USA News, July 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

USA News, June 2017

What a wonderful way to start the summer! We had several successful fundraisers in the month of June! We raised $890 at the Smokey Point Rest Area and $1000 at the Garage sale! Praise Jesus for supplying funds for the work being done in the ministry. Lyman Baptist raised over $700 to purchase school supplies for kids in their community at their garage sale. Thank you to Lyman Baptist church for donating their left-over items for the HV garage sale coming up this weekend June 30-July 1. We will be having yet another garage sale fundraiser July 28-29 at the Harvest Home! Please come join in the fun and we are accepting donations of items to be put in the garage sale. If you have nicer items you would like to donate we also have been posting items on Facebook and Craigslist for more of the higher value items. Feel free to contact George or Linda if you have items to donate. We are also planning our next Smokey Point Rest Area outreach fundraiser August 18-21. If you would like to donate cookies or other treats or volunteer to work one or more shifts please contact Linda (360.421.8812). We are also looking forward to our 1st Summer Shopping Fundraiser at Common Ground in Burlington! We will have several consultants there sharing about their products such as Posh, LulaRoe, ItWorks, Scentsy, and many, many more! The various companies will be donating a percentage of what is sold to Harvest Vision Ministries! For information please contact Kylee 360.540.0890.

We had our second Harvest Vision Celebration of the year at Crossroads Covenant church on June 4th. What a blessed time to hear testimonies of how God is moving in the valley and around the world through our co laborers. June 10th was the Kulshan Street fair in Mount Vernon. Harvest Vision brought the Worship Trailer and it was a great time of sharing testimonies, evangelizing, and sharing their gifts of music. Some people even accepted Christ for the first time! We will also have our trailer at the next Kulshan street fair August 26th! If you are interested in participating in playing music or sharing a word on the trailer contact Armando (360.770.3675) or Dina (360.421.0548). This weekend will be our 2nd year having the worship trailer at the Sedro Woolley Logger Rodeo carnival at Riverfront Park! Come enjoy live music and fun July 1-4 from 11am-7pm! We still have many spaces available on the trailer so feel free to contact Dina (360.421.0548) if you’re interested in participating! And don’t forget to watch for us in the July 4th parade! We will be there again with our kid’s float and worship float!

We have our 5th annual Harvest Fest coming up Sunday July 16th at Riverfront Park in Sedro Woolley! We will have live music at the amphitheater from 12am to 6pm from several different music groups from Bellingham to Tacoma area! Harvest Kids will be there with several kid’s games and activities as well as a giant slip and slide so make sure to bring the family, swimsuits, sunscreen and towels! There’s plenty of grassy area so bring lawn chairs or blankets and a lunch, snacks and plenty of water to stay hydrated! We will have use of the shaded pavilion and BBQ pit so if you’d like to bring some charcoal and BBQ fixins feel free!

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

It is such a blessing to work with many different local church families in Mount Vernon that reach out to there community through the Back to School Blessing at Skagit Valley College. This year on August 12th the Harvest Vision Worship trailer will be used again for music at the event. Over 2000 people usually attend and receive school supplies, clothes, a hot breakfast and food to take home for their families.

We are blessed to report that John Seaman who founded the Kellie’s Spiritual Center in Curlew, WA has the necessary funding to purchase the medicine that he has been needing for a severe medical condition. Please pray for his complete recovery as he continues to build cabins and drills the well needed to expand the ministry. 

We were disappointed that we weren’t able to put a team together from Washington to go and visit and encourage our brothers and sisters in Mexico as we usually do at the start of the summer but we know that we must allow the Holy Spirit to direct our steps in everything that we do. We are excited that we are already having a team coming together for the December trip. We are hoping to send the money to put on the roof and finish the baptismal for the new fellowship center the first part of July.

Please check out the updated Africa leadership team profiles & photos on website. We are starting to purchase ministry supplies, including sound & video equipment, that Ted, Jeremy, Dan & Nate will be taking to Africa the end of August. We are also in need of unlocked smart phones and DVD compatible laptops in good condition.

 

HKids

We have had a blast with the kids this month as the school year has ended and summer vacation has begun! The first movie night was held on June 9 at Ted Brockmann house hosted by Dale Baumgardner. There were approximately 25 in attendance! What an awesome evening of fellowship.  The next movie night is on Friday, July 14, 2017 at Dale’s home in Clear Lake. On June 10 Harvest Kids had a great turn out. It was beautiful weather so we were able to spend much of our time outside. Child Evangelist Fellowship came to engage the Kids in an interactive lesson.

June 17-18 After many delays, Wayne’s vision to take the youth to visit the church family at Fairview bible church had become a reality. They participated in a youth event held at the Boys and Girls club with many other youth groups from area churches. They spent the night at the church then attendant the services the following morning. On June 24 We were blessed to have 14 kids in attendance on such a beautiful day. We were able to use some of the outdoor games that were built by the kids. We were gifted with many new kids in attendance. There were new handprints added to the wall by children and adults alike. We are so excited to announce that we summited an order through Snappy Clothing for T-shirts that will be worn by the kids and the “Grown Up” kids for the parade and other future events this year!

For the 2nd year we will have CEF at the Harvest Home hosting a 5 day club! Sign your kids up for this awesome fun opportunity August 14-18 from 10am-12:30. Please contact Joanna at 636.209.1538 for details!

USA News, May 2017

The month of May was an exciting month as George & Linda returned from Africa on the 2nd. Linda was presented with gifts of peanuts, dried bananas and roasted termites while she was in Africa and brought home some to share with the woman who attended the Lyman Baptist Woman’s Retreat. Many women from Harvest Vision attended this retreat giving them an opportunity to fellowship & disciple one another.

On May 13th May, we held a worship service at Everyone’s Church in Mount Vernon, WA. It was a wonderful night of music and fellowship with musicians from different church families coming together. Spirits were moved as everyone sang & shared in His Glory.

Thanks to Joanna, Shane & Veronica for organizing the car wash that was held on Saturday, May 20, 2017. There was lots of humor and laughter and joy as the kids played with the water and washed cars. We would like to thank everyone for their donations. Relationships were strengthened, new ones were started and faith was shared. Everyone’s donation of time and resources were needed to make this a success. The event raised $548 to help Harvest Vision fund many projects.

We were so blessed by the six couples that came together to reconfirm their covenant as husband and wife and then corporately to serve together for the work of the kingdom of Jesus Christ at the Marriage Covenant Ceremony at Lyman Baptist on May, 21st. They represent a combined total of 150 years of marriage and parenting 37 children and 81 grandchildren & great grandchildren. After the couples reconfirmed their covenant vows with each other as husband and wife, each couple placed a lock onto the foot of the cross as their commitment to “deny themselves and pick up their cross and follow Him” so they may “serve, rather than be served” for the building of God’s Kingdom.

Thanks to everyone that prays for the work of the gospel locally and around the world. Through the faithful support of our co-laborers, we were able to meet many needs which will help these faithful servants in central Africa as they continue to make so many sacrifices to bring light into the darkness of these nations:

1) A roof and doors for the home of Pr. Charles & Meriam and their 4 children. Charles, pastors the local church and coordinates outreaches in Kayunga, central Uganda;

2) Financial support 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;

3) Eight beehives that will be used to make honey and provide support for widows in Christopher’s village in northwest Uganda;

4) Repair the ministry car that Pr. Evariste uses for transportation. Recently, Evariste starting rebuilding his home that was bombed years ago because he can no longer afford the rent in the city. This puts him in need of the vehicle, which has not ran for the last three years. Evariste coordinates outreaches, plants churches & trains leaders in Burundi;

5) 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. Augustine coordinates outreaches and helps plant churches in the eastern DRCongo and

6) Financial support to help Pr. Billy and his family in eastern Uganda where Billy coordinates outreaches, over-sees church families, plants new churches and trains leaders. Billy’s family was recently attacked and many of their possessions and money stolen. He also had to move his family to another home.

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 appreciate all your prayers and support that help bring in this great harvest of souls.

This month we had the opportunity to reach people in our community by sharing the love of Jesus and a cup of coffee & cookies at the Smokey Pt Rest Area. We had the opportunity to make new relationships with believers, pray for people, witness some share their testimonies of overcoming in the power of our Father and received $463 in donations to support the over-all ministry. We will be serving the community again on June 2 – the 5 at the rest area northbound.

We will have the worship trailer at the Riverside Park in Sedro Woolley from July 1- 4th. We are looking for groups or individuals that are interested in playing worship on those days. Please contact George Henson at 360-421-8811. Bring your family & friends to share in the excitement of worship.

