USA – Expanding the Kingdom, October 15, 2017

 

So excited for the way God is expanding His kingdom and allowing us the opportunity to "prepare and equip the saints" throughout the world. We are able to send some support to help the Kayunga Harvest church fellowship in central Uganda who are being forced to relocate within the next two weeks. This is a newer church family that is supporting outreach throughout the community and itself has grown to over 200 believers. We also just purchased a portable sound system and projector for expanding the ministry in the state of Michocan in south Mexico. We are praying for many souls to accept Jesus and take their rightful place as true disciples in reaching the lost in their own spheres of influence. “Father, we thank You that You have chosen and allowed us to stand with our brothers and sisters in our local communities and throughout the world in fulfilling the Great Commission. Lord Jesus, thank You for being the way, and the truth and the life. Holy Spirit, thank You for You comfort, counsel and the continuing conviction to over-come our own self-centeredness and to advance the Kingdom. In Jesus Name, Amen.” 

USA – “Harvest Kids WSP K-9”, October 15, 2017

What a glorious day to celebrate life as the day started in honor of Linda’s birthday. She opened the fridge to a beautiful handmade pie from Nikayla with love. Then Linda taught the girls to make French Toast for her for breakfast. “This is the day that the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it”. It was a brisk yet beautiful day for this Harvest Kids Saturday. We started by going to town on crushing cans. Then moved right into the excitement of beginning to fill the bullet for the 12th time gaining 3 ½ inches. They were so excited about this. Madie & Hailey shared that the mosquito nets that were purchased a couple of years ago have become all tattered and worn out. The kids will be resurrecting the project of raising money to purchase new mosquito nets for the vulnerable children in Central Africa. The excitement generated the kids to try and figure how many mosquito nets can be purchased with the coins from the bullet and monies generated from the crushing of the cans at $10 a net. After viewing a few pictures they were surprised to hear that 1 net can cover 3 children in a bed at the same time or a family of 6 sharing a hut of 6’ circumference. We went on into a lesson on Ephesians 6:1-9 “ Honor your father and mother” which is the first commandment with a promise. Madie, Hailey, Laly & Ozzy all shared a prepared skit on bullying, that led into a conversation and sharing about the many different ways we all can bully or be bullied. Opening hearts and minds to receive His words so softly spoken in our ears. “ Let us love one another, for love comes from God” 1 John 4:7, our memory verse of the day. After having lunch, anticipation among the kids grew with the thought of Officer Mike Rudy and his K-9 partner, Apollo, were coming to visit. Officer Mike joined the kids in the Harvest Home giving a presentation on Apollo’s duties and job as a K-9 officer. The kids were filled with questions for officer Mike. Apollo entered the room and went straight to work searching for the cotton ball with drug scent demonstrating his skills for the kids. After he had completed his job the kids were allowed to interact with him for a few moments. We would like to send out a Huge thank you to the WSP, Officer Mike & Apollo for the demonstration for the kids. Along with a thank you to our brother Wayne for making this all possible. Later in the afternoon a few Harvest Kids joined Linda and Joanna on a trip to Life Care Center to visit with our brother Jim Kager, collecting the cans he so faithfully gets donated for our kids. Thank you to all of the parents, guardians and families that continue to support our youth. We would like to thank all of those who continue to donate cans here at the Harvest Home and our other collection sights.   

Africa – September update, Oct 13, 2017

Was blessed to chat with Pr. Martin, the director of Harvest Vision Africa, and get an update of the ministry. As we wait for the testimonies for outreaches in September, we rejoice in reporting that two of our coordinators have already shared that together 1,706 accepted Jesus and are now being discipled by local believers. 

Kampala – The Harvest Vision church families are doing well. Pr. Martin is spending a great deal of time working with the pastors and leaders in the Kibuli church family in Kampala as they continue to work to complete the expansion on the existing building to accommodate the new believers.

South Sudan – Pr. Bosco, who is currently coordinating the ministry, is being ordained with 3 other pastors from the Harvest Church fellowship, and will begin to return to active ministry in the coming weeks. Ev. Prossy will be traveling to be with them during this transition and will communicate to Pr. Martin and Kennedy on the repairs that are needed to get the sound and video equipment back into operation for future outreaches. Also, Pr. John Light’s widow, Sarah, is still working to get her children back to Uganda, where she has refugee status, so they get back into school. Pr. John Light was the South Sudan coordinator previously.

