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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

USA – Harvest Kids, November 24, 2018

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

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

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

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

USA & Mexico – Prayer requests, November 24, 2018

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

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

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

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

Africa  – Nalidi sanitary napkins project, November 22, 2018

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

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

Africa  – October outreaches and salvations, November 19, 2018

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

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

“Then He calls His friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with Me; I have found My lost sheep’. I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous people who do not need to repent.” (Luke 15:5-7)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Africa – Nalidi Grace primary school sanitary napkin project, November 18, 2018

What a wonderful way to start our Sunday morning here in Washington. We just received these photos from the team that brought the sanitary napkin project to the Nalidi Grace primary school in eastern Uganda. The sewing machines provide a way for the women in the local community to make re-usable sanitary napkins for the girls at the school and the community. Many thanks to our donors from Christian Connexions in Anacortes/Lynden, Washington that made this possible. Believers from Kampala arrived with the machines and trained women how to make the napkins. They brought enough material to make 6 each for 40 girls and taught them how to make more using materials that are available in their own community.

“And God will provide all our needs according to His glorious riches in Christ Jesus.”

Mexico – Michoacan update, November 16, 2018

     We are so thankful for Pr. Obed and Suri who coordinate Harvest Vision Ministries and are helping bring unity to the Body as they present the gospel message to those in communities in the south Mexico state of Michoacan. Miguel and Olivia, our Mexico directors in San Luis, Sonora, Mexico, were instrumental in getting sound and video equipment to them to support these various outreaches that provide an opportunity for people to come to faith in Jesus Christ and strengthen existing church families so these new believers can become true disciples of Jesus Christ and draw even more people into the kingdom.  

    We just received these testimonies from their ministry:

“The congregation is growing through our fellowship, celebration services and prayer meetings with the Body of Christ;

Educational games are being used to disciple kids and teenagers;

We are blessed to be visiting and encouraging new families in Christ;

We are showing movies with a Christian message to the youth and children and

We are teaching in discipleship about marriage and baptism.

God has been good and has permitted His message to be preached whatever the circumstances.

As a church we have been through a difficult situation with a dear brother in Christ going to be with the Lord. This separation hurts but the Lord is Sovereign and through all this many heard the Word of God at his funeral and some of the family made a decision and now believe.

Please keep us in prayer for:

A property to be bought and stop renting;

That God may confirm the decision of the new believers to be baptized;

That God affirms His Word in some sympathizers that we have around here;

That God guide and support the pastoral family and

That God may speak to the lives of the mission leaders and they may have the same vision and interests and work side by side with us.

Praise be the Name of Jesus Christ.”

     If you would like to support Pr. Obed and Suri and others like them in Mexico and central Africa, you can do so by donating to Harvest Vision Ministries.

     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.

USA – Mattresses & sanitary napkins, November 12, 2018

Many thanks to the Harvest Kids and their supporters. They raised the money to purchase 12 mattresses for the orphans that live at the Nalidi Grace primary school in eastern Uganda. They supplied all the first mattresses a few years ago and just replaced their mosquito nets this year. What beautiful timing because the sewing machines that will be used for providing re-usable sanitary napkins for the girls at the school and the community will be arriving in Nalidi this weekend. Many thanks to our donors from Christian Connexions in Anacortes/Lynden, Washington that made this possible. Believers from Kampala will take the machines and train women their to make the napkins. They will bring enough material to make 6 each for 40 girls and will teach them how to make more using materials that area available in their own community. Thanks to everyone that has chosen to sacrifice their time, gifts and resources to reach out to these people and share the gospel of Jesus. We pray that everyone that is blessed will open their hearts, repent and accept the gift of eternal life that can only be received by faith in Jesus Christ.

“Jesus said, ‘Peace be with you! As the Father has sent Me, I am sending you.” (John 20:21)

“Whoever claims to live in Him must walk as Jesus did.” (1 John 2:6)       

 

USA – Harvest Kids, November 10, 2018

Awesome. We had an incredible time with Madi, Hailey, Veronica and Lynn from CEF. They crushed cans to raise money for less fortunate children in Africa and counted enough change to purchase the last of the mattresses for orphans that live at the Nalidi Grace orphan primary school in east Uganda. Great lesson on using the wordless book to share Jesus with family and friends. We talked about the young babies that go to the Lord through abortion and how special they are to God. Madilyn read Psalms 139 and Hailey prayed that everyone involved,  especially the mothers and fathers and the medical people involved would come to know how special each one of them are to God. They gathered fall leaves to do leaf art, cleaned out and put food in the Harvest Kids “church” animal feeder and watched the sparrows, doves, bluebirds and squirrels take turns eating. They also watched Mufasa, the neighbor’s cat, in waiting at the base of the feeder with Rocket watching from the window. Cold morning for crushing cans and being outside, but after almost 6 years of living here and Linda faithfully keeping the hummingbird feeders filled, she saw her first hummingbird after Harvest Kids. Paul said, “Preach the Word, in and out of season, with careful instruction and great patience.” We are so blessed being around kids that are learning to serve others instead of expecting to be served and get their next blessing.

