Old Africa News
Thanks to the prayers and support of our co-laborers and the work of our coordinators from the different areas, we had 18 outreaches over 57 days and 2,122 saved in April and over 200 were baptized in one of the outreaches. We are still having problems with the internet service in the office in Kampala, Ug which is making it difficult to communicate with the coordinators in their different areas and with the USA but are hoping to find a solution soon. Please keep Pr. Billy (E. Uganda) lifted up in prayer, because the projector, laptop and phone were all taken when he was robbed and it was necessary for him to move his family to a different house. The situation in South Sudan is critical with the on-going war and we are praying for our Christian leaders and families there. Pr. Martin and Prossy are tentatively scheduled to visit them in June to encourage them and see how we may help them reach those people in their community with the gospel. We recently received the finances to: install a roof and doors for the home of Pr. Charles & Merian who pastors the local church and coordinates outreaches in Kayunga, central Uganda; pay for the remaining term of Sharon’s nursing school (Sharon is the fiancée of Evangelist Christopher who coordinates outreaches, plants churches & trains leaders in Nebbi, northwest Uganda); eight beehives that will be used to make honey and provide support for widows in Christopher’s village in northwest Uganda; repair the ministry car that Pr. Evariste uses for transportation in Burundi and additional inventory for a retail business that Evangelist Augustine and his wife, Rachel, use as their sustainability project to provide income for their home and family in the DRCongo. We are currently waiting for an estimate to replace the generator that Pr. Simon uses to support outreaches in north Uganda along the Ethiopia border. We are also looking forward to the testimonies from Pr. Titus, who will be using the new sound & video equipment to help the pastor’s that have been attending the Bible school in E. Uganda coordinate outreaches in their communities. Please keep Pr. Martin lifted up in prayer as he visits Mwanza, Tanzania for a pastor’s conference in June. Martin will also be open to finding someone there who God has called to be our first coordinator in that nation. We appreciate all your prayers and support that help bring in this great harvest of souls.
Please check out the news and April blogs at www.harvestvisionministries.org for more information on the work in Africa.
We had 26 outreaches over 76 days and 1,051 saved in March. There was much preparation for the coordinator’s conference done before the arrival of George and Linda in April. Thanks to everyone that has prayed and provided resources for our brothers and sisters in the harvest fields of central Africa. A double privilege for George & Linda to be chosen to bring the many thoughtful things over to encourage our co-laborers and their families that sacrifice daily for the building of God’s kingdom. We know that the sound system, microphones and projector will soon be encouraging a group of 16 pastors that have just finished training in eastern Uganda and that the keyboard, study bibles, water filters, solar-powered audio bibles, handmade pillowcase dresses, toys and gifts for the children of our leaders, Frisbees signed by the Harvest Kids and other supplies are helping produce fruit that last.
It was a privilege to see all the coordinators come together to share their experience, strength and hope with one another at the conference, many meeting each other for the first time. Of course, we missed having Pr. John Light, from South Sudan, because of his recent passing. We also missed Billy & Teddy from E. Uganda because he has been ill and Augustine (DRCongo) and Prossy (N. Ug) were without their spouses. Each coordinator (DRCongo, N. Kenya, Burundi, N-NW-Central Uganda) shared their testimonies and information about the communities where they are working. Lot’s of sharing on evangelism, pastor’s training and church planting, and lot’s of shared practices and good ideas to better serve in the future. We also identified 13 areas where we are ready to establish sub-coordinators with sound and video equipment to more effectively present the gospel and further expand the kingdom. We will be prioritizing this work soon and will be informing everyone of our most important needs. The conference ended with a message on the importance of marriages and family and all the couples and married people reconfirmed their vows with their spouses and then placed engraved locks on the foot of the cross to represent our commitment to serve together as one body in these harvest fields. We also prayed a blessing over the three coordinators that have never been married.
Although war has broken out again in South Sudan and over 150 people were killed in one day, the church is working to start doing outreaches again. The roof and walls of the church building that was vacated 10 months ago are still down, but recently a Muslim neighbor has agreed to provide 50 sack s of cement for the rebuilding of the walls. All of this at the same time we mourn the loss of Pr. John Light, the Harvest Vision South Sudan coordinator.
Burundi has planted now 32 churches in 10 of the provinces with over 13,000 members and is preparing to establish churches in two more of the provinces this year. All of this while our coordinator doesn’t have any transportation and is living with his family in their partly rebuilt home that was destroyed in the war in 1995.
Pr. Simon, our N. Kenya coordinator’s father, was stolen as a child by one of the 8 warring tribes. He was raised by them and later married and Simon was born. Simon now has pastors from these different warring tribes working together and knows all 8 of their languages.
Prossy, who served as our N. Uganda coordinator until getting married last month in Kenya, used the money that was given for the decorations for her wedding ceremony to support a crusade that she was in prior to coming to our coordinator’s conference.
Christopher, who is our coordinator in NW Uganda, belongs to a tribe whose land is in both Uganda and the DRCongo and because of that is able to evangelize and plant church families in both countries.
Pr. Isaac from the DRCongo who was forced to leave that country with his family to Uganda because of his gospel work there has recently had his two boys expelled from their school because they began to preach the gospel and over 100 students were born again before the headmaster expelled them.
In Kayunga, Uganda, Muslim women accepted Jesus and when they went home and told their husbands they were forbidden to go back. The next night they came and after returning home, were beaten and all their clothes and belongings burned. As usual, they become the responsibility of Pr. Charles, our coordinator, who lives in a single room with his wife and 4 children.
Pr. Martin, George and Linda had the opportunity to visit Christopher, the coordinator in NW Uganda (Nebbi), and meet his fiancée and family, witness the children of Fountain of Hope early child-hood development ministry and share with the pastor’s from Uganda and the DRCongo at the Bible school. They also visited David, the coordinator in N. Uganda (Gulu); Pr. Jonathan, who founded the Canaan Foundation School in Mukono, and discussed the possibility of growing cocoa on the farming land that Harvest Vision has by his home; observed the building progress on the Kibuli Harvest Church fellowship in Kampala that is being expanded to accommodate another 150 people per service; visited with Kennedy and his team during a crusade in Mukono town outside of Kampala and visited with Pr. Isaac and Jose, who now help over-see the ministry in the DRCongo from their home in Uganda.
Please check out the news and April blogs at www.harvestvisionministries.org for more information on the work in Africa.
In February, our coordinators had the sound equipment out in the field for 24 outreaches over a period of 85 days where 6,164 souls came to know Jesus as their Lord and Savior! The Harvest Vision church fellowship in Kampala continues to work when funds are available on an extension to their building to accommodate an additional 150 people. The two services on Sunday mornings do not have enough seating. The bible schools in Burundi and E. Uganda are training new pastors and leaders at each location. Although Kennedy (C-Uganda), Billy (E-Uganda) and Simon (N-Kenya) are all having health problems, we are grateful that they have the grace to continue coordinating the outreaches in their respective areas. Charles in Kayunga, Uganda (our newest coordinator) has the new sound & video equipment and has started outreaches with local pastors in his community. Prossy (N-Uganda) has left Uganda and will be getting married in Kenya the first of April where she will live with her husband. The young man that has been helping her coordinate outreaches, David, will be responsible for the equipment and will coordinate future outreaches. Please pray that God will give him the wisdom to serve in this capacity. Pr Martin has traveled to the NW-Uganda area where Christopher is currently serving as coordinator and will be meeting with pastors from the DRCongo side of the border that might become coordinators for that side of the area at the corner of the DRCongo, NW-Uganda and South Sudan. Pr. John Light, our South Sudan coordinator, went to be with the Lord after being diagnosed with cancer in Gulu, Uganda. Martin & Prossy escorted John’s wife, Sarah, and the children with the coffin back to Juba for burial. Martin met with ministry leaders that John had already put in place to maintain the over-all ministry in his absence. The sound system needs some repair (cables/mics/etc) and the keyboard was stolen but they will start doing local outreaches after the equipment is repaired. The roof is still off the church building from a wind storm so they are meeting under a tree. Sarah wants the children to visit John’s home village, then relocate to the Uganda refugee camp so they can have support and the children go to school. She has the her three children plus two others. Martin will be helping with the transition. We are looking forward to the arrival of George & Linda and our first conference with all the coordinators and their spouses, many of which have never met before, on April 14-16.
In order to better keep each of you informed about what is going on in the over-all ministry we are making an effort to be more conscientious to post blogs on a frequent basis to compliment the news that only goes out monthly. Please take a few moments occasionally to see what is going on throughout the month locally and in Mexico and Central Africa. We will also be updating our New & Exciting page to present our events in more fun & creative way.
In January, our coordinators had the sound equipment out in the field for 20 outreaches over a period of 60 days where 3,199 souls came to know Jesus as their Lord and Savior! We are blessed that Pr Charles in Kayunga in central Uganda and the local pastors have received the sound & video equipment and have already planned to start doing outreaches in their communities. Pr Isaac (DRCongo in Uganda), Pr Billy (E Uganda) and Pr John (South Sudan in Uganda) are still under attack with a lot of physical problems and although they are improving, they still need prayers to fully regain their health. Prossy, our N Uganda coordinator, is moving to Kenya in April to be married and will be living there. Please pray as we seek God’s direction for another coordinator in N Uganda or whether the equipment will be kept by Prossy to start outreaches in the part of Kenya that she will be living in. The main Harvest Vision Kibuli church family in Kampala has been open two years but the two services on Sunday morning are filled to capacity so work has started on an extension which will accommodate another 150 people. Please join with us in prayer for the communities in central and eastern Uganda where a drought has been ongoing for 5 months and many people are suffering from hunger. Thanks to the Harvest Kids who recently sent money to help 7 students from the Nalidi Grace Orphan school in E Uganda attend secondary school after their graduation. We appreciate the support and prayers of all our co-laborers in the USA and Mexico that pray and provide support for the evangelism, pastor’s training, church planting and to help meet some of our basic health and education needs in Central Africa.
In December, our coordinators had the sound equipment out in the field for 19 outreaches over a period of 72 days where 3,245 souls came to know Jesus as their Lord and Savior! Praise God for these faithful brothers and sisters! Please continue to pray for them as they risk their lives and continue to push through conditions and circumstances for this one vision. To seek and save that which is lost until the final person in this world receives Him before He returns to be with us for eternity. We are blessed to share that Pr. Isaac, our DRCongo coordinator in Uganda, has completed his back surgery in India and is recovering. Martin spoke with him and he is already able to stand and take a few steps. Pr John Light, our South Sudan coordinator, is recovering from his blood loss and finishing his treatment for TB. His wife and children will be joining him in Gulu, N. Uganda, where a home has been rented for them for Feb & March. We are hoping they will be able to move back to South Sudan afterward to resume the outreaches there. Pr Billy, our E. Uganda coordinator, was diagnosed with kidney problems and is receiving treatment. Please keep all of these and their families in your prayers. The generators to replace one in the DRCongo and to go with the new sound and video system for our new coordinator in Kayunga, Uganda have been purchased. Pr Martin will be attending a pastor’s conference in Kayunga the first of February and taking them the new equipment. We are excited about the expanding of the kingdom through the use of this equipment in these communities.
