USA – Harvest Vision garage sale, July 14, 2019

    Many thanks to everyone that has been supporting the Harvest Vision Ministries garage sale that we have been having at 9467 Pierce Lane in Sedro Woolley. Lot’s of fellowship from our community and from right in our small neighborhood. We have raised over $500 that will help fund sustainability projects for our coordinators and their families in different countries in central Africa. It is a blessing to hear about all the things that people are doing to share the love of Jesus to different parts of our community. Some of our neighbors took on the task of helping paint blocks and stain boards for a outside fellowship area at the harvest home for our neighborhood. Please remember you can drop off aluminum cans for the Harvest Kids anytime and the kids are currently collecting change to finish building a school for vulnerable children in northwest Uganda. Kids serving other kids – what a concept for this day and age.

“How good and pleasant it is when brothers live together in unity.” Psalm 133:1  

USA – Harvest Kids, July 14, 2019

    Many thanks to everyone that prays and helps with the Harvest Kids, including those that donate their aluminum cans and those that have donated change to help the kids with their projects to help vulnerable children in central Africa. The kids started their meeting today crushing cans and then enjoying the parachute games, before going in to start counting the change that was donated for their next project. They started working last year, mostly selling sweet corn that was donated by a local farmer, to get the money to start a school for vulnerable children in northwest Uganda that were meeting under a tree. That provided the money to start building a four classroom facility and in the last two weeks they sent $470 to put the tin on the roof. Today, they started raising the $1,818 needed to finish the school. They counted $120.28 that was donated. We are blessed that the same farmer has again planted corn and in a few weeks the kids will start harvesting and making it available at the Harvest Home, 9467 Pierce Lane in Sedro Woolley and at Walker Motor Works, 9430 State Avenue in Marysville. After lunch, we talked about our faith in God being the center of our lives using the verse that is in the center of the bible: “It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in man.” Psalm 118:8. When asked, the kids estimated there could be about 50 oranges on a tree and about 4 seeds in each orange, then they were asked: “How many oranges are in one seed?” Great discussion and we were reminded that the word of God in our hearts is like a seed and can be spread to share the love of Jesus throughout the world. The kids then played the M&M game, picking an M&M and sharing an event that matched the emotion they had picked previously for each color to represent. Lot’s of fun and a great way for the kids to learn more about each other. We were blessed that Samantha, who came for the first time, got to put her handprint on the wall. Afterwards, we visited the Harvest Kids greenhouse and aquaponics project at Wayne and Rebecca Watne’s where they spent some time weeding the garden. After getting home, Cathy helped Linda roll the change and Stacy spoiled them with some Rocky Road. What a special time to witness these young people learning to serve rather than be served. This next week they will be making cookies and helping with the I-5 Smokey Pt. Rest Area ministry and handing out flyers in the neighborhood for the Child’s Evangelism Fellowship 5-day club that will be Mon-Fri, July 22-26, at the Harvest Home, 9467 Pierce Lane, Sedro Woolley from 10-noon. For information call George 360-421-8811 or Veronica 425-244-2525.   

USA – Make your choice wisely, July 14, 2019

We as the Church are in the valley of decision. Each one must make their choice wisely.

“There are times when God sends thunder to stir us. There are times when God sends blessings to lure us. But then there are times when God sends nothing but silence as he honors us with the freedom to choose where we spend eternity.” Max Lucado

"It was He who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists and some to be pastors and teachers to prepare God's people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ. Then we will no longer by infants, tossed back and forth by the waves and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of men in their deceitful scheming. Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into Him who is the Head, that is, Christ. From Him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work." Eph 4:11-16

"Finally, be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power. Put on the full armor of God so that you can stand against the devil's schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms." Eph 6:10-12

Africa – Go and make disciples, July 102, 2019

    “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.” (Mt 28:18-20)

    “This is love for God: to obey His commands.” (1 Jn 5:3)

