Over-all – In His Presence, June 20, 2018

I was blessed to be raised by a mother that loved Jesus with every breath and heartbeat. Seeing Jesus in her every moment, through good times and bad times, was what I knew about Him and I loved what I saw reflected from her life and was immersed in fellowship and the teachings of Jesus. But…I didn’t know Jesus until He came into my life at 7:03pm on a Monday night in 1995. I was with Him and heard His voice. Thus started a love affair that burns more brightly in my life today than when it was lit 23 years ago. The apostle Paul’s first encounter with Jesus was similar and his response was captured in his letters: “I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. 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.” (Phi 3: 8, 10-11). We were so blessed by our devotional reading today from Our Daily Bread and know the Lord prompted me to share it.

“I’ll never forget the time I had the privilege of sitting next to Billy Graham at a dinner. I was honored but also somewhat nervous about what would be appropriate to say. I thought it would be an interesting conversation starter to ask what he loved most about his years of ministry. Then I awkwardly started to suggest possible answers. Was it knowing presidents, kings and queens? Or preaching the gospel to millions of people around the world? Before I had finished offering suggestions, Rev. Graham stopped me. Without hesitation he said, ‘It has been my fellowship with Jesus. To sense His presence, to glean His wisdom, to have Him guide and direct me – that has been my greatest joy.’ I was instantly convicted and challenged. Convicted because I’m not sure that his answer would have been my answer, and challenged because I wanted it to be. That’s what Paul had in mind when he counted his greatest achievements to be of no worth compared to the ‘surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord.’ Think of how rich life would be if Jesus and our fellowship with Him was our highest pursuit.”

“Whom have I in heaven but you? And earth has nothing I desire besides you. My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.” (Psalms 73:25-26)

Sounds pretty mushy, but the truth is when He hung on the Cross, I realize He was saying to me and everyone else: “Whom have I on earth but you? And earth has nothing I desire besides you.” This was the reflection of the Father’s love for us and the light that shined through Jesus.

Although I know what it takes to be a man, when it comes to Jesus, I am like a child. 

“I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.”

Over-all – In His Presence, June 20, 2018

Jesus commanded His disciples to “Go and make disciples” and we are so blessed to witness the fruits of those that hear His voice and listen and obey. The work to rebuild the main church building in Juba, South Sudan after the war activity in that area is nearing completion and they are having a women’s conference this month. The church fellowship in Kampala, Uganda is having another week of praying and fasting and are celebrating the start of a new church fellowship in Buloba in the Wakiso District on July 8th. Billy, the eastern Uganda coordinator, is traveling back to Dubai, Saudi Arabia, to visit some believers that have been gathering and communicating since his last visit and we are hoping a fellowship will begin there. Some of our friends from the Step 30 ministry from Taiwan have recently drilled a well for the Canaan Foundation school in Mukono, Uganda and are going to do some support ministry for the people in the West Nile region in northwest Uganda on the border of the DRCongo and will be drilling a well for the people there. Kennedy, the over-all equipment coordinator for the ministry in Central Africa, will be traveling to visit the eastern DRCongo coordinator to evaluate what sound and video equipment needs to be repaired or replaced to continue expanding of the gospel in that area. We currently have a list of some of those same equipment needs in Burundi, north Uganda, north Kenya and South Sudan. If you would like to help with these needs you can donate electronically at www.myegiving.com/hvm or mail to Harvest Vision Ministries, PO Box 733, Sedro Woolley, WA, 98284. God bless you and thank you for your prayers and the support of our co-laborers.  in the Wakiso District on July 8th. Billy, the eastern Uganda coordinator, is traveling back to Dubai, Saudia Arabia, to visit some believers that have been gathering and communicating since his last visit and we are hoping a fellowship will begin there. Some of our friends from the Step 30 ministry from Taiwan have recently drilled a well for the Canaan Foundation school in Mukono, Uganda and are going to do some support ministry for the people in the West Nile region in northwest Uganda on the border of the DRCongo and will be drilling a well for the people there. Kennedy, the over-all equipment coordinator for the ministry in Central Africa, will be traveling to visit the eastern DRCongo coordinator to evaluate what sound and video equipment needs to be repaired or replaced to continue the expanding of the gospel in that area. We currently have a list of some of those same equipment needs in Burundi, north Uganda, north Kenya and South Sudan. If you would like to help with these needs you can donate electronically at www.myegiving.com/hvm or mail to Harvest Vision Ministries, PO Box 733, Sedro Woolley, WA, 98284. God bless you and thank you for your prayers and the support of our co-laborers  a in the Wakiso District on July 8th. Billy, the eastern Uganda coordinator, is traveling back to Dubai, Saudia Arabia, to visit some believers that have been gathering and communicating since his last visit and we are hoping a fellowship will begin there. Some of our friends from the Step 30 ministry from Taiwan have recently drilled a well for the Canaan Foundation school in Mukono, Uganda and are going to do some support ministry for the people in the West Nile region in northwest Uganda on the border of the DRCongo and will be drilling a well for the people there. Kennedy, the over-all equipment coordinator for the ministry in Central Africa, will be traveling to visit the eastern DRCongo coordinator to evaluate what sound and video equipment needs to be repaired or replaced to continue the expanding of the gospel in that area. We currently have a list of some of those same equipment needs in Burundi, north Uganda, north Kenya and South Sudan. If you would like to help with these needs you can donate electronically at www.myegiving.com/hvm or mail to Harvest Vision Ministries, PO Box 733, Sedro Woolley, WA, 98284. God bless you and thank you for your prayers and the support of our co-laborers.

