USA  – Mexico trip fundraiser,  December 8, 2018

Many thanks to the Lyman Baptist church family that have supported David & Shells and their four daughters that will be spending their Christmas holidays in San Luis, Mexico. We were blessed with a wonderful group of volunteers to help set up and clean up, donations to enjoy a nice spaghetti dinner, donors who contributed a variety of very nice items for the silent auction, supporters who donated for the many items and a brave and gifted group of brothers and sisters that participated at the talent show. Thanks to Wayne Watne for being the emcee. Most of the young performers are active in Harvest Kids and four of them will be going on the mission trip. The talents included songs, dance, poetry and Walker, the Wonder Dog, doing his disappearing hamburger trick. Just to ensure no one left believing it was rigged, Wayne actually produced a second hamburger and it disappeared also. The kids finale was the wordless book song, which is a simple and foundational way to share the gospel using colors – sin (black), forgiveness (red), purity (white), growth with the Holy Spirit (green) and heaven (gold). It was a wonderful time of fellowship and provided people with an opportunity to visit and share their testimonies and faith. A blessing to have received $1,800 that will help make that mission successful. The team will be leaving on the evening of December 20th and driving straight through to San Luis, Mexico across the border of Yuma, Arizona and will be back in Skagit Valley on December 29th. Please pray for traveling mercies, that the Lord will draw us closer to Himself and each other, that we will be an encouragement to our fellow believers in Mexico and that the love of Jesus will prompt many people to come to faith in Jesus Christ. We will be ministering in the local community, with different church families, the streets, rehabs and in the outlying cardboard city area.

USA  – Harvest Kids with Bishop Anthony from Africa,  December 8, 2018

What a wonderful day to welcome Delilah, 5 years old, to her first time with Harvest Kids. After crushing the aluminum cans that are recycled to support vulnerable children in Africa, Delilah was able to put her handprint on the wall while the kids played a few songs on the piano. We were able to see videos showing the believers in Africa in brightly colored dresses as they worshipped the Lord and another video showing the different ways in which Harvest Kids help the children in Africa. The kids set on the floor to count all their change and had enough, $44, to purchase 2 more of the 26 mattresses needed for the orphans at the Canaan Foundation primary school in central Uganda. They had 22 to go until an anonymous donor who had heard about the kid’s project donated enough for 10 more. That means they only have 12 to go. Mama Linda prepared a traditional African meal and the kids set on the floor just like their brothers and sisters in Africa do and as God always does, it was at that moment that Rebecca arrived with Bishop Anthony from Uganda who is visiting the USA for the first time. The kids practiced the wordless book song that they will be doing at the talent show in the evening at the Mexico trip fundraiser and enjoyed a message about what we appreciate most about “Christmas” – Our presents or His Presence. We were blessed to have Anthony share a message for the kids and then as they did some coloring, Anthony was led to share another message to the adults that were attending to support the ministry. After Harvest Kids, Madilyn, Hailey and Laly helped Rebecca Klaus make up directories for Anthony’s church families in Uganda and were able to get both their handprints on the wall that represents the 200+ kids and adults that have supported the ministry the last 5 years.

Africa  – The worth of one soul,  December 8, 2018

What a wonderful way to start this morning. We just received the testimonies of the outreaches in Burundi in November. Pr. Evariste was able to use the sound and video equipment and coordinate 7 outreaches including one location where the people said it was the first time they had heard about Jesus. 145 people accepted Jesus and the people have asked them to come back and teach them the Word of God. All together 604 people accepted Jesus and 167 were baptized. We are looking forward to getting the remaining testimonies from the other locations in central Africa. We will be able to share this good news with the Harvest Kids this morning and with those that come to the Mexico mission trip fundraiser later tonight.