               

On May 13th, Harvest Kids started out the day by team tic-tac-toe then moved right into jump rope outside. It was a bit chilly yet beautiful. Cans were plentiful for stomping this Saturday. Thank you to all the family friends and neighbors that stop by to drop off these cans & the San Juan Motel for collecting them as well. The kids, with instructions from Linda, then planted peas in the planter garden built last year. We then moved indoors to have interactive play with the see-n-say ball. This gives everyone a chance to get to know more about one another.  Afterwards, Wayne helped the kid’s measure and then add their change to the bullet that is used to help meet the needs of vulnerable children in Africa. We were blessed to have Lynn Griffin from Child Evangelist Fellowship to teach through interactive learning about what it is to be a missionary. The kids colored pictures that Lynn provided in conjunction with the testimony she shared with the kids about a missionary family. “This is the day that Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it.” During the lesson, Victor carefully drilled shells that were later used to make necklaces for the kids. What a beautiful and sunny day that the Lord provided for this Harvest Kids Saturday May 27th. The kids had fun doing the hula hoops and jump rope, before going to town on crushing cans. The kids have enough cans that we will have to take a trip to the recycle soon. They also added another 2 ½” of coins to the bullet. They only have 12” to go and they will have filled up the entire bullet for the 11th time. They have witnessed their donations show the love of Jesus to many vulnerable children in Central Africa since they made up their minds to do what they could to “Change the World”. After lunch and celebrating May birthdays, they enjoyed a lot of inter-active games that were centered on the teachings of Jesus about love in Matthew 22:34-46. When Jesus was asked, “Of all the commandments, which is the most important?” His response: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. The second is this, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.” It should be obvious to the most casual observer why Jesus said, “Let the little children come to Me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” Mt 19:14. Who is teaching you how to be like Jesus? “At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, ‘Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?’ He called a little child and had him stand among them. And He said: ‘I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.” Mt 18:1-4       

 

 

USA News, April 2017

The Month of April was a busy month here in the US. Our Spring Break Team left for Mexico and returned on the 8th bringing back with them Olivia our Mexico Coordinator. See the Mexico section of the newsletter for more information on the Mexico Spring Break Trip. We were very blessed by Olivia’svisit here with us. She blessed many by being available here at the Harvest Home at 9467 Pierce Lane, Sedro Woolley, WA. 98284. To share in movie, books & other ministries such as sewing. Tue-Fri from 10-4pm. During her time in the harvest home some local Spanish speaking neighbors came and spent time with her and she had the opportunity to minister to them on a very personal level. There were many fellowship gatherings while she was here, all in his glory sharing with other brothers and sisters in Christ. Olivia enjoyed many activities from tip toeing in the tulips to bowling in Anacortes, giving her lots of opportunity to witness to others. We gathered with many brothers and sisters of the ministry at Washington Park in Anacortes on a beautiful afternoon to enjoy the beach thus returning to our sister Mo’s home to break bread and worship. There ended up being about 30 people who came to her house including about 10 kids leaving Mo so blessed to have her home used for such a wonderful gathering. We were able to meet her Mother, who thanked us for being at her home in her native language of Swedish. On the 24th of April, there was a see you later BBQ held for Olivia here at the Harvest Home. There were many in attendance with plenty of food to go around.  What an emotional yet spirit filled evening of fellowship we all shared in as she prepared to return to Mexico. 

On the 10th of April George & Linda left the US for Africa and will be returning on May 2nd. See the Africa section for details on their trip. There are many exciting things to read about from the Coordinators Conference to the Marriage Covenant Celebration held in Africa.

We have so many exciting things coming up here in the next month! Be sure to check out our calendar!  We are having a worship service on Saturday, May 13th at Everyone’s church in Mount Vernon at 6pm. Please feel free to come and invite anyone! Our advisory meeting will be on Sunday, May 14th at 4pm. We will be having a car wash fundraiser at Les Schwab in Sedro Woolley on Saturday May 20th from 11am to 4pm. Please come and help wash cars to support the ministry!

Sunday, May 21 we will be having our second Marriage Covenant Ceremony this year in the US! It will be at Lyman Baptist at 4pm with a potluck. If you are interested in renewing your vows with other couples in Christ, please contact George Henson 360.421.8811.

We are now working on signing up volunteers for the Smokey Point Rest Area Fundraiser from May 26-19 Southbound. The shifts will be 6am-noon, noon-6pm, 6pm-midnight, and midnight to 6am. 2-3 people at a time can volunteer for the shifts, please contact Linda Henson at 360.421.8812 if you are interested in serving! We also need cookies and baked goodies to serve. Please don’t hesitate to make some treats to be donated for the rest area.

 

Harvest Kids started the month with an evening of fun at the Children’s Museum on April Fool’s Day, reassuring everyone it was not a joke we would really be there. We would like to thank The Children’s Museum for another wonderful evening of fellowship and fun. The children were active and parents were able to fellowship with one another in a safe environment. On the 8th of April, we were blessed to be joined Lynn Griffn with Child Evangelist Fellowship, it is always a pleasure to have them involved in shaping our children here at Harvest Kids. They use cooperation and interactive prayer and lessons to reach the hearts & minds of the kids. The kids then celebrated Earth Day on April 22nd with Skagit Fisheries at Howard Miller Steelhead Park. We were blessed to have Olivia join us for this event. What a true blessing to enjoy the many activities they had planned for everyone. The weather held out for most of the day of events however Shane Manke was a trooper cooking Hotdogs in the pouring rain over coals to ensure we had a hot lunch as planned. The kids partook in everything from learning to fly fish to guessing the age of trees by the number of rings. They were given t-shirts in honor of the day. They were so excited. There were drawings based on tickets given for participation at the booths, Paycience Lopez name was drawn for a Whale Watching tour for two. She plans to share it with her dad. He is a Magnificent man to bless us with all the glories of which we enjoy. Glory be to Him in the Highest.

Don’t forget to bring your kids to this years free kids fishing derby at northern state in Sedro Woolley! Harvest kids will be attending and fishing! Only children up to the age of 14 are allowed to fish. Parents must sign a release form for any children 14 and under. Make sure to bring your sunscreen! Harvest kids is the 2nd and 4th Saturday of each month from 10am-12:30pm. Please check out the Harvest Kids facebook for other upcoming events!

March 2017

We are so blessed to have so many people coming to visit the Harvest Home at 9467 Pierce Lane in Sedro Woolley on Tue-Fri from 10am-4pm. Lot’s of sharing with a cup of coffee or tea, a listening ear and brothers & sisters ready to join you in prayer. Christian movies & books, the start of a sewing ministry and if you are prompted there is always a rock to paint. We would love to see you and don’t forget to bring those aluminum cans for Harvest Kids.

We had a lovely visit from our friend and sister Cecelia from the Navaho Indian Reservation in New Mexico. She came and spent a week with us and we truly enjoyed her fellowship. As Linda and Cassie made their way down to Mexico they took the scenic route and dropped Cecelia off back home. Then, they swung by the airport and picked up Mo who then joined them in their journey to San Luis. In San Luis, they were blessed to do a lot of ministry. Please check out the Mexico news for the details.

On Sunday March 19 we hosted a Spaghetti Feed & Silent Auction Fundraiser at Lyman Church to raise funds for the Spring Break mission trip to Mexico. What a success! $955 was raised for the trip! Thank you to all who contributed time, food, and auction items! And thank you to Lyman church for always supporting these efforts. We say “see ya later” to the Spring Break team on Friday March 31 and cannot wait to hear how God moves during the trip! Please join us in prayer for safe travels for the team and for God’s will to be done in their hearts and lives as they go experience what poverty and suffering really looks like and see how His people find joy in nothing but Jesus Himself.

Julio Castillo went to be with the Lord on March 20, 2017. Martha & Julio have been involved with Harvest Vision Ministries for many years. When they managed the apartments on Sapp Street in Sedro Woolley, we had many children’s outreaches with the worship trailer and Child’s Evangelism Fellowship. Julio & Martha have helped with many worship services and outreaches to the migrant camps and they have been two of our most faithful prayer intercessors for the over-all ministry. Please join us in prayer for Martha and her family as they continue in ministry without the physical presence of Julio.   

We are currently in communication with Crossroads Covenant Church in Burlington and Everyone’s Church in Mt. Vernon regarding some future events to come this spring! We are so excited about the connections being made between the body of Christ! We have also begun the first stages of planning for our 5th Annual Harvest Fest July 16, 2017 and street fairs at the Kulshan/Cascade West apartments in Mt. Vernon!

Thank you to everyone who has donated treats for our first few days at the Smokey Point rest area this year! And for all those who have put in their time at the rest area to share the love of Jesus with those who stop by for a hot cup-uh-joe and a small treat.

We are now accepting donations of new and used (in good condition) furniture and appliances such as couches, refrigerators, washers, dryers, etc. They will be kept in our storage unit in Sedro Woolley and posted for a suggested donation to help support the overall ministry. Please contact Shane Manke for any questions or if you have something you’d like to donate. If you are looking for furniture or appliances you can also call Shane to find out what we have on hand!

This month we have begun to work on some changes to our “New & Exciting” and “How to Help” portions of our webpage. We are hoping it will be up and going by May.

We are thankful to our partners here in the USA who have helped us to send financial support for Pastor John Light’s burial, Prossy’s wedding and the quarterly money ($8,016) that supports the over-all ministry for the next 3 months. We have also been purchasing a variety of items: sound & video equipment, laptops & phones, etc. that George and Linda will be taking with them to Africa on April 10th. They will be attending the first conference that we have had with the coordinators from all six countries and their spouses. For more on our Africa portion of the ministry see the Africa news.

 

Harvest Kids

What a fun month we have had with the Harvest Kids! We have done two field trips this month outside of our harvest kid Saturdays to Skagit Fisheries to pot and plant trees around Skagit county. What a true blessing it is to watch these kids make a difference in our community. We look forward to our Earth Day field trip with the kids on April 22nd! For information please contact Joanna Hunt at 636.209.1538. We met some new faces this month at Harvest kids. Oh how we love new faces! We have been averaging 15-20 kids and it has been a blast. This month we had our friend Chelsea come do bible art with the kids and Veronica helped the kids make Salvation Bracelets. Thank you to Mo and Cheryl for working with the Anacortes Motel to collect their cans! And thank you for all our local friends and family that take the time to collect cans and drop them off. You truly are making a difference. We have added in singing praises to the Lord and words can’t describe the power of 20 kids worshiping Him together! Their favorite song is “Here I am to Worship”. The kids enjoyed a special lesson taught by Wayne Watne about false prophets and wolves in sheep’s clothing. The children were blindfolded and lead to a box of materials and were supposed to guess what it was. They had a blast! The kids also signed a special collage for Jim Kager our friend in LifeCare center who collects cans for the kids. Some of the kids delivered it to him and boy was he excited! Thank you for your service Jim! Joanna has worked hard at making a new HK calendar that is passed out along with flyers for upcoming events at every harvest kids. If you are interested in having a calendar let us know! We are also working harder at communicating on our Harvest Kids facebook page so watch out for new posts!

