USA News October 2018
USA News, December, 2018
Many thanks to Isaac, David & Shells and their family for helping us share the love of Jesus by being a part of the Sedro Woolley Children’s Christmas parade. Isaac and Melody helped set up the worship trailer which the Sedro Woolley Chamber of Commerce uses as their platform for announcing the parade participants and for the judges to sit on during the parade. David and Michelle and their daughters set up tables to get donations for their family’s mission trip to Mexico over the Christmas holidays. They received $111 for their trip as people were blessed to donate for homemade cookies and zucchini bread. Thanks to Bobby at Cascade Fabrics for allowing us to set up again in front of her business. She has been a faithful partner of the ministry for years and donated a gift for the upcoming silent auction. Lot’s of fellowship with many of the people that lined the streets for blocks to watch the lighting of the Christmas tree in the center of main street and to watch the beautiful parade. Many thanks to everyone that made cookies and helped with the Rest Area outreach the end of the month. We were able to minister to many people and were blessed with $400 to help support the ministry. We have been blessed this month to help Pr. Joe and Nellie Miller who recently left the church families they were ministering to in eastern Washington and are now back in Sedro Woolley. They are in need of a home, so please join us in prayer for the Lord’s leading to meet this need in their life.
It has been an incredible last few months for David, Shells and their four daughters who have been preparing for their first family mission to Mexico over the Christmas holidays. Many thanks to the corn and hazelnuts that were donated to help raise funds and that opened the door for lot’s of new relationships for the ministry. Also thanks to the Lyman Baptist church family that they have been a part of and that provided so much to help make their trip possible. So many people were involved in the spaghetti feed, talent show and silent auction and there were abundant blessings poured out on everyone. Along the way, the Lord provided $1,800 to help with the expenses for the trip. Thanks to everyone that helped provide the food, set up and clean up, donated the variety of items for the auction and Wayne for emceeing a wonderful display of talent from old and young alike. Please read the Mexico news for the testimonies from their adventure in Mexico. Also, pray for our Mexico coordinators, Miguel and Olivia, who will be visiting our coordinator in the south Mexico state of Michoacan.
Many thanks to the Harvest Kids, from the youngest to the oldest, for working in the cold weather to do some more work on the greenhouse. We finished painting the tops of the PVC arches, bracing the side walls, preparing the place for the fish tank and trenching the fish tank drain line. The fish tank will be the source of the water for the garden portion of the aquaphonics project. Half of the greenhouse will be used to accommodate the aquaphonics and the other half will be used as a typical soil garden for planting and establishing “starts” that will be transplanted to the outside garden for continued growing and eventual harvesting. The Lord will provide older “Harvest Kids” that know how to prepare these vegetables and fruits for eating: fresh, boiled, steamed or baked; canned or pickled, sliced or diced – all healthy and yummy to the tummy. Our next phase is to frame the end walls.
We have been blessed to welcome Delilah, 5 years old, to her first time with Harvest Kids.The kids have crushed lot’s of cans and thanks to Cheryl Walsh, we were able to recycle 580 pounds that provided over $280 that the kids send to Africa to help vulnerable children. We were able to see videos showing the believers in Africa in brightly colored dresses as they worshipped the Lord and another video showing the different ways in which Harvest Kids help the children in Africa. The kids have collected another, $88, to purchase 4 more of the 26 mattresses needed for the orphans at the Canaan Foundation primary school in central Uganda. One of our partners heard about the goal that the kids have and donated enough for 10 mattresses to encourage and support the kids in their effort to help these kids. Mama Linda has been preparing traditional African meals for their lunch time and the kids set on the floor just like their brothers and sisters in Africa do. As God always does, during the first time they were sitting on the floor, our friend, Rebecca, arrived with Bishop Anthony from Uganda who was visiting the USA for the first time. The kids practiced the wordless book song that they did at the talent show at the Mexico trip fundraiser and enjoyed a message about what we appreciate most about “Christmas” – Our presents or His Presence. We were blessed to have Anthony share a message for the kids and then as they did some coloring, Anthony was led to share another message to the adults that were attending to support the ministry. Last week, Christine joined with Lynn from Child’s Evangelism Fellowship. They hosted a group activity about different ways people celebrate Christmas. They sat in a circle and passed around a toy while playing music. Whoever had the toy when the music stopped got to share what they do for Christmas. Afterward, they sang “Joy to the World”. Lynn read the candy cane story, giving the girls candy canes and handed out gifts for the children’s mothers, consisting of information on Child’s Evangelism Fellowship and afterwards, they made candy canes out of pipe cleaners.