USA – Harvest Kids this Saturday and July 4th parade float, June 18, 2018

We are hoping to provide some activities for the young people during the summer, besides the Harvest Kids gatherings the 2nd & 4th Saturdays of the month from 10am-12:30pm. We will be meeting at 9467 Pierce Lane in Sedro Woolley this Saturday, June 23rd. The kids crush cans that have been donated, besides bringing cans from their homes, that are recycled and that money is added to their change they bring to purchase mosquito nets for orphans in Africa. We are blessed to have a thank you video from Pr. Jonathan at the Canaan Foundation in Uganda for the mosquito nets that the Harvest Kids purchased last month for the orphan boys that live at the school. We are blessed to have a dedicated group of leaders: Joanna, Veronica, Chelsey, Linda and Lynn Griffin from Child’s Evangelism Fellowship, along with a variety of adults and youth that come to encourage these young people. We are excited to be having a separate float for the Harvest Kids again this year in the July 4th parade and will be discussing that on Saturday. It is a great witness to our community to see young people that are choosing to sacrifice their time and resources to help vulnerable children in need in Africa and to become true disciples of Jesus and reflect that in their families, neighborhoods, school, sports, hobbies and their entire community. We are hoping that many of them will be involved in the greenhouse farming project, which will include a aqua-phonics garden which grows fish at the same time as providing nutrients for flowers that will be grown. The young people will also be learning to build flower pots and hanging baskets. We are also praying about possibly hosting a Child’s Evanglism Fellowship 5-day club later in the summer. For information call or text Joanna 636-209-1538, Veronica 425-244-2525 or Linda 360-421-8812. Chelsey will not be available for this Saturday, but will return to help us with the float on July 4th.   

Africa – Pr. Isaac & Jose, June 18, 2018

What a wonderful surprise to video chat with Pr. Isaac, Jose and their family in Cairnes, Queensland, Australia. This is the first communication that we have had with them since they boarded the plane to be relocated to a safe refuge for them and their family two weeks ago. They are all well and are being temporarily hosted in a hotel but are being escorted to look for a home in the community. Many of you know they were able to escape the DRCongo after numerous threats to their lives and were given refugee status in Kampala, Uganda for the last couple of years. They started an Eglise Gloria Dieu (EGD) church family in Kampala and Isaac was still able to over-see the on-going expansion of the ministry in the eastern DRCongo. They are 14 hours ahead of our time here in the Pacific Northwest. We are looking forward to witnessing the expansion of the ministry on another continent. Please pray for all ten of the family that have taken this journey of faith for the building of God’s kingdom.      