    “Will I be found faithful?” That is a question we face every day in our journey of faith. Jesus asked another question: “When the Son of Man comes, will He find faith on earth?” (Lk 18:8)

    Jesus promised to never leave us or forsake us. He also said because He has all authority, we are to go and make disciples of all nations. Fruit that last. I am so thankful to have the opportunity to pray and financially support our co-laborers in central Africa that sacrifice every day to go and make disciples. In the month of June, 2,742 people became disciples through the authority that Jesus has. Even though we are over 10,000 miles away, we have peace that passes all understanding because we know that over 80 people every day became His disciple and someday we will be with Him and them in the new heaven and earth. If anyone that is reading this finds a greater joy than glorifying the Father by glorifying His Son, I am open to that conversation.

Jesus asked another question: “Why do you call Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say?” (Lk 6:46)

Africa – Reaching the lost in South Sudan, July 10, 2019

   “If you make the Most High your dwelling – even the Lord, who is my refuge – then no harm will befall you, no disaster will come near your tent. For He will command His angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways.” Psalm 91:9-10

   Prossy, the Harvest Vision coordinator for South Sudan, and our other co-laborers came to Nimule along the Uganda border to share the gospel with those in this community. The gospel has never been preached to many in the community and never to the schools or prison. They set up the sound equipment and after a short time a soldier came to kill them because they were making “noise”, almost immediately the Lord sent other soldiers that arrested him and took him away. The gospel was preached in different schools and to the 280 men and women in the prison. The prison has no toilets and the men and women are together. In order to keep the women safe, the men are chained together every night. Everyone sleeps on the bare ground. The Lord touched their hearts and many men, women and children were saved. We are praying that God will continue to provide for these people and many will respond to help meet the basic needs of these people. We are praying to provide solar-powered audio bibles in their language because many of them are unable to read.           

Africa – Multitudes in the valley of decision, July 8, 2019

   “Proclaim this among the nations: Prepare for war! Rouse the warriors! Let all the fighting men draw near and attack. Beat your plowshares into swords and your pruning hooks into spears. Let the weakling say, ‘I am strong!’ Come quickly, all you nations from every side, and assemble there. Bring down your warriors, O Lord! Swing the sickle, for the harvest is ripe. Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision! For the day of the Lord is near in the valley of decision.” (Joel 3:9-11, 14)

   We just received the testimonies from our coordinators in NW Uganda and NE DRCongo that during 15 days in June they organized 5 outreaches and 563 new believers were born again and received the free gift of eternal life with God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. We pray the Blood of Jesus over each and everyone and for the many that will come to faith in Christ as they share their testimonies with others and begin their journey as true disciples washed in His Word.

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

   I pray that everyone that takes a moment to read this post will join together with Jesus and all the saints in celebration.

   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 that repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent.” (Luke 15:5-7)    

Africa – Setting the captives free, July 7, 2019

    We are encouraged to have received testimonies from some of the coordinators in central Uganda who shared about the 434 people that were saved during 10 of the outreaches in June. Over 150 of them have already been baptized. One of those being saved was a witchdoctor who burned all his witchcraft items and as a family of seven they received Christ and have taken their place in the Kingdom. We thank God for the sacrifices our co-laborers and their families make every day to bring the gospel to those in these remote communities.

    We are currently needing donations to help with 8 sustainability projects that will help our co-laborers and their families meet their basic needs. These are developed by praying and working with each family to discern what is needed and what they are called and best capable of maintaining on a day to day basis. They include a pig farm, a uniform tailoring & retail business, a small wholesale business, a motorbike and help with a pineapple farm. The coordinators and their families ae able to over-see these without needing continual funds from anyone. They range in cost from $461 to $3,000.

    We are also prayerfully asking donations for 3 new sets of sound and video equipment and monthly support for new coordinators for the Wambuti pygmy tribe on Idjwe Island in Lake Kivu in the DRCongo, the scattered tribes in north Kenya and southern parts of South Sudan and Ethiopia and the town centers along the eastern Uganda and western Kenya border.