Pr. Evariste from Burundi and Pr. Simon from N. Kenya will be visiting Kampala, Uganda to pick up the ministry supplies that were taken over when the Washington team visited in August.

Pr. Charles from Kayunga, central Uganda, has witnessed incredible growth in their first church with over 200 attending. They have been meeting in a building on leased property and had paid to the end of the year but now the landlord has ordered them out in the next two weeks. Harvest Vision had previously funded a property for their relocation and now they have had to speed up their plans to relocate. They will disassemble the existing building and reconstruct on the new site. They will be short of the required timbers and tin for the roof, so Harvest Vision will be sending some funding to help them this week. We are so excited that so many are coming to Christ and that Pr. Charles has 100 pastors coming together for a conference in that area in the near future.

Pr. Christopher from NW Uganda is having meetings with pastors from the DRCongo and after identifying a sub-coordinator that can used the new set of sound and video equipment that has been provided for outreaches on that side of the border, that equipment should be in service in the next week or two.

Pr. Martin and Susan, our Africa admin coordinator, will be talking with Pr. Jonathan, who founded and over-sees the Canaan Foundation School in Mukono close to Kampala, and Pr. Patrick, who founded and over-sees the Nalidi Grace Orphan School in eastern Uganda to find out the number of orphans that are actually living at the school. A couple of years ago, the Harvest Kids were able to purchase mosquito nets for all of them but they have since all worn out. We will be asking for your support to help us with this project.

We are tentatively planning a coordinator’s conference in Uganda in the first part of March of next year. This will bring all the coordinators and sub-coordinators from all six countries together with a team of leaders representing the Harvest Vision co-laborers in the USA and Mexico that support the over-all ministry in Africa.

We are also in prayer about the possibility of Pr. Martin and his family coming to visit the USA in August of next year.

USA-Harvest Kids thousand trails field trip, Oct 9, 2017

Thanks to our brother, Jerry Ohmstead who invited the Harvest Kids for our 2nd Annual Thousand Trails field trip  that is located in La Conner. Although the morning started out a little overcast, it cleared up and ended up being a beautiful day for the kids and adults. Those that wanted, didn’t even miss out on the Seahawks game that was being played inside the fellowship center that they have at the campground. There were 14 adults and 17 children in attendance. The afternoon included a guided nature tour with Wayne, football, discovering crabs along the shore line and just general exploring. We enjoyed roasting  hotdogs over the fire and finished the evening with some tasty smores. The evening closed with Jerry thanking everyone for coming and invited everyone back next year which would be a 3rd Annual Harvest Kids Thousand Trails field trip.

Africa – Burundi September praise report, Oct 9, 2017

   We are blessed and encouraged to share the September ministry report for Burundi. Our co-laborers visited seven different locations with crusades and films and witnessed 406 new believers come to faith in Jesus Christ. The local church families and believers in their communities under the direction of the Holy Spirit are now about the Father’s business teaching these new brothers and sisters to be true disciples. Also, during the month 105 of these believers were baptized. Many thanks to those that support the Bible schools where many leaders graduated and received diplomas and certificates. New students are already registering for the next terms and they are hoping to start Bible schools in two new provinces, Cibitoke and Makamba, in south Burundi.

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The Bible does not say that God punished the human race for one man’s sin, but that the nature of sin, namely, my claim to my right to myself, entered into the human race through one man. But is also says that another Man took upon Himself the sin of the human race and put it away – an infinitely more profound revelation (see Hebrews 9:26). The nature of sin in not immorality and wrongdoing, but the nature of self-realization which leads us to , “I am my own god.” This nature may exhibit itself in proper morality or in improper immorality, but it always has a common basis – my claim to my right to myself. When our Lord faced either people with all the forces of evil in them, or people who were clean-living, moral, and upright, He paid no attention to the moral degradation of one, not any attention to the moral attainment of the other. He looked at something we do not see, namely, the nature of man (see John 2:25).

   Sin is something I am born with, and cannot touch – only God touches sin through redemption. It is through the Cross of Christ that God redeemed the entire human race from the possibility of damnation through the heredity of sin. God nowhere holds a person responsible for having the heredity of sin, and does not condemn anyone because of it. Condemnation comes when I realize that Jesus Christ came to deliver me from this heredity of sin, and yet I refuse to let Him do so. From that moment I begin to get the seal of damnation. “This is the condemnation (and the critical moment), that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light…” (John 3:19).