Don’t forget we will be having our Family Fun Night at the Children’s museum on Saturday, April 1st from 5:30-8:30. Bring a friend and bring the family! Also, during spring break we will be having a get together at River Front Park on Wednesday April 5th from 1-3pm. Contact Joanna for questions! We are so excited watching these children grow and learn about the Lord!

February 2017

     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.

     We have been so blessed to have our sister, Cecilia, visiting us from New Mexico. We have been involved with her and our brothers and sisters from the Navajo Indian Reservation since we first met them on missions in Mexico in 2002. Linda and Cassie will be dropping her off at her home in New Mexico on their way down to San Luis, Mexico where they will meet up with Maureen from Anacortes to minister in the sewing ministry and teach the people there to “can” food for preservation. We continue to be amazed at the many ways in which God is bringing His people together and the incredible ways that He is showing us how to help each other and reach out to the lost in our community and to nations around the world.

     Thanks to the Crossroads Covenant church family in Burlington that blessed us with the use of their beautiful facility in Burlington for our Harvest Vision Celebration on Feb 4th. We were blessed with 8 people from their fellowship that were there to greet us, help us get acquainted with the facility, set up, take care of our sound and video needs and help with clean-up. What a beautiful testimony of Christ’s body working together. Also thanks to those from the ministry that helped set up, prepare the videos and presentations, shared their gifts of leading us in worship, showed their love for Jesus by sharing their testimonies, blessed us with a great potluck meal and the joy of being bathed in the fellowship of like-minded believers. Most of all, we thank our loving Father that sent His Son, Jesus, to teach us how to live and then take on the penalty of our sins so we could have the eternal relationship with Him that we have been given. We heard great testimonies of how our co-laborers, locally, in Mexico and Central Africa are reaching out with the love of Jesus to those in their communities and how each of us is called to intentionally help make disciples of those in our sphere of influence. Lot’s of sharing about the many ways in which we can be instrumental in teaching people to serve our communities by involving them in our lives as we are used to reach out to others.

     Marriage Covenant Ceremony (Feb 18th) “What God brings together let no man separate” – Matthew 19:6. What a beautiful thing it is to see these 5 couples make a public recommitment and covenant to each other, God, and the body of Christ to be One Flesh and lay themselves down and pick up their cross. The evening began with opening prayer and song of worship about the church as the bride and God as the bridegroom followed by a short message by George about the heart behind the ceremony. We had a Marriage Covenant Ceremony on January 1st in San Luis Mexico. The vision is to bring couples together as one to be kingdom focused not only with one another but with the rest of the body of Christ. There will also be a ceremony in Africa in April bringing together all of the coordinators and leaders and their wives involved in Harvest Vision Ministries Africa for the first and probably last time as they are expanding faster than we can keep track of! After George’s message we enjoyed another song called Dancing in the Minefields. This song is about the challenges involved in marriage, overcoming them together and still willing to be together after the difficult things. The things you don’t expect and can’t be prepared for and STILL choosing to forgive and be one flesh. For better or worse, richer or poorer, in sickness and in health. Each couple was given a scripture and led through their vows by Ted Brockmann. After each couple recited their vows they took a lock engraved with both of their names and locked it on the foot of the cross. Each couple is responsible for getting rid of their key forever. This represents choosing to lock together as one with each other and Jesus Christ forever. We also plan on having another Ceremony in the near future and challenge any married couple who longs to be even more kingdom focused to join in. There is something so powerful about recommitting and it was thick in the air Saturday night at the Ceremony. Some couples had been married for 4 years, some married for 40, but all were choosing oneness together. The night closed with a meal, fellowship, cake cutting (smashing for some people) and receiving the certificates of vow renewal. Thank you so much to the Lyman Baptist church family for letting us use your facility, kitchen, and equipment and to all who helped with decorations, food, desserts, set up and clean up. It was truly a blessing. If you are interested in participating in the next ceremony (May?), please contact George 360.421.8811 or Linda 360.421.8812. The cross will be kept at the harvest home.  

 

 

Harvest Kids –

            Feb 11 We were blessed with another fruitful day of fellowship with many young disciples. Mark 10:14 “Let the little children come to me”.  We are full of thanks to all of those that pray and support these young disciples in their diligence to raise money to help vulnerable children in Africa. We started out our time together learning a team building exercise utilizing hula hoops in an unbroken circle, passing everyone through the hoop working as a team without breaking the chain of hands. They had learned to help one another as a family in Christ even when there were up to three hoops added to the circle going in different directions. The children then learned scriptures by reading them aloud to one another they were written on Jenga blocks that were created by His children. This was followed by worship led by Dina, singing “How great is our God”. We were unable to crush cans due to not having many. Cans can be dropped off at 9467 Pierce Lane, Sedro Woolley, WA 98284 The kids then were blessed with an awesome lesson by Wayne Watne about the importance of the things done by them here and how it helps the children in Africa. With an awesome combined effort, they filled the bullet for the 1st time in 2017. After lunch, we were joined by Lynn Griffin, who currently serves as the Director of Child’s Evangelism Fellowship, she brought the kids a lesson that helps teach them the gospel through memorization of scripture by singing, dancing and prayer. The kids were excited to be able utilize their Bibles that was given to them at the last gathering. While the kids enjoyed soaking up the word God placed on Lynn’s heart to teach them, the parents went inside to separate & count the funds collected by them. It is always glorifying God to see the growth and changes witnessed in and by all in these young lives daily. Mathew 18:3 “Unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven”. We then wrapped up our afternoon by adding Amber’s handprint to the tree on the wall. What an awesome day of events to be honored in sharing His words with our young.

            Feb 25 What an exciting morning spent with His young disciples. We would like to express a heartfelt thank you to the many people whom pray and support all His children. We started our day together with team building games. It was a wonderful sight to see the older children mentor the younger ones in helping them read the scriptures on the Jenga Blocks & demonstrate leadership behaviors. It was blessing to have cans to crush donated by so many individuals around the surrounding area. They then shared in a short slide show about what their participation in Harvest Kids has and continues to do to help vulnerable children in Africa. We were all blessed with a word from our brothers Kennedy & Patrick in Africa. These words along with the slide show showed the children a brief overview of the projects that have been completed with the funds raised here by crushing cans & filing the bullet. This month harvest kids sent money to the Nalidi School in Eastern Uganda to help with books and uniforms for some of the kids who are beginning secondary school. We received a letter from the founder of this school expressing his extreme gratitude to harvest kids and how their quality of life has dramatically improved just by having dorms, beds, and bathrooms provided by harvest kids in the past years. Last year in the Primary Level Education exams, their school was the best performed in all of their county. What a beautiful thing this kids are participating in, truly making a difference in the world!  We all shared in lunch prepared by Linda followed by build your own sundays which they had chosen as an incentive to them for filling the bullet for the 10th time, 1st time in 2017. They were then led in worship with Cecilia, our sister visiting from the Mew Mexico Navajo Indian Reservation. She shared the song ‘Jesus loves me” in her native language. Dina then led the children in singing two other worship songs which they all joined in on. They were all so amazing as the sang praise in His name. Chelsey shared her artistic gifts with the kids by helping them with a lesson on Genesis 1:27. Showing them what fun it is to have Bible Art. We then wrapped up our afternoon by another team building game with a see & say ministry ball. Chelsey then blessed our Harvest Kids family by placing her hand on the wall. What an awesome day of events to be honored in sharing His words with our young. It was a blessing to all of us to be joined by our sister Cecilia. Maddie, Hailey & Laly joined George for a trip over to Wayne Watne house where they passed out Harvest Kid flyers & stopped in at Bob’s house. They were so excited to minister to the surrounding neighbors with the help of Walker & Wayne.

Children’s Museum Feb 25 Thank you to the Children’s Museum for giving us another amazing opportunity to come together in fellowship in His honor. Providing us with a safe place for all to come together in His glory. What a true blessing it was. We would love to acknowledge all the parents, guardians, family or friends that brought or dropped off the children, and to those who also brought cookies, chips, pizza, etc.It honors us with the knowledge that it isn’t about doing something for our children but granting us the opportunity to learn from them. There were many families that we have known and others that we were given the opportunity to get to know. Thank you to all the families that invited others to attend that share in our amazing night. We were blessed with the opportunity to minister too & provide Harvest Kids calendars along with flyers for up and coming field trips. We are encouraged in continuing these newly established relationships at Harvest Kids on the 2nd & 4th Saturday of every month from 10-12:30pm located at 9467 Pierce Lane Sedro Woolley, WA. March is a month of new beginnings. We are so excited about our next planned date fellowship on April 1, 2017 at the Children’s Museum in Burlington, WA. As family of Christ we are exploring new thoughts on locations for future fellowships, granting the opportunity for all family & friends to come together in his name. We are hoping that we will continue to meet new & old together in Gods Glorious name.     

     Please join with us in prayer for the funds to complete the fellowship center that was started last year next to the mission home in San Luis, Mexico. We are preparing for the March trip and asking anyone that wants to participate in the mission trip over the school springbreak the first week of April to contact Angie at 360-853-5650.

     We are currently ordering items for the Africa mission trip in early April and are planning to do a marriage covenant ceremony with the coordinator’s from all six countries. We are currently needing your prayers and donations for the projector, laptop and sound equipment that is being ordered to support the on-going ministry in Africa. These total $1,485. We also need $3,500 to support our first ever (and possibly last) Coordinator’s Conference which will bring the coordinator’s and their wives together. Many ofour coordinators in Central Africa have never met before, so we are excited about the strengthening of our Harvest Vision co-laborers through this time of prayer, sharing and fellowship together. 

USA News January 2017

We are so excited for our first Harvest Vision Celebration of the year 2017! Please come join us on February 4th at Crossroads Covenant Church in Burlington. This will be our first opportunity to share the wonderful testimonies of what God has done since our first annual fall banquet back in November!

