Africa – July outreaches and salvations, Aug 12, 2018  

We are grateful for the prayers and support of our co-laborers that help “….prepare God’s people for works of service so that the body of Christ may be built up…” (Ephesians 4:11-13)

Our co-laborers in central Africa coordinated 31 outreaches in July that brought together thousands of people and where the power of God was demonstrated as 2,071 accepted Jesus Christ as their Savior and are now being discipled by local believers in their local church families. As Jesus said, “there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner that repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent.” (Luke 15:7) Our brothers and sisters that sacrifice to reach the lost in these communities need our support. Any donation, no matter how small, that is donated to Harvest Vision Ministries will be used to meet these needs so that even more can be reached. “The share of the man who stayed with the supplies is to be the same as that of him who went down to the battle. All will share alike. David made this a statute and ordinance for Israel from that day to this.” (1 Samuel 30:24-25)

If you would like to make a donation, they can be made on line at www.myegiving/hvm, 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 build His Kingdom.      

USA – Rich Rogers birthday, Aug 11, 2018  

In August 2000, Linda, Kylee and I were privileged to help with a team of youth from Bethel Assembly of God in Sedro Woolley on a mission trip to San Luis, Mexico. It was there that the Lord spoke to us to Harvest Vision Ministries that serves the body of Christ locally and in 8 other countries. Rich Rogers was with us and he celebrated his birthday with the team in Mexico. What a privilege to have walked this journey of faith with Rich and to see his love for Jesus Christ, his faithfulness to serve and his passion and knowledge of God’s Word bless and strengthen so many, individually and corporately, including Harvest Vision Ministries. We celebrated his birthday with him again on August 11, 2018 at the Skagit County Fair in Mount Vernon. A deluxe hamburger, a bucket of fries (baptized in ketchup) and a Hostess cupcake. Jesus said we are the salt of the earth and the light of the world and we should not put a basket over it. Rich is a true disciple of Jesus Christ who truly is the salt and allows the true light of Jesus Christ to shine before the world.   

USA – Skagit County Fair, Aug 8-9, 2018  

It was pretty warm for the first two days of the Skagit County Fair this year. Thanks to Joanna for helping Linda get the booth set up and we were again blessed to be next to the Child’s Evangelism Fellowship outreach ministry. There were also other individual Christians and ministries that have made themselves available to reach out to people that attend the fair every year. The Harvest Kids wanted to participate on the first day and came prepared to make their own version of the “loom” rubber band salvation bracelets and as the Lord would lead, to share the gospel story with other children and young people. They also came to walk around and enjoy the variety of events, see the animals and participate in some of the rides in such a way that they could be good considerate Christian witnesses in a hot and very congested crowd. Many thanks to David and Michelle for bringing all their family and some others to join with us for the day. We were so proud of them. Linda and Joanna have been able to share with many people over these last days, encouraging and being encouraged by other Christian brothers and sisters and finding out more about them and when appropriate sharing about the work of Harvest Vision Ministries. What a privilege to witness the enthusiasm and passion of our co-laborers in the Christian Evangelism Fellowship and to know that in these first two days they shared the gospel with 100 children and 11 prayed to receive Jesus Christ as their personal savior. Although the Harvest Kids did not visit the fair on the second day, we were blessed to have Michelle and Jenny, bring Khylie, Melody, Deziray, Athena and Robert to the Harvest Home to help George count some change and crush cans for the Harvest Kids ministry. They also helped fold up and put the slip and slide away and were able to get Robert’s little handprint of the wall. We have a real appreciation and gratitude for those that are willing to “serve, rather than be served”, especially in this unusual hot weather we have been experiencing.  

Africa  – Burundi salvations in July, Aug 8, 2018  

We are thankful to have received the testimonies from Pr. Evariste who has coordinated 8 outreaches in Burundi in July. 472 people accepted Jesus during the outreaches and are now being discipled by local believers in their communities. Pr. Evariste has steadfastly and faithfully, along with his family, served communities throughout the country, strengthening existing church families and helping start new ones. He has also been leading bible schools to teach pastors and leaders throughout the country. Pr. Evariste uses two sets of sound and video equipment that have been provided to him by Harvest Vision Ministries and is currently in need of replacing one of the projectors.

If you would like to make a donation, they can be made on line at www.myegiving/hvm, 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 build His Kingdom.           