   Sin is a fundamental relationship – it is not wrong doing, but wrong being – it is deliberate and determined independence from God. The Christian faith bases everything on the extreme, self-confident nature of sin. Other faiths deal with sins – the Bible alone deals with sin. The first thing Jesus Christ confronted in people was the heredity of sin, and it is because we ignored this in our presentation of the gospel that the message of the gospel has lost its sting and its explosive power.

   The revealed truth of the Bible is not that Jesus Christ took on Himself our fleshly sins, but that He took on Himself the heredity of sin that no man can even touch. God made His own Son “to be sin” that He might make the sinner into a saint. It is revealed throughout the Bible that our Lord took on Himself the sin of the world through identification with us, not through sympathy for us. He deliberately took on His own shoulders, and endured in His own body, the complete, cumulative sin of the human race. “He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us…” and by so doing He placed salvation for the entire human race solely on the basis of redemption. Jesus Christ reconciled the human race, putting it back where God designed it to be. And now anyone can experience that reconciliation, being brought into oneness with God, on the basis of what our Lord has done on the cross.    

Oswald Chambers “My Utmost for His Highest”

USA – Who am I? What am I to do? How am I to do it? 10-3-2017

This world as we know it is primarily about looking good, being entertained and seeking attention and approval from others. We need to examine ourselves and our motives. Each one of us will be judged by a righteous and loving God basis how we have chosen to use our time, resources and gifts. 

Who am I?

“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.” Ro 8:29

“He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to Him, nothing in His appearance that we should desire Him. He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows, and familiar with suffering. Like one from whom men hide their faces He was despised, and we esteemed Him not.” Is 53:2-3

What am I to do?

“Then Jesus came to them and 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 then to obey everything I have commanded you.” Mt 28:18-20

“The Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many.” Mt 20:28

How am I to do it?

“If anyone would come after Me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow Me.” Mt 16:24

“Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: ‘Who, being in the very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made Himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to death – even death on a cross!” Ph 2:5-8

Men’s Mission Trip to Africa (August 2017)

(Team Members: Ted Brockmann, Jeremy Brockmann, Dan Lenhart, Nate Lenhart)

August 20:

The team left from Seattle for Africa.  We took with us 10 tubs of supplies and sound equipment.  The supplies consisted of 140 audio bibles in 14 languages, 76 water purifiers, 75 hand-made dresses, school supplies, tents, mattress, sleeping bags and other miscellaneous supplies for the ministry; all to be used for God’s glory.

August 21:

After almost a 30 hour journey the team arrived safely in Kampala, Uganda.  The team was tired, but filled with joy and anticipation for the opportunity to dwell with our co-laborers in Africa for a couple weeks.

August 22:

The team rested some from the long journey and helped Pastor Martin and Suzan (Admin Coordinator) organize the supplies we brought by coordinator and ministry region.  We also spent some time with Pastor (Pr.) Martin, Pr. Jeffery and others visiting at the Harvest Church Fellowship Kibuli in Kampala.  Pr. Martin is the senior Pr. at this church and the team was excited to see the construction work happening on the church expansion.  On any given Sunday and throughout the week, the church is full of people and is in need of more space.  We thank God that he is supplying the resources to expand their territory.

August 23:

The team traveled north with Pr. Martin, Pr. Samuel and Walter (our driver) to Nebbi, in NW Uganda. Nebbi is very close to the Nile river. It was about an 8 hour journey.  Upon reaching our designation, the team was greeted with singing, dancing and praise by the village people.  They were very glad to see us and it was a humbling experience for the team to witness.  Pr. Christopher is the Harvest Vision coordinator in the Nebbi area (Pr. Samuel who traveled with us is his eldest brother and grew up in the village also).

August 24:

The team had the opportunity to witness an open air crusade at a popular market close to Nebbi(hundreds were at the market).  The ministry team from Nebbi set-up sound equipment on a small hill close to the market and then the WA team joined them in prayer before the outreach.  After the prayer, the outreach continued with worship music, praise and preaching.  We were invited to share a word from the Lord, and most of our team shared.  The outreach ended with a call to accept Christ and 35 people accepted the invitation (praise the Lord!).  Before the outreach ended, the new believers were discipled individually and encouraged to get involved with a local church body.  It was an amazing event to watch and the team felt privileged to be part of it.  The team learned a lot about outreach and we were excited for the new salvations.