Jesus said, “Open your eyes and look to the fields, they are ripe for the harvest!” He also said, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Therefore pray to the Lord of the Harvest for workers.” The Advisory team for the ministry gathered recently to seek God’s direction for all the laborers that the Lord is making available in His various “fields”, locally and in Mexico and Central Africa. The Lord has charged us to “prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.” (Ephesians 4:12-13)

This year we will have the opportunity to reach people in our community by sharing the love of Jesus and a cup of coffee & cookies at the Smokey Pt Rest Area over 7 different weekends. A great way to help by teaching some young people how to make cookies to donate and possibly take a shift and help teach a new believer the joy of sharing their faith in that setting. We had the opportunity to make new relationships with believers, pray for people and witnessed some come to faith in Christ Jesus. We are also hoping to have some garage sales locally during the spring and summer to help us build relationships and minister to people that come through the rest area last year. Both of these become opportunities to raise funds which helps the over-all ministry. It is a blessing to know that because of the sacrificial giving of the laborers in our sphere of influence – all of the salvations, mission trips, property & equipment purchases, bible schools and outreach in our local community, Mexico and in six countries in Africa was done on a budget of $149,500 with less than 3% used for administration. We are hoping to expand this year as the Holy Spirit leads even more people to pray and help financially. We are also looking to revise our website to be more useful in helping people get acquainted with like-minded people that have been called to reach out to those that are lost and hurt in the same way they have been called.

We are also seeing more people visiting the Harvest Home fellowship center in Sedro Woolley to share and pray together. We are becoming more aware of the many ways in which we can reach out and meet the various needs of people in our community and involve new or potential believers in helping. Discipleship the Jesus way – hands on – hearts open! Part of that is to create a team of caring people that are interested in helping with Harvest Kids. These young people are learning to focus on loving God and loving others and being given the opportunity to put their faith into action with the support and safety of mature Christian adults. These young people are being taught many practical skills from cooking to camping to building with projects that help people locally and in Mexico and Central Africa. We will also be expanding the opportunity for people to donate aluminum cans that the kids crush and recycle to support vulnerable children in Africa. We are exploring schools, business’s and other groups and individuals that will help collect cans for these young people to fulfill their mission. The Harvest Kids will also be taking games that they have built and craft skills to local parks and apartments or wherever they can be of service and share the love of Jesus with other children and their families. These kids also help with the local homeless ministry and visitation to people in the hospitals and assisted care facilities. What a joy to see the courage and faith of these young people as they help meet the needs of these people and then pray for them.

We are also planning visits to Alert Bay, BC, the Labor of Love and Set Free Ministries in Elma, WA and short missions to visit with Kellie’s Crisis Center & Retreat that Pr John Seaman founded in Curlew, WA. We have a team traveling to support the ministry in San Luis, Mexico in March that will be helping with the sewing ministry and teaching local people how to can foods for preserving. Another team is being put together to visit Mexico during the springbreak the first week of April and another during the summer. We also have people visiting to encourage and support the ministry in Central Africa. We are expecting to lay the groundwork for a self-sustaining farming project in Uganda that potentially will provide income for local people, teach them farming marketing and business skills and provide the financial resources to support all the existing coordinators and their equipment doing outreaches. This will free up the resources from the ministry here to expand to other countries and add additional equipment as the Spirit leads. 

USA news, December 2016

Thank you all for your continued prayers and support throughout this amazing year of growth for Harvest Vision Ministries. We are so excited to welcome a new year of new beginnings in 2017!

It is always a blessing to witness many people reaching out to share the love of Jesus in so many different ways. Early December we sent Pastor Martin back to Uganda, Africa with ministry supplies to support and encourage our co-laborers there. Thanks to those that helped finish the Harvest Kids projects – ABC blocks and games – for the Christmas mission team to take to Mexico. We picked up clothes, sewing supplies & toys from The King’s Storehouse ministry in Ferndale that have been taken to the homeless here in Skagit Valley, the Labor of Love & Set Free ministries in Elma, WA and to Mexico. Thanks to everyone that supported the fundraiser to support the Mexico Christmas mission team at the Christmas parade in Sedro Woolley. We were blessed to have the judges for the parade use the worship trailer during the event.

George left for Mexico on Monday, Dec 5th, and was joined by Wayne on Friday, Dec 9th. They spent their trip with Miguel, Olivia and our co-laborers in San Luis, Mexico to work on the new fellowship center being built to serve the neighborhood and community there.

We have been praying that many will respond to help at the Cold Weather shelter at the New Life at the Well church in Mt. Vernon during these cold nights below 25 degrees. This outreach provides a warm meal and place to stay for the homeless during the cold weather. They are in need of blankets and volunteers to work the shelter when they are open. If you are interested in volunteering email volunteer@shelterfromthecold.org.

Some brothers and sisters gathered together at Kelly and Lisa Davis’ home on Monday December 19th for an evening of fellowship and Christmas worship. We enjoyed being lead in worship by David Serrano, Madelyn Fields, Savahnna Fields and Dina Manke to both traditional Christmas songs as well as newer contemporary Christmas songs. It was a blessed evening together to be reminded of the true reason for the season and that reason is Christ and his birth.

The Christmas team left for their mission trip to Mexico on December 21st after the kids got out of School. Thank you to all who supported the members of this team and all who donated items for the people there. Please see the Mexico news for details on their trip.

On Christmas day Ted & Cheryl Walsh went out and encouraged several homeless people here in Skagit county. Followed by some fellowship and a meal at Teds home.

George & Linda are heading to Mexico for a special Marriage Covenant Celebration. They will be holding a ceremony to renew their vows in Mexico as well as several couples that reside their locally. They previously renewed their vows on their 25th wedding anniversary in 2001 in Mexico at the beginning of Harvest Vision Ministries. This year they will also have a marriage covenant ceremony sometime in February here in Skagit County as well as in Africa in April with the leaders from all 6 countries that Harvest Vision works with in Africa.

We are looking forward to a number of events coming up in the next couple months! Saturday, January 21st we will have our first Family Fun Night of 2017 at the children’s museum of Skagit County, 5:30-8:30pm. Also, we will be hosting a Harvest Vision Celebration at Crossroads Community Covenant in Burlington on Saturday, February 4th with a potluck at 6pm. Please feel free to come all are welcome! Bring a friend! This is a great opportunity to introduce Harvest Vision to new people as well as grow to know some of the newer faces we have seen the last few months! During the Fall Banquet we had the opportunity to share the vision of where we feel that God wants to take Harvest Vision and we are so excited to share testimonies about how your faithful prayers and support to expand that vision into a reality for all facets of Harvest Vision Ministries. 

USA News, November 2016

We ended October with a spaghetti feed and silent auction fundraiser at Lyman Baptist Church for the Mexico Christmas team. What a fun night of fellowship and bidding for the auction! Thank you to all who donated items, food, and who came to participate.

    Martin and Olivia both arrived here in early November and immediately began preparations for our first Fall Banquet Fundraiser that took place on November 5th. So much went into making this event possible and we could not have done it without the amazing brothers and sisters here who dedicated their time and gifts to cooking, cleaning, decorating, planning, prepping, shopping and everything else that went into this event. I would say it was nothing less than a success! We were able to present the work being done through Harvest Vision to over 50 new faces! What an amazing opportunity to share the testimonies! Harvest vision raised over $17,000 at the fall banquet! Praise Jesus for the faithful givers who’s hearts were touched by the miracles.

   During their time in the US Martin and Olivia visited and shared at Lyman Baptist church, Foothills Christian School, Childs Evangelism Fellowship and Manantial de Agua Viva. We also got a lovely visit from another sister from Mexico, Miss Sandy Aguilera. She spent time here in Skagit County working on different projects and visiting friends around the valley and spent some time with Kylee in Granite Falls and with her family. Martin also visiting ministry friends in Memphis, TN and Boston, MA, during his time in the USA. 

    This year Kelly and Lisa Davis opened their home up on Thanksgiving for all who wanted to come for a warm meal and fellowship and we will be at Ted, Gabe & Angie’s home for Christmas.

    We are thankful for everyone that is helping get the December mission team ready for Mexico. A bake sale fundraiser is planned on Dec 3rd in Sedro Woolley. We are thankful for everyone that has been donating sewing supplies and other items that the team will be taking to Mexico.

   We are so thankful for the financial blessings that our partners donate on a regular basis and for the boost from our first annual banquet and fundraiser. God has given a vision to maintain our existing ministry locally and in Mexico and Central Africa and a burden to do even more to support the expanding of God’s kingdom. We are currently working to complete the fellowship center in San Luis, Mexico that will help us bring more unity to local church families and give us a location to do more family & children ministry to those in need in the surrounding community.  We are able now to send money to replace generators in N. Uganda and the DRCongo and have purchased three portable sound systems and two projectors which will replace an existing system in Burundi and allow us to launch a new system to support outreaches in Central Uganda. Martin will also be taking solar-powered audio bibles in Swahili & Arabic, water filters, phones, I-pads, air mattresses, spotlights and other items to support the outreaches.         

   This month was our first month of the cold months back at the Children’s Museum of Skagit County! Along with our regular harvest kids Saturday on November 12th we had a family fun night from 5:30-9pm with Martin and Olivia. The kids dressed up and put on a play for everybody and ran around while the “grown ups” shared a time of fellowship with our visitors from Africa and Mexico. That morning at our regularly scheduled harvest kids we enjoyed a lesson from our lovely friends at Childs Evangelism Fellowship about Thanksgiving. The lesson involved singing, memorizing scripture, playing games and sharing with one another. The kids made thank you cards for their loved ones. On our 4th Saturday Harvest kids the children played with the newly painted giant jenga blocks! Thanks to Joanna and Sandy each block has been painted a color and has a scripture on it. Joanna shared a lesson on John 3:16 and did a hand print craft. They played with several of the handmade games that will be sent to Mexico with the December Christmas team. The children are using the money from crushing cans and filling the bullet to send bags of medical and school supplies to Africa with Martin when he returns on December 1st. They have also been gathering gloves, hats, and socks for the Christmas Mexico team as well as the homeless locally here is Skagit county. Praise Jesus for the work being done in these kids! They are our future leaders. Let us raise them up in the ways of our Lord Jesus Christ!

