USA News February 2019
Thanks to everyone that supported the outreach ministry at the Smokey Pt. Rest Area on I-5 this weekend. As usual, many people donated nice home-made cookies and other volunteers were available to greet travelers with a hot cup of coffee or chocolate and something sweet to tickle their tongues and warm their stomachs. Most of all, we were able to share the love of the Father along with the right hand of fellowship. Our friends that we had the opportunity to serve also responded with $250 that will be used to support the over-all ministry and bring still others into the kingdom. Jesus said, “I was hungry and you fed Me. I was thirsty and you gave Me something to drink. As much as you did it to the least of these, you did it to Me.” We have had wonderful fellowship at the Harvest Home on Tue-Fri from 10am-4pm and would love to have you drop by and grab a cup of coffee or tea and share what is going on in your journey of faith. Even with the outpouring of snow and difficult driving conditions, the Lord has opened the door to become acquainted with local church families and ministries around the Skagit Valley and other areas of northwest Washington.
Early in the morning, I awoke with a deep heaviness in my heart and the Father revealed to me that it was His Heart and pain that He was sharing with me. My wife and I know the journey that we went through the first 10 years of our marriage and not being able to have a child of our own. We also know the pain of losing a child. As Christians we are over-whelmed with opportunities to come together with others of faith for a variety of reasons and we pray that they are all gatherings in response to the call of God. As we look and think every day about the children God has brought into our lives, we realize that we are God’s creation and that we were made by Him and for Him even before the world as we know it was created. Today in our own community, as well as communities throughout the nation, many of our children will be taken before they are even seen by any of us. It breaks the Father’s heart that many in His Church have not been willing to passionately and actively intercede on His behalf to reconcile everyone involved in abortion, including those that have had an abortion or been involved in the industry, to their loving Father in heaven. Our church families, ministries and brother and sisters are always calling us together for various reasons which are pleasing to God and many respond. But on this matter, God Himself has called us. Although God could change it without us, He trusts His people to intercede.
This is not a promise from the liberals, conservatives, Republicans or Democrats.
Neither is it a promise from your pastor, church family or ministry.
It is a promise from a loving Father that has entrusted to us the ministry of reconciliation.
We have an opportunity to join with Christian brothers and sisters from across the continent for the 40 Days of Life that will be from March 6 – April 14. This will be a time set aside to intercede for those involved with the ongoing work at Planned Parenthood, which includes parents and children, born and unborn, and the medical and other staff. This is a non-confrontational and non-threatening gathering for those that know that God created all of us: before the womb, in the womb and through our entire journey of faith in this world with the opportunity to have a relationship with Him if we receive the free gift of eternal life offered to us through faith in Jesus Christ. The local Planned Parenthood is at 1805 E. Division in Mt. Vernon and prayer will be ongoing from 6am-6pm every day. We are hoping to have someone in continual prayer throughout the day. If you would like to volunteer for a time (increments in hours), go to www.40daysforlife.com and click on “Find a campaign”, then you will need to create a login. After you log in, click add vigil location, country (USA), state (Washington), (Mount Vernon, WA). Click “local page” and sign up for vigil hours. Days highlighted in green are full, blue are partial and gray are empty. You can also join people during hours that others have already volunteered for. Parking is available at the Trinity Lutheran Church, 301 S. 18th in Mt. Vernon. Please use the upper parking area. We invite anyone that is interested or might be interested to come and join us. If anyone would like to hold a sign, we have those available for you to borrow. For information, please call George at 360-421-8811 or Linda at 360-421-8812. Cindy Weidman, 360-982-1682, is coordinating the effort in Mt. Vernon.
We are preparing for the springbreak mission team that will be going to San Luis, Mexico the first week of April and will be prepping a construction team to go down to help with some much needed projects around the mission home in the late spring or early summer. Please contact us if you are interested. We will be scheduling a Harvest Vision Celebration in the spring to give all our partners and friends the opportunity to come with anyone else interested as we share a snapshot of all the different ways in which the Holy Spirit is reaching the lost and helping the hurting through the ministry. We are also planning a Marriage Covenant ceremony that will allow married couples to come together with other couples and renew their vows as husband and wife and then, along with the other couples, make a commitment to serve the Lord. Check out the calendar to see the dates and times of the different opportunities to be involved or contact us directly if you want more information.
Thanks to Linda, Veronica, Wayne and Isaac for helping with Harvest Kids this month. Wayne & Rebecca’s neighbors, Tom and Nancy, and their two grandchildren from Canada came and visited. We were able to share with them about the Harvest Kids ministry and show them a video that summarizes much of the work that the kids have been doing to help vulnerable children in Africa. Wayne and Laly helped Brooke (9) and James (4) put their handprint on the wall and Wayne actually helped Walker, the wonder dog, put a double paw print on the wall. All together the kids have brought enough change to raise $159 toward their goal of $200 which will be enough to begin a sewing ministry in the town center close to the Nalidi Grace Orphan primary school in eastern Uganda. This allows these young entrepreneurs to learn a trade and actually begin to be teachers instructing and showing other young people how they can have a small business and begin to provide for their own needs. Many thanks to Lynn and Christina who bring their inter-active Child’s Evangelism Fellowship to our young people every month. The last teaching was about David, who had the Father’s heart and their memorization verse was Psalms 119:9-10, We also showed a short video of the first gathering of the Harvest Kids for the messianic dance and tambourine ministry that started on February 17th.
Thanks to Cheryl and her daughter, Tia, that joined the Harvest Kids to put substance to this vision. Cheryl was involved with a team of Messianic worshipers that went on a mission trip to Mexico in 2001 to share their expressions of the love of Jesus through their music and dance using flags, tambourines and banners. Olivia, the director of Harvest Vision Ministries in Mexico, has the same vision and is working with teams of children and youth that are led to worship the Lord this way in San Luis. They will someday be working together. We had already ordered the tambourines and these girls were thrilled to see their love for Jesus, music and dancing coming together. It was an amazing afternoon. The kids had the opportunity to hear Cheryl’s testimony about her trip to Israel and Mexico and how Tia was brought into her family’s life. Tia put her handprint on the wall and added her name to the Harvest Kids birthday board and bonded to the girls in a special way. The ministry will hopefully involve children, youth and adults, male and female and we are hoping that God will use it to bring unity to the Body of Christ. We expect the people involved will be able to share at events such as the local parades, outreaches or just going to dance for Jesus at a local park. We are making no attempt to limit how, who is involved, when or where the Holy Spirit is leading because we are confident of why and that is to bring God glory.
On Saturday, March 2, the Harvest Kids will be going to help the Skagit Fisheries Enhancement Group put tree starts into planting pots. The kids will meet at the Harvest Home at 9:30 and will be working from 10am-1pm. Kids need to wear warm clothing and boots. Snacks will be provided. On Sunday, March 3, at the Harvest Home from 2-4pm, we will be having the second meeting of the Harvest Kids messianic and tambourine ministry. If you are interested in helping or have a young child or teen that wants to come we would love to have you. On Saturday, March 9th, after the 10am-12:30pm Harvest Kids, we will be starting seed pots for the greenhouse and aquaphonics project. The seed pots will be kept in the Harvest Home to germinate and begin to grow. They will be transplanted into growing pots at the greenhouse at Wayne & Rebecca Watne’s home on the Samish River the end of March. On Saturday, March 16, the Harvest Kids will be leaving the Harvest Home at 9am to help the SFEG plant the trees along a small creek in Marblemount from 10am-1pm. Please contact George at 360-421-8811 or Veronica at 425-244-2525 for information.