In November, our coordinators had the equipment in the field for 22 outreaches over a period of 75 days where 6,366 people accepted Jesus and over 8,000 believers were baptized. Please keep our co-laborers lifted up in prayer. We appreciate everyone that prayed and provided support for the young man, Wilson, that had been providing technical support for the outreaches with Prossy who coordinates in N. Uganda. Wilson went to be with the Lord shortly after his treatment. Our prayers are with his family and friends. After the burial, Prossy and the other young man, David, that also helps were able to go out on their next outreach using the new generator that was provided by our friends in the USA. Pr. Martin and his family have been visiting his home in Kenya over the Christmas holidays. After his return, they are hoping a new shipment of generators is available so he can purchase the replacement for the DRCongo and the one that will go along with the sound and video equipment that will be going to Pr. Charles, our new coordinator in Kayunga, central Uganda. We are also happy that funding was sent to repair the ministry vehicles beings used for outreaches in the DRCongo and N. Kenya. Please pray for the three bible schools that have started in Burundi. We are praying that Pr. John Light, the South Sudan coordinator, who is currently on refugee status in Uganda with his family will finish his tuberculosis treatments soon so he can return to his ministry work in his home country. We are excited to announce that our three coordinators that are not married; Kennedy, Prossy and Christopher, that serve in central, north & northwest Uganda respectively, will be getting married in 2017. Please keep them lifted up in prayer as they move into this new season of their lives.
We are so thankful for the sacrifices of our coordinators that plan the outreaches. In October, they had the equipment in the field for 21 outreaches over a period of 93 days. Over 2,000 people accepted Jesus and over 2,000 believers were baptized. Please keep our co-laborers lifted up in prayer. The young man that has been helping Prossy in N. Uganda with crusades is very ill and is receiving treatment in the hospital in Kampala and needs our prayers. We are also praying the John Light, our South Sudan coordinator’s health. He continues to take treatment for tuberculosis in N. Uganda and we are hoping that he will be able to move back to South Sudan at the beginning of the year to resume outreach ministry there. It is also a new and exciting time for two of our coordinators who are planning their weddings for next year. Kennedy, our over-all and central Uganda coordinator and Christopher, our NW Uganda coordinator, and both preparing for the helpers that God has prepared for them to continue their kingdom work. The Harvest Vision church families remain strong and our newest one that was started by Pr Richard in Kampala is holding strong at about 40 members. All of these church families are committed to support evangelism in their immediate community and continually are sending people to support other church families and outreaches in other parts of the country.
Our Overall Africa Ministry Director has been in Skagit Valley, WA, Boston, MA and Memphis TN in USA for the month of November encouraging brothers and sisters who support the miraculous work being done through our co-laborers in Africa. Standing in the gap and speaking on behalf of all the workers and souls coming to the kingdom through the use of the sound equipment. Some of the funds raised this month have gone to purchasing more sound and video equipment for the outreaches and crusades.
Our lovely administrative coordinator of the ministry in Africa, Suzan, has delivered her first born baby boy! We welcome Prince Awesome Azriel Jaden Gale was brought into this world on November 14th! Thank you Jesus for your favor over this family.
During the month of September, 21 outreaches were coordinated and 2,277 made their decision to accept Jesus as their personal Savior. We are always encouraged to hear testimonies and receive photos of the lives being transformed and communities being impacted by the work of our faithful co-laborers in Central Africa. Pr Evariste was able to coordinate 7 outreaches in Burundi in September and they were witness to 426 being led by the Holy Spirit to accept Jesus. All of these outreaches are supported by local believers in the community that are prepared and committed to help disciple these new believers in their local church families. The same great miracles are happening through the work of our newest coordinator in north Kenya, Pr Simon. He has been involved in ministry for a number of years and we were able to partner with him during this last year. They have strong pastor’s and leader’s training, church planting and very many supporting these outreaches to reach these communities in these desert areas. The people are so glad to see the Jesus film in their own language and many people are coming to the faith because they received the gospel in their own dialect language. There are many different tribes in this area that have long histories of warring against each other and we are blessed that Simon has pastor’s from all of these tribes working with him to bring hope to these regions of north Kenya and southern Ethiopia. A few months ago, we were blessed to support a poultry project to provide income for Prossy who coordinates Harvest Vision ministry in north Uganda. Prossy, like all the coordinators, is in the field most of the time organizing and supporting outreaches with Christian pastors and leaders. She provides the sound & video equipment and helps with the evangelism and teaching over the 3-5 days of the outreach. That leaves no time to work a job to have money to meet her needs. Also many of the coordinators have families to take care of. Each coordinator identifies a sustainability project that they can do or over-see that can meet their own personal needs. Prossy is thankful for everyone that helps her through prayer and giving to make this possible and allow her to fulfill her calling. In September, she was involved in 3 outreaches that strengthened the church families involved and witnessed the Holy Spirit bringing 176 new believers to accept Jesus and begin their discipleship journey supported by their local church families. (And yes, that is a charcoal stove providing heat for those baby chicks!) We have sent her an option to try a candle heater that she can consider.
During the month of August, 31 outreaches were coordinated and 6,052 made their decision to accept Jesus as their personal Savior. This is the most salvations in any month since the first equipment was purchased for our co-laborers in Africa in 2006 and the 29,000 people that have come to salvation in the first 8 months of this year is more than any year previously. We give God the praise for the faithfulness and sacrifices of these brothers and sisters that work with Christian leaders in their communities to coordinate these outreaches. Pr Isaac, the DRCongo coordinator, is still in need of prayer for his neck problem; Adele, the wife of Pr Evariste, the Burundi coordinator, was released from the hospital and is recovering after surgery and Pr John Light, the South Sudan coordinator, continues to get treatment for tuberculosis but hopefully will be reunited with his family in north Uganda next week. Please pray for the few families that have returned to South Sudan after being refugees in north Uganda as they rebuild the church community there. Suzan, the HVA admin coordinator, is helping locate a copier that will be used to print curriculum for the bible schools in E. Uganda. We are praying for the finances to support more coordinators with equipment and bible schools in these large areas that the present coordinators are working in. The relationships that are needed to support having more outreaches have already been established so we are simply “waiting on the Lord” for His provision. Pr Martin will be traveling to the USA in November to visit the Harvest Vision family in Washington and to visit friends and share about the ministry in Boston and in Florida.
Thank you for all of your continuous prayer and support of the work God has ordained through our co-laborers in Africa. During the month of July, 22 outreaches were coordinated and 5,443 made their decision to accept Jesus as their personal Savior. We are so thankful for our co-laborers that have dedicated their lives and continue to make sacrifices to reach the lost in their communities. Please join with us to pray for Pr. Titus, who over-sees the church fellowship and bible school, and his family in Namaingo, E. Uganda. His wife and the children’s mother went to be with the Lord last week. Also, pray for Pr John Light and his family who recently fled South Sudan. Sarah, the children and orphans are in north Uganda but John has been sent to Kampala to treat an enlarged spleen and the complications. Pr Isaac, who helps coordinate the work in the DRCongo, continues to suffer constant pain from his neck and we are praying for a miracle to bring healing. On a brighter side, Kennedy is purchasing replacement sound equipment for the outreaches in central Uganda, Prossy (N Uganda) and Simon (N Kenya) have started their sustainability projects which will help them meet their needs as they continue to support the outreaches in their communities. We are hoping to send funds to purchase a new copier ($600) for the bible schools in E Uganda. The schools are on hold because all the printed curriculum is furnished by the ministry and we have been unable to provide that during this time. We are blessed to see the many ways in which God is using our fellow servants to share the love of Jesus with those in these difficult and often dangerous circumstances and it is a privilege to pray and support them and their families.
Thank you for all of your continuous prayer and support of the work God has ordained through our co-laborers in Africa. During the month of June, 30 outreaches were coordinated over 93 days and 4,791 made their decision to accept Jesus as their personal Savior.
Please pray for the people of South Sudan during this time of war in Juba. Many people are being beaten, raped and killed. Pastor John has made it into Uganda with his family to seek refuge from Sudan, however, their conditions are still very poor.
Our DRCongo coordinator, Pr. Isaac’s health is still very poor. He and his family are currently registered refugees in Uganda. He has a lot of pain and numbness throughout his body, has difficulty walking and has a brace on his neck to keep his head and neck stable. The EGD church family in the DRCongo has been doing everything they can to collect donations so that he can go to India for surgery. Their goal is $40,000 US dollars and they have raised $13,000 by selling their belongings and are trusting God to provide the rest.
Our faithful outreach coordinator, Kennedy, has reported that he has malaria and has been feeling very sick but he is still going on missions. Praise God, for the faithful they shall be rewarded! Please pray for his health as his entire life is working to spread the Gospel to the lost.
Recently, Susan met a new family that is living in extreme poverty and bad health. The mother, Grace, is a widow and very ill. Her and her children are positive for HIV. Susan has connected them with the AIDS support through a local hospital in Kampala and has given them some food but because Grace is so sick she is not able to work to continue to provide for her family. Please join us in prayer for healing and Gods provision for them and the other families that Comfort Africa helps and that they can come to trust in God for He sees them and loves them far more than we can even begin to imagine even in their struggle. The bridal shop sustainability project has been a bit slow the last couple months but two new clients are scheduled in the next couple weeks! Once they have some extra money they are going to work on doing some promoting of their services.
The copy machine for E. Uganda bible schools is not working so the schools have stopped until the copier can be replaced. The new property next to the Harvest Church Fellowship in Kibuli has been surveyed to secure a land title. They have been using one of the buildings for counseling and prayer and Pr Simon will hopefully be living there in September and will begin to relieve Pr. Martin of some of the pastoral responsibilities that he has so he can focus on the over-all ministry.
In July, we received funding from the US for the following projects: N. Uganda poultry project for Prossy, NW Uganda motorbike for Christopher and a beauty salon project for Kenya to support Simon and Rose. We also received money for property to re-locate the Kayunga fellowship in Central Uganda and to purchase a new cooking pot for the Canaan Foundation School in Mukono, Uganda. We are now working on replacing the broken sound equipment that Kennedy uses to support outreaches in Central Uganda ($1,500); the copier that is used to print the curriculum for bible schools in E. Uganda (Martin will be sending us an estimate); replacing the generators in N. Uganda and the eastern DRCongo ($850/each); and will be purchasing a portable sound system & mics in the USA ($1,350) that will be taken to Africa the end of September. We are also working on helping Pr Billy come to visit Washington and California in mid-September.
We are so thankful for the support of our friends from the USA that support the ongoing outreaches in Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda, Burundi, South Sudan and the DRCongo in Central Africa. During the month of May, 28 outreaches were coordinated over 100 days and 1,964 made their decision to accept Jesus as their personal Savior. Pr Martin just returned from a 8 day mission to Samburu, Kenya where he was joined with friends from Tennessee where they taught 28 pastors and leaders and did outreach to communities in the area. Pr Simon, the coordinator, and one of his fellow evangelist spend almost all their time in the mission field. Our brothers from TN were moved by the Holy Spirit to purchase new tires for the car and a motorbike to help reach the lost. We are steadfastly working toward the donations needed to support sustainability projects for Pr Simon and his family and for Prossy in N Uganda and Christopher in NW Uganda. We are also in need of property in Kayunga, Uganda where the existing church family is being removed because of pressure the Muslim community is putting on the property owners where they are located. We are working on ensuring we can maintain the existing sets of sound and video equipment that the coordinators use to support the outreaches in their regions. The equipment is used constantly and repairs and replacement of worn equipment, including projectors, speakers, amplifiers and generators are required. Please pray that God will continue to give us the wisdom and support base to maintain and expand.