Over-all – Don’t look down, just know that it is getting deeper, June 18, 2018

We are in awe of the way in which so many people from different areas are coming together for the building of God’s kingdom. We know that Jesus is coming soon and that He is concerned about bringing everyone that the Father misses into His Presence through salvation and faith in Jesus Christ. It is a time where we need to be asking God to expose anything in our lives that is competing with fulfilling His purpose. We know that it is impossible to be walking on this water without Jesus, especially when we know that as over-whelmed as we many times find ourselves, He simply leads us on to even deeper water. What an incredible journey He is taking us on. The joy of the Lord is our strength. We can only echo our love for God through the words of the psalmist:

“Whom have I in heaven but You. And earth has nothing I desire besides You. My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.”

We were blessed this morning with our devotion from Oswald Chambers.

“….Peter…walked on the water to go to Jesus. But when he saw that the wind was boisterous, he was afraid…’ (Matthew 14:29-30)

The wind really was boisterous and the waves really were high, but Peter didn’t see them at first. He didn’t consider them at all; he simply recognized his Lord, stepped out in recognition of Him and ‘walked on the water.’ The he began to take those things around him into account, and instantly, down he went. We step right out with recognition of God in some things, then self-consideration enters our lives and down we go. If you are truly recognizing your Lord, you have no business being concerned about how and where He engineers your circumstances. The things surrounding you are real, but when you look at them you are immediately overwhelmed, and even unable to recognize Jesus. Then come His rebuke, ‘…why did you doubt?’ (14-31). Let your actual circumstances be what they may, but keep recognizing Jesus, maintaining complete reliance upon Him.

If you debate for even one second when God has spoken, it is all over for you. Never start to say, ‘Well, I wonder if He really did speak to me?’ Be reckless immediately – totally unrestrained and willing to risk everything – by casting your all upon Him. You do not know when His voice will come to you, but whenever the realization of God comes, even in the faintest way imaginable, be determined to recklessly abandon yourself, surrendering everything to Him. It is only through abandonment of yourself and your circumstances that you will recognize Him. Your will only recognize His voice more clearly through recklessness – being willing to risk it all.      

Africa – Outreach Schedule & Co-Laborers in Christ, June14, 2018

Yesterday, Augustine, who coordinates Harvest Vision in Goma, DRCongo, reported that the rebels had come into the city and burned a home and killed someone. It has been very difficult to even be out of the city because of murders and kidnappings. Please keep them in your prayers. What a blessing that they were still able to have two outreaches in the month of May with over 1,100 people attending and 95 of those accepted Jesus as their Lord and are now being discipled by local believers. In total, our co-laborers, coordinated 30 outreaches in May with a total of 2,041 that were saved and have taken their rightful inheritance in the kingdom. "Lord, we thank You for your servants that face so many trials and challenges and live everyday in the knowledge that You go before them with Your protection and privilege. Thank You for allowing our co-laborers that pray and financially support this harvest of souls to share in this good news. We pray protection over these new believers and those that will be helping teach them to be true disciples of our Savior, Lord and King, Jesus Christ. We rebuke any and every spirit that is not from You that would come against Your Church. We pray for an increase in those that pray and support these co-laborers in Africa and for an increase in the provision, confidence and courage for everyone involved to share the gospel with everyone in their sphere of influence. We pray all this in the Name and Blood of Jesus Christ of Nazareth. Amen."

Mexico – Blessings from the women’s prison, June 14, 2018

Jesus said, “I was in prison and you came to visit Me.’ Then the King will say, ‘Come, you who are blessed by My Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world.’ Then the righteous will answer Him ‘Lord, when did we see You in prison and go to visit You?’ The King will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for Me.’” (Matthew 25:34-40)

Many thanks to Miguel and Olivia who, along with brothers and sisters from different ministries in the community, have championed the continued ministry to those in the men’s and women’s federal prison in Mexico. Olivia was able to supply some cloth for the women sewing in the prison. The women made a beautiful blanket and gave it to Olivia praying that the Lord would provide the plaster needed for the inside walls of the church building in the women’s prison. Harvest Vision Ministries was blessed to meet that need and now this beautiful, anointed blanket belongs to Gabe & Angie Fields who so unselfishly serve as the USA coordinator’s for the ministry, including mission teams, to Mexico. It was a blessing to present it to her and to have her precious granddaughter witness this special moment.    