USA  – Harvest Home Thursday,  December 6, 2018

Many thanks to Sheila for bringing her crazy love for Jesus to make this house a house of joy. Today the girls worked on the puzzles that they are making for the children in Mexico. We were blessed with our sister Rebecca, our friend from Anacortes, who brought Bishop Anthony Owor from Tororo, Uganda for a visit. Rebecca is working on a directory for their church families in eastern Uganda for Anthony. He is visiting the USA for the first time and will be leaving on Wednesday for Portland and then back to his family in Uganda. Anthony shared his testimony with the ladies, while George helped Rebecca with the directories that she is working on for Africa. What a wonderful time of fellowship and before Anthony left, he prayed a blessing over everyone and the Harvest Home. We are praying they will be back Saturday morning to finish their computer work they need to get done and share a little with the Harvest Kids. We will be introducing him and his ministry to Harvest Vision in Central Africa.

USA  – This is the day,  December 5, 2018

“Better is one day in your courts than a thousand elsewhere…” (Psalms 84:10)

“This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.” (Psalms 118:24)

Breakfast with Gary and other Christian men at our weekly fellowship.

Received a copy of Peace’s report card from Kampala, Uganda and she is being promoted to primary 5.

The Thompson family girls are at the Harvest Home making puzzles to take to children in Mexico on their Christmas mission team and they are cutting our felt hearts that will be used for the wordless book ministry they will be sharing at the Spaghetti feed/talent show/silent auction fundraiser at Lyman Baptist on Saturday evening and also be using as a ministry during their mission trip.

Presented a collage of photos of the Harvest Kids greenhouse project that Isaac will be presenting to the court this afternoon.

Making plans for Veronica’s last day of monitoring and witnessing her ministering to a neighbor that just needed a hug and prayer.

Linda and Ted were both at the Sedro Woolley Chamber of Commerce monthly meeting together.

Preparing donated items for the silent auction, house church tomorrow night and Harvest Kids on Saturday morning and crushed a few cans.

A chat with Martin in Africa for ministry update and Olivia in Mexico and Nate in Pierce County on the upcoming mission trip over Christmas.

House church at Kelly and Lisa Davis’s home.

Prayers and fellowship with other saints and reaching out to broken and hurting people.

Spending time in God’s Word, devotions and prayers with each other in the morning and evening.

And doing it in His Presence and in His Rest.

USA  – Progress on the greenhouse,  December 4, 2018

Many thanks to Gary for braving the cold weather to reach out to the homeless in our community and to take a few moments and stop by to give the old guys working on the greenhouse a smile and a handshake. Also, a big thank you to the many people who have already donated their time, tools and talent to the progress so far. Fred, Wayne and George were able to put the sideboards up and set the posts for the end walls yesterday. Most importantly, Wayne insisted we visit a neighbor who had a greenhouse and with that drive-by we were able to come up with the direction that the Lord is leading us on how to complete the ends and put the cover over the greenhouse. Please pray for the workers that will help us complete the greenhouse so we can begin to involve the many children and adults that, although unable to help with the construction, will begin to share their gifts and passions with one another to bring God glory and help the light and hope of Jesus shine brighter in our community and to the entire world.

Africa  – DRCongo outreach in Goma,  December 1, 2018

We are so thankful for Augustine and the faithful believers that continue to bring the life-saving message of gospel to those in Goma, in the eastern DRCongo. The community has been ravished by violence in these last few months and curfews were established to allow the military and police to provide some protection. We are thankful for the perseverance of the saints as they face these apparent obstacles, and as always, they find that God continues to open doors for the gospel if His people trust Him and are faithful. God not only provided protection for this outreach, one of the soldiers that was helping with security came to faith in Christ Jesus during the outreach. Thank you, Jesus, that what we see as obstacles, simply become opportunities if we remain faithful. God is incapable of inaction as long as there is one soul left to be saved.