We are so thankful for the support of our friends from the USA that support the ongoing outreaches in Central Africa. During the month of April, 23 outreaches were coordinated over 78 days and 2,479 made their decision to accept Jesus as their personal Savior. We give God the glory for each and everyone as they join others that are being discipled to live as Christ and bring still others into the kingdom by sharing the gospel with those in their families and communities, either friend of foe. Even as we have experienced many salvations, besides the ones associated with the equipment our coordinators have been provided with, and many healings and deliverances, it is not without costs. We are praying for God's healing mercy and quick and speedy recovery to Billy, the E. Uganda coordinator as he receives treatment at the bone clinic for damage to his body when he was robbed and left for dead after completing a successful mission. For Suzan, the HV Africa admin coordinator, who is pregnant and recovering from a motorbike accident that occurred as she traveled to take a young orphan girl to her home. Isaac, the DRCongo coordinator, is suffering from back pain and is in need of an operation; John, the South Sudan coordinator, will be undergoing hernia surgery after suffering for weeks because he did not have the money needed for an operation and Evariste, the Burundi coordinator, recently had a bicycle accident on his way to teach at the Bible school that sprained his hand and broke his special prescription glasses. We are thankful again for our co-laborers that sent the money to replace his glasses. At the present time, Pr Martin, the director of Harvest Vision Africa, is on a visit to Washington and Tennessee in the USA and Mexico and will be returning June 8th with much needed items to support the ministry.
It has been an eventful month for the ministry in Africa. Even with the activities associated with Ted and George's visit from the USA, the coordinators helped with 26 outreaches in March over a period of 57 days that witnessed 1,981 come to salvation. We give God the glory. Many other salvations & miracles are happening through the individuals and church families that outreach into these communities. Ted & George were able to attend the annual HV Africa meeting in the Kibuli fellowship in Kampala, Uganda, where 12 new pastors were commissioned. The purchase of the adjacent property has been finalized and is now available to extend the building and provide a home for Pr Simon & a church office which will help reduce the amount of time Pr Martin is involved in pastoral care so he can have more time to over-see the ministry.
Ted and George were able to spend time with Prossy & Christopher who coordinate outreaches in north & northwest Uganda and were encouraged to hear they are ready to start bible schools for pastors and leaders in their areas. Ted and George traveled with Pr Martin to South Sudan to visit Pr John Light and were able to participate in leader's training and visit two of the other locations that have church fellowships. John recently registered the ministry with the government. Afterwards, they traveled to north Kenya to visit with Pr Simon and the team in that region. Very hot & dry and similar to Sudan. Seven church families have been planted in this area, including one in Ethiopia. It was a blessing to have with us water filters and solar-powered audio bibles in different languages to make available to the leaders. Pr Robert, who founded the AFM bible school in Rwanda, reported that pastors are ministering in their home villages using the sound & video equipment and that the audio bibles would be a blessing. He also shared that many times the teachers or students are sick from the water and they also use the little money they may have for treatment but the water filters will prevent that. When sharing about the combination, his comment was, "these two things really hit the bullseye for us". We are thankful to the King's Storehouse ministry in Washington that donate these to support these workers. Much time was spent with the coordinators to understand their needs and to brainstorm on sustainability projects that might help them with family and ministry needs. In all six countries, Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda, Burundi, South Sudan and the DRCongo, we have access to bible schools that pastors and leaders can attend without having to leave their families & ministries and registered ministries that cover new church plants to ensure they meet any requirements in their country. Some of these are through Harvest Vision and others through partner ministries. We are grateful to have received a donation from the Lyman Baptist church family to purchase a car and truck to support the ministry in east Uganda.
At the current time we are needing prayer for Pr Isaac, our DRCongo coordinator, who is in constant pain from back problems, possible requiring surgery in India; Suzan, our admin coordinator, who is 10 weeks pregnant and was in a terrible accident and is in the hospital recovering and Pr Billy, our east Uganda coordinator, who is in constant pain and is being sent to a bone clinic because it appears his shoulder might have been broken when he was robbed and knocked out a few months ago. Please join us in prayer for the leaders that will stand in and support Suzan and her admin responsibilities as she recovers and during Pr Martin's 5 week visit to the USA.
Praise God for His faithfulness and blessing the over-all ministry. Our coordinators have been out in the field with the equipment for 90 days coordinating 59 outreaches in the month of February and witnessed 4,200 accept Jesus as their personal Savior. These outreaches include ministering to groups of military and police, students at schools from primary to university, business and government groups and the general public, in cities and the jungle. Miracles of healing and deliverance, with Muslims, witch doctors and alcoholics coming to Christ. Many are coming to Christ through the radio ministry in eastern Uganda and lives and being transformed as pastors and leaders receive training, encouragement and fellowship through the Bible schools. We also opened a new church plant in the Gayaza community in Uganda that started with a 10 day crusade and revival that has brought in many new believers. Please pray for Pastor Cosmos and Rose who will be over-seeing the church family. Pr Billy, the eastern Uganda coordinator, was struck with severe chest problems and had to get emergency treatment but is beginning to recover. He was seriously injured a few years ago in a motorbike accident when he was going to teach at the bible school and this appeared to be aggravated when he was robbed and left in the jungle after a crusade a few months ago. We thank God for his recovery. We are also excited to report that the Comfort Africa orphan outreach that our Administrative Coordinator, Suzan, founded years ago has received their registration to continue as a recognized NGO (non-profit association) in Uganda. We pray that this will help the over-all ministry and make it easier for Suzan to visit and share about the ministry in the USA.
George and Ted left for Africa on March 23rd and will be returning on April 10th. They were welcomed in Kampala, Uganda and then traveled to Rwanda to visit with the coordinators from that country, as well as Burundi and the DRCongo. They will also travel to Kenya and to South Sudan. During their few days in Kampala, they are hoping to have visits from Christopher from NW Uganda, Prossy from N Uganda, Billy from E. Uganda and Kennedy from C. Uganda. Thanks to our partners in the USA, they brought much needed items (projectors, microphones & other equipment) to replace some of the sound and video equipment that is no longer working, water filters, audio bibles in Swahili & Masai, a camera and wedding dresses for the bridal shop and some other items. Ted is assuming a more active role in the Africa ministry, by sharing the Africa liaison responsibility with Kylee, back in the USA. Martin will be working closely with the leaders to prepare the ministry for his absence while he comes to visit the USA for 6 weeks starting in May.
This year started in full gear at the Harvest Church Fellowship Kibuli in Kampala, Uganda, with 21 days of prayer and fasting. The whole church was involved including the children. We were praying for both our personal needs to have a break through, spiritual growth and revival of the church and for peace during the electoral process in our country. The prayer and fasting was crowned with awesome revival meetings led by our guest Pr. Peter Matee from Machakos, Kenya, and Apostle Emma both anointed men ready and willing to take the true uncorrupted and incorruptible word of God to mankind. Honestly, the two weeks of those revival meetings has not left the brethren the same. It is very evident that revival has come forth to us. There has been rejuvenation in the spiritual and physical. You can see from the light that is shining out in people’s faces that their lives have been changed. The touch of the Holy Ghost that was evident during the services surely brought revival, joy, peace, hope and love to the brethren. There is an unexplainable shine and desire to fellowship. All the shackles have been broken, the burdens and the yoke have been released from the shoulders of the brethren. Surely January has been such an awesome month. We have witnessed 50 people give their lives to Christ during the revival meetings and that is so powerful in the kingdom of God. We thank the Lord for Pr. Matee who harkened God’s call and came to Uganda to accomplish our January agenda of prayer and fasting. The Lord is good.
The outreaches are going well, although 4 were canceled in E. Uganda because the car used for transportation was stolen. It has also been a burden on the coordinator's family, as they are having to find funding for transportation to attend their local church fellowships, do the radio ministry, move equipment for remaining outreaches and teach at the bible schools. We currently have 82 pastors and leaders attending 3 different bible schools in E. Uganda as well as 57 attending the 2 bible schools in Burundi. Please pray for this work as they are having a problem with the copiers used for printing the curriculum. As a result, of the outreaches and the work of the individual local church families, many new church families continue to be starting to meet the needs of these new believers.
We are currently working on a program to visit with all the coordinators during the 16 days that George and Ted will be visiting from the USA in March. Martin will be traveling with them to Rwanda, to the visit with the coordinators from that country, as well as Burundi and the DRCongo. They will also travel to Kenya and to South Sudan. During their few days in Kampala, they are hoping to have visits from Christopher from NW Uganda, Prossy from N Uganda, Billy from E. Uganda and Kennedy from C. Uganda. We are praying for a few much needed items (projectors, microphones & other equipment) to replace some of the sound and video equipment that is no longer working.
We have also become aware that the borehole (water well) that was drilled to meet the needs of the Nalidi Grace Orphan school in E. Uganda has corroded piping and the water is not safe for consumption. We agree with them in prayer for the $415 needed, as well as the $2,300 to complete Pr Evariste & Adele's home in Burundi and the $2,600 needed to build the home that will help the ~100 orphans that are being cared for by Pr John & Sarah Light in South Sudan.
What a blessing that the AFM bible school in Rwanda has finished there last session and the pastors that attend were able to use the sound & video equipment to do outreaches in their towns & villages. Starting in mid Decemberthrough the first of January, they coordinated four outreaches presenting the gospel to over 800 people and 113 accepted Jesus and have been baptized or plan to be baptized in April. In December, the coordinators used the equipment to coordinate 28 different outreaches in Uganda, Sudan, Kenya, Rwanda, Burundi and the DRCongo that witnessed 3,572 people come to faith in Jesus Christ. We are so thankful for the radio ministry in E. Uganda & W. Kenya that is bringing teaching to local leaders and the gospel message to many that are coming to the HV fellowship in Mbale, Uganda and have filled the tent to capacity. We are hoping to have the finances needed to purchase a property in Mbale by the mid March deadline we have been given in our current lease. We are also thankful that the bible schools in E. Uganda and Burundi that graduated many pastors and leaders at the end of the year are already operating with new students. An agreement has been signed to purchase the property adjacent to the Kibuli HV church fellowship in Kampala, Uganda that will be available in 2 months for having a children's ministry, offices, equipment storage and pastoral housing. This will allow Pr Martin to be more available for the work in over-seeing and expanding the ministry in Central Africa.