 

Mexico-May 31, 2018

Another wonderful day of fellowship here in Mexico. Had an opportunity to share with Miguel and Olivia about the 5-fold ministry that God uses to lead His Church during these days of final Harvest. Olivia is busy setting up the ministry opportunities for the team coming to San Luis in mid June and Miguel is working 6 days a week in the afternoons. He did plant a few cactus plants today and showed me the 5 unknown citrus fruits that Linda’s tree in the front yard is producing. A great visit with Juan Manuel, Danniah and Franniah and we were able to review the plans for the doors to the Fellowship center that he will be building for the ministry. Visited with Pr. Jaime, David and the families from Mision Jireh and were able to discuss the upcoming mission trip to Michoacan in south Mexico in August. I will be leaving to Las Vegas tomorrow to visit our brother, Leonard, and will come back to Mexico on Sunday night. What beautiful and Spirit-led people we have been blessed to be in partnership with. Tuesday I have the privilege of visiting the men’s federal prison and a local rehab with the Mision Jireh church family

Mexico – Michoacan outreach, May 28, 2018

What a blessing to be leaving in the morning to take Olivia back to Mexico and receive these awesome photos of an outreach that was held in Michoacan in south Mexico. Olivia and her husband, Miguel, coordinate the over-all ministry in Mexico and were able to provide sound and video equipment to Pr. Obed and his wife, Suri, in Michoacan so they can coordinate evangelistic outreaches and help teach new believers to become true disciples of Jesus Christ in their area. They are blessed to be in partnership with Pr. Jaime & Ana, who over-see the Mision Jireh church family in San Luis, Mexico and they will all be visiting Michoacan in August. Please join us in prayer for doors of opportunity be opened for the spreading of the gospel in this community and the outlying areas and that they be given divine protection and provision as they go about the Father’s business.      

USA – Leader Lake, May 26-28, 2018

Many thanks to Jim & Terri Cook and the Lyman Baptist church family for a great Memorial Day weekend of fellowship at Leader Laker in eastern Washington. This a regular tradition but it is the first time we have been able to attend and stay longer than just Sunday. Thanks to Angie and her family for allowing us the use of a tent. We had the privilege of taking our Mexico coordinator, Olivia, as well as Madilyn, Hailey and Laly from the Harvest Kids group. Thankfully, Rabecca was able to go and help throughout the weekend. This was the first time the girls have ever been camping, the first time they caught fish (thanks Wayne) and the first time in a kayak. Lot’s of great fellowship, laughter, food and a great message from Jim on the Sunday morning service. As usual, Terri, did a bang-up joy preparing the challenges for the survivor’s game on Sunday afternoon and Jordan did a great job of ramrodding the entire event. She kept everything and everyone on track which wasn’t to difficult since she was the only one wearing a pistol, buck knife and carrying a pink tazer! Although, only one team ends up getting a Leader Lake t-shirt, everyone is a winner. 

USA – “Harvest Kids”, May 26, 2018

First we would like to take the time to continue to encourage the many people whom pray and support all of His children. We would also like to thank the many people who continually drop off cans here at the Harvest House as well as the other locations. We were blessed with the presents of Olivia our Coordinator from Mexico.  What a day to rejoice in crush enormous amounts of cans. After this we joined together in opening prayer and welcoming 2 new children that us, Cheyanne and Samuel. With much excitement it was time to gather together and see how much change had been collected for the mosquito nets they are working on purchasing for the vulnerable children in Africa. Together they counted $30 adding an additional 3 nets to the 7 needed for the Nalidi Grace Girls. Joanna let the children in a bible scripture race.  We then share in a delicious lunch prepared by Linda. After lunch we had worship and celebrated all the birthdays around the world for the month of May. The lesson was on working hard, remaining knowledgeable & our attitudes in Christ. We discussed how God loves us just the way we are. That Gods love is everlasting and it will never end. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:38-39

USA – Sleepover & Lyman Mx team, May 20, 2018

Thirteen girls spent the night at the Lyman Baptist church building with Michelle and Olivia. Six of them had gone on the mission team to Mexico over springbreak. They were able to watch “Homeward 1 & 2”, dine on Grandma Linda’s popcorn and there was a rumor about a pillow fight? The kids (and adults) did great cleaning up in the morning and setting up for the adult Sunday School before spending the morning playing the M&M game with Olivia. The kids blindly picked a M&M and had to share something that corresponded with the emotion for that color. Red = Angry; Blue = Sad; Green = Happy; Yellow = Hate; Chocolate = Fear & Orange = Thankful. A great time of getting to know each other and learning how to pray and encourage one another. They performed a human drama for the church service and shared testimonies and everyone saw their mission trip video. What an incredible group of young people and a wonderful congregation that encourages and give these kids the training, opportunity and responsibility to be the light in their families, schools and their communities.              