Many thanks to everyone that collects their aluminum cans and donates them for the Harvest Kids to recycle. Over 5 years, these young warriors have been committed to make a difference in the lives of less fortunate vulnerable children in central Africa, many of whom are orphaned and born aid’s infected. There motto has been, “We CAN make a difference” and we have witnessed the true meaning of the question, “What CAN faith do?”. We are thankful for our sister, Cheryl, who has faithfully brought her trailer over to load up the cans and drive them to visit our Christian brothers at Zee’s Recycling in Lynden. This year, the kids have recycled 2,400 pounds and donated over $1,000 to support Comfort Africa and help pay the teachers at the primary school for the Wambuti pygmy tribe on Idjwe Island in the DRCongo. During our visits to Zee’s, we have become acquainted with one of their young workers, that after hearing the testimonies of Harvest Kids, has led his family into praying and supporting the work. He prays with his family and was so blessed that his 5 year old son, Estevan, wanted to donate his $1 towards meeting this need. That is the same age that Madilyn was when her mother helped her and her 3 year old sister, Hailey, start the ministry.
USA News, November, 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 who helps support this “face I can see, hand I can touch” ministry by taking the time to bake or purchase cookies and other baked goods, traveling back and forth and giving of their time to be available to reach out to weary travelers that stop by the rest area along the interstate. We know that it pleases the Father that you would choose to be His ambassadors. We were blessed to serve coffee, hot chocolate and cookies to travelers for two weekends. It becomes a double blessing when our children and young people are helping.
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, listens and is willing to pray for them as they share 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, struggles with drugs and alcohol or how blessed their lives are. Testimonies of a young man that recommitted his life to Christ, a volunteer that gave his coat to a homeless man and a young man that came to the window and asked us 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. It is such a blessing to witness the people expressing their gratitude for someone that 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 Jesus, for giving us the opportunity to “serve, rather than be served.” We were also blessed to receive $780 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 of I-5 again Dec. 28-31. 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!”
Please join with us in prayer for these saints. 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. 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 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 hosting a fundraiser at the Lyman Baptist Church, 31441 Main St., Saturday, Dec 8th, 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. The kids have also got hazelnuts available at the Harvest Home for donations that will support their trip.
What a wonderful time of fellowship with the Harvest Kids this month. The kids crushed a lot of aluminum cans for recycle and collected enough of their own change to purchase the last of 12 mattresses needed for orphans at the Nalidi Grace primary school in eastern Uganda and also the first 2 mattresses of the 26 needed for the orphans 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. We talked about the young babies that go to the Lord through abortion and how special they are to God. The kids read Psalms 139 and 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. It was a blessing to have Wayne stop by and bring Walker, his wonder dog, and share some of the science that is involved in the aquaphonics portion of the greenhouse that the kids are helping build at Wayne & Rebecca’s home on the Samish River. They practiced the wordless book song that 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. The kids sang Happy Birthday in English and Spanish to those having birthdays in October, including our co-laborers in Mexico and Africa. We also had a lesson 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)
Many thanks to Shells who hosted a girl’s sleepover at the Harvest Home. 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.
USA News, October, 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 that are reaching people in different areas and we are seeing people saved, churches planted and pastors and leaders trained. 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 asks 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 email@example.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.
Many thanks to Joanna who helped organize the rest area outreach in October. Thanks to everyone that made cookies and those that volunteered and especially for including our kids in the ministry. Along with building our relationships with each other and sharing the love of Jesus with the many people traveling through, we received $440 in donations to help support the over-all ministry. Anyone interested in the rest area ministry, we have three more weekends at the Smokey Pt. I-5 rest area: Nov 16-19, Nov 23-26 and Dec 28-31. Make some cookies and teach some kids at the same time. Volunteer to serve coffee, cookies and the love of Jesus with weary travelers. We have had salvations, encouragements and even healings during these outreaches and it is a great time to spend a few hours with another brother or sister in Christ or give some of our children the opportunity to share in the joy of giving.