 

Africa – Mixed emotions, November 10, 2018

We are so blessed to support these brothers and sisters and their families that are willing to face difficult situations, many times life-threatening, and make sacrifices to reach the lost in their areas. Even while we are currently receiving news from Augustine in the E. DRCongo that keeps us up to date on the recent rebel activity in their community, including rapes and killings, we also received the testimonies from Evariste in Burundi about the 8 outreaches they were able to coordinate in October that witnessed 442 come to salvation with 86 baptisms. We are blessed that almost all the basic needs ministry that we are able to supply to these areas comes from donations of water filters, bibles, clothes, school supplies, etc. and because our supporters in the USA are unpaid volunteers, almost all our donations go directly to these people to help them reach the people in their respective areas. Please pray for them as they help bring more people into God’s kingdom.

Miguel & Olivia – San Luis, Sonora, Mexico

Obed & Suri – Michoacan, Mexico

Martin & Beatrice – Over-all Africa based in Kampala, Uganda

David & Susan – Over-all Africa based in Kampala, Uganda

Kennedy & Joan – Over-all equipment coordinator and Kampala, central Uganda

Charles & Meriam – Kayunga, central Uganda

Rashida – Kayunga, central Uganda

Billy & Teddy – Mbale, east Uganda

Titus & Lorna – Namaingo, east Uganda

David – Gulu, north Uganda

Christopher & Sharon – Nebbi, northwest Uganda

Jeremy & Mwambe – Mihagi, northeast DRCongo

Augustine & Rachel – Goma, east DRCongo

Evariste & Adele – Bujumbura, Burundi

Simon & Rose – Samburu, north Kenya

Prossy – Juba, South Sudan 

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.

 

USA – Reaching the lost in the USA, Mexico and Africa, November 5, 2018

We are prayerfully asking for your support. We now have 13 sets of sound and video equipment that are being used by 12 coordinators in 5 countries in central Africa and 2 sets in north and south Mexico that are reaching people in different areas and we are seeing people saved, churches planted and pastors and leaders trained. We also have two sets available for use in northwest Washington. We have a monthly financial commitment that is used to maintain the equipment and support these workers. Because all our support in the USA is voluntary, we operate with only 2% of our donations needed for administrative costs, and the balance is used for directly expanding God’s kingdom. We have the opportunity to provide more equipment to more areas and reach more people, but we need your help. We need to have enough monthly donations to provide the support for the outreaches so we can use our other donations and fundraising to move to other areas. We appreciate everyone that currently prays and supports the ministry. If you are currently supporting the ministry, we ask that you consider whether you could increase your contribution, even $10-$20, which would make a difference. If you are currently not a donor, may we ask you to consider whether you could make a monthly donation. Every gift, whether it is $20 or $100, makes a big difference. 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.

 

USA – Setting up arches for the greenhouse, November 3, 2018

It started like one of those Charlie Brown stories, “It was a cold and rainy day….” – but it ended up being another day to give God glory. Every vision given to us from God insist upon God’s accommodation and order. He gives us the “what”, “how”, “when”, “where” and “who” to ensure that He ultimately gets the glory and we are thankful that He has revealed us the what, when and where and is carefully revealing to us the who and the how. We are thankful to Wayne and Rebecca Watne who have provided the “where” and to the “who” that showed up on Saturday for this phase of the greenhouse construction. Because of the flood stage of the Samish River, Wayne gave words of caution for all the kids about staying on the “right” side of the caution tape which was put up to help keep the kids and the adults mindful about the dangers presented by the river. Many thanks to the “who”: Wayne, George, Linda, David, Shels, Ted, Isaac, Fred, Tom, Armando, Amber, Kylie, Georgia and the younger Harvest Kids: Madilyn, Hailey, Clara, Laly, Melody, Dezirah, Paycience, Azariah, Anthony and Roman. In between the work, Walker, the Wonder Dog, had the kids captive most of the time and thanks to Wayne and Linda who provided hot chocolate, hotdogs and smores cooked over an African stove that Wayne brought over from Africa. We will soon be putting in the fish tank for the aquaphonics, plastic over the top and walls built on each end. Afterwards, we will be putting in the actual holding tanks, pumps and water trough for the aquaphonics and build the potting tables for the soil section of the greenhouse. Stay tune for more updates. 