    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 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. Because we are an all-volunteer ministry, less than 2% of our donations are needed for administration costs.

USA – Sedro Woolley July 4th parade, July 4, 2019

   Thanks to everyone that joined with us for the Sedro Woolley July 4th parade. We are thankful that this year Olivia and Mayela from San Luis, Mexico were able to join with us. The kids gave out over 16,000 pieces of candy all anointed with the love of Jesus. Thanks to Marcelle Jones and Armando Lopez for using their gifts of music to share the gospel of Jesus Christ throughout the parade, Gabe and others that opening sharing their love for Jesus and to each and every one that came to join in the festivities. What is important is that we were able to witness that we are not ashamed of gospel because it is the only thing that produces fruit that last. Thanks to Jim & Terri and Fred & Denelle for loaning us the trailers, Stacy, Isaac, Linda and Jen for decorating, Cheryl and Gary for driving and for Sheila and Veronica for keeping the kids supplied with water and candy throughout the parade. Thanks to Blake, Kylee, Rabecca and Amber for helping the kids doing their ministry.

USA – Harvest Kids greenhouse & aquaponics, June 21, 2019

   Many thanks to Linda for taking the Harvest Kids out visit the greenhouse and garden at Wayne & Rebecca Watnes. Thanks to Wayne’s hard work, we had a garden to relocate the starts from the greenhouse. We have also been blessed to populate the raised beds at the Harvest Home with some luscious vegetables. Wayne has already built a mini-aquaponics project, complete with tilapia (fish) to provide nutrients to the water that will be used to start seeds and raise plants. The larger aquaponics system will include all three methods of aquaponics plant growing. We will start the construction of the larger system after the July 4th festivities. We hope everyone gets to come and check out this as we move more into the summer months.   

USA – Harvest Kids, June 22, 2019

We had only Madi and Hailey for Harvest Kids because others were sick or had other end of school plans but they helped move the horse trailer that we use for loading garage sale items so we would have a place to park the trailer that we will be using for the July 4th parade. After crushing some cans, they counted the money they had collected and plus the money for the recycled cans had $113 to put toward the $470 needed for the iron sheets for the roof of the Fountains of Hope primary school in NW Uganda. After they filled in the thermometer they use to see how much they have collected so far, Fred showed up with the trailer. When Fred found out how close they were to accomplishing their goal, he helped top of the rest of the money needed and we are now able to send the money this week for the roof on the school. After a lunch prepared by Linda, we talked about what friendship means and the kids read scriptures from Proverbs and John and we made up picture frames with friendship quotes that they will be giving to their friends. After making sure the Harvest Kids “church” squirrel and bird feeder was supplied with food, Grandpa took Hailey back to Granite Falls for her first ever sleepover with friends and Madilyn helped Grandma make cookies for the rest area ministry the first of the week.

USA – Harvest Kids Alert, June 17, 2019

     A few years ago we had the privilege of visiting with Pr. Christopher, one of our newest coordinators in northwest Uganda. We met with his family and pastors from Uganda and the northeast DRCongo that he was working with. We also visited a “school” of local primary children that were meeting in the shade of a tree that he had started. Obviously, more children came to get at least the start of an education, but with no building or even a roof it was difficult. After we shared this with the Harvest Kids they started a project to get enough money to purchase some poles and iron sheets to build a simple cover for the school. A local farmer had agreed to plant some corn for the kids here in Skagit Valley to harvest and sell and they were able to raise $1,570 that would put up a roof. In the interim, Pr. Christopher, had managed to purchase a 2 acre property for a school, so he was led to use the money to start the construction of a four classroom school. The local community, including the children helped, and they have been successful in getting the floor and walls up and have built an outside toilet. A few months ago, the kids started gathering change to purchase the 60 iron sheets needed to cover the building and walls before the rainy season starts and damages the mud bricks before they can be plastered. As of last Harvest Kids, they had raised $274 of the $470 they need. Unfortunately, Pr. Christopher, called this week to let us know that the heavy rain season has started sooner than expected. We are sending support money to Africa next week, so we are calling a Harvest Kid alert, that includes our “older” Harvest Kids, hoping they will pray and bring donations to help the kids get the last $196 that is needed to get these iron sheets on the school.

