vision is actually realized in us.” (Oswald Chambers)         

USA – Chess, a game for two players, Oct 4, 2018

Recently, the Lord spoke to me to give a hand-carved soapstone chess set to a woman that I had just met. In our first conversation, she identified herself as a believer and through our discussion she mentioned that she had been a chess coach at a local school. The morning I was driving to take her the chess set, the Lord began to speak to me about this game, which is defined in Webster’s as “A game for two players, each with 16 pieces, played on a chessboard”. In short, the pieces consist of a King, which is the dominant piece, which when captured is the end of the game. All the other pieces are used to protect the King and capture the opposing King. The King is the only piece that is limited to moving only one space at a time. Fourteen of the other pieces are paired and each pair is able to make different moves, some sliding up and down, some sliding vertical, but each pair having unique capabilities that are distinct from the others. The remaining piece is the Queen and is able to move effectively in all different capacities, rendering it not as the most dominant, but the most effective. All of these pieces in concert are used to defend the King and also pursue and capture the opposing King. Even if the opposing King still has pieces remaining on the board, they are rendered powerless and useless once the King is captured.

Prophetically, the King represents Jesus. The fourteen different pieces represents the church and the Queen represents the Holy Spirit. After the birth, life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, He ascended having said: “But I tell you the truth: it is for your good that I am going away. Unless I go away, the Counselor will not come to you; but if I go, I will send Him to you and when He, the Spirit of truth comes, He will guide you into all truth.” “I will build My church and the gates of hell with not overcome it.” The church’s purpose is to bring God glory by building the Kingdom and destroying all the works of Satan by binding him and rendering all his remaining pieces (demons) ineffective and useless.                         

USA – Our battle is not against flesh and blood, Oct 2, 2018

    “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” (Ephesians 6:12)

    In writing this, the Holy Spirit shows me that many will already fall away because they have been deceived into believing that Satan and demons don’t really exist in the sense that they have anything to do with our daily lives, especially for those that live in the USA. There in lies the heart of the battle. Jesus came into the world and brought with Him the new covenant. The  truth revealed and the mysteries of the old covenant, the Law, were explained through His teachings and the way in which He lived while He walked like we do on our journey here on earth. “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through Him all things were made; without Him nothing was made that has been made. In Him was life, and that life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it. The Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us. We have seen His glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.” (John 1:1-5, 14)

    Our struggle is not about political parties and emotional opinions or rights violated, but against the nature of sin and the battle that Satan leads to deceive everyone to live by their own understanding of good and evil. Satan only has to convince people that the uncompromised Word of God is in error. If He can convince the world that any part of it is incorrect, He has won the battle against Jesus.

In explaining the parable of the sower, Jesus explained, “When anyone hears the message about the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what was sown in his heart. This is the seed sown along the path. The one who received the seed that fell on rocky places is the man who hears the word and at once receives it with joy. But since he has no root, he lasts only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, he quickly falls away. The one who received the seed that fell among the thorns is the man who hears the word, but the worries of this life and the deceitfulness of wealth choke it, making it unfruitful. But the one who received the seed that fell on good soil is the man who hears the word and understands it. He produces a crop yielding a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown.” (Matthew 13:19-23)

    “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose. For those God foreknew He also predestined to be conformed to the likeness of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brothers.” (Romans 8:28-29)

    “Whoever claims to live in Him must walk as Jesus did.” (1 John 2:6).

    “This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but men loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that his deeds will be exposed. But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what he has done has been done through God.” (John 3:19-21)

    The question we must answer is, “have we come into the light?” or are we happy with the old covenant which is our own legal interpretation of the law: “I haven’t murdered anyone?” or “I go to church on Sunday and give my 10%.” 

    “Whoever has My commands and obeys them, He is the one who loves Me.” (John 14:21)

    “If anyone loves Me, He will obey My teaching. My Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him. He who does not love Me will not obey My teaching. These words you hear are not My own; they belong to the Father who sent Me.” (John 14:23-24)

Jesus prayed: “I have revealed You to those whom You gave Me out of the world. They were Yours; You gave them to Me and they have obeyed Your Word. Now they know that everything You have given Me comes from You. For I gave them the words You gave Me and they accepted them. They knew with certainty that I came from You, and they believed that You sent Me.” (John 17:6-8)

    “Don’t let anyone deceive you in any way, for that day will not come until the rebellion occurs and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the man doomed to destruction. He will oppose and will exalt himself over everything that is called God or is worshiped, so that he sets himself up in God’s temple, proclaiming himself to be God.” (2 Thessalonians 2:3-4)

    The lie of the lawless one will be that God’s Word is not true.