Even though it may seem a little early, we are starting some fundraising for those that might be interested in mission trips to Mexico over the December Christmas season. Nate Lenhart, from Pierce County, will be helping George lead the teams. Some of the harvest kids will be helping make hazelnuts available for anyone interested and we are planning a spaghetti or chili feed, silent auction and talent show on Dec. 8th at the Lyman Baptist Church. Please contact George if you are interested in going or if you are in the Pierce County area, you can contact Nate Lenhart at 253-569-3553 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
It has been a busy time for the Harvest Kids with so many different opportunities for them to share the love of Jesus in a variety of ways. They were able to make cookies and help serve at the rest area ministry and have been working hard cleaning and preparing the hazelnuts that were donated by a local farmer so they would be available for the fundraiser to support the mission team to Mexico over the Christmas holidays. We are at a place where much of the responsibility for setting up, teaching and leading at the bi-monthly meetings will be done by the Harvest Kids themselves. Many thanks to Linda, Veronica, Shels and the other adults and youth that help these kids. We are also preparing to have the kids put up the arches for the greenhouse and aquaphonics project that is being built on the Samish River at Wayne & Rebecca Watne’s. This month, the Harvest Kids have donated enough change to purchase all the mattresses for the orphans at the Nalidi Grace primary school in eastern Uganda except one. They were also able to chat with Linda and Olivia in Africa and to see the pictures of the mosquito nets that they were able to donate to the kids along with photos of the autographed frisbees and the parachutes that they sent along with the school supplies and the girls at the school receiving the hand-made pillow case dresses that had been donated by Avis from Sedro Woolley. Kylie helped lead a lesson on “Let us love one another” at the meeting Oct 13th and Lynn, from CEF taught about missionaries on Oct 27th. Thanks to Shels who agreed to stay with the girls for their first “sleepover” at the Harvest Home. Many thanks to Sue from CEF who came and spent the day teaching everyone how to sew the felt wordless books and teaching them a song to use them to share the gospel message. The kids will be making these to use locally, while on mission in Mexico and to send to Africa.
USA News, September, 2018
What a privilege to have Pr. Martin, director of Harvest Vision Africa, and his wife, Beatrice, and their three children, Peace (turned 16 during her visit), Audrey (13) and Isaac (10) visit us this month. This was the first trip out of Africa for the children and they were able to see and experience many different things but more importantly they were able to become acquainted and personally thank their many supporters that they have never met before. They were able to spend time with our Pierce County ministry liaisons, Dan and Bonnie Lenhart, and their family and friends in the Bonney Lake and Puyallup area and share their testimonies and explain the on-going ministry in central Africa. Besides the joy of meeting and thanking these wonderful people for their support and being encouraged by their testimonies, they were able to climb on Mt. Rainier, attend the Puyallup fair and experience the Space Needle in Seattle. Many thanks to our co-laborers in the Pierce County area. They were able to visit with Blake and Kylee Walker and their family, our Snohomish County ministry liaisons, and their car dealership, Walker Motor Works, in Marysville. During their stay, the dealership was making sweet corn, that had been planted by Fred DeVries, available for donations for Harvest Kids, collecting aluminum cans for their on-going support of vulnerable children in Africa and accepting donations of school supplies which would be going back to Africa with Beatrice and the children. In Skagit Valley, they were not only able to help with the Harvest Kids fundraiser they were able to help harvest the corn and see and pick blackberries for their first time. There were many “first time” events and activities for these kids, including playing basketball and learning to skateboard. Wayne Watne was at his height of glory being able to take the children out to catch their first fish, then cook them and then involve Isaac in a lot of projects at his house, including the riding lawnmower and learning to use power tools to help add on to the chicken coop and make a cross for their yard. There were many home visits for sharing and prayers and ministering at house church gatherings, an evening celebration at Crossroads Covenant, Harvest Kids and ministering at the Lyman Baptist and Sedro Woolley Community Church families. Martin was able to help Wayne and George set the stakes for the new green house aquaphonics structure at Wayne and Rebecca’s home that Fred DeVries is helping make possible. Fred has also donated hazelnuts that are available from the Harvest Kids that help their over-all ministry including helping a couple of the Harvest Kids make their first mission trip to Mexico this December. Martin was also able to meet with our ministry partners from the King’s Storehouse in Fernadale and Christian Connections in Anacortes. During their stay, Beatrice’s brother and sister who have lived in Canada for over 20 years were able to cross over and spend time with the family. After spending a week visiting ministry partners as a family in Jackson, Tennessee, Beatrice and the children returned to Washington for one day before leaving for Africa so the children can be back in school and Beatrice can return to her work at the Parliament. When Beatrice and the children left their luggage included a sound system, two keyboards and 6 trunks loaded with ministry supplies. Pr. Martin continued from Tennessee on to visit and minister in the Cayman Islands and Oklahoma and will be back in Washington the same evening that Olivia, the co-director of Harvest Vision Mexico, arrives. After a day of packing, Pr. Martin, Linda and Olivia will be leaving for Africa. Linda and Olivia will spend three weeks visiting Burundi, Uganda and Kenya before returning the end of October. Linda celebrated her 60th birthday in Africa 10 years ago so the Lord has put it on her heart for some time to have her 70th birthday with her family in Africa.