Later that afternoon we attended the end of a Pastors conference in the town of Nebbi and each of our team members shared a word of encouragement with the local Pastors.

August 25:

The team spent most of the day in the village where Pr. Christopher lives.  There was a church service in the village, which mainly consisted of a children’s program.  The Fountain of Hope children (primarily young orphans) sang songs and the older kids (early teens) performed a skit.  It was great seeing how much these kids love Jesus.  The team brought individual bags of school supplies for the younger Fountain of Hope children that were prepared by Harvest Kids in Washington.  The kids that received these gifts for very, very happy.  Most of the team from Washington had the opportunity to share God’s word at the service.

After the service, Pr. Martin and Pr. Christopher demonstrated to the villagers how to properly use one of the water purifiers, and the hand-made dresses we brought were given to the girls.

The team spent the night in the village and it was our first experience sleeping in a mud-hut.  It was a great day and night in the village.

August 26:

The team left early to return to Kampala.  Since this day was designated just for travel, we took a couple extra hours and went through the Murchison National Park.  We saw giraffes, elephants, lions, wart-hogs and other animals.  We also stopped by a large and powerful waterfall close to the Nile river.   God’s creation is amazing.  Team arrived safely back in Kampala.

August 27:

The team attended Sunday morning service at Harvest Church Fellowship in Gayaza (suburb of Kampala).  Pr. Ricky is the senior pastor and started this church about a year ago, under the direction of Pr. Martin.  There were approximately 70 people in attendance and they meet in a small school building.  The team all shared a word from the Lord and it was a great time in the house of God.  After the service, Pr. Ricky asked the team if we would pray for a boy who was sick with cancer.  The family lives next to the church and we spent some time encouraging and praying for the boy and his family. 

Later that afternoon the team rested some and then fellowshipped with Pr. Martin, his wife Beatrice and their household family.     

August 28:

The team joined the Africa outreach team (led by Suzan) doing street ministry.  We started by leaving Pr. Martin’s house and walked down the road and stopped when the Spirit led us to tell people about Jesus.  While we visited with different people and shared the love of Jesus with them, the Spirit primarily told us to visit auto mechanic shops.  We visited four different mechanic shops and most people were open to hearing the gospel.  At the end of the outreach, 22 people accepted Jesus (the angels and Heaven rejoiced with us!).

After the outreach, we attended a Comfort Africa children’s service at Harvest Church Fellowship Kibuli in Kampala.  The church was full with over 100 kids in attendance.  Suzan and the rest of the team were excited to see so many children.  The team from Washington shared a word of God with the children and Nate Lenhart ended the service with the children gathering in groups and praying for each other.  It was a great time in the house of the Lord.

August 29:

The team left with Pr. Martin to visit with Pr. Jonathan in Mokuno (Madelyn’s House). Pr. Jonathan oversees the Canaan Foundation orphanage and school and also pastors a local church next to the property.  Along with all these responsibilities, he houses 20-30 people at his small home, many who are orphans. 

The school and orphanage is doing well, but they have little money and currently don’t have money to pay their teachers.  We visited with some of the teachers, and they are very humble people and choose to stay at the school for room and board, but for no money.  There are many needs in Africa; this is just one example of those needs…the team witnessed many times throughout the trip people giving sacrificially for others and the Kingdom.

After a small meal at Pr. Jonathan’s home, he gave us a tour of his farm (next to Lake Victoria) and then we prayed with him before our departure.  It was a good time of encouragement and fellowship.

August 30:

The team traveled to Mbale, in E Uganda with Pr. Richard and George (driver) from Kampala. Along the way we stopped and visited Pr. Margaret in Nansanga.  Pr. Margaret seems to be doing well and her church is growing.  It was encouraging to see the sound equipment given to her son 2 ½ years ago for ministry purposes is still being used.  Before arriving in Mbale, the team attended a service at Harvest Church Fellowship in Kadama and a couple team members shared a word of encouragement with the body.

Before resting at a local guest house in Mbale, the team shared a meal and fellowship with Pr. Billy and Teddy.