     You can drop off any donations at the Harvest Home, 9467 Pierce Lane, Sedro Woolley or if possible, come to the Harvest Kids meeting this Saturday, June 22 at the same address from 10am-12:30pm. You can also make contributions on line at the www.harvestvisionministries.org website. The exciting thing is that the same farmer has already planted even more corn and the kids are confident they will raise all the money needed to finish the school and help the teachers and the 90 primary children that are currently attending. They will be harvesting the corn and making it available at the Harvest Home in Sedro Woolley, Walker Motor Works in Marysville and other locations that will be determined later. We are encouraged by these young people that have become true disciples of Jesus Christ by serving instead of always being expected to be served. The Harvest Home is open for fellowship Tue-Fri from 10am-4pm if you would like to stop by and find out more about the Harvest Kids and their amazing ministry.           

USA – Father’s Day memories, June 17, 2019

What comfort and wisdom we can find in God’s Word.

“Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland.” (Isaiah 43:18-19)

“Remember the former things, those of long ago; I am God, and there is no other; I am God and there is none like Me. I make known the end from the beginning, from ancient times, what is still to come.” (Isaiah 46:9-10)

This is not a contradiction, it is a choice.

“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. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me – put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.” (Philippians 4:8-9)

It is with mixed emotions that we think about our earthly fathers on this day. Both, Linda and my earthly fathers have passed away.

    My father was Joe Henson. He was often critical and hard on himself and others and not one to show much emotion. So much I wish some things could have been different for him and our family. But he was disciplined, self-taught and organized and took responsibility for taking care of the physical needs of our family. He taught me how to build, budget and take care of money and be a good steward of what the Lord entrusted to me. Myself, my family and many people through my journey of life have been blessed and benefited from the things he taught me. I am now almost 72 years old and I remember when I was 25 and mom and dad found out I had got clean and sober (through the grace of God). My mother wrote me a letter and it included a typed scrape of paper that he asked her to include for me. I have never forgot what it said. “Anxiety is the measure of a man’s distance he is from God.” And, “Anger is what gets a man in trouble but pride is what keeps him there.”     

     Linda’s father was Roy Jones. Because of choices she was not able to be a part of, Linda was raised absent and apart from her father. Although, she was blessed with a wonderful, crazy and loving step-father, we were blessed to meet Roy later in our lives after we were married and we became a part of his wonderful family in Alaska, that includes a step-mom and brothers and sisters that we have come to love. Roy was full of joy and brought humor with love into our lives and it is the best description of what we see in our family there and we hope others might see in us.

    God’s Word says, “Give everyone what you owe him: if respect, then respect; if honor, then honor.”

 (Romans 13:7)

“Lord Jesus, on this day that we all think about our Father in Heaven, we thank you for our earthly fathers and the things that we have learned about You and about ourselves because you gave them to us. In Jesus Name, Amen”

USA – Fishers of men, June 17, 2019

“Come and follow Me,’ Jesus said, ‘and I will make you fishers of men.” (Mt. 4:19)