We are asking prayers for John Seaman who founded and over-sees Kellie’s Spiritual Recovery Center in Curlew, WA. He has had some serious back problems that are limiting his ability to complete the work needed to be done before winter sets in. We are also excited to report that Nadia Mutana and her youngest child just returned from a mission to Zimbabwe in Africa to prepare for their expanding their family ministry that is based in Tennessee to rotating every 6 months between the USA and Africa. Pitana and their family have an active radio ministry and just recently started a television ministry. Please pray as the Lord enlarges their territory. You can donate to either of their ministries through the on-line giving on the www.harvestvisionministries.org website or at www.myegiving/hvm.
Even though it may seem a little early, we are starting some fundraising for those that might be interested in mission trips to Mexico over the December Christmas season. We are prayerfully considering the possibility of two teams, one spending Christmas in Mexico and the other team spending New Year’s. Nate Lenhart, from Pierce County, will be helping George lead the teams. Some of the harvest kids will be helping make hazelnuts available for anyone interested and we are planning a spaghetti or chili feed, silent auction and talent show sometime in the late fall or the first of winter. Please contact George if you are interested in going or if you are in the Pierce County area, you can contact Nate Lenhart at 253-569-3553 or email@example.com.
Anyone interested in the rest area ministry, we will have the first of four weekends at the Smokey Pt. southbound I-5 rest area on October 19-22. Make some cookies and teach some kids at the same time. Volunteer to serve coffee, cookies and the love of Jesus with weary travelers. We have had salvations, encouragements and even healings during these outreaches and it is a great time to spend a few hours with another brother or sister in Christ or give some of our children the opportunity to share in the joy of giving.
On September 8th, for the first time in the 5 years since Harvest Kids was started after Madilyn and Hailey returned from their visit to Africa, we had Pr. Martin and his family from Africa join with us. After Peace, Audrey and the kids helped Linda make up the lunch, we were able to crush all the aluminum cans that had been donated. The kids counted their change to purchase mosquito nets for orphans in Africa and during lunch they signed all the frisbees which Martin and the family will be taking back to vulnerable children in Africa when they go back the end of the month. Peace, Audrey and Isaac were able to get their handprints on the wall then Beatrice, Peace and Audrey shared a message for the kids and Isaac played a beautiful song on his saxophone. After Pr. Martin closed in prayer, the kids played the parachute game and enjoyed it so much, we decided to purchase 3 that will be sent and used for children’s ministry in Africa. Afterwards, Peace, Audrey and Isaac joined us to take Madilyn, Hailey and Laly down to Walker Motor Works in Marysville where they helped with the corn fundraising project the rest of the day and the next day. On Sept 22nd, even before the regular Harvest Kids started, the corn selling signs were put out, for the fundraiser that would provide the money needed for a roof for the orphans attending a primary school in northwest Uganda. The kids currently attend school outside under a tree. The kids crushed all the cans that had been donated and then adjourned inside to try out the new floor piano. Thanks to Linda for giving them a little demonstration of “Chopsticks”. Also, thanks to Veronica, Michelle, Rabecca and Wayne for helping out during the morning. The kids counted their change and have accomplished getting enough money to buy the mosquito nets needed for the 28 orphan boys at the Nalidi Grace primary school in eastern Uganda. Jesus said that in the world we would have troubles and the Harvest Kids are no exception, but they have found out that there are children around the world that are even less fortunate and it is wonderful to see them choosing to reach out to them. As always we celebrate every person having a birthday in September and we appreciate Gary Hunter for supplying this month’s special treat. Lynn Griffin, from Child’s Evangelism Fellowship, brought a wonderful message and teaching for the kids that included sharing the truth about dinosaurs and evolution from God’s Word and had all the kids echoing the theme of the day: “God knows everything!” After their inter-active teaching and prayer, the kids got to pick out a gift to take with them and then started designing bags that will be used for the hazelnuts that Fred DeVries donated for the kid’s fundraiser. After taking down the corn signs, the kids took the remainder of the corn and gave it to some of the people around the neighborhood.