August 31:

The team traveled from Mbale to Nalidi school and orphanage to visit with Pr. Patrick.  Pr. Patrick oversees the school, orphanage and pastors a local church in the area.  Upon arriving at Nalidi, Pr. Patrick was excited to show us the borehole (water well) that was operational with the money Harvest Vision Ministries sent him.  After spending some time at Nalidi, the team left and shared a meal with Pr. Patrick and his family (at their home).

Later that evening the team attended Pr. Billy’s church in Mbale.  Everyone on the team shared from the word of God and we could feel the presence of the Holy Spirit. There are currently between 400-500 people attending Sunday services and throughout the week, and the church is growing (praise God!).  After the service, the team returned to Pr. Billy and Teddy’s home for fellowship and a meal.

September 1:

The team traveled back to Kampala.  On the way back, our driver George wanted to stop and visit his mom and others in the village where he grew-up.  Upon arriving in George’s home village, we were greeted with clapping, hugs and dancing.  The villagers were very happy to see us and certainly happy to see George.  While fellowshipping in the village, Pr. Richard felt led to share the gospel and four people accepted Christ before we left (more rejoicing in Heaven).

Upon arriving back in Kampala, Pr. Richard showed us the church he started about a year ago.  He shared with us that God told him to leave his previous church and start a new church in Kampala, and he abided by the Master’s call. The church started with only Pr. Richard and one other person gathering on Sunday morning to pray and fast and today 75 people attend his services. 

September 2:

Before saying our good-byes to our friends and co-laborers in Africa for Christ, the team was invited to attend Kennedy and Joan’s wedding.  Kennedy is the Harvest Vision equipment outreach coordinator and Joan has worked at the Harvest Vision bridal shop….they are both special people and love the Lord.  It was a special day for the team to witness their wedding and be part of the celebration.

After the wedding, the team traveled back to Washington. 

It was an amazing trip with much fruit for the Kingdom both in Africa and back in the U.S.A.  If anybody reading this would like more information about Africa and how they can possibly support the ministry, you may contact me (Ted Brockmann) at 360-391-4413 or ted.brockmann@yahoo.com.

USA – Fall Shopping Fundraiser 09.30.17

Saturday we had 15 different vendors come and represent their business plus Harvest Vision Ministries at our 2nd shopping fundraiser this year! Thank you so much to Crossroads Covenant Church for once again allowing us to use their space for this fundraiser! And thank you to all the consultants who donated their time and some of their profit to support Harvest Vision! Many of the consultants brought their kids and our lovely sister Joanna spent the day doing crafts and artwork with them in the Sunday school room. We had some awesome helpers and it was wonderful to see how the vendors supported each other! We are working on our next shopping fundraiser tentatively dated December 16th at the same place. This fundraiser will benefit the Mexico team going for two weeks in December over Christmas! Thank you to all who participated and we look forward to seeing you at our next one!     

USA – “Harvest Kids”, September 23, 2017

First we would like to take the time to continue to encourage the many people whom pray and support all of His children. We would also like to thank the many people who continually drop off cans here at the Harvest House as well as the other locations. We were blessed with the presents of Olivia our Coordinator from Mexico.  What a beautiful day to crush enormous amounts of cans. After this we joined together breaking off into groups playing Jenga practicing bible verses inscribed on the blocks. With much excitement it was time to gather together to see if the 3 remainder inches could be filled in the bullet. Much to our surprise the kids and adults like topped it off for the 11th time. Raising $402.50. We then share in a delicious lunch prepared by Linda. Following our lunch Ted joined in with a slide show presentation sharing about his trip to Africa answering many questions from the children. We then spent some time playing a game guess the scripture eliminating letters on the white board. It was certainly a glorious day enjoyed by all.   

HV Celebration at Crossroads 09.16.17

We had a wonderful time of fellowship, worship, and testimonies Saturday evening at Crossroads Covenant Church for our 3rd quarter celebration! After filling our bellies with some wonderful food we spent some time in worship with Gabe, Bruce, and Dina. Following the music we enjoyed hearing testimonies about various facets of Harvest Vision. Angie and Olivia shared about the Mexico ministry and upcoming trips and plans to expand to Michoacán. Joanna took some time to share about the Harvest Kids ministry. And Ted shared a presentation about the recent mission trip to Africa! We were so excited to hear that our friend and brother Martin will be visiting the US this coming November and December! Thank you so much to Crossroads Covenant Church for allowing us to utilize your awesome building and resources for this time of celebration of what God is doing within Harvest Vision! We are excited for our next upcoming event on September 30th at Crossroads! We have our second shopping fundraiser in the old common ground space from 10am-4pm! Make sure to come visit, browse, shop, and fellowship and invite your friends!