We are so blessed to see the fruit of everyone’s prayers, labor and donations as the Harvest Kids greenhouse has now been completed, seeds have been planted, plants tended and have now found a home in the garden that Wayne has prepared. Some of the other plants are now living to grow and be harvested in Linda’s garden and others are available wherever they are needed. Now, we are ready to start building the aquaponics portion of the project which will be growing fish (probably tilapia to start) and then using that nutrient-rich water to grow crops. Wayne has decided he would like to have the kids see all three types of aquaponics farming methods. The Nutrient Film Technique (NFT) will be using 4-20’ sections of PVC with holes about every 12-15” in the top. The PVC will be suspended and water will flow from the fish tank through the PVC and the plants will root and draw their nutrients from the water flowing underneath. The Grow Bed/Ebb technique will allow the water to flow from the PVC into a bed of soil-less growing medium (lava rock or gravel) and a bell-siphon system will pump the water level up and down helping the roots draw the oxygen needed along with the water to be healthy. The Raft/Deep Water Culture (DWC) technique uses perforated styrofoam floating on the water before it goes back into the fish tank. An ambitious project and something new for everyone. He has been able to convince a couple of other men that his training as a biologist will help us complete the work on the premise that: “Unless the Lord builds the house, the builders labor in vain.” (Ps 127:1) We are preparing to build a small aquaponics project in the greenhouse to start with. Although, we are excited about the kids getting to grow these plants, Wayne keeps us focused on the fishing aspect. It is and always has been the fulfillment of God’s vision to bring those that are lost into a personal relationship with Himself and then “grow” them to be true disciples of Jesus Christ so they become “fishers” of men. Please contact Wayne at 360-707-1981 or George at 360-421-8811 for information or directions to the greenhouse.

Africa – Fruit that last, June 16, 2019

Jesus said, “And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.” (Mt 24:14) “But I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all mento Myself.” (Jn 12:32) We are so encouraged to have received the testimonies of our co-laborers in central Africa that, along with their families, willingly make so many sacrifices to fulfill their mission to reach the lost and then help them to become true disciples of Jesus Christ. Over 1,100 accepted Jesus in May, filling that empty void in their lives and making the Church a more vital and complete representation of Christ. We appreciate everyone that prays and supports these men and women and are looking forward to an increase in giving and participation from other believers that have been called to help. We are praying that we will soon be able to fund sustainability projects for each coordinator and their family, so they can have food and money for school fees and medicine when needed, taking that burden from them and giving them peace as they continue to sacrifice their time for their mission. Because these are projects specifically set up to provide a sustained income, we can begin to use the funding that is being donated to expand to other areas and help more coordinators to reach, to win, to train and to send others into their harvest fields as ambassadors of Christ.

USA – Harvest Kids with CEF, June 8, 2019

     Many thanks to everyone that donates cans to help these kids make a difference. This morning, after crushing cans, they saw photos of the Fountains of Hope children in northwest Uganda where they are helping to build a primary school. Last fall, the kids raised enough money selling corn that a local farmer donated to start the four classroom project and this year along with their change they are collecting, they will again be blessed to pick more donated corn and hopefully complete the school. They collected from donations and others another $152 toward their goal of $470 for the 60 iron sheets for the roof leaving $196 to complete that phase. The kids also saw the photo of the field of corn that has been prepared and planted for this fall’s harvest. What a miracle of everyone working together to fulfill scripture.

   “Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.” (James 1:27)

      The beauty of obeying God’s Word is that by spending time planting and growing the corn, and then the kids picking and selling the corn, during that time of “giving” they are protected from being polluted by the world. Obeying the first commandment, fulfills the second.

     Lynn and Christine came and shared the love of Jesus with the kids through song and sharing. They always have a “Word up” theme for each visit and this time it was “Tell everyone about Jesus!” They shared a message about Jacob DeShazer, who was a pilot in WW11 and used his passion for airplanes to help fulfill his lifetime work of being a missionary. The lesson was given a personal invitation through the use of a question that Jesus asked His disciples and still asks today: “But what about you? Who do you say I am?” (Mark 16:15)

     Madilyn & Hailey were still at the Harvest Home when George and Stacey got back from the Lyman Baptist men’s retreat, giving Stacey the opportunity to find out about the ministry, get his handprint on the wall, make a donation to the kid’s project and the very next morning he had received permission to collect cans for the Harvest Kids at three of the recovery houses in Mt. Vernon. We serve an amazing God that wants all His kids to work as one family.  