USA – Fellowship with Olivia at Wayne’s & Lyman, May 19, 2018

What a wonderful day of fellowship which included many people that have met and been involved with Olivia, the director of Harvest Vision Ministries in Mexico,  and just as importantly, many that would like to participate in the future. Thanks to Wayne & Rebecca for opening up their home and beautiful property on the Samish River. The kids were fascinated with the field of giant marshmallows growing on the field along the road close to their home. We were able to review the plans for the greenhouse that will be built at their home for the Harvest Kids and just fellowship with many of our local brothers and sisters. We were also blessed to have Nate & Hannah who will be taking a youth team to Mexico in June from the Bonney Lake area and Cal & Karen Roedell and Jeff the youth pastor and three youth, Alex, Jordan and Sydney, that are leaders in the youth group with the Fairview Bible church family in Pt. Angeles. They were able to discuss the opportunities of being involved in missions in Mexico with Olivia and Angie, who is the US coordinator for the Mexico ministry and watched a video from the recent team that went on the mission trip over the school springbreak in April. Many of those team members were there throughout the day because they had a girl’s sleepover planned at Lyman Baptist Church in the evening. Fifteen kids were at Lyman for snacks and then to practice for the human drama they will be presenting to the congregation in the morning at the 11am service. They will also be sharing testimonies along with Olivia. Thanks to the Lyman Baptist church family for allowing us the use of the building and to everyone that helped put it together and a big thank you to Olivia and Michelle who spent the night with the 13 girls.      

Africa – April salvations and testimonies, May 15, 2018

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

“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

Thanks to our many co-laborers in Africa that not only listen – but obey.

During the month of April, the coordinators in central Africa supported 30 outreaches over 82 days in Uganda, Burundi, DRCongo, Kenya and South Sudan that strengthened existing church families and helped plant some new ones, encouraged believers, brought teaching to pastor’s and leaders, healing and deliverance to many that attended and witnessed 2,344 new believers accept Jesus as their Savior and start their journey of faith to become true disciples of Jesus. We also received a testimony that the number of orphans, many with HIV, that are being helped by Comfort Africa has increased to 62. The orphans that live at the Good Samaritan primary school in Mukono, Uganda have all received new mosquito nets and the Harvest Kids have already raised enough money for 20 mosquito nets for the orphans that live at the Nalidi Grace primary school in eastern Uganda.

Hope where there was only despair, light penetrating the darkness and life where there was death. These are just a few of the many acts of love that are drawing people to our Father through the unselfishness and sacrifices of many that are responding to God’s commands. Thanks to everyone for your prayers and continued support. Every penny, nickel, dime and quarter makes a difference when they are placed into the hands of the Master.      

USA – Harvest Kids, May 12, 2018

Thanks to everyone that helps these kids on their journey to be true disciples of Jesus as they learn to “serve rather than be served”. Thanks to Linda for getting the triplets and even the squirrel fed, preparing the lunch and making sure the Harvest Home was ready. Thanks to the other “moms”: Chelsey, Veronica, Lynn and Sheila for getting lessons ready and working with the kids throughout the morning and to all the moms that allow their kids to be a part of Harvest Kids. The kids started by crushing cans and then Linda showed them the progress in the garden and what to expect as the crops get ready to harvest. The kids counted the change they and others had donated and had enough for the purchase of 6 more mosquito nets for the orphan girls that live at the Nalidi Grace orphan school in eastern Uganda. It was a blessing to share with them that the 41 nets for the boys at the Canaan Foundation school in central Uganda had been purchased and that the school was being blessed by a ministry from Taiwan that are drilling a well for them and for the first time they will have clean water. Chelsey started a lesson on Mother’s Day and was soon blessed to have Lynn from Child’s Evangelism Fellowship join with her as they had the kids use their own bibles to find the names of the mother’s of some of the people they have been learning about from God’s Word. Lynn taught a lesson about faith in the life of Abraham. All of these are very inter-active and allows everyone to be involved in the teaching.  “He who calls you is faithful; He will surely do it.” 1 Thessalonians 5:24. After Tyler picked up Chelsey and Caroline and the other kids left, Veronica went home to prepare for a birthday party for a neighbor’s 9 year old son in her yard. The triplets decided they wanted to paint the hand-made scripture boards so they could give them to mother’s at the birthday party. One of the Harvest Kids, Chucky, who is 6 years old and lives across the street, was unable to come in the morning because he had an allergy attack, but sent the bag of pennies he had saved through the last two weeks. In the afternoon, he felt better and came to the birthday party. While we were chatting with his mother, Chucky came up and gave me a hug and said he had something for the Harvest Kids and gave me two rolls of pennies and four quarters. His mother, surprised, said, “I thought that was the money you were going to use to buy ice cream when the truck comes around?” He simply said, “Yes, but the kids in Africa need it more.”            