   We are so thankful for the prayers and support that you give to reach those that don’t know the love of God that we find in Jesus Christ. You are in our prayers. “This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down His life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers. If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need but has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him? Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and truth.” 1 John 3:16-18

In Love & Service to our Savior, Lord & King, Jesus Christ- The Harvest Vision Ministries family

Harvest Vision USA, October 2016

    October is winding down to an end and the excitement of the fall season is definitely in the air! God’s faithful servants in Skagit Valley have been keeping themselves busy preparing for the events to come!  Saturday October 29th there will be a Silent Auction fundraiser and spaghetti dinner at Lyman Baptist Church to raise funds for the team that will be heading to Mexico in December! We are also very excited to have Olivia, our Ministry Coordinator in Mexico, and Martin, our Ministry Coordinator over the Africa Ministry joining us for two weeks from November 1-14th! What a blessing it will be to have both of these servants to the nations with us here in Skagit Valley at the same time!

     We will be having a Fall Banquet on Saturday, November 5th. Several people have been invited that have never been blessed to hear the testimonies of God’s work through Harvest Vision Ministries! This will be a wonderful opportunity to fellowship with new people and bring awareness of the miracles that are happening in Africa, Mexico and Skagit County through the support of the faithful givers! This work could not be done without all of your support and prayers! Thank you to all who have devoted time to making this event possible! It is taking a village to put all of it together and we have been so incredibly blessed by all the hours and planning put in by our local brothers and sisters in Christ!

     We will be having presentations by a representative of each facet of the ministry: Skagit Valley, Mexico, Africa and Harvest Kids! Then testimonies of how participating in this work has changed people here. That they could be a part of something bigger than life as we know it. George will be closing with a presentation of where we go from here! What does all this mean for Harvest Vision Ministries and the goals we have for each portion of the ministry!

     In Africa, we want to have 1-2 sub coordinators for each area that we are already doing ministry in and a set of equipment for each of them. From this we will witness even more people accept Jesus and be discipled in local church families. We would like to have more bible schools for pastors and leaders in all of these areas. Our vision is to start a farming project to provide support for the workers involved in the ministry. That will allow the use of the financial support from the U.S. to expand to other areas and nations.

In Mexico we would like to expand the use of the garage and shop facility. We would like to provide better equipment for the worship trailer. Possibly even provide a second van to loan to Christian leaders in San Luis for transportation needs. We would like to expand the sewing ministry and the use of the mission home to house teams from Mexico and other parts of the U.S. that come to minister in San Luis. In addition to these things we hope to complete the fellowship center to meet the needs of the neighborhood and church families. To encourage all believers to be involved in local church families for discipleship and help them connect with outreach to the prisons, hospitals, rehabs, feeding ministries and other evangelical outreach.

Last but not least, here is Skagit county we want to continue to help believers find their calling and gifts that God has provided them with to reach the people in their sphere of influence including school, work place, family and community. To encourage new believers to spend time in fellowship with other believers.
We want to provide the worship trailer and equipment to those that can use them to reach others in our community. To continue to grow with expansion in Harvest Kids. To be blessed with the opportunity for local believers to be involved in helping Christian leaders in other parts of the world reach the lost. Our desire is to also facilitate more mission trips to Mexico.

     We would love to expand by introducing individuals from other parts of the USA to the ministry. Please join with us in prayer for the future of Harvest Vision Ministries.

     We will be having a family fun night at the Children’s Museum on Saturday November 12th from 5:30-9:00p with Martin & Olivia. All are welcome! We are also collecting donations of school supplies: pencils, rulers, and scissors and medical supplies: band aids, alcohol swabs, children’s Tylenol & anti-biotic ointment. We are also collecting hats, gloves, and socks for the Mexico Christmas team to take with them in December as well as for the local homeless in Skagit County. Donations can be dropped off at the Harvest Home Tuesday-Friday 10-4 or Harvest Kids on the 2nd and 4th Saturday or Monday/Thursday night at house church. Walker Motor Works is also doing a donation drive for Mexico items until the Christmas team leaves in December. Africa donations can also be dropped off there until November 25th.

     Harvest Kids

     Many thanks to Cheryl Walsh who offered her horse trailer to take cans to Zee’s recycle in Bellingham. Zee’s has been a loyal supporter of the Harvest Kids and gives the kids a little plus on the normal amount given for recycled aluminum. We appreciate their thoughtfulness and partnership. We had a record 480# of cans that gave the kids $192 toward the work they’re doing to help vulnerable children in Africa. Last Saturday the kids got the second highest amount they have recived since starting to use the “bullet” as the measuring stick. Their donations came up to $358. The kids enjoyed a pizza party this month as reward for filling the bullet for the 9th time! The money they have raised will pay for shipping of 2 trunks filled with school and medical supplies for Martin to take back to Africa. We are now collecting donations of school supplies: pencils, rulers, and scissors and medical supplies: band aids, alcohol swabs, children’s Tylenol, Neosporin. We are also collecting hats, gloves, and socks for the Mexico Christmas team to take with them in December as well as for the local homeless in Skagit County. Donations can be dropped off at the harvest home Tuesday-Friday 10-4 or Harvest Kids on the 2nd and 4th Saturday or Monday/Thursday night at house church. Walker Motor Works is also doing a donation drive for Mexico items until the Christmas team leaves in December. Africa donations can be dropped off there until November 25th. On Sunday October 23rd some of the local men and boys got together and worked on some projects for Harvest Kids. They cut wood and PVC pipe all afternoon. They are games to be used for local ministry and for the Christmas team to take to Mexico in December. They are making Jenga blocks, 4 miniature golf courses, and ring tosses for the local ministry. The ABC blocks, animal cut outs puzzles and triangles for a peg jumping game for Mexico. They still have to finish most of the sanding and painting but they had a great time of fellowship and discipleship. 

USA News September 2016

We were so blessed to have a few baptisms this month! Thanks to Wayne and Rebecca Watne for opening up their home for the special day in which Paycience chose for her baptism. It was a little sprinkly, but God blessed us with a wonderful afternoon for the potluck, with hotdogs and fresh crab, and then a leisurely walk down to the Samish River to celebrate with family, friends and all the angels in heaven as we witnessed Paycience testify about her decision to confess Jesus as her Savior and Lord. Later we adjourned back to the house for s’mores and to continue sharing about God’s goodness in our lives. On September 4th we watched Chris recommit his life to Jesus Christ by baptism in the presence of his family, daughter, friends and other people that were just enjoying the day at Clear Lake. Other than witnessing someone invite Jesus into their life, this has got to be one of the most blessed events a person can do to strengthen and encourage the body. Especially for Chris to do this in front of all these children. So proud to be a part of this and much thanks to Armando and Amber and their family for their willingness to continually present the gospel and share the love of Jesus to those in their sphere of influence. “Because he loves Me,’ says the Lord, ‘I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges My name. He will call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him. With long life will I satisfy him and show him My salvation.” Psalms 91:14-16. On September 16th we witnessed the baptism of our friend Dale! We are so thankful for Dale, a young man who has become such an important part of the body of Christ in our community. He has made himself available to fellowship and support to many of us and we are thankful that he has committed himself to faith in Christ. We are witness to God’s mercy as he has made decisions to be responsible for actions he has taken in the past, knowing that God has forgiven him, but also knowing that there have been consequences and he has not tried to avoid them. A great example of courage and testimony of God’s faithfulness to make “all things new” and to restore “that which the locusts has eaten.” A wonderful blessing for Gabe, a longtime friend, to baptize Dale with his aunt, his beautiful daughter and her best friend in attendance. We are witness to many that know Christ but have fallen away, coming back to Him. What a joy to witness the true meaning of the words of Jesus when He said: “My son, ‘the father said, ‘you are always with me, and everything I have is yours. But we had to celebrate and be glad, because this brother of yours was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.”     

 

Our friend Rabecca Williams hosted a beautiful Purity Pledge at Lyman Baptist on September 17th. Thanks to the family and friends of these 6 young people that joined with Rabecca and committed to a life of purity. Rabecca had previously met with them and their families and had sized each one for the rings that they received that night. Paul wrote to Timothy: “Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity.” Thanks to Rabecca who had the vision and courage to present this opportunity to these young people and their families. Each one came forward and made a covenant promise in the presence of all these witnesses that they would stay pure until they were married. After signing their covenant promise, each one was fitted with their own ring. What an awesome privilege and responsibility as fellow believers to be invited to pray and encourage them to fulfill their promise. Thanks to the Lyman Baptist church family that allowed us to use their beautiful facility for the service and a great potluck dinner and fellowship afterwards. Years ago I watched a western movie that I really enjoyed called the “Magnificent Seven”, but these seven really surpassed and have now become my “Magnificent Seven”. We are believing that many more will be making this decision in the near future and we will be blessed to have many more “examples” to encourage and strengthen all of us, young or old.    

We had a Harvest Vision Celebration on September 24. We had a pretty small turn out so ended up in fellowship and a time of worship led by Fred DeVries and then just shared testimonies about Africa and Mexico with each other around a table in the dining room. A special time together.      