Africa – Forceful men, June 4, 2019

Jesus said: “From the days of John the Baptist until now, the kingdom of heaven has been forcefully advancing, and forceful men have laid hold of it.” (Mt 11:12)

“When He came near the place where the road goes down the Mount of Olives, the whole crowd of disciples began joyfully to praise God in loud voices for all the miracles they had seen: ‘Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!’ Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to Jesus, ‘Teacher, rebuke your disciples!’ ‘I tell you,’ He replied, ‘if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out.” (Luke 19:39-40)

What greater miracle, than to hear of a lost soul coming into the kingdom! We just received testimonies from Pr. Charles from Uganda and Pr. Evariste from Burundi. They witnessed 416 people come to salvation in 10 smaller outreaches in the month of May and 100 of those believers have already been baptized. We are encouraged to know they are now being discipled in local church families and are already sharing the good news with their families, friends and others in their communities. Pr. Evariste is asking for your prayers through the month of July and August when they will be taking a group of 50 young people to 25 different communes throughout the country to share the gospel. We appreciate your continued prayers and financial support for our co-laborers throughout central Africa and are praying for an increase in partners that are willing to help bring the message of hope to those living in these areas where there is so much suffering.    

Africa – Coordinator’s Conference mission trip, May 17-26, 2019

Fri-Sat (May 17-18)

Many thanks to everyone that has prayed and donated to make the coordinator’s conference in central Africa possible and to Mike and Linda that got up at 1am Friday morning to take the team and our 18 pieces of luggage to the airport in Seattle. George, Wayne and Dan attended the conference last year and were joined by Dan’s son, Noah, and Pam who helps as admin coordinator for the ministry in the USA. Wayne is the Harvest Vision liaison to Africa and Dan is the Harvest Vision Ministries liaison in Pierce County, WA. We traveled to New York, Belgium and Rwanda before arriving in Uganda Saturday night. Only 8 of our bags arrived, but we were greeted by our wonderful co-laborers and that “problem’ lost any power to steal our joy as we loaded up to fellowship and travel to our guesthouse in Kampala where we held our conference last year. Thank you Jesus and bless our families that released us to be faithful and make this journey. 

Sunday, May 19

What a blessing to be greeted by our friends at the guesthouse and after a few hours rest to meet with Evariste, from Burundi, Augustine, from the DRCongo and David, from north Uganda. We were blessed to attend the Kibuli Harvest Church Fellowship, visit with Pr. Alex and his family, and have lunch with Pr. Martin and Beatrice at their home. We visited the new home that they are building to expand the ministry and spent the rest of the evening greeting, eating, sharing and praying with our other co-laborers from other parts of Uganda, DRCongo, Kenya and South Sudan. 

Monday,  May 20

“The will to win is useless without the will to prepare.” Thanks to everyone, especially Pam from the USA and Susan in Africa, for helping prepare and set up for this conference which brought us together to give God praise for His work in our lives and for the many souls that have been saved. We praised and prayed together, introduced ourselves, viewed photos of last year’s conference and heard testimonies of the ongoing ministry in the different regions and countries which included wonderful testimonies and the challenges that we are currently facing every day. “And my God will meet all your needs according to His glorious riches in Christ Jesus”. Thanks to everyone that donated to help supply the ministry supplies that enable our co-laborers to complete these missions. Beautiful dresses and shorts for vulnerable children made by the Stitched for Joy” ministry in Arlington, WA and thanks to Yeager’s Sporting Goods in Bellingham, WA that helped us with the tents, mats, backpacks and other items. Thanks to everyone for the projectors, generator, stabilizer, sleeping bags, smart phones, laptops and other supplies. 