USA News, August 2018
Jesus said, “You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see you good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.” (Matthew 5:14-16)
In so many different ways, we have seen the Body of Christ reaching out to those in need in our community. Thanks to everyone that donated items and came to share the love of Jesus with those in our community that came to the garage sale at the Harvest Home. Divine appointments. Those that were believers shared about their faith and those that are actively involved in ministry were able to share about how the Lord is directing them in their calling. We were able to pray and share with some about the purpose of Harvest Vision Ministries and simply but genuinely share the love of Jesus with those who weren’t open to the gospel. We also were able to be involved in the Back to School Blessing outreaches in Lyman and at Skagit Valley College in Mt. Vernon representing the body of Christ working together in our communities. Families were blessed with fellowship, food and refreshments, games and the kids received much needed school supplies. We were able to provide the worship trailer at the college and were double-blessed to have Russian and Spanish speaking church families share their God given talents as they praised God in their languages and English. The Spanish speaking church family also used the worship trailer to minister at the multi-apartment fall garage sale in Mt. Vernon. Many thanks to everyone that helped and stopped by the ministry booth at the Skagit County Fair in Mt. Vernon. As usual, we were delighted to be adjacent to the Child’s Evangelism Fellowship booth, where we witnessed many children and parents hearing the gospel message and were thrilled every day when they shared about the young people that opened their hearts and received the forgiveness of their sin made possible through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ. Many people visit the fair every year and it was a privilege to share the love of Jesus and when appropriate, our testimonies and to pray for their needs.
We are thankful for everyone from Skagit Valley and the other parts of the USA that help support the ministry and have since it was started in August 2000. Although, we have been blessed by that support, most of our ministry has been coordinated out of the Skagit Valley area. That makes it very difficult for people in other areas to get or stay connected with the expanding work, locally and in Mexico and Africa. We are now blessed to have Blake & Kylee Walker in Snohomish County and Dan & Bonnie Lenhart in Pierce County who will be serving as liaisons for Harvest Vision Ministries to those in their sphere of influence. They have been involved in different aspects of the ministry and Kylee and Dan have both been on missions to Mexico and Africa. They are actively connected with the ongoing work of the over-all ministry and available for contact by individuals or church groups or families that would like information. We appreciate their obedience to offer themselves to serve the Body of Christ in this calling.