    “The coming of the lawless one will be in accordance with the work of Satan displayed in all kinds of counterfeit miracles, signs and wonders, and in every sort of evil that deceives those who are perishing. They perish because they refused to love the truth and so be saved. For this reason God sends them a powerful delusion so that they will believe the lie and so that all will be condemned who have not believed the truth but have delighted in wickedness.” (2 Thessalonians 2:9-12)

    “Why do you call Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say? I will show you what he is like who comes to Me and hears My words and puts them into practice. He is like a man building a house, who dug down deep and laid the foundation on rock. When a flood came, the torrent struck that house but could not shake it, because it was well built. But the one who hears My words and does not put them into practice is like a man who built a house on the ground without a foundation. The moment the torrent struck that house, it collapsed and its destruction was complete.” (Luke 6:46-49)

Jesus did not say, “If” a flood came, He said, “When” a flood came.

    It is frightening when we witness many believers, especially men, that are so careful to ensure that everything they do, from work to hobbies, is done in such a way they can be successful. But they spend little if any time with the Lord in His Word and are totally depending on what and how others present the Word of God to them. Unfortunately, that means that we will be encouraged and edified by the things we hear which justify what we already have determined is “good” in our own flesh.

    My prayer is not that we “read” or “study” the bible, but instead spend time with Him in His Word.

    “But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, will teach you all things and will remind you or everything I have said to you. Peace I leave with you; My peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” (John 14:26-27)

    The bible starts out with “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” (Genesis 1:1)

    It ends with this: “The Spirit and the bride say, ‘Come!’ And let him who hears say, ‘Come!’ Whoever is thirsty, let him come; and whoever wishes, let him take the free gift of the water of life.

I warn everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: If anyone adds anything to them, God will add to him the plagues described in this book. And if anyone takes words away from this book of prophecy, God will take away from him his share in the tree of life and in the holy city, which are described in this book.

He who testifies to these things says, ‘Yes, I am coming soon.’

Amen. Come, Lord Jesus.

The grace of the Lord Jesus be with God’s people. Amen.” (Revelation 22:17-21)       
 
   

         

 

  

USA – Our new website Mexico mission photos, Oct 2, 2018

Please take a moment to check out the new photos on the website that show some of the moments from a mission trip to Mexico. Since our first mission trip to San Luis, Mexico in August 2000, we have had 188 mission trips that 310 people have been on at least once and some of them have visited over 30 times. We normally travel by van to save costs and allow the most people to participate. The website is www.harvestvisionministries.org and you can find the information on the home page under the “Ministry around the World” drop down menu, click on Mexico. The teams have been made up of different ages, from in the womb to over 90, different church families, special needs and even those that are not saved. We stay together in our mission home in San Luis, building relationships with each other and the people throughout the city. This includes prison, rehabs, local church fellowships, feeding and clothing ministries, the streets and parks, the outlying areas (cardboard city) and neighboring communities outside the city called ejidos. We are tentatively planning mission trips to San Luis, the end of December and first part of January. For information, email harvestvision21@msn.com or call George (360-421-8811), Linda (360-421-8812) or Nate (253-569-3553).

 

  

USA – Two ways you can support Harvest Vision Ministries, Oct 1, 2018

We are thankful to be reaching people around the world with the gospel message and we are thankful that all of our ministry work is done by volunteers with only 2% of donations being used to cover our administrative costs. We are thankful for those that pray and financially support the ministry and are blessed to share with you these two ways that you or friends can also help without any costs to you and through the benevolence of Amazon and Fred Meyers.

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USA – Preparing for Africa, Oct 1, 2018

We will be picking up Pr. Martin, our friend and Africa Harvest Vision Ministries director, from the airport in Seattle on Tuesday evening. He is returning from visitation and ministry in the Cayman Islands and Oklahoma and will be returning to Africa with Linda and Olivia, our Mexico Harvest Vision director. Linda and Olivia will be visiting and ministering coordinators in Burundi, Uganda and Kenya during October. They will also be taking more ministry supplies to support the coordinators that are reaching the lost, teaching pastors and leaders, strengthening existing church families and planting new ones in their respective areas in Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda, Burundi, South Sudan and the DRCongo. These coordinators help with basic needs to the people in their areas whenever possible. We have purchased a lot of equipment to meet these needs and would appreciate your prayers and any support to help meet our financial obligations.