 

George, Bruce, and Rabecca went to Mexico on September 27 and will be there until October 4th to work on the fellowship center project there. The next trip will be December 20th-30th over Christmas. There will be a trip fundraiser on October 29th from 5-8pm at Lyman Baptist Church. If you are interested in going on this trip or participating in the fundraiser, please contact Angie at 360.853.5650. Donations and auction items are always appreciated. Olivia will be visiting the first two weeks of November to minister and to attend our fall banquet.

This month we did a fundraiser at the Smokey Point rest area over labor day weekend. We were blessed to receive $1,015 through donations for cookies and coffee and we were able to share the love of Jesus with many travelers. We enjoyed fellowship with Pitana, Nadia, and their 6 kids at their Africa night on September 3rd. We had the privilege of saying ‘see ya later’ as they picked up their trailer to head on their ministry road trip through the United States and Canada before heading to central Africa in the spring. Truly a blessing to be a part of the work God is doing through this beautiful family.

We have been blessed to have many pastors and leaders that are eager to learn and attend the Bible schools in E. Uganda and Burundi. As they grow in the knowledge of the Lord, everyone in their sphere of influence benefits as they are “taught to obey what Jesus commanded” and become true disciples of Jesus Christ. We want to thank all our co-laborers that pray and donate to advance this kingdom building work and allowed us to send the money to purchase a different copier for the bible schools in E. Uganda. These schools are set up to allow local pastors and leaders to attend without having to leave their families and other ministry in their communities. They are located within traveling distance and normally require attendance one day a week. The curriculum is provided free by Harvest Vision.

We are praying for God to provide $1,700 to replace the generators in Burundi & DRCongo and $500 to service the ministry car in N Kenya. We are excited to welcome Pastor Martin, Director of Harvest Vision Africa, back to the United States in November.

 

 

Harvest Kids

Thanks to all the people that came out to support the Harvest Kids, including those that allowed their kids to come and those that donate cans. A special thanks to those that pray for these kids and the lives of all the other kids that are being impacted by these young disciples:  locally in their families, neighborhoods, schools, sports and the vulnerable children in Mexico and Africa. Thank you to Brad and Jennifer King who helped out with leading games at both of our events this month. Cans were crushed, Wayne gave a lesson related to the Harvest Kids garden the kids planted and then the kids put their pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters in the bullet. They only have 6” to go to have it full again! Angie, who helps over-see the ministry in Mexico and coordinates mission trips, along with some others that have visited Mexico shared their testimonies and photos of their visits to Mexico. What wonderful life-changing and spiritually challenging memories everyone that spends time with our co-laborers in Mexico have been given. Rabecca shared a lesson about how automatically we always seem to focus on the negative in our relationships. She had some great examples: such as asking the kids if they ever had a friend treat them badly. Then she had them tell about the things that had led them to think of them as a friend. Obviously, the kids saw that there was much more good when compared to the one disappointment. The message was centered on Philippians 4:8, “Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things.”  The children also made their own “faith rocks” and enjoyed playing with hula hoops, hot wheel racing and the bean bag toss.

Thanks to our brother, Jerry, who invited the Harvest Kids to visit the Thousand Trails campground in LaConner. Those that wanted to didn’t even miss keeping up with the Seahawks game that was being played inside the beautiful fellowship center they have at the campground. The tide went out in the evening, so we were able to walk out to the island to explore. About 50 people came for the afternoon which included a guided tour down the nature trail with Wayne, horseshoes, volleyball, frisbees, football, bike riding and general exploring and all around fellowship. We enjoyed roasting our own hotdogs over the fire and finished the evening with some tasty s’mores. We were blessed to meet Philip & Nancy, who are traveling evangelists from Sacramento, who blessed us with some of his beautiful wood carvings and shared about how God has touched so many people during his travels. The presence of the Lord abounded throughout all the activities and fellowship. The evening closed with Jerry thanking everyone for coming and invited everyone back next year which would be the 2nd Annual Harvest Kids Thousand Trails field trip.               

Harvest Vision USA, August 2016

 

We spent two days at the Smokey Point rest area sharing the love of Jesus and were able to raise $315 for the ministry! Thank you to everybody who contributed and volunteered their time. We also hung out at the Skagit County Fair from August 10th-13thsharing about the ministry, renewing friendships and making new ones. The Harvest Vision Worship trailer was used at the Skagit Valley College Back to School Blessing on August 13th. Over 1,700 people came and were blessed as different church families came together to hand out school supplies, play games, serve breakfast and distribute clothes and food.

August 19th-20th we had our final garage sale, enjoying fellowship with neighbors and friends and also raised $603! During the final hour of the sale we gave everything away for free that was left. Thank you to all the volunteers who helped with set up, clean up, and who made themselves available during the sale. Saturday August 20th was also the Back to School Blessing at Lyman Baptist Church where 80 children received school supplies.

Pitana & Nadia hosted a day of baptisms and fellowship at Friday Creek campgrounds on Saturday August 27th. We are blessed that their family is preparing for a new season of their life and thankful for those that support them. They are leaving their home in Canada to go on a road trip and preparing to go to Africa to minister next year.

That evening we gathered at Kelly & Lisa’s home in Burlington for our second Fireside Worship this year! We were blessed to have some new people join us as we came together to BBQ, make s’mores, and spend some time in worship and prayer.

On Sunday August 28th we gathered at Wayne & Rebecca Watne’s home to celebrate the baptism of Paycience Lopez. Her friends and family gathered with her to witness her publicly confess her life to Jesus through water baptism in the Samish river in Burlington, WA.

We are excited for some upcoming events! Saturday September 17th, Rabecca Williams is hosting a Purity Pledge for kids and adults who want to commit/recommit themselves to God, themselves, and their future spouse. This is open to all ages. The event will take place at Lyman Baptist Church from 6pm-9pm. There will be two informative meetings prior to the pledge on Saturday September 3rd and September 10th at 2pm. For more information you can text or call Rabecca Williams at 503.780.1842.

November 5th we our hosting a fall banquet at the Sedro Woolley Community Center to bring awareness of the work that Harvest Vision is doing around the world. Our HV Coordinators in Africa and Mexico will be traveling here to be a part of this event and share their testimonies of what God is doing through the ministry. We need the following: Hosts, guests, and volunteers! A HOST is somebody who takes responsibility for a table and commits to inviting guests to fill a certain number of seats. This person knows about harvest vision and invites friends or family they think would love to know more about the work that is being done. They will “host” that table. A GUEST is somebody invited by a host. They will have a seat at their hosts table and be served dinner and learn all about Harvest Vision Ministries. A guest can be invited by somebody who is not a host, as there will be tables that have empty seats. A VOLUNTEER is somebody who would like to make themselves available for whatever is needed! This could include set up, clean up, decorating, serving dinner, preparing dinner, providing information, etc. This event is completely FREE! If you are interested or know somebody would be interested in being a host, guest, or volunteer please contact us at 360.421.8811 or email us at harvestvision21@msn.com. There are ‘Save the Date’ post cards available and an RSVP is required to guarantee a seat.

We (George, Linda, Madilyn & Hailey) were so blessed to travel to eastern WA to visit with Pr John Seaman and the Christian community in Curlew, WA. This is the place where John is basing the bereavement ministry that the Lord put on his heart after the loss of his daughter in an automobile accident that was caused by a drunk driver a few years ago. What a wonderful community and group of believers that are trusting God to make a difference in the kingdom. We went to the Curlew Restaurant and were blessed with a wonderful meal and then the owners, Ryan and Kimberly, and their family brought out their instruments and led us in worship. What an awesome presence of the Holy Spirit moving through the body. John has a great vision to build some cabins and make it possible for those that have lost loved ones to come for fellowship, healing and restoration. In the interim, it’s church fellowship with other believers and reaching out to those in need of deliverance from addiction and healing for their bodies. Please pray for the community and the ministry there.

This month we wired $1,500 to Africa to replace the sound equipment in Central Uganda. We are purchasing portable sound systems & microphones for Martin to take back to Burundi when he returns to Africa in December. We are praying for God to provide $1,700 to replace the generators in Burundi & DRCongo and $600 for the copier for the Eastern Uganda Bible Schools. We are excited to welcome Pastor Martin, Director of Harvest Vision Africa, back to the United States in November.

We are grateful the last two walls of the fellowship center in Mexico are being completed and are looking forward to helping the finish this project. Olivia will be visiting Skagit Valley in Washington to minister and attend the fall banquet in November.    

 

 

Harvest Kids:

August 13th we made bird feeders out of pine cones, peanut butter, and bird seed. We also shared a lesson on mustard seeds and learning about having faith like a mustard seed. All the kids looked for the smallest seed they could find out of the bird seed and compared it to a mustard seed. Even the parents and adults participated in making the bird feeders. The cans crushed that day were taken to the recycling and totaled $139.

On August 27th our new friends, Brad & Jennifer, entertained the kids with a cup game which really challenged the kids in competition with each other and then switched to teach them the value of working together to accomplish a pyramid. The kids and adult helpers crushed cans, checked out the strawberries, radishes, carrots & second growth of peas in the HK garden and then put in 5” of change that had been donated into their collection “bullet”. Only 7” to go and they will have it filled for the 9th time and it will be added to the $2,080.50 they have collected so far to help vulnerable children in Africa. We added some new birthdays to the board and new handprints to the trees before having lunch and celebrating August birthdays. Christie from Child’s Evangelism Fellowship shared a message and challenged the kids (and adults) with the real meaning of Romans 6:23, “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Many thanks to everyone that prays, donates cans and helps the Holy Spirit as He teaches us to be like Jesus who came “not to be served, but to serve.” Everyone is welcome - the 2nd and 4th Saturday of each month at 9467 Pierce Lane, Sedro Woolley, from 10am-12:30pm (next September 10th).