Pr Martin, the director of Harvest Vision Africa, called at 10:30pm tonight (Wed, Jan 20) and said that Pr Billy had just returned from a mission in Karamojo in E. Uganda along the Kenya border by Mt. Elgon. This is an area known for witchcraft and violence with many people that haven't heard the gospel. The mission was successful and afterwards, Billy with the driver, Abram, that had traveled with Billy were driving back to Mbale at night. They were stopped along the road and a group of men with guns came out of the bush and threatened Abram to give them the keys. Billy told him to not resist or they would kill them. After getting the keys, they put Billy and Abram in the back and sprayed them with chloroform. They woke up out in the jungle and a shepherd boy found them and helped them get to a small town center with a medical clinic where they received an injection and got back their senses. They reported to the police who said that six cars had already been hijacked along that stretch of road. Fortunately, the people hosting the crusade had a sound system and speakers so Billy was only traveling with the generator, projector and cables. The car was the one that Billy had purchased after selling the Toyota that we had given him to Pr Simon. He added money and bought a more reliable and large enough vehicle for hauling the equipment. The equipment is already scheduled for more outreaches in the east. We were able to send our spare used generator and projector to help with these outreaches. Unfortunately, four missions had to be cancelled because they were planned using the car in areas that don't have public transportation available. God is faithful and we thank God for all those that came to salvation in this outreach. Karamojo is an area where we have already identified someone to be a coordinator when we have the equipment and can provide the monthly support. We also were able to talk to Pr Billy and thank him for his faithfulness. We pray for peace for all our co-laborers and their families that face these possibilities on every outreach. We are also in need for another vehicle to support the work in eastern Uganda.
Just like the angels who came to the shepherd’s as told in Luke 2:10 -11 And the angel said unto them, "Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord." Our savior and throughout Africa the good news is Jesus who seeks and saves the Lost. We are so thankful that our co-laborers in Central Africa having“ heard and understand the word” have been faithful in His harvest fields sharing the good news and bringing light to those in darkness. These faithful servants have used the sound and video equipment and have coordinated 29 outreaches that witnessed 3,011 people come to salvation in Jesus Christ. Jesus said “but the one who received the seed that fell on good soil is the man who hears the word and understands it. He produces a crop yielding a hundred sixty or thirty times what was sown.” Mathew 13:23. Please pray that these new believers would be protected as they are taught to be disciples in their local church family.
We are thankful for Pr Billy as he has had the opportunity to teach 100 church leaders in E. Uganda before leaving for the leaders training did in Tanzania. Please join us in prayer for Pr. John Light in South Sudan where they are facing lack of fuel, water and food and for Pr. Evariste in Burundi where they face political unrest and violence and people are being killed.
We have many praise reports this season and are grateful for all the Lord is doing. We received the testimonies of the outreaches for Nov & the first part of Dec. from Pr. Christopher who started coordinating outreaches in NW Uganda in September using the sound and video equipment provided by Harvest Vision. During these 6 weeks he coordinated 7 outreaches and witnessed 1,152 people make their decision to receive Jesus Christ. We continue to pray for the local church families that Pr. Chris will be helping to disciple these new believers.
In Africa last year the Lord open the door to purchase an old church building in the slums of Kampala, Uganda where the Kibuli Church fellowship was meeting. Pastor Martin over sees the church fellowship besides being responsible for direction the over-all ministry of Harvest Vision Africa in Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda, Burundi, South Sudan and Eastern DRCong. Two elders from the Kibuli fellowship are involved in the on-going pastoral training and will be helping with the pastoral duties of the Kibuli fellowship which will allow Martin to be free to better over-see and expand the over-all ministry. The building has been restored in is currently the mother church supporting outreaches throughout Uganda. The current church building is one big room and there is no room for children’s ministry, equipment storage or an office that would help with facilitating the pastoral care and discipleship needs of the church family. There has been an adjacent property for sale $17,000 that would be perfect in providing well for our needs. We have been praying and with the answer to prayer and through the help of our co-laborers in the USA, That goal of raising the $17,000 has been reached for the entire purchase of the new building. We want to thank you for your prayers and obedience that God has used. We are praying for many more souls to be saved as He continues to build his kingdom.
The Bridal Shop in Kampala has been very busy with many weddings. Suzan and her team reported that this past month they have been doing so well that for the first time they were able to make enough money to take care of all the operating cost and financial needs of the shop. They have been blessed with being booked throughout December and into the New Year with many planned weddings. We are also going to be getting Suzan her driver’s license this coming year so she does not have to rely on public transport which is quite expensive. There is much traveling back and forth for her and her team between the bridal shop and venue preparations, so this will bless them immensely.
May God continue to get all the glory, during this Christmas season we should all be mindful of the greatest gift (present) ever given to mankind, His “Presence” in our lives through the forgiveness of sin and surrender to his Lordship. We know the greatest “Present” we can give to him, is to bring those that are lost into His Presence. “For the Son of Man came to seek and save what was lost” Luke 19:10.
HARVEST VISION MINISTRIES AFRICA
WEEKLY NEWS REPORT 23RD – 29TH NOVEMBER 2015
In Kampala, the week kicked off with Kennedy arriving from Samburu, Kenya where he had gone to do a training on how to use the equipment, as well as preach the gospel. The very next day, Tuesday, Ken was parking the equipment for a gospel crusade in Nakasongola, a place located in the northern part of Uganda.
In the West Nile (NW Uganda), our coordinator Chris was busy with a five day crusade in a village called Parombo next to Nebbi. Although the list of salvations is not compiled yet, he expects the converts of the week to be between 200 - 260. Today he is traveling to Hoima for another crusade scheduled for this week.
In Gulu (N Uganda), Prossy organized two missions last week at a village called Kapedupong where 150 people received Christ and in Papalwongo where 34 people received Christ.
In Samburu (Kenya), Pr Simon and his team just came back from Ngaremar where 8 people gave their lives to Christ. Before the Lord, every soul is very precious to the Father. He would rather leave the 99 on their own and go look for one which is lost. It was such a blessing to talk to Pr. Simon and the testimony of how blessed they were by Kennedy's visit to Samburu.
In Burundi, Pr Evariste and his family are all doing well. There was a mission held in Bukeye where 64 people gave their lives to Christ. In that community, there is no nearby church around. Pr Evariste is being convicted to set up a church in that area, and he asks for prayers for that community and that the will of God for that community may be done. The Bible school at Gihanga now has 26 students who are doing well by the grace of God.
In Nalidi (E Uganda), Pr. Patrick, his family and all the orphans are okay apart from one girl, Esther Kantono, who seems to have malaria but is undergoing initial treatment using the drugs that were brought by Cami and Rabecca. Pr Patrick and his family are looking forward to entering their new house soon enough.
At the Canaan Foundation in Mukono (Uganda), the home of Madilyn's House, the whole school administration and children are busy preparing for their annual speech day where children have competitions amongst themselves and different houses. They will also have music, dance and lots of other activities that will crown the day which is scheduled for tomorrow 1st December 2015. All the children are in good health and in very good moods as all are looking forward to the competitions tomorrow.
At Comfort Africa, it is all joy as most of the children have gotten their holidays and are now looking forward to the 4 day Comfort Africa first every children camp this January that will be held at the Canaan Foundation in Lulagwe! This camp shall he held in conjunction with Canaan Foundation. Although we are still soliciting for finances for the camp, by faith we continue to organize and by faith the camp shall be held In Jesus Name.
All attempts to reach Pr John Light in South Sudan were still in vain. His number is out of service at the moment. Probably someone needs to go to Juba and look out for him if we still cannot reach him by January.
At the Kampala- Kibuli Church Fellowship, we have just concluded our 4 weeks of prayer and fasting for our nation. We have been praying and believing God for peaceful free and fair elections that are due in March and are praying against any powers of darkness that intend to ruin and bring our country to destruction. We know and we do believe that our God is faithful for He said in His word that if My people who are called by My name will turn away from their sins and pray, I will hear from heaven and heal their land. We stand on behalf of Uganda and pray and surely the Lord will heal our land from the plans of the enemy!!!!!
On Saturday, we organized a film show for the children, Although the film was not clear due to the light in the church, the children were so happy and very excited about the idea of watching a film. The film we tried to show was the Jesus, Story for Children that we received from the USA.
Many Blessings to you all.
Over a period of 65 days in October, our faithful coordinators made the sound & video equipment available for 23 community outreaches that witnessed 2,552 new believers accept Jesus.
The Trip to Africa was a time of so many blessings for all our co-laborers there and in the USA and for Cami and Rabecca. We are so encouraged and thankful for all everyone who came along side us as prayer partners and financial supporters those who gave of time and resources, from donating financially, to collecting and dropping off aluminum cans and donating supplies. The Bible says “Taste and see that the Lord is good” and we have tasted and seen, and will continue to see the outpour of his love as he is seeking and saving those who are lost. The trip to Africa was October 25 thru November 16th. There was such excitement to see and hear of how the Lord was working. They delivered the ministry supplies, which included solar powered audio bibles in different languages, study bibles for pastors that have finished bible school, keyboards and other sound equipment, tents & mattresses for our outreach coordinators, water filters, anti-biotic’s, phones, 2,000 toothbrushes, shorts & dresses for orphans, supplies for the bridal shop and many other much needed items. This also included money that will be used to purchase a copier for the bible schools, to register Comfort Africa (an NGO reaching out to orphans), to put a door the home of the founder of the Nalidi Grace orphan school and to make application for a visa that Pr Martin needs to visit the USA in 2016. It was such an honor getting to meet many of our "family" from there. They were blessed by attending the Kibuli church fellowship in the slum area of the city. They visited Mukono where they visited Pr Jonathan and the Canaan Foundation School where Madilyn's House was built in 2013. They were able to meet with the children & teachers at the school and visited Pr Jonathan's home where many of the orphans live. They were able to meet Peace, the little girl that was Madilyn's counter-partner in getting support to fund Madilyn's House where about 30 of the girls currently live in. Peace was able to talk to Blake, Kylee, Madilyn, Hailey & Clara in Granite Falls who are in the process of adopting her. They also visited other school and churches that operates on the edge of Kampala city. It was truly a blessing to deliver many of the provisions in person. We see the Lord using these pastors and co-laborer so mightily for his kingdom as many are reaping a great harvest with the church outreaches in the community and without any hesitation going out and doing door to door and street evangelismshare the gospel and witness many being saved, comingto Jesus. They traveled to Mbale with Pr. Billy and were able to meet Pr. Patrick, Pr. Richard, Pr. Joel, Pr. Margret and their families. We attended church conferences and crusades with Pr. Joseph and Kennedy. It was good to see the radio station in Mbale that is reaching many for Christ Jesus with the one hour a week they are on air. We know we are equipping and releasing more pastors through the bible schools and they all have such passion to be a laid down lover of Jesus that these co-laborer give up many comforts, risk their lives so others can know Jesus and have eternal life. The amount of compassion in their hearts is what drives them... A love just like Jesus. They see others and not themselves. We were happy to encourage and be encouraged by Pr. Martin and Suzan and the family. Rabecca and Cami also went with our Harvest Kids Pen pal letters from America and Mexico and shared them with the Comfort Africa and the Pastor children’s. The children were so excited; many couldn’t wait to write a letter to their new found friends. Our Harvest Kids in the Sedro woolly also had were to skype with Cami, Rabecca, and Pr. Martins family and friends in Kampala
Over a period of 76 days in August, our faithful coordinators made the equipment available for 18 community outreaches that witnessed 4,009 new believers accept Jesus. This effort requires someone to ensure the equipment is working and transported to the location which is not easy in many of these areas. The outreaches may include everything from door-to-door evangelism, prayer meetings (many times overnight), worship, preaching, videos (such as Jesus film, Gospel of John & Passion of Christ), leaders meetings & training & new church plants. Through all the trials, which include heat, rain, mosquitoes, lack of food and persecutions, these faithful servants obediently bring the gospel to the those without hope. Kennedy, the over-all equipment coordinator, is still working with the new coordinators in NW Uganda, N Kenya & Rwanda to ensure they are trained in how to use the sound & video equipment properly and what is needed for maintenance or repair.