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 or mail 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 and hazelnuts, Sept 28, 2018

Jesus said, “Open your eyes and look to the fields, they are ripe for the harvest.” Many thanks to one of our local farmers who did as Jesus asked and planted and raised corn for the Harvest Kids to use as a fundraiser to get the money to build a simple roof structure for orphans attending a primary school in northwest Uganda. Many thanks to everyone who helped harvest the corn and make it available at the Harvest Home and Veronica’s in Sedro Woolley and at Walker Motor Works in Marysville. He has also provided hazelnuts from his farm that will be used to help some of the Harvest Kids make their first mission trip to Mexico in December and fund other projects for vulnerable children in Africa. Thanks to Isaac who helped go get the first nuts and to the Harvest Kids that started decorating the bags that they would be put in. We built a couple of “drying racks” and Linda and Michelle have been working on the correct way to bake them. Kylie, Georgia, Melody and Deziray have been helping a lot while keeping up with their home schooling requirements at the Harvest Home. Thanks to Linda, Sheila and Veronica who help keep the Harvest Home open for fellowship during the days and for all the Harvest Kids and others that are helping support these projects at the Harvest Home and at Walker Motor Works. We have had to decorate more bags and build additional drying racks and have bagged up hazelnuts that will be made available for donations to the ministry. In the shell per pound: raw $5, baked $8; shelled per pound raw $12, baked $16.  Hazelnuts will be available at the Harvest Home or at Walker Motor Works in Marysville. Please contact us if you would like to help or would like to have some of these. Michelle 360-319-5267 or George 360-421-8811 in Sedro Woolley or Kylee 360-540-8090 in Marysville.     

USA – Harvest Kids corn for Fountain of Hope, Sept 25, 2018

“Fountain of Hope”. What a beautiful name that the Holy Spirit gave to Christopher, our coordinator in Nebbi in NW Uganda, for the primary school that he founded to provide education for these orphans and young people in his community. We visited Christopher in 2017 and since then he has married Sharon and they now have 90 children attending the school under the tree. They have property available and are praying for the finances to build classrooms and toilets in the future. In the interim, the Harvest Kids wanted to raise enough funds to at least build a pole structure with a simple roof for the school. Our friend, Fred DeVries, planted sweet corn for the Harvest Kids to harvest and use as a fundraiser and with the help of many harvesters and those that helped make the corn available to the many wonderful people that came to purchase the corn, the kids raised $1,573 which will be used to provide shelter from the rain and the sun and will be their “Roof of Hope”. Many people were blessed when they came to purchase the corn to find out about the work these kids were doing to help children that are less fortunate than themselves and get information about the work of Harvest Vision Ministries. This happened at Rod & Cheryl Walsh’s home in Mt. Vernon, the Harvest Home and Lazaro & Veronica’s home in Sedro Woolley and at Walker Motor Works, the car dealership in Marysville.            

USA – Harvest Kids with Child’s Evangelism Fellowship, Sept 22, 2018

It is always a privilege to  hear the girl’s praying for the Harvest Kid’s ministry before they go to sleep the night before. The kids got up and whipped up some rainbow pancakes for breakfast before making the sandwiches for the Harvest Kids lunch and getting ready to brave the wet chilly morning. Even before the regular Harvest Kids started, the corn selling signs were put out, for the fundraiser that would provide the money needed for a roof for the orphans attending a primary school in northwest Uganda. The kids currently attend school outside under a tree. The kids crushed all the cans that had been donated and then adjourned inside to try out the new floor piano. Thanks to Linda for giving them a little demonstration of “Chopsticks”. Also, thanks to Veronica, Michelle, Rabecca and Wayne for helping out during the morning. The kids counted their change and have accomplished getting enough money to buy the mosquito nets needed for the 28 orphan boys at the Nalidi Grace primary school in eastern Uganda. Jesus said that in the world we would have troubles and the Harvest Kids are no exception, but they have found out that there are children around the world that are even less fortunate and it is wonderful to see them choosing to reach out to them. As always we celebrate every person having a birthday in September and we appreciate Gary Hunter for supplying this month’s special treat. Lynn Griffin, from Child’s Evangelism Fellowship, brought a wonderful message and teaching for the kids that included sharing the truth about dinosaurs and evolution from God’s Word and had all the kids echoing the theme of the day: “God knows everything!” After their inter-active teaching and prayer, the kids got to pick out a gift to take with them and then started designing bags that will be used for the hazelnuts that Fred DeVries donated for the kid’s fundraiser. After taking down the corn signs, the kids took the remainder of the corn and gave it to some of the people around the neighborhood. We had a quick stop at the store where the kids embarrassed Grandpa George by attacking the Reese’s peanut butter cup display before heading back to the home for the “slime” ministry.