USA – Lyman Back to School Blessing, Aug 6, 2018  

The Lord provided us with a beautiful day to help the Lyman Baptist church family with their annual Back to School Blessing on Sunday afternoon. Just like in all outreach activities such as this, there is always a deep gratitude to the people that sacrifice their time, gifts and resources to prepare, set up, meet the needs of all the people and then clean up afterwards. It is a always a joyful and exciting family spirit because we know it pleases our Father in heaven when His people choose to “serve, rather than be served.” From purchasing and preparing all the backpacks and school supplies that were provided to over 80 children, to setting up the bouncy house, slip and slide and the games, the snow cone and popcorn machine and the BBQ. The “church” is God’s gift to and for the community and He reveals His love and concern for each and everyone in the way in which they are included as part of God’s desired family. We can’t force or coerce them to accept the new life that He has made possible for them, but the way we greet, treat and accept them lets them know we are not the ones with the power to fully bring them into His loving arms and by our actions they can see that it is not by our own judgement.

“It pleases God when people live together in unity.” Psalms 133:1 

USA – Blessed are the poor in spirit, Aug 6, 2018  

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

Jesus said, “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 5:1)

“We tend to say that because a person has natural ability, he will make a good Christian. It is not a matter of our equipment, but a matter of our poverty; not of what we bring with us, but of what God puts into us; not a matter of natural virtues, of strength of character, of knowledge, or of experience – all of that is of no avail in this concern. The only thing of value is being taken into the compelling purpose of God and being made His friends.

“Brothers, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. He chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things – and the thing that are not – to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast before Him. It is because of Him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God – that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption. Therefore, as it is written: ‘Let him who boasts boast in the Lord.” (1 Corinthians 1:26-31)

God’s friendship is with people who know their poverty. He can accomplish nothing with the person who thinks that he is of use to God. As Christians we are not here for our own purpose at all – we are here for the purpose of God, and the two are not the same. We do not know what God’s compelling purpose is, but whatever happens, we must maintain our relationship with Him. We must never allow anything to damage our relationship with God, but if something does damage it, we must take the time to make it right again. The most important aspect of Christianity is not the work we do, but the relationship we maintain and the surrounding influence and qualities produced by that relationship. That is all God asks us to give our attention to, and it is the one that is continually under attack.”

Oswald Chambers

 

USA – Garage sale, Aug 6, 2018  

Thanks to everyone that donated items for the garage sale that was held at the Harvest Home last weekend. Thanks to Veronica and Sheila who graciously came and were available, along with Linda, to share their love of Jesus with everyone that stopped by. Many Christian friends visited and we were encouraged and were able to be an encouragement to each other. What a blessing to share our faith and let everyone know that there is a God that loves them and has a specific purpose and plan for their lives. So many have felt the heavy judgement of religion and are blessed to know that God does not want everyone to “be” the same, but He does want us to “love” the same. To love God and love others as we know that God already loves us. We are thankful that we were able to share about the many ministry opportunities that are available through Harvest Vision Ministries and other ministries and church families in our community. Double blessed to be able to lift up in prayer those that stopped by to encourage us and for some that came not knowing that what they needed was someone to stand and pray with them in their particular circumstance.  We were able to set aside some of the items that will be used with the Hope on the Street ministry to the homeless and other clothing that will be donated to the ministry provided by the New Life at the Well church family in Mt. Vernon that reach out to in-need individuals and families in our community. Thanks to everyone that donated, we are grateful for $503 that will be used to meet the needs of presenting the gospel to those in our community, Mexico and central Africa. 

USA – You hypocrites, August 2, 2018

Jesus talked to the leaders about their treatment of others, their giving and their keeping. Seven times in Matthew 23, he addressed them as “you hypocrites! A  very personal and penetrating title. Some might suggest that He was displaying His anger or frustration with them, but the Lord has shared with me His disappointment and sadness instead.

Hypocrisy – “The false appearance or pretense of qualities or beliefs that one does not actually possess or hold; piety or moral superiority.”

Already, this morning, I have had the joy of being in communication and encouraging our co-laborers in Africa. They, along with their families, give up their “right” to themselves and sacrificially live each day to reach the hurting and lost in their communities. They teach the new believers to “obey what Jesus has commanded” them to do. (Mt 28:20)

Jesus said, “If anyone would come after Me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow Me.” (Lk 9:23)

No vacations, hobbies or extras. No trips to the spa or their favorite restaurant. Many times with little or no food, clean water or access to any medical help. Surrounded by war, poverty, witchcraft and persecution. Only Christ. But He is more than enough. What “right” do I have to encourage them to follow Christ’s teaching unless I ask the same Holy Spirit to help me “decrease, so that He may increase”.