USA-May 11, 2018 Do it all for the Glory of God

“So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.” 1 Corinthians 10:31 “Whether” and “whatever” are inclusive and open-ended words.

“Do it all for the glory of God” is not open-ended. It is our decision to honor God with all that we are and all that we have and all that we do.

Harvest Vision is blessed to be surrounded by believers that exemplify the full gambit of ‘whether’ and ‘whatever’ but ‘do it all for the glory of God’.

Whether we attend a traditional church fellowship, house church fellowship or when two or three are gathered in His Name.

Whether we are union or non-union, disabled or retired.

Whether we work for minimum wage or a large salary, benefits or not, or if we can work at all.

Whether we are single or married or whether we have children or not.

Whether we have loving parents or have never known our parents or have parents that only care about themselves.

Whether we work at McDonald’s, the refinery, the city or state, the school, Walmart or have our own business.

Whether we can walk or are crippled, are blind or can see or deaf or can hear.

Whether the convalescent center is our home, we work there or we come to visit as a family member, delivery person, doctor or pastor.

Whether we witness through the local food bank, AA-CA-NA or Celebrate Recovery, Child’s Evangelism Fellowship, Pregnancy Choices, homeless outreaches or running 5K to support finding a cure for a disease, the Chamber of Commerce or PTA.

Whatever we choose as our hobbies – fishing, golf, rock-climbing, sewing, music, dancing or gardening.

Whether the children are involved in sports, arts, music, dance, scouts, boys & girls club or just playing “Barbie”, jumping on the trampoline, reading a book or wrestling on the floor.

Whatever we use - Thrive, Posh, Advocare, Essential Oils, Zumba, swimming or belonging to the gym.

Whether our preferred music is gospel, hymns, contemporary, rock or rap.

Whether we are young or old.

Whatever He has provided: a home, apartment, room, car, hospital bed, wheelchair or tarp.

Whatever our skin color, heritage, religious upbringing or economic circumstances.

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles and let us run with perseverance the race marked out of us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider Him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lost heart.” Hebrews 12:1-3

                      

USA – South Sudan and Curlew, WA, May 9, 2018

   For those that have been following the ongoing story of the rebuilding of the Lukwilili church fellowship building in South Sudan that was destroyed during the war violence and rain storms, this is good news. With the prayers and support of a ministry from Gulu, Uganda, the Harvest Vision Ministries partners in the USA and the local believers, construction has been started and we are praying for the completion of the building and toilets in the next month or two. It is slow going, with food, water and materials all being very expensive or not even available. Lukwilili is the mother church for much of the work of Harvest Vision Ministries in South Sudan including coordinating evangelistic outreaches with other church families, training pastors and leaders, strengthening existing church families and starting new ones.

    Stateside, brothers Ted Brockmann and Shane Manke will be visiting Kellilynn’s Spiritual Recovery Center that was founded by Pr. John Seaman in the outskirts of Curlew in north central Washington. John ministers to those that have struggles with addiction or are grieving from the loss of loved ones. John started the ministry after his daughter’s physical life was taken in an accident by a drunk driver a few years ago when she was still a teenager. They are praying for donations that will help them to build a septic on the property, which is required by the health department, before September. The cost will be $5,000. If you would like to donate, you can electronically at www.myegiving.com/hvm and check Kellilynn’s Spiritual Center or mail to Harvest Vision Ministries, PO Box 733, Sedro Woolley, WA, 98284. All donations are tax deductible.