It was a joy to welcome Pr. Martin, the director of Harvest Vision Ministries in Africa, and his family when they arrived for their visit to the USA on Sunday, August 26th. Although Martin has had the opportunity to visit with us a number of times the last few years and Beatrice, his wife, once before, this was the first time their children, Peace (15), Audrey (13) and Isaac (10) have been out of Africa. They are visiting and ministering to many people in our Skagit Valley community and are spending the Labor Day weekend with ministry partners in the Bonney Lake area southeast of Seattle. The Harvest Kids are busy gathering school supplies (pencils, pens, erasers, rulers & scissors) that Martin and his family will be taking back for vulnerable children in Africa and we are also purchasing much needed sound & video equipment and other items that will be used by the coordinators that Martin over-sees in Uganda, Kenya, Burundi, South Sudan, north Kenya and the eastern DRCongo. They will be sharing at Harvest Kids, Sat, Sept 8th, from 10am-12:30pm at 9467 Pierce Lane, Sedro Woolley. Later in the evening on Sept 8th, Martin will be sharing at Crossroads Covenant Church, 350 Pease Rd, Burlington at 7pm. They will also be at Lyman Baptist Church, 31441 W. Main, on Sunday, Sept 9, at 11am and at Sedro Woolley Community Church, 901 Talcott, at 7pm. The family will be spending a week visiting and ministering in Jackson, Tennessee, then Beatrice and the children will fly back to Seattle and return to Africa. Martin will be in the Cayman Islands one week and then to Oklahoma for one week before returning and traveling with Linda and Olivia (co-director of Harvest Vision Ministries in Mexico) to Africa. Linda and Olivia will be spending three weeks visiting and ministering in Burundi, Uganda and Kenya.
Thanks to everyone that prays and helps in any way to encourage the young people involved in Harvest Kids to be true disciples of Jesus Christ and to sacrifice their own time, energy and resources to help others in their community and vulnerable children in Africa. Thanks to the many people that donate their aluminum cans to help these kids get the money they pass on to Comfort Africa in Uganda, that helps vulnerable children with basic needs, including health and education, to help pay the teachers at the primary school on Idjwe Island in Lake Kivu in the DRCongo that provides education to the children of the Wambuti pygmy tribe and to purchase mosquito nets and other items and finance health and education projects for vulnerable children in central Africa, many of whom are orphaned and some HIV aids infected. They are currently needing only $90 to purchase the remainder of the mosquito nets needed for the 28 orphan boys that live at the Nalidi Grace orphan primary school in eastern Uganda.
At the last Harvest Kids, George read the story of David and Goliath from the bible and then the kids acted out the story. From Goliath and the Philistines making fun of King Saul and the Israelites that were afraid to fight him to the young David being sent to check on his brothers only to discover that sad situation. He convinced King Saul to let him fight the giant because he knew that the “battle belonged to the Lord”. After the skit, we discussed the giants that we might be facing in our daily lives and how they can be defeated as long as we trust in God. After the regular fellowship, some of the kids went out to check on Wayne who was working on leveling the ground for the new Harvest Kids greenhouse that will be built by his home on the Samish River. Afterwards, we attended Melody’s 10th birthday with family and friends in Hamilton before driving to Walker Motor Works in Marysville to drop off Madilyn and Hailey and talk about when the Harvest Kids would be selling corn at the dealership. They are currently collecting aluminum cans and also school supplies for the vulnerable children in Africa that Pr. Martin and his family will be taking back when they go home after their visit to the USA tomorrow. Thanks to everyone that is helping with the myriad different things these kids are doing to help people in their community and throughout the world.
We are thankful, that even as we are blessed to help those in the communities that we live in, just a small donation can help meet the needs of our co-laborers in Mexico and central Africa. Whether it is a donation of $5 or $500, one-time or monthly, it can make the difference and help introduce one person or many people to faith in Jesus Christ. You can donate electronically at www.myegiving.com/hvm; mail donations to Harvest Vision Ministries, PO Box 733, Sedro Woolley, WA, 98284 or send your PayPal donation to firstname.lastname@example.org. All donations are tax-deductible.
USA News, July 2018
“How pleasant it is when brothers live together in unity.” Psalms 133:1. If a person is going through trials, blessings or simply, the routine of daily living, it pleases God that we walk our journey of faith with others, being mindful that many don’t have a relationship with Jesus that comes with His promise that He will “never leave us or forsake us.” It has been a month of surgeries, deaths, weddings, births, sickness, accidents, finding a place to live or losing the one that you had, finding a job or losing the one you had, vacations or working three jobs to put food on the table and everything else that is involved in living in the world as we know it. It has also been a blessing to be in the middle of this and witness the random acts of kindness that identify ourselves with the true God that loves each one as the special person that He has created them to be as God uses each part of the body in their unique and special calling. “And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being save.” (Acts 2:47)
Thank you for everyone that donated prayers, time and materials to prepare for the 4th of July parade in Sedro Woolley. Pr. Juan Cerillo and his family and friends rode on the worship trailer playing love songs to Jesus and another float had the Harvest Kids celebrating their joy of the Lord and the ministry they are doing to meet the needs of vulnerable children in central Africa. Linda drove that classy red Mustang convertible that belongs to Rod Walsh in honor of the many donors from all over the USA that pray and financially support Harvest Vision Ministries and have been witness to hundreds of thousands that have come to faith and been born again throughout the areas that our ministry has been called. We celebrate the many co-laborers that we are privileged to support in many of these countries who, along with their families, endure incredible hardships and persecution to bring the gospel to those in their communities facing government instability, war, poverty, famine and many times only dirty water to drink or simply don’t have any water at all. Very little medical care of simply no hospitals or medicine and sub-standard schools that many can’t afford to attend anyway, but they persevere to see just one soul come to salvation.