USA – Fellowship here and Mexico, October 30, 2018

Always a crazy time around the Spirit-filled Church when Jesus is the Head and the Holy Spirit is the worship leader.

This Wednesday, Oct 31, from 5-8pm, everyone is welcome to stop by and get a hot cup of coffee or cocoa and some cookies and most importantly the right (warm) hand of fellowship at the Harvest Home, 9467 Pierce Lane in Sedro Woolley. It’s dry and toasty and maybe just what you are looking for.

We are looking forward to the Harvest Kids raising up the arches for the greenhouse and aquaphonics project at Wayne and Rebecca Watne’s home on the Samish River off Old Hwy 99, 18686 Jolly Rd, Burlington on Saturday, Nov. 3 from 10am-1pm. Rumor is that we will have some hotdogs and maybe smores. A wonderful time to encourage these young people and step into vision of this multi-generational ministry.

We have the Harvest Home open every Tue-Fri, 9467 Pierce Lane, Sedro Woolley from 10am-4pm for fellowship, encouragement and prayer. We also have hazelnuts available for those that would like to donate to help some of the Harvest Kids that will be spending Christmas on a mission trip in Mexico. The team dates are Dec 19-29. If you are interested in the trip or know someone that is, please contact George at 360-421-8811.

For those wanting to immerse yourself in the craziness of watching the Church being about the Father’s business, along what other ministries are doing, you are invited to come and join the Harvest Vision Ministries advisory committee at Kelly and Lisa Davis’ home at 9840 Pulver Rd., Burlington on Sunday, Nov 11, from 5-7pm as we let the Holy Spirit give us a view of the harvest fields in the USA, Mexico, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Kenya, South Sudan and the DRCongo from 30,000 feet. An incredible view of how the Holy Spirit is weaving the Body of Christ into one incredible force to answer the prayer of Jesus to His Father, “Make them one so that the whole world will know that you sent Me.”             

USA – Harvest Kids, October 27, 2018

The kids had to get up early today so they could prepare the veggies & fruit for bagel day lunch at Harvest Kids. Many thanks to Veronica, David and Shels for coming and supporting these kids. After crushing the few aluminum cans that we had available (we can always use more cans), the kids played a few parachute games before counting their change. They had $11 which was enough to buy 1 of the last 2 mattresses needed for the orphans that live at the Nalidi Grace primary school in eastern Uganda. After singing Happy Birthday in English and Spanish for everyone having birthdays in the month of October, the kids started decorating their bagels for lunch. A real treat to watch them joyfully using their own creativity and know that God is confirming their individuality and how He wants to use each one of them with their own giftings and callings. Before, Lynn, from Child’s Evangelism Fellowship, arrived to encourage and teach the kids, we had been talking about the work in Africa and how excited we were that Linda and Olivia would be arriving home from the mission trip to Africa a couple hours after Harvest Kids today. During the last few weeks, the Harvest Kids have been selling hazelnuts, (harvested) and donated by a local farmer to raise money for a mission trip to Mexico and during lunch, a gentleman stopped in and said he had heard about the hazelnuts and got a couple of bags that will help support their mission trip.

 As usual, Lynn came prepared and as always happens, the message for the day was on missionaries and the “Word Up” for the day was, “Tell others about Jesus!” – not a coincidence. The memory verse for the day was: “Then He said to His disciples, ‘The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest therefore, to send out workers into His harvest field.” (Matthew 9:37-38) The kids made bookmarks, while Lynn taught them about what Jesus was talking about when He used the word “harvest” in these verses and then she shared stories about real missionaries in China and Sri Lanka. As difficult a decision it is to sacrifice everything to reach people for the gospel, as we are all called to do, she reminded all of us, that the Father sent His One and Only Son out as a missionary and He ended up giving up His life to save all mankind. The kids are looking forward to making more wordless books, along with some wooden puzzles and other items for their mission trip to Mexico. They are also looking forward to next Saturday, Nov 3rd, for setting up the arches for the greenhouse/aquaphonics project they are helping build at Wayne and Rebecca Watnes at 18686 Jolly Rd, off Old Hwy 99 on the Samish River. You are welcome to come from 10am-1pm as we complete this next step toward the projects completion. Come and share in the vision.