USA – SW Children’s Christmas parade & Mx trip fundraiser,  December 1, 2018

Many thanks to Isaac, David, Michelle and their family for helping us share the love of Jesus by being a part of the Sedro Woolley Children’s Christmas parade. Isaac and Melody helped set up the worship trailer which the Sedro Woolley Chamber of Commerce uses as their platform for announcing the parade participants and for the judges to sit on during the parade. David and Michelle and their daughters set up tables to get donations for their family’s mission trip to Mexico over the Christmas holidays. They received $111 for their trip as people were blessed to donate for homemade cookies and zucchini bread. Thanks to Bobby at Cascade Fabrics for allowing us to set up again in front of her business. She has been a faithful partner of the ministry for years and donated a special gift that will be available at the silent auction at Lyman Baptist Church on Saturday, Dec 8th from 5-7pm. Lot’s of fellowship with many of the people that lined the streets for blocks to watch the lighting of the Christmas tree in the center of main street and to watch the beautiful parade. Many of the participants were groups from 4H, scouts, bands, dance groups and sports groups that represent the many opportunities that God has blessed us with in our community. We were able to share the love of Jesus with people that we met for the first time and were encouraged by other believers that we have been acquainted with in the last 23 years of Christian ministry in our community.

USA – Pr. Simon in north Kenya needs our help,  November 30, 2018

  We are blessed to have Pr. Simon and his wife, Rose, and their family serving as the Harvest Vision coordinator along the north border of Kenya and Ethiopia and reaching the people that belong to many different tribes. Because Pr. Simon’s father was stolen as a child and raised in a different tribe than his own, Simon doesn’t really know which tribe he is a member of so through his faith in Jesus Christ, he belongs to them all. We were able to give him the old ministry car because travel is so difficult when he started a few years ago but it couldn’t hold up to the lack of roads that had to be traveled. We began a search for a vehicle that could possible hold up and were sure we could acquire one for about $7,000 and we have been blessed to have received a donation to meet that need. The reality is that the costs of at least a small Toyota truck that would hold up and have repair parts available is now $9,000 and then we would need insurance. Please join us in prayer and, if you are prompted, please help us meet this need so these people can be reached with the good news of Jesus Christ.

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

USA – Blogs, news and video,  November 28, 2018

  We are excited that our sister, Joanna, has learned how to put videos on the www.harvestvisionministries.org website and we encourage you to check our first one. It is the Mexico mission trip of June 2018 with a team led by Nate Lenhart from Bonney Lake, WA with Angie Fields, the Mexico trip coordinator from Lyman, WA. Just log on to the website and go to “Ministry around the World’, then “Mexico” and the video will be accessible from the bottom of the page.

   We are also aware that many people for a variety of reason have chosen to no longer use Facebook. If you are a Facebook user, we are hoping that you are following “Harvest Vision Ministries” at 9467 Pierce Lane, Sedro Woolley, WA for continual updates about the ministry and the variety of ways in which the Holy Spirit is directing His Body as Jesus prepares the Church to be His Bride.

   For those that are not getting our monthly newsletter, you can contact us at email: harvestvision21@msn.com or call 360-421-8811 or 360-421-8812 and give us your name and address to be added to the mailing list or to receive it electronically. Obviously, the newsletter only reveals a snapshot of the over-all ministry in the USA, Mexico, Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda, Burundi, South Sudan and the DRCongo.

For those that would like to have a continual update, outside of the Harvest Vision Ministries Facebook page, please check out the website blogs for updates and the condensed monthly news that is listed under “Ministry around the World” for the USA, Mexico and Africa.

USA – Welcome home to Pr. Joe & Nellie Miller , November 28, 2018

Fond memories of May 2017, when Pr. Joe & Nellie Miller renewed their wedding vows with six other couples at Lyman Baptist Church. Joe had been pastoring with the Assembly of God for 47 years and they were preparing for their 50th wedding anniversary on that upcoming August 4th. A year ago, Joe & Nellie responded to the call of God and left the church family they had been pastoring, Sedro Woolley Community Church, and relocated to shepherd two small church families in eastern Washington, one on the Colville Indian Reservation and the other on the Spokane Indian Reservation. That season is now over for them and they will be loading the moving van on Dec 17th and moving back to Skagit Valley on Dec 18th and are in need of our prayers and support. They will tentatively be staying with George and Linda Henson, unless or until they can find other accommodations. Please pray for them as they enter this new season of their lives. We are blessed to have this faithful shepherd and his family coming back to the Skagit Valley to continue their ministry.