Many thanks to everyone that donated items and for those that helped with setting up and being part of the fellowship at the garage sale at the Harvest Home. It was a blessed time to visit with people that we know through our Christian journey and with others that identified themselves as believers and but no longer fellowship with believers in the traditional church sense of being identified with one body that meets on Sunday mornings. We were able to share about fellowship opportunities that abound with like-minded believers that are striving to become true disciples founded on true Christian principles that are found in God’s Word along with being identified with a local church family. We had the opportunity to encourage and pray with many during this time and were also blessed to receive $1,300.
We appreciate the Crossroads Covenant church family for allowing us the use of their beautiful facility in Burlington for our celebration this month. We were again protected by the Lord as His faithful servants persevered in the knowledge that He would provide everything that would be needed to bring Him glory for this gathering. The Lord had not revealed to us how we would do worship for the event until Armando persisted. The night before he showed Amber and him what songs we would sing. Joanna had put everything together for the event, but at first appearance the sound system didn’t cooperate so the Lord miraculously filled in the blanks. The video that was provided by the June Mexico mission team wouldn’t play on the overhead and then miraculously started working as Joanna persevered and didn’t give up. We were blessed by the ways in which God reveals Himself by asking us to do a “new” thing that takes us out of our comfort zone where He can reveal to us, again and again, that we can trust Him even more than when He asked us to do the last “new” thing. “New” for us, but work planned in advance by Him specifically to add to our faith. Amazing testimonies from Nate, Hannah, Noah and Matt who represented the six that went on this last trip to Mexico. A blessing to have the team bring all the children that attended to the front and pray over them and the work that God has prepared in advance for each one of them to do to bring Him glory.
What a beautiful day the Lord provided for our 6th year of hosting the Harvest Fest at Riverfront Park along the Skagit River in Sedro Woolley, WA. Many thanks to everyone that helped set up the games, including the Slip and Slide for the younger folks. Thanks to Dennis & Mona and Armando and Amber for helping with the sound for the three groups that came and shared their love for Jesus along with their gifts of music. All of the groups shared their testimonies of salvation along with a variety of songs and styles. It is a fragrant offering to the Lord, when His disciples come together with joy and are willing to publicly share their love for Jesus and testimonies of their journey of faith with one another. As an apostolic ministry, we have been called to prepare and equip the saints to do the work that God has called them to. We had believers who God has called to be leaders in their particular sphere of influence and are faithfully fulfilling their call to challenge themselves and their own self-interests to become Christ-like. This is very difficult when so many, as Jesus pointed out, have chosen a more lukewarm approach to their faith. It was a blessing to witness believers encouraging one another and for each person, couple and family to know they are not alone in their journey.
The Harvest Kids were together twice during the month and also joined with Child’s Evangelism Fellowship for a 5 day club at the Harvest Home. The kids crushed cans on both Saturdays which will be taken to recycle later and donated enough change to purchase 14 of the mosquito nets that will be going to the 28 orphan boys that live at the Nalidi Grace Orphan primary school in eastern Uganda. Many thanks to the leaders, youth and adult that sacrifice to show these young people how much God loves them and how to begin to trusts God’s Word and how it is given to us to protect and guide us through our lives. Is was a wonderful witness to have the three young teenage volunteers that attended the CEF Youth in Action training at the start of their summer and for our young people to meet these peers that have chosen to sacrifice their summer to reach out to young people in their community by volunteering to share the love of Jesus through the many 5-day clubs that CEF is hosting throughout the county. Every Harvest Kids gathering is planned to give the young people the opportunity to learn from God’s Word, which they do using their own bibles, with lot’s of inter-action and creative and challenging messages. The kids, youth and adults had a float in the July 4th parade in Sedro Woolley and a local farmer that saw the Harvest Kids in the parade contacted us and was moved to donate cans that he had been saving for a few years to the ministry. We visited his farm and the kids loaded up 580 pounds of cans that provided $232 that will be used to help vulnerable children in Africa.. It was 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 an aqua-phonics garden which grows fish at the same time as providing nutrients for flowers that will be grown. In the future, the young people will also be learning to build flower pots and hanging baskets and learning to can, make jams & jellies and even some pickles.