Tuesday, May 21

Many thanks to David from north Uganda for leading our morning worship with the words of these songs. “I surrender all to You, withholding nothing and I’ll give myself away so You can use me.” Martin started with reminding everyone about our original vision and the importance of ensuring we are helping new believers become true disciples after they are saved. We heard testimonies about the ministry in the rest of the areas and then shared and prayed for the answers and direction for some of our biggest challenges in advancing the kingdom. We were blessed to have others join us, including Pr. Moses from Mpigi, Uganda who was introduced to Harvest Vision Ministries through the Stitched for Joy ministry in Arlington, WA. God is always bringing us together with other leaders and ministries so we can work together to reach, to win, to train and to send. We were privileged to distribute printed bibles donated by the Club One church family in Pierce County and solar-powered audio bibles in 14 different languages, many of which will go to scattered and unreached tribes along the Kenya and Ethiopia border. The audio bibles, as well as the water filters that were distributed to the coordinators, were donated by our friends from The King’s Storehouse ministry from Ferndale, WA. The coordinator’s shared testimonies about how the water filters provide clean water eliminating typhoid and other diseases. They are simple, easy to use, gravity-fed and each one filters 1 million gallons of water. We heard testimonies about how the audio bibles are bringing God’s Word to many of the nomadic tribes that don’t have schools and where the people can’t read or write. We also shared and prayed about sustainability projects for each coordinator’s family that they can use to provide the income they need to take care of their personal and family needs, including a home, food and school fees for their children. We finished our evening with praise and prayer, filled with joy and a hint of sadness as many had to leave to return to their families and their place in God’s harvest field remembering that “nothing can separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus”.

Wednesday, May 22

We woke up to a beautiful Africa morning and in the midst of friends that work at the guesthouse and our co-laborers that are preparing to return to their homes and families. At the same time, Martin, Susan and Kennedy are preparing everyone for their travels, including our USA team’s travel to visit the ministry in Nebbi in NW Uganda. Our van driver, George, got us safely to Wobulenzi, about 2 hours away from Kampala and our van broke down. While local mechanics worked, we enjoyed meeting the local people including the children. We played and shared the love of Jesus and commissioned them as the Wobulenzi Harvest Kids to continue to share the love of Jesus with the community after we leave to continue our trip. After having lunch at a small local restaurant, we completed our 5 hour unexpected, but not unplanned (by God), mission and George, our driver, got us to our guesthouse about midnight where we were greeted by a friendly staff, a nice dinner and good accommodations. We are prayerfully excited for God to reveal His plan for this new day. Thanks to our family and friends in the USA that are on this journey with us. 

Thursday, May 23

Many thanks to the Kucwiny Women’s group and others that welcomed us when we arrived at the village where Pr. Christopher and his family that live in NW Uganda. Christopher is the Harvest Vision coordinator for this area which is adjacent to the border of the DRCongo. It was a heart-warming reunion for those of us that visited here before and a special blessing for those that are meeting this part of the Harvest Vision family for the first time. After our welcome at Pr. Christopher’s home, we walked to the nearby church for the women’s conference. After the team introduced themselves, Pam shared a message about Esther and Mary from the bible and Susan shared a message about what it means to be a child of God. Dan delivered the gospel message and Chris made an invitation and many made a decision to accept Jesus Christ. We are thankful for the healings and deliverances that the Lord poured out today. The team from Kampala and the USA prayed over the Kucwiny church leaders that God has positioned to minister to the needs of the people in this community. After lunch in the village, the team walked back to the church.

The children had a special program for the visiting team from Kampala and the USA. The kids had prepared many songs, dances and a skit for us and we were so blessed that so many adults had come together to give God glory and praise. Susan shared the story of Noah and there were words of encouragement from the team. Many children and adults responded to the call of salvation. Afterwards, we visited the location of the Fountain of Hope primary school and Chris shared the vision for the school. The USA team brought frisbees that had been signed by friends in the USA including the Harvest Kids who are currently collecting their change to pay for 60 iron sheets that will be installed to prevent the rains from destroying the brick walls of the new school. We ask that you pray for the Harvest Kids in the USA that are sacrificing to meet that goal. They have $100 of the $470 needed. If you would like to help them, you can drop off your change or donation at the Harvest Home, 9467 Pierce Lane, Sedro Woolley, WA or Walker Motor Works, 9430 State Ave, Marysville, WA; mail it to PO Box 733, Sedro Woolley, WA, 98284 or donate electronically online at www.harvestvisionministries.org

Friday, May 24

We hadn’t got very far traveling back in the morning when we had another van breakdown, but were soon on the road and were blessed to see elephants, baboons, monkeys, gazelles and water buffalos on our trip back to Kampala.  