1) Pray that the seeds of faith they have planted in this last year will continue to grow and all the believers , including other pastors and leaders, will continue to be encouraged by Joe & Nellie’s teaching, example and encouragement.

2) Pray that they will have the support and help they need to pack up all their belongings and have adequate closure for any other issues that need to be completed before they leave.

3) Pray for a storage place for their belongings while they seek the Lord’s provision for a home for themselves and their grandson, Justin.

4) Pray for a home they can afford on their very small fixed income.

5) Pray that Justin will be able to find suitable employment to help out the family. Prior to moving, he worked for Walmart but was unable to resume that on the east side because they were too far away from the nearest store.

They will be at the parsonage the majority of the time as they prepare to leave and can be reached at their home phone: 509-315-2092. Joe’s cell phone is 360-630-1231 although reception if not very good. If you have any questions about possible storage or housing, you can also contact George at 360-421-8811.

USA – Smokey Pt Rest Area ministry, November 23-26, 2018

Many thanks to everyone who helps support the “face I can see, hand I can touch” ministry that reaches out to weary travelers that stop by the rest area along the interstate. For everyone that takes the time to bake or purchase cookies and other baked goods and for those that travel back and forth and give of their time to be available at the rest area, we know that it pleases the Father that you would choose to be His ambassadors. It is such a blessing to witness people expressing their gratitude that someone would be kind enough to greet them with a smile, a kind word and offer them something hot to drink and something delicious to satisfy their hunger. We are continually blessed to share a few moments in these people’s lives that they might relate all the good things that they would see in us to their loving Father in heaven who is offering them an eternal and never-ending loving relationship. For the truth is, soon the coffee cup will be empty and the cookie will be gone, and so will the friendly face that greeted them. Our hope is that they will be reminded of or begin a relationship with the Father through Jesus Christ, who will never leave them or forsake them, even when their last earthly road trip is completed. Thank you for giving us the opportunity to “serve, rather than be served.”

USA – Harvest Kids, November 24, 2018

   Many thanks to Linda, Madi and Hailey for getting the lunch ready for the Harvest Kids. It was a little chilly, but the kids crushed cans until they filled one large bag that will help fund their projects for vulnerable children in Africa. Afterwards, they counted their change and had enough to pay for two of the 26 mattresses needed for the orphans that live at the Canaan Foundation primary school in central Uganda. A pretty ambitious project with the costs of each mattress at $22 but they are key in keeping the kids healthy. Many thanks to Veronica, Shels, Linda and Wayne for helping today. After the kids said hi to Walker, Wayne’s wonder dog, they practiced the wordless book song they will be singing at the talent show on Dec 8th and that the team going to Mexico will be using for outreach on their mission trip. After a feisty cup challenge game, we sang Happy Birthday in English and Spanish to those having birthdays in October, including our co-laborers in Mexico and Africa, before having lunch. Wayne shared some of this science that is involved in the aquaphonics portion of the greenhouse that the kids are helping build at their home on the Samish River. The lesson was on Thanksgiving and we read about the first Thanksgiving in the USA in 1621, when the Plymouth colonists and the local Native Americans shared their meals together. We learned the difference between “thanks” (expressing gratefulness) and “thanksgiving” (an act of expressing gratefulness). It is beautiful to witness these young believers wanting to do those things that show the Lord how much they love Him by wanting to help others.

“Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise; give thanks to Him and praise His Name.” (Psalms 100:4)

USA – Fundraiser for Mexico Christmas mission trip, November 24, 2018

We are excited to help host a fundraiser to support a family of six from Hamilton, WA that want to spend the Christmas holidays sharing the love of Jesus with those less fortunate in San Luis, Mexico. Over the Christmas holidays we will be helping ministries that are reaching out to people that are in drug and alcohol rehabs, prison and in cardboard city on the outskirts of the city. This family is hand-making gifts that will be used to bless the people there and will help connect them to the love of God. We would appreciate your prayers and support for this family. We will be at the Lyman Baptist Church, starting the dinner at 5pm and concluding the evening and silent auction at 7pm. Suggested donation for dinner is $5 per person or $20 for a family of 4 or more. During the evening, for those that would like to participate, the kids are expecting to put on a short talent show and would like a $2 donation for their efforts. Please invite your family and friends. It is special to support a family that is willing to make this sacrifice at this time of the year. If you have an item or items that you can donate for the silent auction or would like to help in some other way, please contact Linda t 360-421-8812 or Shells at 360-319-5267.

USA & Mexico – Prayer requests, November 24, 2018

    Please join with us in prayer as we lift up Pr. David & Faye Nichols that pastor the Sedro Woolley Community Church. David has been on dialysis for a few years and recently lost his leg to an infection. He will be in Life Care Center in Sedro Woolley for about 4-6 weeks before being able to go home. His wife, Faye, recently had a tumor removed but because of some other areas of concern is scheduled to undergo 6 months of chemo.

    Pr. Joe & Nellie Miller, that left Sedro Woolley Community Church a year ago to pastor to Native American church families on the Spokane and Colville Indian Reservations in eastern Washington, will be returning to Sedro Woolley on December 18th and they are in need of a place to store their household items until they are able to find a home.

    Also keep in prayer our sister, Cheryl Walsh and her husband, Rod. Cheryl helps with the homeless ministry in Skagit Valley and is a strong supporter of the ministry efforts in central Africa. Rod has been under treatment for cancer and the family needs our prayers.

We recently talked to Olivia who, with her husband, Miguel, over-see the ministry in Mexico. They are concerned about the violence associated with the caravan of immigrants that has been gathering at the border which is impacting the residents of the border towns and could possibly result in border closures over the December holiday season. Please pray for wisdom for the leaders and the people in these communities.

Africa  – Nalidi sanitary napkins project, November 22, 2018

    Nalidi Grace Orphan Primary School is located in eastern Uganda and was founded by Pr. Patrick Okurut who has a heart for children. When Harvest Vision Ministries first visited the school they were struggling with many issues that the staff and 300+ children and orphans were coping with. The orphans that lived at the school were often sick with malaria, suffered from diarrhea because of unclean water and tuberculosis and typhoid because of poor sleeping conditions. Harvest Vision, with the help of the Harvest Kids, has since built toilets and bathrooms, purchased mosquito nets, bunk beds, mattresses, sheets, towels and school supplies. The school had no clean safe water supply and had to carry water from almost 2 miles away, so the ministry supplied water filters until 4 years ago when they were able to help drill a well for the school. Because the school had only a small piece of land, feeding and sustaining the children was challenging. Harvest Vision was able to provide funds to purchase a piece of land adjacent to the school where the children grow their own food.

Most recently, the girls who were once little have grown and are in their puberty stage. This stage for the girls has opened up a new chapter of their lives where the older girls are undergoing menstruation. In Africa, menstruation is a taboo and no one should know you are having a period. Every week, a girl or two would miss school because they have their period and they have no sanitary pads. This drew our attention to the need of sanitary napkins for every girls in the orphan school and in the community. On November 18, 2018, the Harvest team traveled 212km from Kampala to the Nalidi Grace Orphan school to teach the girls how to make the sanitary napkins themselves and how to keep them clean and hygienic. They now have two sewing machines and the knowledge to keep the girls in school and active in their community. Most girls drop out of school because of period/menstrual related issues, but now with these facilities in place, the girls will be able to concentrate and be more successful in completing their educations. Many thanks to our co-laborers in Africa and the USA that donate to make this possible. A special thanks to our friends from Christian Connexions in Anacortes and Lynden, WA. for their support.

Africa  – October outreaches and salvations, November 19, 2018

“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.”