 

USA – HV Celebration on September 16, 2017

We are excited to welcome everyone to our Harvest Vision Celebration at Crossroads Covenant Church, 905 Pease Rd, in Burlington, WA on Saturday, Sept 16th starting with a potluck at 6pm and worship and sharing at 7pm. So many wonderful things to share. Ted, Jeremy, Dan and Nate returned from an awesome mission to Africa and we just received the report on outreaches for the month of August and 5,294 new believers came to faith in Jesus Christ. Seven means ‘completion” and what a blessing to realize that over 7 people per hour were saved through the spreading of the gospel in Africa during that month. Also, locally outreach to the homeless and to weary traveler’s at the rest area during the month allowed many to share the love of Jesus. George took a family to visit their son and father in prison in Montana, visited one of our partners in Las Vegas and spent over a week in Mexico. Miguel, George and friends installed the lights and fans in the new fellowship center and joined the Mision Jireh church family for their 5 year anniversary. Pr. Jaime from that church fellowship will be traveling with Miguel and Olivia to Michocan in south Mexico to possibly start Harvest Vision in that state. Olivia is currently in Washington and will be joining with us to share the vision for the future work in Mexico and Ted will be sharing about Africa.     

USA – “Harvest Kids with CEF”, September 9, 2017

First we would like to take the time to continue to encourage the many people whom pray and support all of His children. We would also like to thank the many people who continually drop off cans here at the Harvest House as well as the other locations. It was a great start to fellowship with the kids concerning their first few days of the new school year. There were many experiences to share. We spend time in the beginning discussing the differences that they have contributed to help the vulnerable children in Africa with the collection of coins & cans. Ted and Wayne stopped by to share in the time of fellowship. We were blessed with a small but mighty group of 5 children. Two of them were new to Harvest Kids. After lunch the interaction with Lynn from Child Evangelist Fellowship was amazing. Together we all overviewed the scriptures that were learned in 5 day club. These all related to getting to know God better. Trusting His Promises, Confessing your Sin, Living Gods way, Reading your Bible & Praying, Obeying the Bible & ending with How to be a Witness in God’s Word. This was done through relation of parables and song. The children were able to use their Bibles to follow along and look up scripture in the chapters of Luke & John. We completed the day with adding another two hand prints & names to the tree on the wall in the Harvest Home. What an overall blessing the day was with His children. Luke 18:16 “ Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these”.

Mexico September 9, 2017

So much for the heat wave in San Luis. We now have thunder, lightning and heavy rain. 
"Where is the wise man? Where is the scholar? Where is the philosopher of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? For since in the wisdom of God the world through it's wisdom did not know Him, God was pleased through the foolishness of what was preached to save those who believe. For the foolishness of God is wiser than man's wisdom and the weakness of God is stronger than man's strength." 1 Cor 1:20-21, 25

Mexico September 8, 2017

Although it has been extremely hot, we have made progress on the wiring for the lights and fans in the new fellowship center. Miguel has worked every day but still comes home at 3pm in the heat of the day and helps with the project. We had a wonderful time of fellowship, singing praises, sharing testimonies and worship with Pr. Fidel and the Centro de Suenos church family last night. They also go out as a church family each Saturday to do street ministry and we are blessed that they will be using the fellowship center here this Saturday. We will hopefully have the lights and fans hung before tomorrow evening. We will be celebrating the 5th anniversary of the Mission Jireh church family on Sunday evening. Pr. Jamie and a brother from the church family will be traveling with Miguel and Olivia to visit a pastor that is starting a new mission in Michocan in south Mexico. We are prayerfully looking forward to the expanding of Harvest Vision by providing a set of sound and video equipment with a generator to be shared by local pastors reaching the lost in there communities. Please pray for God to bless this trip. Olivia purchased tickets for them to fly on Oct 12. After the four day visit in Michocan, Miguel and Olivia will travel to Guanajuato so Olivia can fix a problem with her birth certificate. George and Olivia will be leaving Mexico Wednesday night and Olivia will be visiting the Harvest Vision family in Washington until Sept 25th.

USA September 4, 2017

1,100 miles to Montana for prison visit. It was a blessing to have Jared's mom and two of his kids get to spend 4 1/2 hours together. Then 1,070 From Montana to visit and another 330 miles to get here in San Luis. Taking a little siesta. A short one, so calm down.