 “This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down His life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers. If anyone has material possessions and see his brother in need but has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him? Dear children, let us not love with words and tongue but with actions and in truth. This then is how we know that we belong to the truth, and how we set our hearts at rest in His Presence whenever our hearts condemn us. For God is greater than our hearts, and He knows everything.” (1 John 3:16-20)

“Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold od that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called my heavenward in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 3:12-14)

“Lord Jesus, help me each day to be willing to give up my ‘rights’ in exchange for my ‘responsibility’ and my ‘privileges’ in exchange for my ‘duties’. In Jesus Name, Amen”

USA – Walker Motor Works, August 1, 2018

We are thankful that 2 1/2 years ago, the Lord led us to start a used car dealership that would provide for our granddaughter, Kylee, and her husband, Blake, and their family and that would generate funds to help maintain and expand the over-all ministry of Harvest Vision Ministries. Early in our ministry, as we set our course through His leading, we were prophetically given a scripture regarding how He would direct our steps (Jer 10:23).

“When you enter the land and plant any kind of fruit tree, regard its fruit as forbidden. For three years you are to consider it forbidden, it must not be eaten. In the fourth year all its fruit will be holy, an offering of praise to the Lord. But in the fifth year you may eat its fruit. In this way your harvest will be increased. I am the Lord your God.” (Lev 19:23-25). This has been the pattern for the last 23 years and we are looking forward to that increase.

Tuesday morning, I went to the dealership early and when I took out the garbage to the dumpster outside our fence, a homeless man that was sleeping on the beauty bark woke up. I introduced myself and after talking for half an hour I had the

privilege of praying with him for his salvation. He whole demeanor changed when the Father assured him that he was his son and He loved him and was proud of him. It is why we do what we do.

We have been blessed to become acquainted with many people and we are looking forward to an increased harvest. We are collecting cans for the Harvest Kids ministry and have just started a drive to collect school supplies that will go to children in Africa when Pr. Martin, the director of the ministry in Africa, and his family return after their visit to the USA the end of September.

Walker Motor Works is located at 9430 State Avenue, Marysville and the website, www.usedcarsmarysville.com includes information about the many ways in which the dealership supports community outreach, including the work of Harvest Vision Ministries locally, in Mexico and in Africa.  

We are a family business that honestly cares about our staff, associates, customers and our community. Our goal is to provide each customer with a respectful and caring employee that will make every effort to ensure they leave Walker Motor Works with the vehicle that will meet their needs at a fair price. Our success is dependent on the satisfaction of those we serve. We promise an honest transaction, but our goal is to have a lasting relationship based on mutual respect and genuine concern.

USA – Who is our role model, July 31, 2018

We will can only rise to level of our expectations. Who is your role model?

Actually, we don’t have to “rise” to the level of the first Adam, because we are born in the carnal nature to take care of ourselves first and foremost. Self-centeredness we don’t have to aspire to, we are born sinners (separate from God), we are not sinners by choice. That is why the greatest gift that God has given us is the freewill to choose.

Our Father sent His one and only Son, Jesus Christ, who paid the penalty for our sin. Our sin is not our wrong-doing, otherwise we could fix that with our freewill.

Our sin is our wrong-being. When we repent and receive His forgiveness, the bondage of self is broken and we aspire to let Him and His nature overcome our self-centeredness. Who in your sphere of influence is attempting to allow the simple life of Christ to rule and reign in their lives and move away from “self”? This is not “judging”, Jesus said you will know them by their fruit.    

“For those God foreknew He also predestined to be conformed to the likeness of His Son…” (Ro 8:28)

“He had no beauty of majesty to attract us to Him, nothing in His appearance that we should desire Him.” (Isaiah 53:2)

Oswald Chambers shared this teaching about “becoming entirely His”.

“Many of us appear to be all right in general, but there are still some areas in which we are careless and lazy; it is not a matter of sin, but the remnants of our carnal life that tend to make us careless. Carelessness is an insult to the Holy Spirit. We should have no carelessness about us either in the way we worship God, or even in the way we eat and drink. Not only must our relationship to God be right, but the outward expression of that relationship must also be right. Ultimately, God will allow nothing to escape; every detail of our lives is under His scrutiny. God will bring us back in countless ways to the same point over and over again. And He never tires of bringing us back to that one point until we learn the lesson, because His purpose is to produce the finished product. It may be a problem arising from our impulsive nature, but again and again, with the most persistent patience, God has brought us back to that one particular point. Or the problem may be our idle and wandering thinking, or our independent nature and self-interest. Through this process, God is trying to impress upon us the one thing that is not entirely right in our lives. Beware of becoming careless over the small details of life and saying, ‘Oh, that will have to do for now.’ Whatever it may be, God will point it out with persistence until we become entirely His.”

