Africa – March outreach testimonies, April 17, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

$200 for Burundi vehicle repair;

$540 for heavy duty backpacks for the coordinators;

$900 for speakers and speaker repairs;

$860 for projectors and replacement lamps;

$850 for laptops and phones;

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

$630 for 15 microphones and cords.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(1 John 3:1)

USA – A sunny day sharing the love of Jesus, March 18, 2019

    Thanks for these friends that spent one of our first sunny Sundays sharing the love of Jesus for all people at this prayer vigil. Most of us met for the first time today. A 95 year old veteran B-17 pilot, a woman from Luxemburg, a former drug addict now a pastor in a ministry started after his daughter was killed by a drunk driver, recovering alcoholics now running an international ministry, a young girl adopted after her mother chose not to abort and young girls that are involved in ministry locally and in Mexico and Africa.

“God created man in his own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.” (Genesis 1:27)

“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart.” (Jeremiah 1:5a)

USA – Greenhouse is getting ready for a cover, March 11, 2019

     Many thanks to Fred and Mike for helping us get the wire mesh on the bottom sides of the greenhouse walls and get the wiggle-wire channel attached. We will be closing up the end and setting up the date to install the poly cover over the greenhouse soon. The Harvest Kids have already started seeds for the many plants that they will be growing. Once these starts are transferred into pots in the greenhouse, we will be starting the work on building the aqua-phonics section. Our sister, Rebecca, is busy crafting up a sign which will be hung over the front door. More important than growing plants, we are growing true disciples of Jesus Christ.

In case you forgot how the story goes: “Now the Lord God had planted a garden in the east, in Eden, and there He put the man He had formed. The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it. The Lord God said, ‘It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.” (Genesis 2:8,15,18)

USA – Harvest Kids, March 9, 2019

Many thanks to Laly for inviting her friend, Zoe, to come and join us for breakfast and Harvest Kids this morning. After the kids fixed French toast, we went out to the cold to crush aluminum cans that will be used to support vulnerable children in Africa. The kids had come up with a new game picking up lettered tiles with their toes and spelling their names, which kept them busy until we counted their change that had been donated. They came up with the last of the $40 they needed to start the sewing ministry out of the Nalidi Grace Orphan primary school in east Uganda. They will now start raising money to complete a four classroom primary school in northwest Uganda. Lynn and Christina, from Child’s Evangelism Fellowship, came and enjoyed watching a video of the orphan boys at the Canaan Primary School in Mukono, Uganda that just received the mattresses the kids purchased for them. Afterwards, they did an interactive message out of Psalms 119:9-11, which the kids memorized and then Christina gave a message about David’s defeat of Goliath. After the message, they enjoyed going out in the sun and trying a slingshot to knock down Goliath before planting seeds for the new greenhouse being built. Then, the kids joined George for an hour of praying on the sidewalk in Mt. Vernon for the born and unborn.

Africa – The joy of the Lord, March 3, 2019

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

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

To Jesus and it should be for us, “to seek” was not an event, an outreach or a once a month program, it was His lifestyle.

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

   We are so blessed to pray and financially support our co-laborers in central Africa. They and their families have committed their time, resources and giftings to bring the light of the truth to everyone in darkness in their communities and nations. They have simply revealed to us: This is our need.

   “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 sees 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 or tongue but with actions and in truth.” (1 John 3:16-18)

    During the month of February, these faithful servants coordinated 32 outreaches and witnessed 3,204 people come to faith in Jesus Christ. Now, they work with local church families to ensure they are taught how to be true disciples.

Jesus said, “Rejoice with Me; I have found My lost sheep. I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent.” (Luke 15:5-7) Each one special and what a privilege to rejoice with the Father and the angels in heaven for almost 5 people every hour of the day in the month are bringing us joy.

USA – Dancing for Jesus, March 3, 2019

A fun afternoon with Cheryl and Tia. It is a joy to witness these beautiful expressions of love as we are learning to worship Jesus by giving Him our undevoted attention. The younger kids have their own way of showing God’s love by their joy of being together on this sunny day. We welcome anyone that wants to come and learn about messianic dancing to come and join with Cheryl at the Harvest Home, 9467 Pierce Lane, Sedro Woolley on March 24 and April 14 from 2-4pm.

