As usual, July is one of the busiest months for the Harvest Vision Family and this year may have been the busiest so far! Many thanks to the Sedro Woolley Logger Rodeo who sponsor the great July 4th events, including the festivities at the Riverfront Park, which allow us the opportunity to have the worship trailer there. The trailer is a focal point for Christian fellowship in the midst of all the carnival, food vending and July 4th fireworks display. There were many different brothers and sisters who utilized the trailer during its time at the logger rodeo, some for music and some for sharing the word. Thank you to Dennis and Armando for being available all four days to manage the equipment and sound. Thanks to Joanna and the harvest kids for being available to make salvation bracelets as well. This year we had two three entries in the July 4th parade. The Harvest Kids float was wonderfully decorated by many volunteers and we had tons of kids both on the float and walking with signs and passing out candy. We also had our music float but this year we mixed it up and had our brother Marcell rap and share encouraging words of Christ with the people in the parade. The music float had some of the older youth as well holding signs. This year is also our first year with our new harvest kids t-shirts and boy were they a hit! We also had Rod and Cheryl Walsh’s red mustang in honor of our many donors.

This year we had our 5th annual Harvest Fest at Riverfront park July 16. We welcomed 5 different groups from all different cities from Shoreline to Bellingham. Thanks again to Dennis and Armando who made themselves available to help run sound for the event. Dennis’ family came and smoked/bbq’d enough food for an army and shared with everyone who came! We had quite a wonderful turn out of people all throughout the day as the music played on through the park. We also had our first massive slip and slide and it looks like we will definitely be doing that every year! The kids slid down that slip and slide for 6 straight hours! Thank you to all the volunteered who helped with the harvest kids table, the slip and slide, the games and the snow cones! Our 6th Annual Harvest Fest is scheduled for July 22nd, 2018.

We had our first ever Harvest Vision Shopping Fundraiser in the old Common Ground building at Crossroads Covenant Church in Burlington. Many consultants came and represented their companies and donated a portion of their sales to Harvest Vision. This time we had Posh, LuLaRoe, Younique, ItWorks, Lipsense, Atomic Cat Accessories, Paparazzi, Scentsy, and Thrive! We have planned another one for September 30th at the same place: 351 Pease Rd. Burlington. If you would like more information about the next event contact Kylee Walker at 360.540.0890. We plan to have even more consultants and possibly even some live music!

On July 23rd Ted had a pre-trip Africa meeting with his son Jeremy and friends Daniel and Nate Lenhart who are preparing to go on a mission trip to Africa on August 19th. Let us be in prayer for safe travels and a trip filled with blessings and growth in the Father and Son Jesus Christ. We are ordering nearly $5,000 worth of ministry supplies to bring to Africa as well.

July 28-29 we had another Garage Sale Fundraiser at the Harvest Home in Sedro Woolley. Thank you to all who donated items and helped with setup and clean up! And all who came and purchased items in support of Harvest Vision. $492 was raised at the Garage Sale.

We are planning our next Smokey Point Rest Area outreach fundraiser August 18-21 and then another September 8-11 both at the Southbound Rest Area. This provides a wonderful opportunity not only to share the love of Jesus with people who stop and grab a cup of coffee but also an opportunity to share about the work God is doing through Harvest Vision ministries. Many are touched and encouraged by our presence there. We are in need of lots of cookies and treats so if you like to bake we would greatly appreciate some donations. We also need volunteers to work all of the shifts. The days are Friday through Monday and the shifts are: 6am-noon, noon-6pm, 6pm-midnight, midnight-6am. We must have 2-3 volunteers working at one time. If you are interested in donating cookies or helping with a shift or two please contact Linda (360.421.8812).

We are looking forward to working with Childs Evangelism Fellowship at the Skagit County Fair in Mount Vernon from August 9th-12th. The fair is open from 10am-10pm so come and visit! We will have artwork from around the world available for donations and we will be sharing information about the overall ministry. If you would like to come help contact Linda.

George, Linda and Gabe are planning a trip to Deer Lodge in Montana August 31st-September 3rd to visit some friends in Prison there. Over the last several years they have been communicating with them over letters and are finally able to plan a trip there to visit. Then George will be proceeding to Mexico until September 15th to visit and encourage our brothers and sisters there and install the lights in the new fellowship center.

Don’t forget that we have our Harvest Home fellowship Tuesday-Friday 10am-4pm. Make sure to come by and have a cup of coffee and hang out! If you are interested in volunteering for a day at the Harvest Home we would love to have some helpers available! We have a library of movies to watch or you can listen to worship music or fellowship with each other. Please contact Linda at 360.421.8812 if you feel lead to commit to one day or one day a week.