“O Lord, You have searched me and You know me. You know when I sit and when I rise; You perceive my thoughts from afar. You discern my going out and my lying down; You are familiar with all my ways. Before a word is on my tongue You know it completely, O Lord.” (Psalms 139:1-4)

Men see what we do, God sees why we do it.   

    

USA – Lazaro & Veronica wedding , July 28, 2018

What a journey that started almost 5 years ago when Victor rode up to the garage on his bicycle and dropped a can into the Harvest Kids collection bin. Many thanks to everyone that has been a part of Veronica and Lazro’s life and their family. Thanks also to the Lyman Baptist church family that hosted the wedding and to the many people that helped set and clean up, but most of all attended to show them your love and support. It was a blessing to be a part of the ceremony, from the walking down of the aisle with Lazaro and David, who so wonderfully and gracefully translated and spent the afternoon and evening taking photos, to the first dance hours later. Every moment was special: from Bruce & Cassie giving Veronica to Lazro’s care, the exchange of vows, the giving of rings, the lighting of the unity candle, the family coming together to make their own new work of sand art, the pronouncement of marriage, the “kiss the bride” moment and the blessing. A wonderful time of fellowship as everyone congratulated them, took tons of photos and enjoyed the great food and cake that was provided. Also, thanks to everyone who helped them clean and prepare for the celebration at their home in Sedro Woolley. There were so many cars that Laly had to be assigned to direct people where to park throughout the trailer park. So proud of everyone and especially to Lazro for asking his new bride to join him of the dance floor for their first dance together as husband and wife. We are so thankful to join with them in this new season of their life.

“When you enter the land and plant any kind of fruit tree, regard its fruit as forbidden; it must not be eaten. In the fourth year all its fruit will be holy, an offering of praise to the Lord. But in the fifth year you may eat its fruit. In this way your harvest will be increased. I am the Lord your God.” (Leviticus 19:23-25)

    

 

USA – To seek and save what was lost , July 27, 2018

Searching the scriptures for what it might mean to broken for the things of the Father? What is our purpose? What is our destiny to be? What is the Father’s business?

“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. And those He predestined, He also called; those He called, He also justified; those He justified, He also glorified.” (Romans 8:28-30)

“Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus:” (Philippians 2:5)

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

“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 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)

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

“You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit – fruit that will last.” (John 15:16)

“Jesus said, ‘Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.” (Mark 16:15-16)

“If anyone would come after Me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow Me.” (Luke 9:23)

“Though I am free and belong to no man, I make myself a slave to everyone, to win as many as possible. I have become all things to all men so that by all possible means I might save some. I do all this for the sake of the gospel, that I may share in its blessings.” (1 Corinthians 9:19,22-23)

This leaves this haunting question: When we compare what we have and what we don’t have to the worth of one lost soul being saved, how much is that soul worth to us?

USA – Mexico trip coordinator, July 25, 2018

“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven..” (Ecclesiastes 3:1)

We are so thankful for Gabe and Angie Fields. After their wedding on Nov. 23, 2009, they chose to spend their honeymoon on their first mission to San Luis, Mexico that December. After 6 more mission trips, including the next 3 Decembers, they heard the voice of the Lord asking them to serve the ministry locally and in Mexico. “Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, ‘Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?’ And I said, ‘Here am I. Send me!” (Isaiah 6:8)

They have spent over 4 years coordinating teams and Angie has led 13 more mission teams that have witnessed incredible miracles, including salvations and baptisms of many that have participated from our community. Our relationship and support of Miguel & Olivia has been strengthened and we have launched ministry in south Mexico and finished the fellowship center. With Angie’s support we have made our website more informative in regards to Mexico missions and better defined our guidelines to ensure that we are making a positive difference when we visit from the USA. At the same time, Gabe and Angie’s ministry locally, especially with their family, has expanded and has given them the opportunity and responsibility to ensure they are good witnesses to them. That being said, Gabe and Angie have been led to step down as the Mexico missions coordinator. They are very grateful for the time they have been able to serve in Mexico which many times involved Gabe working and allowing Angie the opportunity to serve while he kept up the ministry at home. We appreciate everything they have contributed to the work in Mexico and we know they have established eternal relationships that will continue with their Mexico family in San Luis. We look forward to her contributing ideas and suggestions that will expand the ministry even further. We know the amount of work and sacrifice they have contributed to the work in Mexico and have witnessed how special and valuable they have made each person feel that has had the opportunity to go on a mission trip or to have helped support those that were able to go. Angie has promised that “Mexico will always be in my heart and prayers.”            