We are thankful that the ongoing ministry in E. Uganda is more stable now: the bible colleges have started up again and the car used for transportation to support the over-all ministry has been repaired. We are working now to find a better copier to print the curriculum that is provided to the pastors that attend the bible colleges. Pr Jonathan has received the money from the USA Harvest Kids to build 4-triple bunkbeds for the orphans that have graduated from primary school and live at his home while working and attending secondary school. We are also thankful for the participating ministry that helped get the borehole drilled to provide water for the Nalidi Grace orphan school and the community in E. Uganda.
We are working to ensure that all the needed items to support the over-all ministry that can be transported to Africa the end of October when Rabecca & Cami visit are ordered and available. Rabecca & Cami, who help with the over-all administration coordination in the USA, will be working closely with Martin, director of HVM and Suzan, the administration coordinator to ensure we have the best tools to communicate between the various coordinators in Africa and the prayer and financial supporters in the USA, Canada and Mexico. We are also praying for the money needed ($17,000) to purchase the property next to the Kibuli fellowship that meets in the mostly Muslim slum area of the city.
We are hearing so many wonderful testimonies of the appreciation that our co-laborers have for the new equipment that they have received to continue and expand the work in reaching the lost in Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda, Burundi, South Sudan and the eastern DRCongo. We join with the Father in heaven and all the angels in rejoicing for the 2,662 salvations that happened during the 20 outreaches that were held in July. We were disappointed that Suzan, our HV Africa admin coordinator, was denied her visa to visit the USA, but we know that God has a plan to use her in Africa to continue to bring in the harvest and strengthen the Body of Christ. Evariste, our Burundi coordinator, was able to put the roof on the home that he is rebuilding and Jonathan, at the Canaan School foundation in Mukono, Ug. is completing the survey of the HV farming property that is used to provide support for the school and funds to help the over-all ministry. In the future, Kennedy, our central Uganda outreach coordinator and over-all equipment coordinator will be traveling to Rwanda, NW Uganda and N Kenya to help our newest co-laborers learn to use the equipment. We are expecting any day for the water well for the Nalidi Grace orphan school in E. Uganda, with its ~350 students and staff, to be drilled and this entire community to be blessed with their own water for drinking, bathing, cooking and helping with crops. We are praying for a financial breakthrough to repair Billy's car in E. Uganda. Unfortunately, the bible school have been temporarily closed because of Billy's health and a lack of funds for support because of the last few months drought. We are also praying for the money needed ($19,200) to purchase the property next to the Kibuli fellowship that meets in the mostly Muslim slum area of the city.
We are blessed that even with many equipment problems, 17 outreaches were held in June and 1,355 made their decision to receive Jesus and are being discipled in their local church families. We are so thankful that our fellow co-laborers in the USA, Canada and Mexico are supporting us and that we have been sent the necessary funds to not only replace old equipment, but get larger equipment in two areas and finish the equipping of coordinators in NW Uganda, N Kenya and Rwanda. We are also thankful that we received money from the Harvest Kids in the USA to purchase bunkbeds for Pr Richard and his family in E. Uganda and, here in Africa, we were able to get the funding to continue the radio ministry that is bringing the gospel message and Bible teaching to communities in W. Kenya and E. Uganda. God is faithful as we have new church families being planted throughout Uganda, W. Kenya, Rwanda, Burundi, South Sudan and the eastern DRCongo and bible schools are providing training to pastors and leaders in E. Uganda and Burundi. A large team from the Kibuli fellowship in Kampala, Uganda are currently supporting a large outreach in W. Uganda, where we are hoping to find a coordinator and help that area on a continuous basis. What a blessing to have connected with a ministry in Central Africa that will be drilling a well for the Nalidi Grace orphan school that serves almost 350 children in their community in E. Uganda. This will provide for the school and the entire community and we are hoping that we will be able to continue to have the support of this ministry as so many are in need of a source of clean water. We are praying that Suzan, our HVA admin coordinator and founder of Comfort Africa children's ministry, will be successful in obtaining her visa to visit the USA in September. This will encourage and help our co-laborers in the USA have a better understanding of the needs in Africa and how much their prayers and giving contributes to the lives of our people and to the building of God's kingdom.
Praise God, 1,289 new believers come to Jesus Christ through the outreaches in May. We are a blessed people to be able to help our brothers and sisters in Africa bring the gospel of Jesus Christ to those in the villages and towns that God is sending them to. We are thankful that Pr Billy, our E. Uganda coordinator, was able to visit a community in Kenya where he helped with an evangelistic outreach, preaching to people under a tree 3 years ago. Now they have a place that protects them from the elements so they can worship God, become disciples of Jesus and reach others in their community in His name. This is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it. Please pray for them, because when he returned he was told his family and the bible school must move and thanks to supporters from the USA they are in a new home close to the tent where the new church family and the bible school meets. Pr Evariste, our Burundi coordinator, was provided a copier, to copy all the bible school curriculum after it has been translated and retyped in their native language to be given free to pastors and leaders that attend the bible schools. He already had started a school for the pastor's in Bujumbura, the capital, and has now started another Bible school south of the capital, in Bugiri, Bubanza Province and has 15 pastors attending. We are praying for another bible school that will provide training for pastors in south Burundi, close to Tanzania.
We currently have 7 sets of sound and video equipment that our coordinators in Burundi, South Sudan, Uganda and the DRC make available to local native pastors and evangelists for free. In May, there were 21 outreaches over 66 days in schools, town centers and the jungle, that included home visitations, crusades, films and discipleship and leader's training. This, with a personal commitment from local believers to disciple these new believers into new or existing church families, provide for an ever-expanding and on-going presence of the gospel as the kingdom work advances. They (and we, the Church) need continued prayer and financial support to carry on the existing work.
We are needing a total of $16,835 to replace worn out equipment (5-7 yrs) and equip 3 new coordinators (Rwanda, NW Uganda & N Kenya) and complete a roof project for our Burundi coordinator and to get a required survey of farming property we own in Mukono, UG. We are praying that we will be able to met these needs in July of this year. We appreciate the car washes, garage sales and any all fundraising you can do to help meet these needs. If you feel led to give, big or small, anything helps. We are especially in need of regular monthly donors that will give electronically so we know we have the needed funding to support the on-going ministries and we can focus our fund-raising on specific projects that help expand the ministry and the support for our co-laborers in the field. If you would like to be a monthly donor, please visit the website or contact us directly and we can take your information and you can help these laborers as they share the gospel and make disciples in these nations.
In April, the coordinators made the sound and video equipment available for 15 outreaches over 31 days and we were blessed to receive the testimony of 1,984 new believers coming into the kingdom. We are doubly blessed to know that so many believers that have been born again are actively sharing the gospel with others individually and that they are corporately working to bring the gospel message to others in their communities through local outreaches coordinated through their local church families. Many of these are through new church families that have been birthed out of these outreaches. Although the challenges are ever present, they are overcome by the unending passion and joy to see those in despair find hope and those that are in darkness open their eyes and hearts when the light of the gospel of Jesus Christ is shared with them.
Ted and Angie had the opportunity to meet many more pastors, leaders and church families in central and eastern Uganda before leaving on May 9th. Prior to leaving, they met with Pastor Martin and Suzan, the director and administrative coordinator of Harvest Vision Africa, to give them thanks and to share their experiences. They also wanted to ensure they understood clearly the needs of the ministry so they could help communicate those to the believers in the USA that may be called to pray and support the expanding of the kingdom in these nations.
At the present time, we are facilitating one bible school at a time in eastern Uganda. These allow local pastors and leaders to receive teaching without leaving their families and other ministry for long periods of time. We are grateful to have a radio ministry that brings biblical teaching to leaders and believers in W. Kenya and E. Uganda to meet the ongoing needs and give the leaders some training and encouragement as they wait for the bible school to come to their area. We are praying that the bible schools in Burundi will be starting soon.
We are working on a plan to replace worn out equipment that is currently being used by the 6 coordinators. We are also planning to get larger sound systems for N. Uganda and the eastern DRCongo because the size of the crowds are getting so much larger. The smaller portable systems currently being used will be shifted to new coordinators in Rwanda, NW Uganda and N Kenya, where we are preparing to make sound & video equipment available.
If you feel led to give, big or small, anything helps. We are especially in need of regular monthly donors that will give electronically so we know we have the needed funding to support the on-going ministries and we can focus our fund-raising on specific projects that help expand the ministry and the support for our co-laborers in the field. If you would like to be a monthly donor, please visit the website or contact us directly and we can take your information and you can help these laborers as they share the gospel and make disciples in these nations.
Africa April 2015 news
We are still in need of equipment to support the outreaches. The generator in DRCongo needs to be replaced because it is getting very old. We need a generator and a projector in Burundi, a generator in Northwest Uganda, and a generator and a motorcycle for transportation in Kenya. If you feel led to give, big or small, anything helps. We are especially in need of regular monthly donors that will give electronically so we know we have the needed funding to support the on-going ministries and we can focus our fund-raising on these kind of specific projects that help expand the ministry and the support for our co-laborers in the field. If you would like to be a monthly donor, please visit the website or contact us directly and we can take your information and you can help these laborers as they share the gospel and make disciples in these nations. Thank you to everyone who continues to pray for our co-laborers in Africa. They are constantly being attacked by the enemy but they faithfully continue to coordinate and go out with the sound equipment to bring more souls to the Kingdom of God. Sometimes it takes months for other Christian leaders to be able use the sound equipment, but in the months they are praying and fasting for God to show his power and love to the people. In the month of March, 19 outreaches where held in 55 days in Burundi, DRCongo and Uganda. 1,723 people decided to open their hearts and accept Jesus. Kennedy, one of our coordinators in Uganda, leaves his home Tuesday to do crusades every night and doesn’t return home until Sunday. When he’s home on Mondays, he spends most of his time reading, studying, and taking notes through the Word of God and other bible related books. Then he prays until he falls asleep. And the very next day, he’s back on his feet, working for God. What a big testimony and witness to hear about the faithfulness of the people we are working with.
Ted and Angie arrived from the USA on April 24th and after getting settled in they visited the Kibuli fellowship on Sunday. The two services lasted 5 hours and then they joined with the church family to go to Lake Victoria where 45 new believers were baptized. They are currently on a road trip visiting pastors, church families, schools and communities in eastern Uganda. They brought funds to pay the rent for Pr Billy & Teddy and the bible schools, the radio ministry that serves the pastors in W. Kenya and E. Uganda and the money for the mattresses for the new bunkbeds for the orphan boys and towels & money to build a washroom for the orphan girls in Nalidi. They also brought laptops, phones, water filters, solar-powered Swahili audio bibles, tent and air mattress for Kennedy when he goes on outreaches, portable sound systems, video projectors, microphones, keyboards, wedding dresses & bridal shop supplies, anti-biotics, school supplies, hand-sewn shorts from the USA & Mexico for orphan children and a copier for the bible school in Burundi.