USA – Kellilynne’s Spiritual Recovery Center, Curlew, WA, August 27, 2017

George & Shane are so thankful to have been able to drive over to visit Pr. John Seaman and his friends at Kellilynne’s Spiritual Recovery Center in Curlew, WA, on Sunday, August 27th. John has an acre lot that he has been working on with friends to build a retreat center for people that have lost loved ones or experienced a difficult trial in their life. John has named the center after his daughter who was killed in a tragic accident by a drunk driver a few years ago. He has also helped to build a small home on a property owned by a woman in Colville who is working alongside John in the ministry. Amazing place, with all kinds of wildlife and beauty everywhere. John and Devon currently live in a trailer on the property with a priority list of needs that need to be accomplished and all require finances to bring to fruition. Closing in the deck at the trailer will allow them to use wood for heat and save money. They are also in need of installing a septic to eliminate the money needed to provide a porta-potty to service the property. Long term, they will also need a well to provide water. We are a planning a trip over the end of September to take some supplies. We are taking a camper, roofing tin for the deck project, winch to help them cut firewood they use for their own purposes and to share with others and a propane heater. If you are interested in donating financially, it can be done through the Harvest Vision Ministries webpage. Sometimes, John does not have phone service, but his number is 425-359-0028. You can also contact George 360-421-8811 or Shane 360-421-0125 for information about needs or if you would like to go over and visit. As beautiful as the weather has been, some of these needs are more critical than others, because winter and snow will be coming soon. Curlew in in eastern Washington and about 15 miles from the Canadian border. Brrr!

USA – Harvest Kids, August 26, 2017

We are praying for Joanna and Chelsey, who normally help lead our Harvest Kids Saturday activities, but were unable to attend because they were both sick. We are thankful to the adults that come with their children and youth. The morning was filled with hula hoops, jump rope, tug -of-war and picking the last of the strawberries. We were excited to have Rob come with his 5 year old son, Max, and they also brought along some aluminum cans that were smashed with the others that had been donated. After crushing can, the kids gathered up their coins and filled the “bullet” another 1 ½” leaving only 3” to fill it with change for the 6th time. Right after we started, we made a call to Africa to say hi to “Uncle Teddy” and wish him a happy birthday. Ted and his team had just delivered the school supplies that the Harvest Kids had donated to a children’s ministry called “Fountain of Hope” in NW Uganda. We celebrated August birthdays, including George who turned 70 today, then after lunch, Linda gave us cookies and ice cream as a special treat. We shared a “letter from God” which was comprised of various portions of scripture combined into a letter form as if God were actually writing a letter to his child. Each of the kids read different scriptures, then we shared a story about a boy in school who his fellow students and even his teacher looked down on until the teacher’s heart changed. She later became his best friend and support all the way through college when he became a medical doctor and she represented his mother at his wedding because his real mother had passed away when he was young. The message, for the young people as they prepare for school, to not judge by outward appearances but try to be a friend to everyone.     

USA – “Lyman Outreach at the Park”, August 22, 2017

What a beautiful day God gave us to have our outreach at the Lyman Park. We would like to thank the City of Lyman for the opportunity of allowing us to utilize their facilities for our outreach. We set up the games,(golf, hot wheels, bean bag toss and hoop toss)  built by the Harvest Kids which many enjoyed playing. We had great fellowship and conversation together. Wayne blessed our meal and no one wasted time digging in. We BBQed hot dogs and had some salads on the side. The kids seemed to really enjoy the meal. The boys threw around the football While many of the girls Hula Hooped. While waiting on the sun to fall a bit it was back to the games and fellowship. It was a beautiful sight to see so many smiling faces. After the completion of the meal we all snuggled in to watch the movie “Evan Almighty”. There were lots of laughs by all age ranges.

Africa – July testimonies, August 16, 2017

Rejoice and give praise to our mighty and everlasting God. Thanks to the Lord for all the prayer warriors and supporters of our faithful laborers in Central Africa. During the month of July, they coordinated 24 outreaches over 64 days that brought 2,233 people to salvation. These new believers are now being discipled in local church families and will be bringing many more into the kingdom. Through their willingness to serve facing the many trials that are before them, over 20,000 people have accepted Jesus since the first of the year.