 

USA – Friday at the CEF 5-day club, July 20, 2018

Many thanks to everyone that allowed their children to participate in the Child’s Evangelism Fellowship 5-day club at the Harvest Home. It was a little sad to know that our fellowship and fun was ending, but we are hoping that some of these young people will be able to support the CEF outreach at the Skagit County Fair on Aug 8-11 in Mt. Vernon. The kids were excited that during the week they had collected enough money to purchase 3 gift packs that will be given to CEF missionaries that are sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ to young people in other countries of the world. Thank you, Lynn, for mentoring these young leaders, Jonathan, Christine and Jeremy, that have given up their summer to help reach children and other young people in our communities in Skagit County throughout the summer. What great testimonies for our young people to witness as these young people are willing to make that sacrifice knowing that even one young person coming to faith in Christ Jesus would make it worthwhile. Tragically rare in these days, but wonderfully refreshing. We finished the day with Kylie making badges for our young people to wear on Sunday at the 6th annual Harvest Fest at Riverfront Park on Sunday, July 22nd, from 1-5pm. They will be helping with some activities for the children that come to the event on that day. They are truly becoming disciples of Jesus as they learn the joy of what it means to “serve, rather than be served.”

“Jesus 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.” (Matthew 18:2-4)

“Jesus said, ‘Let the little children come to Me and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” (Matthew 19:14) 

USA – 6th Annual Harvest Fest, July 22, 2018

What a beautiful day the Lord provided for our 6th year of hosting the Harvest Fest at Riverfront Park along the Skagit River in Sedro Woolley, WA. Many thanks to everyone that helped set up the games, including the Slip and Slide for the younger folks. That along with the nice play area for the kids is a great setting for having families come together. Thanks to Dennis & Mona and Armando & Amber for helping with the sound for the three groups that came and shared their love for Jesus along with their gifts of music. All of the groups, shared their testimonies of salvation along with a variety of songs and styles. It is a fragrant offering to the Lord, when His disciples come together with joy and are willing to publicly share their love for Jesus and testimonies of their journey of faith with one another. As an apostolic ministry, we have been called to prepare and equip the saints to do the work that God has called them to. We had believers who God has called to be leaders in their particular spheres of influence and are faithfully fulfilling their call to challenge themselves and their own self-interests to become Christ-like. This is very difficult when so many, as Jesus pointed out, have chosen a more lukewarm approach to their faith. It was a blessing to witness believers encouraging one another and for each person, couple and family to know they are not alone in their journey.

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud 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.” (Hebrews 12:1-3)    

         

Africa – Supporting our co-laborers, July 19, 2018

Jesus asks us a question and then supplies what He would hope would be our response. “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 people who do not need to repent.” (Luke 15:4-7)

We just received the testimonies from our brother, David Vito, who coordinates outreaches in north Uganda. During June he was able to coordinate four outreaches where 216 people came to faith in Jesus Christ and were born again. We are anxiously awaiting the testimonies from eastern Uganda, but are rejoicing over the 2,134 that came to Christ during the month. We are thankful to our co-laborers in the USA who financially make it possible for these men and women to have the equipment they need for these outreaches and the freedom to devote themselves to their calling. This is made possible because we are able to help provide support for their family’s needs so they can have the time to coordinate these events.

Jesus said, “Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends. You are My friends if you do what I command. I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from My Father I have made known to you. You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit – fruit that will last.” (John 15:13-16a)

We gladly rejoice with David, our other co-laborers, the Father, Jesus, the Holy Spirit and all the angels in heaven.

Please pray for everyone as we seek to follow Jesus’ command to bear “fruit that last”.

If you would like to make a donation, they can be made on line at www.myegiving/hvm, 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 build His Kingdom.            