     If you can help in another way, they are in need of any kind of food, adult underwear and socks that Ted and Shane can take on their trip. You can drop it off at 438 Fidalgo or 9467 Pierce Lane, both in Sedro Woolley or contact Ted at 360-391-4413.          

Africa – We need some help, May 9, 2018

   During our visit to Mbale in eastern Uganda in April, we were blessed to have Pr. Billy share about the church and it’s location in the community. The Lord prompted Billy to plant a church in a low area outside the town next to a small creek. The location is where the witchdoctors have a yearly ceremony where about 1,000 young men come to be circumcised and they “‘wash” themselves in that creek. The church has been under constant attack since starting to meet and now they have over 300 believers on Sundays and 150-180 every that meet at the tent. Many salvations and deliverances, but Billy’s life has been threatened and shortly after we left, someone came and destroyed the equipment and other items in the church. People that want the church gone have encouraged everyone to purchase all or any property around the building so the church can’t grow. The property, except for a small section for toilets, is the tent. The church is in need of a place for children’s ministry. A property adjacent to the tent is available and it was offered to Billy, but the church has only been able to raise one million (~$280 USD) of the eight million (~$2,200 USD) needed. The owner has two potential buyers but has given Billy the opportunity to purchase it first. He is willing to take six million now and the rest later. That means we need ~$1,400 to purchase or ~$1,900 to clinch the deal. Please join us in prayer and, if possible, help us financially meet this need. Donations can be made at https://www.myegiving.com/hvm or mailed to Harvest Vision Ministries, PO Box 733, Sedro Woolley, WA, 98284.  

Africa – Praise reports for Sarah and Jonathan, May 7, 2018

   “I proclaim righteousness in the great assembly; I do not seal my lips, as you know, O Lord. I do  not hide Your righteousness in my heart; I speak of Your faithfulness and salvation. I do not conceal Your love and Your truth from the great assembly.” Psalms 40: 9-10

     We have two testimonies of God’s faithfulness to share with you. Our sister, Sarah, and the widow of our former South Sudan coordinator, has been in a refugee camp in Adjumani, north Uganda with her 3 children, 2 of school age and 2 other orphans that are also of school age. Also, Sarah, has had a desire for years to learn English, which she has learned enough in the camp to have a conversation, although limited in vocabulary. We had considered moving her and the family to a different location, but the Lord has inspired one of Pr. Martin’s friends, that shepherds a church family in Adjumani to help with the family. He will be finding a home with a garden plot for Sarah and the family to live in so they can stay in Adjumani. They will no longer actually live in the refugee camp, but will be in the small town. They will be under UN protection and still receive some aid (food) every month and be in fellowship with others from South Sudan. A good Christian school is nearby in the community for the children, a university that offers adult English classes during the day for Sarah to attend and they will be able to fellowship with the church family in the town.

    Also, our co-laborers in the Step 30 ministry from Taiwan, who recently helped provide a classroom for the Canaan Foundation’s Good Samaritan primary school in Mukono, Uganda, visited Pr. Jonathan’s home and were blessed to see the simple way in which he has chosen to live and still shepherd the church, over-see the primary school of 280+ primary students, care for orphans in his home and try to help meet the needs of the community and they have been inspired to help him and the community. This is the place where Madilyn’s House was built and we have had the privilege to partner with for over 10 years. In two weeks, Step 30 will be drilling a 100’ well that will supply safe, clean water for the school. It will be equipped with a solar-powered water pump which should also supply all the power needed for the school. They also plan to build a dining hall and two more classrooms for the school and possibly put a roof on the brick walls that have been constructed to replace the wooden church building that is near collapse. The replacing of the church building has been lagging for these years because Pr. Jonathan has chosen to focus on the needs of the children and the community first and sadly for that reason some believers used that as a reason to fall away.

   We thank God that we can witness the Body of Christ come together and stand with these faithful servants. This is the Body of Christ – believers from around the world putting their prayers, resources, time, gifts and whatever else that God has provided together as one offering to bring God glory.