We are still in need of equipment to support the outreaches. The generator in DRCongo needs to be replaced because it is getting very old. We need a generator and a projector in Burundi, a generator in Northwest Uganda, and a generator and a motorcycle for transportation in Kenya. If you feel led to give, big or small, anything helps. We are especially in need of regular monthly donors that will give electronically so we know we have the needed funding to support the on-going ministries and we can focus our fund-raising on these kind of specific projects that help expand the ministry and the support for our co-laborers in the field. If you would like to be a monthly donor, please visit the website or contact us directly and we can take your information and you can help these laborers as they share the gospel and make disciples in these nations.
Africa news, March 2015
Although there are many kinds of trials in the different countries that we are in partnership with in Central Africa – sickness, poverty, war, witchcraft and persecution from religions that want to destroy those of the Christian faith – The Church triumphantly and sacrificially searches for the lost so they may be given eternal life in Jesus Christ. Twenty-eight outreaches were coordinated in the month of February and 2,539 accepted Jesus and are now being discipled by local believers in their communities. We give God the praise and glory! Although our E. Uganda coordinator’s wife, Teddy, was over-come with sickness from a blood disease after their baby, Prosper, was born that kept her from being able to breastfeed the baby, friends from HVM in the states were able to send the needed finances to get her the treatment she needed and she is now recovering and the baby is fine. During this time, the tent that had been used for the Kibuli church family in Kampala was relocated and put up in Mbale in E. Uganda and the first week of crusade saw 100 new converts and most of them came to the first Sunday service and continued coming for discipleship training every evening that week. Pr Billy, Teddy’s husband, who founded and over-sees the E. Uganda ministry, including the radio ministry and Bible schools, has been in Rwanda training leaders the last part of this month.
We received this message from Pr. Martin from Uganda that just returned from a visit to Pr Simon in Sambura in N. Kenya.
"just returned from Samburu in North Eastern Kenya. This nomadic tribe is one of the least reached tribes in Kenya. My heart is fully out for them, we are heading to the jungles, We are targeting, the Borana, Rendile, Turkana, Toposa , The Jie tribe heading north to the Murle of South Sudan. ANY ONE WHOSE HEART IS FOR THE LOST JOIN US. AFRICA WILL BE SAVED. heaven is asking WHO WILL GO FOR US? you may not go but can help. Pr Simon and his team of five believers, walk through the dry, scattered land on Fridays to reach the lost in these remote villages.” Along with Pr Simon, we have leaders in Nebbi in NW Uganda by the DRCongo/South Sudan border, in Bukavu in the eastern DRCongo and in western Uganda that are ready to begin coordinating outreaches when equipment is available.
Africa news, Feb 2015
Lot’s to be grateful for as our co-laborers in Africa were able to use the sound and video equipment in 18 outreaches that covered 56 days and were blessed to witness 1,454 salvations. These new believers are now being prepared and equipped by the local believers that pray, fast and commit themselves to the responsibility of discipleship prior to every outreach. The director of the over-all ministry also pastor’s the Kibuli Harvest Fellowship in Kampala, Uganda that with your help just relocated from a tent to their own “building” in one of the cities mostly Muslim slum areas. Two weeks ago, he said he preached a short sermon and then sent out the people 2 by 2 into the community to share the gospel. Obviously, there are some believers that would choose to languish and soak in the building that God provided, but not so with these believers that understand the time is short and are broken for those that are without the love of the Father. The next week, 5 new believers, were welcomed and after a short service, the believers were sent our again to continue evangelizing in their communities. The Church has left the building!
Pastor Martin, director of Harvest Vision Africa, sent a special thanks to everyone that helps support the ministry for money he received to help his family with school fees and some other needs and also for everything else being done to help our co-laborers in Central Africa. We are also asking for prayer for our South Sudan coordinator’s wife, Sarah, and our E. Uganda coordinator and his wife, Billy and Teddy, who are all extremely ill with malaria. In spite of their on-going sickness, the new radio ministry has been reaching and teaching to pastors, leaders and believers in E. Uganda and W. Kenya the last 6 weeks. We are currently working on a list of projects and items that need funding and some that will be taken with Ted Brockmann and Angie Fields when they travel to Africa the end of April. We could use your help. Many of the items and projects can be found on the www.harvestvisionministries.orgwebsite under “How to Help” or “Madilyn’s House projects.” You can also stop by the fellowship center at 9467 Pierce Lane in Sedro Woolley for more information or call Kylee Walker 360-540-0890, Wayne Watne 360-333-1669 or Rebecca Watne 360-391-5636.
Africa news, Jan 2015
The Holy Spirit is continuing to expand the ministry thoughout Central Africa and we are so blessed to witness salvations, healings, deliverances and church families, existing and new, that are devoted to disciplining these new believers. We are also blessed that we are seeing that the practical needs from health and education to economic stability of the people are not being over-looked. It was with mixed emotion that we celebrated the life of Katie Pelgrine and her unborn child that were received by the Lord the end of December. We are thankful for knowing that she is with the Lord and that her family is being taken care of by the Lord, that her legacy of sacrificial giving and loving has been imparted to many of us and we ask for your continued prayers for the family as they adjust to this season of life without her physical presence.Thanks to the prayers and giving of our co-laborers from North America, we are seeing much fruit. We were able to pay the first 3 months of rent for the new wedding shop in Kampala, make renovations and purchase items needed to start this project which will provide employment, opportunities to witness and funds to help sustain the over-all ministry. We were also able to start the registration of Comfort Africa, children’s ministry, as a recognized NGO in Uganda. The Kibuli church fellowship has moved into the new building in the slum area of the city and the leaders are in negotiations for a much needed property adjacent that will provide a place for children’s ministry, storage and office ($29,000 needed). Africa news, Jan 2015
The Holy Spirit is continuing to expand the ministry thoughout Central Africa and we are so blessed to witness salvations, healings, deliverances and church families, existing and new, that are devoted to disciplining these new believers. We are also blessed that we are seeing that the practical needs from health and education to economic stability of the people are not being over-looked. It was with mixed emotion that we celebrated the life of Katie Pelgrine and her unborn child that were received by the Lord the end of December. We are thankful for knowing that she is with the Lord and that her family is being taken care of by the Lord, that her legacy of sacrificial giving and loving has been imparted to many of us and we ask for your continued prayers for the family as they adjust to this season of life without her physical presence.
Thanks to the prayers and giving of our co-laborers from North America, we are seeing much fruit. We were able to pay the first 3 months of rent for the new wedding shop in Kampala, make renovations and purchase items needed to start this project which will provide employment, opportunities to witness and funds to help sustain the over-all ministry. We were also able to start the registration of Comfort Africa, children’s ministry, as a recognized NGO in Uganda. The Kibuli church fellowship has moved into the new building in the slum area of the city and the leaders are in negotiations for a much needed property adjacent that will provide a place for children’s ministry, storage and office ($29,000 needed).
In E. Uganda, we were able to pay 3 months of rent for the home and office used to house the copier and items needed to maintain the 3 Bible schools that Billy has started. Billy and his wife, recently had their 4thchild, and moved into that home in the larger town center of Mbale to start a new fellowship, using the tent that had been used by the Kibuli fellowship in Kampala, on a property that we leased for the next year. Over 75 pastors have signed up for the upcoming Bible school session in Kakoro and we are in need of support to purchase the paper needed for the curriculum each week. We were able to help pay for pastor’s conferences with the pastors from each of the 3 bible schools and also start a weekly radio ministry (paid the first 3 months) to extend the teaching to pastor’s in W. Kenya and E. Uganda. We also received funding to pay school fees for Billy & Teddy’s oldest 2 children and to plant bananas on a farming project that will help provide finances for them in the future. In nearby Kakoro, we were able to complete repairs to the girl’s toilet at the Nalidi Grace Orphan primary school (327 students) and purchase additional property that will be used for a playground and to farm and provide food for the children that attend and for those that live at the school.
In Mukono at the Canaan School Foundation (283 primary students), we were able to repair the pastor’s van that provides transportation for those in need to the hospital 47km away, plaster & pour a floor in the teacher’s housing, purchase a solar panel for the children to use for their studies after dark and plant bananas in another farming project to help support the school and the over-all ministry. We also were able to help with some funding to help our Burundi coordinator, who is rebuilding his home that was bombed in 1991, so his family will have an affordable place to live. We also were blessed to purchase a solar panel and start a small retail business for our South Sudan coordinator and also begin to help with a small monthly allowance to buy food. Pr John and Sarah, their children and orphans they care for live on one meal a day. What a blessing to witness God moving with power and might in these circumstances. We have also recently came in contact with a ministry that might be able to help us with drilling wells for the communities that we are involved with.
Africa news Nov.27, 2014
This has been a month of real celebration starting with the testimony of 1,451 people accepting Jesus in October through the crusades coordinated by our co-laborers in Africa. George & Wayne came to visit bringing the love of all the co-laborers from the USA, Mexico & Canada. God's word says, "How pleasant it is when brothers live together in unity." The "ministry" supplies included many items to encourage and equip the believers: handmade dresses from the USA; patterns for sewing and yarn for crochet; anti-biotics; phones, batteries, chargers & a laptop; office & school supplies; sheets, towels & money to buy beds for orphans (thanks to the Harvest Kids) and supplies for the new bridal shop sustainability project. What joy! Pr. Michael Wotts on recieving a new laptop, "A miracle! Answer to prayer! Now the teaching ministry can expand!" Suzan on receiving the news there was money for hair salon equipment, "Thank You, Jesus, Now we can open the bridal shop!" And the simple joy of family & friends laughing while they cook 'smores' over the small (10") charcoal oven that is used to prepare all the meals at the home and office. George & Wayne shared at the HV Kibuli fellowship in Kampala before they joined Pr Martin & Pr Billy for the 12 hour road trip to visit Pr Evariste, the HVM coordinator, and his family in Burundi. The visit was special because it was Wayne's first and George's first time back in 4 years. The team traveled and shared at 4 of the 27 church families that have been planted through the sacrifices of the servants in Burundi and we were blessed to witness salvations, healings & deliverances. The team also shared at the Bible school that has been started. At the present time, Evariste is using an AFM curriculum that is being translated into Kirundi by a sister living with Evariste and then he takes one day to type each page so it can be printed and given to the pastors. The team visited the site of their home that was bombed 15 years ago and saw the few bricks that are the foundation of what they hope will be their new home. Very difficult because the two children are in school and they have to pay rent for a house to live in. Pr Evariste coordinates one or two multi-day outreaches throughout Burundi every weekend. The team spent 2 days in Rwanda with Pr Benard who oversees the EGD church families in the DRCongo and Augustine who uses the sound & video equipment to coordinate outreaches. The ministry was able to help them with their outreach to the Wambuti pygmies by providing some money for mosquito nets, malaria treatment & farming tools. We are in need of a larger set of equipment for larger crusades and to establish another coordinator with equipment to reach the people in another area.
The team traveled to E. Uganda to visit Pr Billy's family and bring some ministry supplies in Kadama and visit Pr Patrick and the Nalidi Grace School. The Harvest Kids in Mexico and NW Washington bought towels for the 28 boys that sleep on the floor of the school and are working to raise money for beds and mattresses. The team will be visiting Pr John Light, the Harvest Vision coordinator in South Sudan, and Pr Jonathan, at the Canaan School in Mukono, UG, before coming back to the states.