We had a fantastic week at the Backyard Kids Club August 23rd-25th. We shared about how the Holy Spirit helps up with the fruits of the Spirit so we can live out our Jesus lifestyle equipped to make great choices even when Satan wants us to make bad ones and keep us miserable. GOD wants us to know who we really are in Christ Jesus to resist the devil so we can go out and live for Jesus and share his love to everyone! The kids were amazing, we had fun and lots and lots of ice cream to end our week! God's sweet rewards!

 

Harvest Vision USA, July 2016

Our summer is warming up with so many wonderful fellowship opportunities! The Holy Spirit continues to help us reach the lost and hurting in our own communities and we are blessed to be involved in projects that help bring the good news of Jesus Christ and disciple new believers in other parts of the world. We thank you for all your support both financially and through prayer! We are called to represent Jesus in all that we do. “And whatever you do or say, do it as a representative of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father.” Colossians 3:17. We see this in so many of our co-laborers in Africa, Mexico, and here in the US. We have had the opportunity to Skype with pastor Martin and Suzan in Africa. We were blessed to send money for sustainability projects for 3 of our coordinators in Africa, purchase property to relocate one of the church fellowships and purchase a cooking pan for one of the schools we have been connected with. Please see the Africa section for more info. We also were able to send money to Mexico to finish the walls of the fellowship center and purchase the truck for Harvest Kids in San Luis.

We kicked off July with the good ol’ Logger Rodeo down at riverfront park. From July 1-4th we had the worship trailer set up as a vendor right next to the food court at Riverfront Park. We were blessed to have 4 days of worship groups and artists sharing their gifts to the glory of God with all who attended the annual festivities. This is the first year of having the trailer used the way it was in the logger rodeo and definitely not the last! This year we also had two floats in the July 4th parade, one for Harvest Kids and then one for the worship team. We also were blessed by receiving $1,588 at the harvest home garage sale fund raiser, $315 from the Smokey Point rest area fund raiser, and $195 from doing Hot Dogs, Snow Cones, and water at Harvest Fest! Thank you Jehovah Jireh the ultimate provider!

The Lord continues to bring His people together to serve and fellowship. July 16th was our first Fireside Worship Night at Lisa and Kelly Davis’ home. It was a great time in the presence of God. Harvest kids met July 9th and July 23rd where the kids come to crush cans and continue to bring their coins to help “Change the World”. Each child is serving in a mighty way, on a mission to help and support vulnerable children in Africa. We continue to disciple them in who they are as they represent Christ Jesus. We had a special field trip this month on the 23rd to the DeVries dairy farm where the kids got to ride horses and played with Roger the goat. Harvest kids has now expanded and meets every Thursday evening at House Church at 438 Fidalgo St. in Sedro Woolley as well as every 2nd and 4th Saturday at the Harvest Home. Some children that come have never been to church and are accepting Jesus into their hearts and witnessing many miraculous, wonderful things.

We are excited to support and encourage a new young women’s group that started this month. “In His Image” meets every Monday night at the Harvest home. This is a group of God’s girls that are 13-20 years old. Seeking out to know our God and serve Him. There is a group of men who continue to minister at the Life Care Center dedicated to loving people with a passion to share the gospel. We have ordered more Adventures in Odyssey videos for this ministry and we are excited to watch Rich Rogers help Jim Kager minister to his fellow residents. July 10th we joined New Life at the Well at the highland games for their opening worship service. It was a blessing to join with brothers and sisters in Praising the almighty Father. On the 23rd of July we attended the Lyman Car Show to support the Lyman Baptist Church outreach there. Saturday afternoon the June Mexico team met up for a post trip visit and watched videos, shared photos, fellowship and memories together. We are excited to be preparing for the next Mexico trip. This will be a work trip focused on finishing the walls to the fellowship center. Long hours, hot days, but so rewarding in the kingdom of heaven! If you are interested in joining the work team please contact Angie at 360.853.5650.

We wrapped up the month on July 31st with our 4th Annual Harvest Fest at Riverfront park in Sedro Woolley. 6 different music groups came and joined in to reach out to those who don’t know his love and share a time of praise and worship with the brothers and sisters that joined us. This is a very exciting season with many out in the field for the Harvest! Serving the kingdom of God in many ways, using their gifts and talents and love for Jesus to glorify Him! Be sure to look at the schedule for all the exciting things going on in August! 

June 2016

In times like these we are witnessing miraculous things, such good news and we are happy to share with you all that has been happening in June 2016. Harvest Vision Ministries, as a co-labor in God’s Kingdom thanks you so very much for your kindness in partnering with this ministry through all your prayers, your support, financial giving and your involvement in serving the Kingdom of God. We all have a call, and we are drawn to Him be a part of the body of Christ. Each one of us is gifted uniquely to be used mightily to be about the Father’s business, willing to give it all that He may be glorified!

We are called to represent Jesus in all we do.  “And whatever you do or say, do it as a representative of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through him to God the Father.” Colossians 3:17

We were honored to have Pastor Martin, director of Harvest Vision Africa, visit and minister here in the USA. On June 4th we had our “Harvest Vision Celebration” at New Life at the Well Church. It was an amazing time of fellowship and worship and sharing as we thanked the Lord in all that has been happening throughout the ministry locally in Harvest Kids, Hope on the Street (homeless Ministry), Fellowship Fisheries, in Mexico and Africa.

Harvest Kid continues to meet each and every 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month. The kids continue to bring and crush cans. We are mentoring and raising up the next generation. This month we sent our quarterly funding for the next 3 months support for our co-laborers in Central Africa. Thanks to everyone and also Harvest Kids we took in 360 pounds of cans and received $151 that goes toward helping vulnerable children in Africa. The children continue to raise funds to support Comfort Africa, outreach to orphans, food for the South Sudan coordinator's family and orphans in his care and some support for the teachers that work at the school for the Wambuti pygmy tribe in the DRCongo.

So what’s New? We are including Harvest Kids in our Thursday night House Church. The Lord is expanding our territory and bringing children who have never been churched before. We are seeing kids discipling kid’s right in their own neighborhood! The Holy Spirit is moving in each heart. We have had 4 more salvations this month at Harvest Kids church. These kids are stepping out in faith, repenting and we are watching them come alive, and hungry for more of God’s word of truth and promises. Currently there are about 10 children asking to be baptized.

We are so excited for this increase in evangelism and discipleship for our community. Please pray, encourage and share this journey. The Harvest Home is open Tues. – Friday from 10 am to 4 pm. We also have several outreaches and fundraiser going on. Our Harvest Vison Yard sale was June 24, 25 & 27, the Lord blessing overflowed with $1110. We also received a $1200 donation which is enough to cover two of the 7 projects that we are working to complete in Africa and Mexico. We are ministering at the northbound Smokey Point Rest Area on I-5 June 29th – July 1st.  

So many are sharing testimonies with fellow believers about what is going on in the ministry and finding out what others are doing to help build the kingdom through their participation. At the Life Care Center in Sedro Woolley, Jim Kager and Rich Rodger have started a new video ministry “Adventures in Odyssey”. A young women’s group will begin meeting on Monday’s ministering to teen girls. Throughout our local community people are opening up their homes for prayer, fellowship and worship, gathering together in one accord. This is an amazing season. Acts 2:42  “And they devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers.”

We also sent a Washington team to Mexico June 17th -June 20th, consisting of friends from the Skagit Valley and some from Bonney Lake! Check out details on their trip in the Mexico News! In order to provide more consistent communication, Dina Manke is now working in the HVM office Mondays and Thursdays and can be reached at 360-421-0548. Rabecca Williams and Kylee Walker will continue to provide administrative support as assistants. 

May 2016

As we are heading into an awesome season with God and Harvest Vision Ministries we can’t help but notice and be thankful of you. Partnering with kingdom work is a blessing. What a season of sowing and harvesting in this month of May and the days to come. We can’t help but not get excited for the things of God. It seems like everywhere we look our eyes are open to his fingerprints are all around us. It is His word that tells us each to “Draw near to him and He will draw near to you.” James 4:8. The presence of God is in our drawing nearer to him. We see that in you and in your heartfelt giving and participating with God’s ministry. So we thank you so very much. Sometimes it is so hard to keep up with all the God things that going on and there is always so much to tell so I hope you are encouraged by these monthly newsletter that will keep you expecting the so much more and living more of the Kingdom Lifestyle!

We are so blessed by having Pastor Martin from Uganda out here visiting his Harvest Vision Family. (May 2nd through June 6th) I know so many have been able to meet with him and it’s been an incredible time of connection and fellowship. The schedule has been full and fruitful, as Martin was able to visit Sedro Woolley Community Church, Manantial de Aqua Viva in Burlington, Lyman Baptist Church, the King’s Storehouse in Ferndale, Children Museum Fellowship Worship Night, Tennessee and San Luis, Mexico.

We are seeing such an overflow of God’s blessings as people gather in his name for his Glory. Our Harvest Home is open for such a time as this each week Monday through Friday from 10 am to 4 pm. We have such a desire for the things of God, to love people and minister the truth of our Holy God.

 We are thankful for Harvest Women group, Harvest Men’s Group, House Church on Monday and Thursday evening. On Thursday evenings we have awesome Harvest Kids Church and it is growing in leaps and bounds – 4 Children Received Christ in May now that is news worth shouting!  We continue to be blessed with Worship nights, Prayer groups, and Harvest Kids on the 2nd and 4th Saturday, this month the kids raise over $200 to help vulnerable children in Africa. It so amazing watching them sow in the kingdom. On May 14-15 we had an incredible group of 15 men and boys set sail for Oceans Shores to bless Set Free Ministries & Labor of Love Ministries. Over the Holiday weekend May 28th -30th there was an amazing time of fellowship and worshiping at Leader Lake and is was wonderful to witness so many children & young people being blessed to go fishing with Wayne Watne.  If we look we will see there are so ways and place to draw near to God and be in his presence and about his business daily. May your heart be reset, refreshed and blessed. Join us there is something going on all the time, so please check our calendar.