USA – Thursday at the CEF 5-day club, July 19, 2018

What a blessing to share the beautiful pictures that Georgina helped the kids paint before our night time prayers as we rested in preparation of Day 4 at the CEF 5-day club. It was colder than it’s been for the other mornings, but the kids helped Lynn and her crew set up, and then wrapped in blankets for the morning’s sharing and teaching. A special day because the kids went through the neighborhood the evening before visiting homes and inviting children to attend the club. Some of the parents were moved to give them a donation and they collected $17 that they were able to add to the missionary offering that the CEF is providing for workers sharing the gospel in other countries. Cool, but a few blankets and the heart-warming message of the love of God was felt by everyone. We were blessed to have Jenny come with her two young children and visit with us while the 5-day club was going on. She was also able to join us on the field trip to the Children’s Museum in the afternoon. After a few hours, we returned to pizza at the Harvest Home and were blessed to have Kylie share some of her tricks to make some beautiful bracelets using a technique that was new to the other kids. They are working very hard to make loom bracelets for everyone, especially people from our fellowship that have been suffering from some physical problems. It was a blessing to have the kids join us for house church fellowship at Ted’s before coming home to get rest and prepare for Day 5. 

USA – Wednesday at the CEF 5-day club, July 18, 2018

The middle of the week for the CEF 5-day club and the message was about Noah and the consequences of everyone that did not listen to what Noah was telling them about what the Lord had spoken. The “word up” for the day is that the Holy Spirit is our helper. After the club, the kids made bracelets to give to people and played some games. Everyone loaded into the big red van for a drive to the beach at Marche’s Point to pick up shells to drill holes in and let kids make necklaces at the Harvest Fest and the Skagit County Fair. We spent the evening visiting people and giving people the bracelets they had made for them. A visit to Harriett at the hospital ended up being a teaching about the hip replacement that she had gotten the day before. The kids enjoyed visiting and praying for her quick and rapid healing. Later, the kids visited neighbors to invite kids to the 5-day club and some of the people donated some money for the kids to contribute to the missionary fund that CEF uses to help missionaries in other countries.     

USA – Tuesday at the CEF 5-day club, July 17, 2018

Many thanks to Joanna that came early for our weekly core meeting and spent time in the office catching up the blogs, website and other ministry needs and then covered the Harvest Home after the CEF 5-day club while the kids went to crush cans. It was another great morning of teaching, singing, praying and learning scriptures that the kids learn to incorporate into their lives. It is also a living testimony to be mentored by these young people that are sacrificing of themselves to spend time with our group at the Harvest Home. After the morning club, everyone loaded into the van and drove to meet our sister, Cheryl Walsh, who brought her horse trailer to the farm of Bud Voss who had donated all the aluminum cans that he has collected over the years for the Harvest Kids ministry projects these kids do to help meet some of the health and medical needs of vulnerable children in central Africa. Afterwards, the kids spent the afternoon in the Harvest Home with Georgina teaching them to paint on canvas while Cheryl and George took the cans to Zee’s recycling in Lynden. Zee’s is very supportive of the ministry and gives the kids a little above the normal recycle price for aluminum. Thank you Jesus and Bud, we recycled 580 pounds of can and received $232 that will be available to help these children. That warranted another trip to Hamilton to cool off in Dave & Michelle Thompson’s swimming pool in Hamilton before watching the movie of the night and preparing for Day 3.     

USA – Monday at the CEF 5-day club, July 16, 2018

Thanks to these wonderful young saints that have chosen to spend their summer sharing the love of Jesus throughout our community. Lynn had these three young people, Christine, Jonathan and Jeremy at their CEF young leaders training at the start of summer and they are full of energy and do an excellent job of sharing the many inter-active lessons to help everyone learn more about Jesus and God’s Word. Lot’s of singing, sharing, laughing and praying. Afterwards, it is a blessing to witness our young people helping pack up all the things so Lynn and their team can leave to go to their next CEF 5-day club they are doing in the afternoon. After some of the kids had left, the older ones joined Linda and Shelley to go pick pie cherries at the neighbors, some of which ultimately ended up in a beautiful home-made pie that George is jealously guarding at the moment. The rest of the crew drove out to Wayne & Rebecca Watne’s to meet Fred and our friend, Morris, who donated his equipment (cat & dump truck) and expertise to get fill donated by the gravel pit across the highway and prepare the site for the new greenhouse. Of course, Wayne had to show the kids the crawdeads in the river and cook up some hotdogs so the kids wouldn’t starve. Afterwards, it was a trip to Hamilton to the Thompson’s swimming pool, then home to make some loom bracelets and then settle in to watch the Shack. We are thankful for everyone that helps by supporting these young people as they grow to become true disciples.