Africa news, Oct 2014
Although we don’t have the reports from N. Uganda, DRCongo or Sudan, our co-laborers coordinated 18 outreaches in September with 458 receiving salvation and we give God the glory. Linda returned safely from her trip and was able to bring back some soapstone and craft items back to share in the USA. We are still in need of support for the bible schools that are currently providing teaching for pastors in eastern Uganda. The Harvest Vision Kibuli church fellowship is working hard to prepare the older building that was purchased in a different area in the ghetto so they can move out of the tent they have been meeting in the last two years. That will save the monies currently being used to lease that property. Pastor Martin is setting up the tentative schedule for George and Wayne for their visit to Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, DRCongo and South Sudan in mid November. They will also be taking more supplies for the ministry including the bridal shop sustainability project in Kampala, Uganda that will provide employment and generate income to support the over-all ministry.
September Africa news, 2014
Obviously, we are encouraged by the testimonies of many healings and deliverances that were witnessed during the 80 days that our co-laborers coordinated the 30 outreaches in August. Even moreso, by the testimony of 7,958 people that accepted Jesus. What a joy, to be able to pray and financially support our brothers and sisters knowing that our seed helped over 10 people an hour accept Jesus through their sacrifices and the leading of the Holy Spirit in that month. They do this work in spite of their lack, including money and sometimes even food to eat and constant persecution, including beatings and robbings. Jesus said, “Now My heart is troubled, and what shall I say? ‘Father, save Me from this hour?’ No, it was for this very reason I came to this hour. Father, glorify Your Name!” (John 12:27-28)
Much of the attention and focus for our co-laborers this month had to do with the arrival of Linda Henson, who hasn’t visited in Africa for three years. She arrived with 10 trunks and boxes withministry & school supplies and wedding dresses and other items to start a bridal shop sustainability project in Kampala, that will provide income for local Christians and support for the over-all ministry in all six countries. She also brought sheets for the boys at the school in Mukono, Uganda and sheets to go with the new beds and mattresses for the 25 girls that had been sleeping on the floor of a school in Nalidi, Uganda. She also brought sound equipment, phones for coordinators, French bibles for Burundi and hand-made dresses from Skagit Valley and Mexico. Linda will be bringing some new arts & crafts back with her when she returns on October 3rd. She is also working with Pastor Martin on the tentative schedule for George and Wayne Watne that will be traveling to Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, the DRCongo and possibly South Sudan in mid-November. We are happy that the bible schools in eastern Uganda are going, but unfortunately many of the pastors have little or no money, so our E. Uganda coordinator’s family is willingly sacrificing from their own needs to purchase the paper to print the curriculum to continue the school. Please pray and ask the Lord if you might be able to help financially support the teaching that these pastor’s and leader’s so desperately are wanting and are in need of. We are also praying for the completion of the teacher’s housing in Mukono, the conversion of the chicken house in Kadama to be the home of the two pastor’s and their families and a much needed water well to support the school and community in Nalidi.
Africa news, August 2014
Thanks in part to the prayers and financial support of our friends in the USA, our co-laborers in Central Africa held 15 outreaches over 50 days in July and 1,427 people accepted Jesus and are now being discipled with their local church families. The members of the Kibuli fellowship have been very involved in supporting outreaches in E. Uganda and hundreds are coming to salvation. The bible schools are teaching pastors and leaders and we are prayerfully preparing to start bible schools in Burundi in the near future and start weekly radio broadcast to bring the teaching to W. Kenya and E. Uganda . Plans are underway to relocate the Kibuli fellowship that meets in the mostly Muslim ghetto in Kampala, the capital of Uganda, to a mud brick building that was purchased and stop meeting in their tent that is erected on a property in the same area. Please pray for our co-laborers in S. Sudan and the DRCongo who are pressing forward with the gospel even though the fighting has even made it more difficult because of the lack of work, food, clean water and medical care. We are preparing for Kylee to travel to Africa in mid September to take ministry & school supplies and wedding dresses and other items to start a wedding shop sustainability project in Kampala, that will provide income for local Christians and support for the over-all ministry in all six countries. We are praying for the completion of the teacher’s housing in Mukono, the conversion of the chicken house in Kadama to be the home of the two pastor’s and their families and a much needed water well to support the school and community in Nalidi.
Africa news, July 2014
Thanks in part to the prayers and financial support of our friends in the USA, our co-laborers in Central Africa held 22 outreaches in June and 1,500 people accepted Jesus and are now being discipled with their local church families. Our friends from Tennessee visited with Pr Evariste, our coordinator in Burundi, and with Martin the first part of July and did discipleship training with over 100 pastors that are waiting eagerly for us to start the bible schools in that country. They were also able to take over a new sound system that Martin will be getting to our coordinator in the eastern DRCongo. We have a booking for Kylee for Sept 12-26 to take school supplies, wedding dresses and work with Suzan on the wedding shop sustainability project. Dresses have been donated and or purchased and headbands that will have veils made for prior to the trip. The Harvest Vision church fellowships are growing in Uganda and in the other areas. We are especially in need of prayer for our workers in the DRCongo and South Sudan because of the war and impact on these communities where they lack of clean water and even enough food to eat every day. We are praying for the completion of the teacher’s housing in Mukono, the conversion of the chicken house in Kadama to be the home of the two pastor’s and their families and a much needed water well to support the school and community in Nalidi.
Africa news June 2014
We are thankful for the news that 1,157 accepted Jesus during the month of May and that the bible schools in eastern Uganda are actively training the pastor’s in that area. We are blessed to be working with co-laborers from Tennessee that will be in Burundi the first of July to teach discipleship training to pastors in that country where we will be starting bible schools in the near future. They also agreed to take a sound system to Pastor Martin, our Africa director, who is meeting them to help with the training and who will then deliver the equipment to the evangelist who is coordinating outreaches in the eastern DRCongo. We were disappointed that Suzan, our administrative assistant, and founder of Comfort Africa (reaching vulnerable children in Uganda), was denied her visa and will be praying that God will open the door for her to visit at a later date. We also need your continued prayers for our eastern DRCongo coordinator who relocated to Uganda after receiving death threats against his family and is now being threatened in that place of refuge. Despite…or because of… all the persecution that our co-laborers face daily, the Holy Spirit leads them with an ever-lasting joy and we continue to witness the great miracle of salvation in concert with miracles of healings and deliverance. We are thankful for the prayers and giving of our partners that allowed us to send finances to purchase property for the eastern Uganda coordinator, mosquito nets for children, beds for 22 orphan boys that sleep on the floor of a school in Mukono, Uganda and the support for all the coordinators and outreaches in all six nations for the upcoming quarter. We are still in need of monthly prayer and giving partners to sustain and grow the ministry. The Harvest Kids are working to get beds for 25 orphan girls that sleep on the floor of the Nalidi school in eastern Uganda and we are praying for the finances to complete the teacher’s housing project in Mukono ($2,680) and to revise a former chicken house to be a home for two pastors and their families in Kadama ($4,485).
Africa news May 2014
Thanks to each of you that pray for and financially support our co-laborers in Central Africa and we are filled with joy to know that 4,218 people accepted Jesus during the April outreaches. The bible schools in Mbale and Namaingo are both open and will be teaching pastors for the next three months. Pastor John Light in South Sudan has been very sick with malaria and the lack of food and the war have hindered them from being able to safely do much outreach. Unfortunately, the sound system that has been reaching thousands in the DRCongo is starting to break down and we are hoping to replace it soon. We are encouraged by the testimonies of Christians sacrificing daily to reach those that are lost and are without the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ.
We are thankful that we finished paying for the property for Pr Billy in E. Uganda and for additional farming property to help provide for the Canaan Foundation school in Mukono.
The Harvest Kids are working had to finish collecting money to buy beds for the 22 orphan & abandoned boys that sleep on the floor of the school and we are hoping for the finances for the completion of the teacher’s housing that will provide a home for 4 teacher’s that will reduce over-all admin expense for the school and provide more over-sight for the 47 orphan & abandoned children that live at the school. We are also praying for the money to revise an existing chicken house for a home for our E. Uganda coordinator and his family and the pastor and family of the local church.
Africa news April 2014
Thanks to each of you that pray for and financially support our co-laborers in Central Africa that face struggles everyday but continue to work with Christian leaders from different denominations to take the equipment out to support door-to-door evangelism, crusades, teaching and church planting in these outlying areas in Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda, Burundi, South Sudan and the DRCongo. The 19 outreaches that they supported over 44 days in March encouraged believers and witnessed 1,947 new believers come into the kingdom that are now being discipled by the Christians in their community. Also, blessed that 130 pastors are attending the Bible schools in eastern Uganda and plans have been started to begin the schools for the 25 pastors in Burundi. At the present time, the pastors haven’t been able to contribute to help sustain any of the costs for the bible schools so the April session was cancelled and we are praying for the needed financial support to continue the curriculum in May. The outreaches in Rwanda are on hold while Pr James repositions himself after leaving the shepherding responsibility at the Treasure Center to focus on coordinating outreaches and planting new bible schools. The outreaches in South Sudan have been on hold because of the famine and violence in Juba and Pr John has been working to hold the existing church families together.
These projects have been funded and are on-going: a motorbike to meet the transportation needs of Kennedy, the over-all outreach coordinator in Kampala, Ug; an impregnated exotic cow that will produce ~25 liters of milk per day to meet the needs of Pr Billy’s family as he transitions to spend more time with Pr Martin over-seeing the ministry in all six nations; a solar panel for lighting and the charging of cell phones for the family and visiting pastor’s and leaders to Pr Billy’s home in E. Uganda; a case of 24 Lugandan Bibles to give to the pastors of the Harvest Vision church families and other pastors that attend the Bible school, but don’t have their own Bibles; and to install doors and windows in the teacher’s housing being built for the Canaan Foundation School in Mukono. The housing will provide a home for 4 teacher’s that will reduce over-all admin expense for the school and provide more over-sight for the 47 orphan & abandoned children that live at the school. The teacher’s agreed to move in with doors and windows even though the floors, interior and exterior are not completed. Also the ticket and visa for Suzan, the administrative assistant for the ministry in Africa and founder of Comfort Africa, to come to Washington in July and 6 months rent for a Muslim family that accepted Jesus on Easter in Kayunga, Uganda and the next day had their home, belongings and crops burned by their own family because they wouldn’t reject Jesus have been funded. We are praying for the money for additional farming property ($2,000), a water storage tank ($650) and money to revise an existing chicken house for a home for E. Uganda coordinator and his family and the pastor and family of the local church and the money to finish the teacher’s housing project ($2,830) in Mukono, Ug.