(Mt 28:18-20). Many thanks to everyone that prays and financially supports our co-laborers in Uganda, Kenya, Burundi, South Sudan and the DRCongo. These men and women and their families make sacrifices everyday to reach those in darkness in the communities around the areas they live. During October, they worked with other Christian leaders and church families and coordinated 31 outreaches that covered 86 days and involved over 5,000 people. Out of those that attended, 1,555 accepted Jesus and are now being discipled by local believers and being taught to become true disciples of Jesus Christ, Even now, they will be bringing others into His Kingdom through their testimonies and labors of love.

“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 15:5-7)

USA – Smokey Pt Rest Area ministry, November 19, 2018

“Come, you who are blessed by My Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave Me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave Me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited Me in, I needed clothes and you clothed Me…I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for Me.” Mt 25:34-40

Many thanks to everyone that prayed for this outreach. We were blessed to bring coffee, hot chocolate and cookies to the Smokey Pt. Rest Area on inter-state 5 to share with travelers driving north over the weekend. Many thanks to those that baked cookies and zucchini bread and for everyone that came and extended the right hand of fellowship to those passing through. We had testimonies of sharing about the ministry and hearing other believers share about the work they are doing for the Lord. We had people from Mexico, Canada and from states around the nation. People knowing that someone cares and sharing about the death of their loved ones, cancer treatments, suicides of their children, no jobs or homes, trips home for college kids to spend Thanksgiving and struggles with drugs and alcohol. Blessed to have a young man recommit his life to Christ, a volunteer gave his coat to a homeless man and finished with Pam and Linda being approached by a young man that asked them to call CPS because he could no longer take care of his 1 and 2 year old children that were in the car with no food or heat. We were also blessed to receive $440 in donations to advance the gospel of Jesus Christ to those in darkness around the world. We will be at the Smokey Pt Rest Area south bound this next weekend, Nov. 23-26, and we are in need of cookies and baked goods along with people that would like to be the “face they can see and the hand they can touch” to share the love of Jesus over the Thanksgiving weekend. This is a great opportunity to get friends and children involved by baking cookies or being available for one of the shifts. Please contact Linda at 360-421-8811 if the Lord leads you to share yourself this way – “Bread broken, wine poured out – for His glory!”

Mexico – A day in the ministry, November 17, 2018

Many thanks to Olivia for sending us some photos of their recent outreach at the park with youth groups from two different church families joining together to do dramas to spread the gospel. They also had a movie night at a couples home where they showed the Christian movie, “Courageous”. They have been having discipleship classes at the fellowship center and just finished the “13 Steps for New Believers” study and will be started the “Changed into His Image” study. They always include family into their events and we appreciate their work to “prepare and equip the saints to do the varied works of service for the benefit of the Body so that it may become mature and reflect the true image of Christ to those in darkness.

USA – Harvest Kids girl’s sleepover, November 17, 2018

After an afternoon of serving coffee, hot chocolate and cookies to weary travelers at the Smokey Pt. Rest Area on I-5, Madilyn, Hailey, Laly and Sarah joined Shells and her daughters, Kylie, Georgia, Melody and Deziray, at the Harvest Home for a girl’s sleepover. After fishing for ducks, the girl’s made bracelets out of rubber bands and then made up their own fruit smoothies to go with their pizza, Afterwards, they cut out felt hearts in black, red, white, yellow and green to use when they are telling someone the story of the wordless book. The black is for sin that represents our separation from God, the red for the forgiveness of our sin through the blood of Jesus, the white represents the way in which God sees us without our sin, the yellow represents heaven and eternal life and the green the gift of growing through the power of the Holy Spirit. They then watched “Miracles from Heaven”, before pumping up their air mattress and putting out their sleeping bags for the night. In the morning, they had pancakes and made up get well cards for their friend, Rod Walsh, and enjoyed playing in the sunshine. Afterwards, Shells and the family left to serve at the Smokey Pt. Rest Area while the others went to the testimony service with the Lyman Baptist church family. Many thanks to Shells and the older girls for helping make this special fellowship possible.