    Jesus said, “Open your eyes and look to the fields, they are ripe for harvest.” He also asked His followers to “pray to the Lord of the harvest that He would send workers.” We have been blessed to have relationships with co-laborers in central Africa that have chosen to make their greatest “need” the seeking and saving those that are lost and we are committed to helping them with their need.

“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 sees his brother in ‘need’ but has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him?” (1 John 3:16-17)

     Today we received the first report for February from Pr. Evariste, who over-sees outreaches in Burundi where they had 7 outreaches with 394 people accepting Jesus and have already baptized 60 of them. We are blessed knowing they are being taught how to be true disciples of Jesus Christ. We also just received photos this morning from the outreach that Pr. Simon is currently doing in Samburu, Kenya. He travels and stays in a small tent with the sound and video system ministering to small tribes with many different languages along the Kenya and Ethiopia border. We are blessed to be able to support them and help him with the needs of his family as he spends his time in the harvest fields.

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

USA – Saturday at CEF, Skagit Fisheries and the Harvest Home, March 2, 2019

Many thanks to Isaac who was able to come early this morning to take Sarah to the Skagit Fisheries Enhancement Group community outreach outside of Sedro Woolley. They gather together to pot small trees that will later be planted along creeks and streams in our county to protect the habitat for the future. That allowed George and Linda to attend a special Child’s Evangelism Fellowship celebration to raise awareness and allow testimonies from a young 18 year old girl that has chosen to dedicate her future to reaching children in Skagit County through the ministry and another young couple with two children that are leaving Whatcom County and moving to Sri Lanka, an island off the coast of India, to reach the people there through the ministry. Later, we enjoyed fellowship and a movie at the Harvest Home and then Madilyn and Hailey helped unload and stack bolts of material that had been donated from Bryant Community Church to support the sewing ministry in Mexico. These two will be spending their school springbreak, along with others, in Mexico sharing the love of Jesus to the people south of the border.

USA – Unplanned and unwanted, March 1, 2019

We are looking forward to God showing the world His Glory through the tragedy of abortion. What God could prevent with His Power, He allows because of His Wisdom. Every baby created by God is for His Glory, in His Image and Eternal. The world, apart from God, must decide what is good and what is evil about pregnancy, wanted and planned or unwanted and unplanned. The attitude of most everyone about wanted pregnancy is joyful. The Kingdom minded Christian is different because they know to thank God and they want the child to know they belong to God - but overall, they are both joyful. The real difference is our attitude about unplanned or unwanted pregnancy. The Kingdom minded Christian is always joyful because in God’s heart and mind, there is no such thing as an “unplanned or unwanted” pregnancy.

“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before your were born I set you apart…” Jeremiah 1:5a

USA – Smokey Pt. Rest Area ministry, February 25, 2019

Thanks to everyone that supported the outreach ministry at the Smokey Pt. Rest Area on I-5 this weekend. As usual, many people donated nice home-made cookies and other volunteers were available to greet travelers with a hot cup of coffee or chocolate and something sweet to tickle their tongues and warm their stomachs. Most of all, we were able to share the love of the Father along with the right hand of fellowship. Our friends that we had the opportunity to serve also responded with $300 that will be used to support the over-all ministry and bring still others into the kingdom. Jesus said, “I was hungry and you fed Me. I was thirsty and you gave Me something to drink. As much as you did it to the least of these, you did it to Me.”

Africa – January testimonies, February 25, 2019

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. Then the Father will give you whatever you ask in My Name. This is my command: Love each other.” (John 15:13-17)

We are so blessed and encouraged to be able to pray and support our co-laborers in central Africa that sacrifice so much to coordinate outreaches in their respective areas. They spent 75 days in the field coordinating 26 outreaches in the month of January that witnessed 2,247 coming to faith in Jesus Christ and receiving their rightful inheritance.

The Apostle Paul said, “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things.” (Philippians 3:8)

The thought that is echoing in my mind is that an average of 3 people every hour, 24 hours a day for 31 days in January were born again and joined us in the kingdom. What a wonderful return on investment.