Africa news March 2014
Thank you so much for your support. We were able to prayer and provide financial support forour co-laborers that work with Harvest Vision Africa: for Pr Charle’s farming project in Kayunga, Ug; obtain a driver’s license for Pr Richard in Kadama, Ug; make a down payment for additional farming property to support a school in Mukono and put glass in the windows of the classroom that 22 orphan or abandoned boys sleep in and pay to repair the van that the Pr Jonathan uses to meet the ministry needs in the community; start a produce retail project to support Augustine’s family, the outreach coordinator in the DRCongo and to purchase the paper for the curriculum for Pr Billy to start the Bible schools in Namaingo (105 pastors) and Mbale (25 pastors). Kennedy, the over-all outreach coordinator, visited Rwanda and Burundi to minister, encourage and check out the condition of the equipment being used to support the outreaches. Unfortunately, after years of service some of it is no longer working and needs to be replaced. Pr Billy who has been using the older car for transportation to teach at the Bible schools was in an accident which happened when he had to swerve off the road to avoid hitting two people on a bicycle. Fortunately, no one was hurt but the car requires $900 to repair. Money that was sent earlier to purchase property was no longer needed because the property in question was already sold was used to repair the car and to purchase a generator for Burundi.
Opportunity: The Harvest Kids are gathering and crushing aluminum cans and counting their change to purchase 11 bunkbeds for the 22 boys that sleep on the floor of the school at the Canaan Foundation School in Mukono, Uganda. (Costs $1,150). We are working now to purchase a motorbike to meet the transportation needs of Kennedy, the over-all outreach coordinator in Kampala, Ug ($1,250); purchase an impregnated exotic cow that will produce ~25 liters of milk per day to meet the needs of Pr Billy’s family as he transitions to spend more time with Pr Martin over-seeing the ministry in all six nations ($1,525); purchase a solar panel for lighting and the charging of cell phones for the family and visiting pastor’s and leaders to Pr Billy’s home in E. Uganda ($240); purchase a case of 24 Lugandan Bibles to give to the pastors of the Harvest Vision church families and other pastors that attend the Bible school, but don’t have their own Bibles ($216); and to install doors and windows in the teacher’s housing being built for the Canaan Foundation School in Mukono ($900). The housing will provide a home for 4 teacher’s that will reduce over-all admin expense for the school and provide more over-sight for the 47 orphan & abandoned children that live at the school. The teacher’s agreed to move in with doors and windows even though the floors, interior and exterior are not completed which will require an additional $2,830.
Africa news Feb 2014 George Henson and Wayne & Rebecca Watne spent 17 days in Africa this past February. They have more testimonies than can be shared in one issue of ournewsletter, but the personal life stories of our co-laborers in Africa are so touching, we just had to share them with you. So this month, we have dedicated this space to them; that their voices may be heard from over 10,000 miles away. However God chooses to use this in your life, we pray that it would encourage you to be all God has created you to be and all He has created you to do! Be inspired.
Feb 8, 2014 - Visit with Pr. Isaac (DR Congo Coordinator) & Josie in Kampala- What a blessing to spend time with Pr. Isaac & Josie and their children at their home in Kampala, Uganda. Isaac and his family were forced to leave their home in the DR Congo when they discovered he was on a list to be killed by the government for not being “supportive” of them. He has not been in any conflict with the government other than opposing the corruption and violence in which they are involved. The EGD ministry that he founded in the eastern DR Congo is firmly established with strong church families and mature leadership that are continuing to disciple new believers and use the sound and video equipment for outreaches in their area. All of their 6 children are school age and with the exception of one, only know French, so their move to Uganda has required them to drop back 1 grade level and learn English. Also, school is very expensive and they have sold their car and home to have money to meet their needs in Uganda until God calls them back. We were blessed to hear about their ministry including their work to reach the Wambuti pygmies on Idjwe Island in Lake Kivu and the hospital that operated out of their church building in Goma with testimonies of almost 100 invasive surgeries with no antiseptic or equipment that we are familiar with in the west. One of the first was Isaac & Josie’s oldest son who had an emergency removal of his appendix using the light from Pr. Isaac’s cell phone. We are blessed by the strong foundation of church families and pastoral leadership that was built through their labors in the DR Congo. Our prayers are with them and Isaac and his family during this season of their lives.
Feb 11-16, 2014 - Visit with Pr. Billy & Teddy in Budaka- Pr. Billy lives in Budaka with his family and coordinates Harvest Vision Ministries in E. Uganda. Pr. Richard, that over-sees the Harvest Vision fellowship in nearby Kadama, and his family also live with Billy and Teddy along with some orphans. Billy and his co-laborers have developed a strong ministry base which coordinates outreaches, strengthens existing church families of different denominations, plants new church families and has established four Bible schools. They also help meet basic needs and work with leaders to identify sustainability projects. We are hoping to complete some more which will help provide for the needs of the family and over-all ministry as we prepare Billy to work with Martin to over-see the over-all ministry in all six nations that we are currently supporting. This will include some additional property for a farming project that may include a fish farm, a milk cow and renovating a chicken house for Pr. Billy and Pr. Richard and their families to live in so the other workers and orphans can live in the house. We will also establish a ministry “headquarters” in Mbale, which is about 20 miles away that will be where Christian leaders will come to organize & set up outreaches & will be used to administer the Bible schools. We were blessed with much time to visit with the families & eating simple meals in the evening with no light except from the moon.
Feb 11-16 2014 - Nansanga Harvest Vision Church Fellowship - We visited with Pr. Margaret at her home in Nansanga where she lives and over-sees the Harvest Vision church fellowship next to her property. Her and her late husband, who was a doctor, were strong supporters of the local church until his unexpected death. Although after years of government service she never received the full benefits of his pension, she stepped up to take over-sight of the church family and now serves as pastor. They have property adjacent to Margaret’s and the believers made brick and have completed a structure for their fellowship. Like all the other church families, their foundation is strong Bible-based leadership and home group fellowships or “cell groups”. Our prayer and discussion was centered on providing Bibles or at least the gospel of John to new believers, a solar panel that would provide a way for the elders to charge their cell phones and small sets of sound equipment that would meet the needs for local services and small outreaches. As usual, fellowship with Margaret is special as she works so hard to show her appreciation for the friendship that we have.On our last day in the east, we attended the Sunday service and were blessed with the love the people had for Jesus and the presence of the Holy Spirit. Pr. Martin, George and Wayne shared the Word and two of the women accepted Jesus. At the end of the service, Pr. Margaret was moved by the Holy Spirit to present us with the offering and the people responded by adding to the offering again, which included fruit, eggs and a live chicken . We were blessed because we visited a pastor the day before who had to move his family of six into a small 12’x12’ room for $20 a month because they had no money. We were praying in the evening and that very morning about how God would want us to bless him and this was the answer to that prayer.
Feb 12, 2014 - Nalidi Apostolic Church Family & Grace Primary Orphan School- We were privileged to attend the service with the Nalidi Apostolic church family in Kakoro District. George had been introduced to Pr. Patrick at the Bible school on a prior trip and although we have visited the primary orphan school that he founded and have spent time with his family in their village, this was our first time to be with the church family. Their meeting place is a simple pole & grass structure with partial brick walls outside that is being built to replace the smaller one. Although they have been meeting for 8 years, their little money is used to meet the needs of widows and orphans and the brick building remains a “work in progress”. It is a blessing to worship with our new friends here that have no electricity but more than enough power. We also visited the school where they have 327 students to primary 7, 12 teachers and 62 of the students are orphans that live at the school. We were blessed to see the toilet that we were able to fund and the completed girl’s dormitory that provides a home for the 25 girls that were sleeping on the floor of the headmaster’s office. We also delivered some beautiful pillowcase dresses and sheets which were donated by friends from Washington. Although the school has many needs, the most important is a permanent water supply. The school provides a meal for all the children on weekdays and cares for the needs of the 62 orphans all the time. The school currently uses 75 five gallon “jerry cans” of water every day for cooking, drinking and washing needs. These are delivered 200 at a time from a well 2 miles away. The cost of a functioning year round water well is ~$7,000 and we are praying that God will quickly prompt someone to help meet this need. After visiting the school to the property that Pr. Patrick and about 20 of his family members live. We enjoyed having fellowship and a meal in their home, which is a mud hut similar to the ones the rest of the family live in. What a privilege to partner with our friends here that give everything to help widows, orphans and others in their community and keep only the little that is needed to meet their needs. Jesus assured us we would be able to tell those that really love and obey Him by their fruit. Over and over, we are witness to these local native Christian leaders that sacrifice to care for those in their community with no outside support and no external rewards, which is why we testify that: Never have we so few do so much for so many with so little.
Feb 18-19, 2014 - Visit to Canaan Foundation School & Pr Jonathon & Janet’s Home- Suzan, our Harvest Vision Africa Admin Assistant joined Martin, George, Wayne and Rebecca to visit Pr. Jonathan & Janet Lubega at their home and the Canaan Foundation School in Mukono. Not only was this Wayne and Rebecca’s first visit, it was also the first time that George has visited since the Madilyn’s House girl’s dorm project was completed. The 22 orphan or abandoned boys that live at the school are now sleeping on the floor of the classroom that the girls had been staying in before they moved into Madilyn’s Home and we were blessed to give all the boys towels that they can use for bathing. The girls removed the old mattresses from their new bunk beds and put down straw mats, then new mattresses that had been put into hospital grade water-proof liners. Then all the girls put on their new sheets and celebrated the gifts that had been given to them through the efforts of the Harvest Kids and their supporters in the USA. Gifts were given to all the girls and Allen, the young woman matron, was given an illustrated Action Bible that will be used to help the young people better understand God’s Word. The school is providing education for primary 1-7 to 283 children in this isolated community. We were blessed to stay at Jonathan’s home two miles from the school and church and on the shore of Lake Victoria which was a real treat for Wayne, our missionary fishing biologist. We were able to see the different crops and animals that they raise and use to support the orphans at home and the school, plus paying school fees and boarding for many of the children that have to live in another community to attend our equivalent of Junior/High School. We also visited a local fishing village and walked to the property that is used as a farm to help support the school and over-all ministry. It is truly humbling to witness the incredible sacrifices these local Christians make to care for orphans, widows and the community at large with no outside support except the small amount that we are able to prayerfully contribute toward some of the needs. They truly keep nothing for themselves and live to serve those less fortunate – the least of these.
Africa news Jan 2014
The last report we got from Martin his neck was feeling a bit better after some rest. He has been suffering from undiagnosed pain. He spoke with John Light in Juba, Sudan. The situation is somewhat improved. Although he was unable to get his family out of the city to safety, he refused to leave the congregation of believers. Travel has been restricted, & with only one road from Uganda open for food to be brought in people are starving. Martin sent the money allotted for 3 months of missions in S. Sudan to John to purchase food. Public meetings of any kind were restricted, but John’s hope is that even in the midst of this darkness, the Light of Salvation would shine. Augustine (DR Congo) is suffering financial hardship, as he is unable to conduct any business. In spite of this, we continue to get reports that he is taking the equipment out to preach the Gospel. Some months ago, Pr Isaac (DR Congo) & his family had to seek refuge in Uganda due to a threat on his life. We now know that the government has put an arrest warrant out for him. Please pray for God to direct Isaac’s steps! The last we heard from Burundi, there was two young men hospitalized because their feet were crushed in an auto accident while out on mission. The injuries were major and amputation has been considered. These brothers seemed less concerned about their situation as they spoke that even if they had to use crutches the rest of their lives they would continue to go. Pr. James in Rwanda sent us a report that during the month of January, the Lord impressed upon his church to minister house to house and people were saved and healed right on their doorsteps.