We have been blessed to receive testimonies of God’s faithfulness in expanding the ministries of John Seaman in Curlew, Washington and Pitana and Nadia Mutana in Tennessee and we are excited to be preparing for a visit from Pr. Martin, his wife, Beatrice and their 3 children, Peace, Audrey and Isaac, to the USA the end of August. They over-see all the ministry in Central Africa and will be in Washington for 3-4 weeks. We are currently working on their schedule, which will include visiting a church family in Tennessee and Martin traveling to the Cayman Islands and Oklahoma.
“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven..” (Ecclesiastes 3:1)
We are so thankful for Gabe and Angie Fields. After their wedding on Nov. 23, 2009, they chose to spend their honeymoon on their first mission to San Luis, Mexico that December. After 6 more mission trips, including the next 3 Decembers, they heard the voice of the Lord asking them to serve the ministry locally and in Mexico. “Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, ‘Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?’ And I said, ‘Here am I. Send me!” (Isaiah 6:8)
They have spent over 4 years coordinating teams and Angie has led 13 more mission teams that have witnessed incredible miracles, including salvations and baptisms of many that have participated from our community. Our relationship and support of Miguel & Olivia has been strengthened and we have launched ministry in south Mexico and finished the fellowship center. With Angie’s support we have made our website more informative in regards to Mexico missions and better defined our guidelines to ensure that we are making a positive difference when we visit from the USA. At the same time, Gabe and Angie’s ministry locally, especially with their family, has expanded and has given them the opportunity and responsibility to ensure they are good witnesses to them. That being said, Gabe and Angie have been led to step down as the Mexico missions coordinator. They are very grateful for the time they have been able to serve in Mexico which many times involved Gabe working and allowing Angie the opportunity to serve while he kept up the ministry at home. We appreciate everything they have contributed to the work in Mexico and we know they have established eternal relationships that will continue with their Mexico family in San Luis. We look forward to her contributing ideas and suggestions that will expand the ministry even further. We know the amount of work and sacrifice they have contributed to the work in Mexico and have witnessed how special and valuable they have made each person feel that has had the opportunity to go on a mission trip or to have helped support those that were able to go. Angie has promised that “Mexico will always be in my heart and prayers.”
Many thanks to David, Ashton and Armando for helping repair the floor and paint the utility trailer that we use locally to help people move and store up items for garage sales. We are having another garage sale at the Harvest Home, 9467 Pierce Lane, in Sedro Woolley on August 3-4th to meet and greet people and raise money which will be used to meet some equipment needs in central Africa, including South Sudan. If anyone would like to hosts a garage sale to help support the ministry please contact us. We will also have a booth at the Skagit County Fair from August 8-11th adjacent to the Child’s Evangelism Fellowship booth. Many people visit the fair every year and it is a great time to share the love of Jesus and when appropriate, our testimonies and to pray for their needs. We are planning for some of the Harvest Kids to attend and make salvation bracelets and share their own testimonies and introduce people to their ministry.
We are thankful, that even as we are blessed to help those in the communities that we live in, just a small donation can help meet the needs of our co-laborers in Mexico and central Africa. Whether it is a donation of $5 or $500, one-time or monthly, it can make the difference and help introduce one person or many people to faith in Jesus Christ. You can also donate electronically at www.myegiving.com/hvm; mail donations to Harvest Vision Ministries, PO Box 733, Sedro Woolley, WA, 98284 or send your PayPal donation to email@example.com. All donations are tax-deductible.