USA News Febuary 2018
USA News Febuary 2018
“It was He who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists and some to be pastors and teachers, to prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.” (Ephesians 4:11-13)
It is cold outside here in the northwest with temperatures below freezing and we are blessed that so many people in the ministry are finding different ways to help the homeless and less fortunate in our community. Hope on the Street is going out the 1st and 3rd Sunday of each month and thanks to Ted and Shane they have set up a Suburban to be the “Hope Mobile” and it is able to transport people and supplies for the homeless around the county. Other people are coming up with much needed items to share with the people, including hot coffee, sandwiches and a snack, but first and foremost we share our faith and love for Jesus Christ. Anyone that would like to donate these described items can drop them off with Ted at 438 Fidalgo in Sedro Woolley.
· Blankets & sleeping bags that are easy to carry. Please no big comforters.
· Medium to heavy jackets/coats, sizes L, XL & XXL. Not dress coats, rather items people can wear all day & sleep in.
· Sweatshirts, sizes, L, XL & XXL.
· Warm hats, gloves and cotton socks (medium to heavy weight socks, no nylon).
· All items, including good used items, should be clean.
· Mainly men’s clothes are needed.
· Bibles that are easy to carry and Christian tracts.
· Plastic grocery bags, in good shape with no holes.
The Harvest Home is open Tuesday-Friday from 10am-4pm and we are starting to have more people dropping by to chat, share testimonies, listen to worship, watch a movie or enjoy a cup of hot coffee or tea. We also have English & Spanish bibles to use for outreach and Christian books and dvd’s, including the latest movies to loan. We have also started to have worship nights just to soak in the Presence of the Lord with other believers.
We are excited to have about a dozen people going on a mission trip to Mexico over the school springbreak the first week of April. The age of our team members is from 7-70 and we are planning to do a lot of outreaches in the neighborhood, cardboard city, parks, rehabs and local churches. A spaghetti feed and silent auction to help fund the trip is scheduled at the Lyman Baptist Church, 31441 W. Main Street, on Sunday, March 25th starting at 5pm. If you have auction items you would like to donate or would like to contribute to the dinner, please contact Angie at 360-853-5650.
We are looking forward to the upcoming mission to Africa and the opportunity to meet with the coordinators from the different countries. George, Ted, Wayne and Dan have all been to Africa but Joanna and Cheryl will be making their first visit. We will be hearing testimonies from each of the coordinators and are praying to find more effective ways to support them as they reach out to the lost, teach leaders, plant church families, disciple new believers and help meet the basic needs of those in their sphere of influence. Thanks to Rabecca who is helping us learn how to use the new t-shirt machine and is making the “Preparing and Equipping the Saints” shirts that the team will be wearing while traveling to help us more easily spot one another in the busy airports. Thanks to everyone that is praying and supporting this mission. The team will be taking a variety of items, including: 2 sound and video systems; $2,400 to purchase generators and remaining items to complete the sound & video system for the new sub-coordinators in east & central Uganda; 2 keyboards; microphones, cords & batteries; a computer and tent, air mattress and sleeping bag for one of the coordinators and manicure sets for each of the coordinator’s families – all purchased by the ministry. We are also taking 36 handmade dresses for children made by Avis; a box of children’s shorts from Avis’s friend; blueberry seeds from Isaac; 75 water filters and 110 solar-powered audio bibles in 11 different languages from The King’s Storehouse in Ferndale; pastoral training books, including concordances from Murray; a wedding dress used as a partial down payment on a car from Walker Motor Works and toothbrushes & soap for the Ebenezer primary school children in Kampala from Posh distributors.
The vision continues. We are thankful that the Holy Spirit has given our sister, Veronica, her artistic gifts and that she chooses to share them freely for the expanding of God's kingdom. The tree that was originally painted by Kylee in 2013 was filled with handprints and a palm tree representing Africa was added. Over 200 handprints have filled these trees and now the cactus representing Mexico has been added and the entire wall has been consecrated and set apart for Harvest Kids and their work to share the love of Jesus with those in their families, schools and neighborhoods and to reach out to those that are alone, homeless, in the hospital or in prison. Thanks to the older youth that set an example for these younger kids and to the adults that are sacrificing time to pray and financially support these young people because God has put them on the front lines.
After a wonderful fulfilling morning at Harvest Kids we took off shopping with Gary and Reggie to purchase items to make up bags of goodies for the homeless in our community. Madilyn, Hailey, Laly, Noah and Sara took turns making special love cards to be placed in every bag and Gary and Reggie helped over-see the plastic bags being filled with an assortment of items that might be helpful to those in need. Toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, wipes, lip balm, combs, razors, gloves, paper, pens, snack bars and applesauce. Afterward, the kids laid hands on the bags and Madilyn prayed that God would touch everyone that handed them out and that everyone that received them would feel the love of Jesus. Thank you to the Children’s Museum for giving us an amazing opportunity to come together in fellowship in His honor. What a blessing it was. There were approximately 80 people in attendance over half of them being children. . On the 24th of February we were blessed with 19 kids despite the 6 inches of snow that God brought upon us. The kids collected another $70 for the purchase of mosquito nets for the schools in Africa. Chelsey blessed the kids with a lesson on healing broken hearts through Christ. The children signed cards for all of the Africa coordinators that will be taken personally to them by the upcoming team. Jesus said “Unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven”. It gives us the knowledge that it isn’t about doing something for our children but granting us the opportunity to learn from them.