Saturday, May 25

Our last morning in Africa and we are on our way to visit Pr. Jonathan at the Canaan Foundation primary school in Mukono, Uganda. We have been friends and supporters of his ministry in this community for over 10 years and have witnessed him, the students, the teachers and community endure incredible challenges and have seen many young people get an education and, more importantly, receive their salvation through faith in Jesus Christ. Few benches or desks or textbooks and cooking meals for over 200 children over open fires, but the love of God, the children and this community perseveres. We visited the classroom the boys live in and Madilyn’s House that was built for the girls in 2013 and that God used to launch the Harvest Kids ministry we have today. We also visited with Jonathan, his wife, Eunice, and their children that live a few kilometers from the school on Lake Victoria. Jonathan and Eunice have 22 orphans living at their home and another 52 that live at the school. We also gave them the hand-made pillow case dresses that our sister, Avis, from Sedro Woolley, WA donated.  What a blessing to see the love of Christ in these people. At 11pm that night we were on the plane back to Belgium, New Jersey then Seattle.   

USA – Harvest Kids at home & Leader Lake, May 25, 2019

We had a foot stomping good time crushing cans at our Harvest Kids meeting on May 25th. We were also able to collect $22 toward our goal of purchasing the 60 iron sheets for the Fountains of Hope primary school in northwest Uganda. After our lunch, Veronica shared a lesson about David and Goliath and had all the kids helping with the scriptures. One of the primary goals of helping these young people become true disciples of Jesus Christ is encouraging them to use their bibles on a daily basis. After Harvest Kids, Linda took Madilyn, Hailey and Laly to Leader Lake in eastern Washington to spend Memorial weekend with the Lyman Baptist church family. It was a little rainy, so they weren’t able to tent but instead had a dry place in the cabin. Lot’s of fellowship, games, food, exploring, fishing, kayaking and everyone’s favorite the Survivor’s Game.

Africa – The harvest is ripe, May 15, 2019

  “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 persons who do not need to repent.” Luke 15:4-7

  What a wonderful blessing to receive 2 days before we leave for the coordinator’s conference in eastern Africa. Our co-laborers in these different countries coordinated 28 outreaches in April from 2-7 days a piece that included door-to-door visitation, evangelistic crusades, movie ministry and leader’s training. There were 3,303 people that accepted Jesus and are now being discipled in local church families. Thanks to everyone that prays and financially supports these workers in some of the most difficult harvest fields in the world.   

USA – Going to the movies HVM style, May 11, 2019

Building the kingdom, one movie at a time. We are blessed to have so many wonderful Christian movies that have a biblical message that is relevant to the present days. This allows us the opportunity to break bread with others in the Church, even though we may be in different buildings on a Sunday morning or maybe not be in the building at all, share testimonies, pray together and allow the Holy Spirit to speak to us across generational and cultural lines. Great discussions follow, individually and corporately, as the Holy Spirit comforts, counsels and convicts each of us as true disciples of Jesus Christ. This night, we watched a movie about a young woman that was contemplating getting an abortion at the request of the baby’s father and how Jesus lovingly interceded to help her in her time of need.  Great potluck, Linda’s popcorn and we can save the money that we might spend going to the movie theater to advance the building of God’s kingdom. Sadly, some people might not be as comfortable attending a potluck in a church building or in someone’s private home when they are first reaching out for help, much like the “secret” disciples that Jesus chose to share with individually during his earthly ministry. Not every meeting of the Church has to be the same, they just need to be about Him and real. The last month or two, we have had friends together to watch: The Last Straw, October Baby, To Save A Life, Facing the Giants, Courageous and Allison’s Choice.