God is doing amazing things through our kids. Harvest Kids is bringing people of all of ages in Skagit Valley together that are sharing the love of Jesus in a variety of ways. It is also connecting us to the heartbeat of the Father as we are about the Father’s business. It is connecting kids across the globe in Africa, Canada, Mexico and the USA and it goes further than that for the Kingdom of God is huge. Harvest Kids in the USA and Mexico are partnering in many ways as they share the gospel, crush cans, recycle plastics, the children are donating their change all to help vulnerable children. We know there is no junior Holy Spirit, the same Holy Spirit in an adult moves and works through these kids and we are seeing them boldly minister, we are seeing lives changed, that is what this is all about as we humble ourselves to serve God to only give him the Glory.  

We are excited for what the summer holds, so many new things for the kids and people just like you to get tangibly involved in. The seeds have been sown and God is watering growing each of us. We just need to decide how big do we want our gardens? Are we ready to expand our territory for and even greater Harvest? I tell you what, these kids want to go BIG! Each month in Sedro Woolley we meet the 2nd and 4th Saturday for Harvest Kids. We also have Harvest Kids meeting on Thursday nights at our House church. God is calling them to him, kids coming because they are hearing the invitation to join Him. We had 4 children come to Jesus through salvation this month.

In May the kids raised money to help buy bunkbeds and they were so excited to be able to give that to Pastor Martin in person, what a blessing to see the fruits of their labor. We planted our new Harvest Kids Garden that everyone will be tending to throughout the summer. As God is blessing we are ready to Harvest. We are seeing God use the gifting and callings of each child as they become a Godly influences in their own families, neighborhoods, schools and throughout the entire world. This is such an exciting time and we thank you for partnering and connecting with us. We want to make it easy and have started a “Harvest Kids” Page on Facebook. We encourage all of you to find our page, LIKE it and share it. Follow us daily as we share the goodness of what God is doing.     

 

April 2016
 

What an awesome time of transition for the Body of Christ. "Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet My unfailing love for you will not be shaken, nor My covenant of peace be removed,' says the Lord, who has compassion on you." (Isaiah 54:10) The place we call "home", the people we call "family", the way God "provides", the way we "make a living", everything that defines our lives is being challenged. But, God is not satisfied with people that are "challenged", but only people that are "changed". "This is what the Lord Almighty says: In a little while I will once more shake the heavens and the earth, the sea and dry land. I will shake all nations, and the desired of all nations will come, and I will fill this house with glory. The glory of this present house will be greater than the glory of the former house. And in this place I will grant peace. (Haggai 1:6-9)

We have been blessed with a myriad of opportunities to share the love of Jesus in our community. We are thankful for the Harvest Home that is open for fellowship on Tue-Friday and the men's group, Harvest Women and house church fellowships that are being used to introduce new believers to the Word of God and help them be the disciples that Jesus has created them to be. We are also going to begin to have an on-going garage sale to help us meet new people and generate some income to help the over-all ministry.  The ministry at the Children's Museum in Burlington has been a wonderful opportunity to reach out to people in our community and we are also incorporating some worship during the evening. We had fellowship there April 15th and are scheduled for Saturday, May 7th with a potluck starting at 6pm. We hope people will take advantage of this time and invite family and friends, especially with small children. Many thanks to those that helped us share the love of Jesus and serve coffee & cookies to people at the Smokey Pt Rest Area. FellowSHIP ministries founded by Wayne Watne is already taking people out for a time of fellowship and fishing and we are looking forward to many people who will be drawn to the Lord or at least closer through these outings. We also appreciate Wayne, who visited our friends at Set Free Ministries & Labor of Love Ministry in Elma, WA. He was able to drop off some clothes and we were blessed to find out that Dave & Betty who founded Labor of Love have been recognized as the "Volunteers of the Year" in Elma.   
The springbreak team that visited San Luis, Mx the first of April had their post-trip meeting and we are blessed with another Rabecca video that captures all the great moments of the mission trip (see the Mexico section for the team report). Angie is signing up people for the summer team, June 17-25, and car washes and a chili feed  fundraiser are already scheduled (see the calendar). Rebecca Watne will be visiting Mexico for a few days in May to encourage and help with the sewing ministry and Pr Martin, George and a team will be in San Luis the end of May to visit the prison and thank the sewing ministry and Harvest Kids for their support for children in Africa.
Ted & George were able to visit all the coordinators in all the countries in Central Africa during their recent visit and Rabecca is preparing a video to share with everyone. Lot's of prayer needs for our co-laborers in Africa. We are excited about Pr Martin's visit to the USA and his schedule is on the attached calendar or up-to-date on the website. We will be needing some items for when he returns to Africa, such as white wedding dresses, an I-Pad and a laptop.

Harvest Kids started with a 4-year old girl living with her family in Lynnwood, WA that heard about orphans sleeping on the floor of a school in Africa. Her question, "Why was I born in America?" A poignant question for such an age. She was only four but she realized sleeping in her own bed in her own home was something different than what these children had. "They should have a home too!" Along with the support of others, the work began over 3 years ago. After a trip to visit these girls in Africa for themselves, the vision was expanded to help other children, youth and their families be involved. Harvest Kids started in July 2013 and has brought people of all ages in Skagit Valley together that have shared the love of Jesus in a variety of ways. That home for orphans was completed in Nov. 2013 and since that time the kids and their helpers have provided mosquito nets, medicine, beds, clean water, school supplies, food and other needs for children. But along with that, it has brought children, youth and entire families into fellowship with one another in our own community where we live. Children and even youth and adults have been introduced to fellowship with others and some have received Jesus as their Savior. They hear and see testimonies of how their giving by donating their change and crushing cans make a difference in the lives of other children that are less fortunate. Many have witnessed that it has helped them be more grateful for what they do have. Over these almost 3 years, they have been involved: children from loving families and children from broken homes, homeless, fostered, adopted, physically & mentally challenged, all races and backgrounds. Field trips to the farm, fishing trips, museum & park outreaches, mission trips to Mexico, slumber parties, car washes, hot dogs and smores. So many relationships that have given people the opportunity to find their calling and gifting so they can become Godly influences in their own families and communities and even to the entire world. The Lord takes the broken heart of a 4-year old with the support of community, a few pennies that most people won't even pick up and cans that are empty and discarded and builds His Church.

We thank everyone who donates cans and supports their kids in being involved and we are looking forward to some new outreach opportunities during these summer months. The kids celebrate birthdays, put their handprint on the wall, share their joys and prayers, learn about God's Word and through the testimonies of how their giving is helping vulnerable kids in Africa they are able to see more clearly how blessed they are. It took all the adults and youth to help the kids paint and decorate the planter boxes they made for their special "someone" and to put the potting soil and flowers in the last Harvest Kids Saturday. It was wonderful to hear them share their love for the people that God has put in their lives and to see each one have the freedom to use their own creativity to make their box. Since the summer, the Harvest Kids accumulated enough money to help the Comfort Africa children's ministry, buy food for one of the coordinators and family in South Sudan that get one meal a day, help pay teacher's at the Wambuti pygmy school in the DRCongo, pay school fees and purchase a sewing machine for one of the coordinators so they can support their family and their children can attend school and helped finish the home of our coordinator in Burundi.

March 2016
here is something so undeniable about walking with Christ, Living for Christ and loving others as Christ. We have so many opportunities each day to reach those who need the Hope and Truth of Jesus… Harvest Vision Ministries desires that "Closer Walk" that moves mountains and brings every man, woman and child to Salvation. There is a wave of connection between us all as we serve a mighty God. We may all be in different places but we know the Kingdom of God is here and for now. Here in the U.S.A we have been seeing so many new things unfolding as God is moving and changing the atmosphere with his Love and blessings. We thank you so much for partnering with Harvest Vision your prayers and support are so very much a blessing that keeps people coming to Jesus. We have been blessed by so many outreaches throughout the community here is Sedro Woolley, WA Harvest Kids meets the 2nd and 4th Saturday of each month and here we are witness to many of these children accepting Jesus and being taught to be his disciples and becoming Godly influences in their homes, school and neighborhoods. Christie from Child Evangelism Fellowships came out March 12th and share the truth and love of Christ. And on March Saturday 26th the kids were taught about the Love of Jesus and that Easter is a celebration of Christ Resurrection and what that means. Many kids did not know what the word of God says and all that Jesus died to do for each and every one of us, by setting the captives free. We had an amazing time in the scriptures and expressing ourselves artistically.
 We had a great time meeting at the Children’s Museum in Burlington WA. on March 19th. Many families come and just fill the place up as the fellowship is awesome for both kids and adults alike. Each month we always have new families come and join us. God is bringing people together and it’s reaching the heart. We will be hosting another Children Museum Family Night Friday April 15 and we will be having a time of worship.  Please help us spread the word and we hope many Adults and Kids will come out enjoy a wonderful night, snacks provided. Starts 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm
 And the March fun continued as we hosted our first “Daughter of King Tea party”   on March 20th. We had about 60 women/girls come and what a blessing. Such great fellowship with these precious girls who are stepping up and speaking out to whom they belong to, for they are the Daughter of the King. It was a delight time and it was amazing to see these young girl’s growing in their desire to know God and to humbly serve others. The girls served food, helped guide adults with learning Tea party etiquette. They sang and worshiped together and shared testimonies and prayed, it was so moving. We had a total of 9 girls choose to serve Jesus and became a born again believer, And all Heaven rejoices. We hope to offer this 4 week Daughter of the King Class again soon so if you are interested in having your daughter ages 4 to 14 to join us please contact us.                                                                                                          Well not only did the Kids have an amazing month so did Harvest Women, we meet every Thursday at the Harvest home form 10 am till noon. The Lord is being praised and we continue to be enveloped in his word in seeking to biblically know God more. We have been blessed with such women powerfully seeking the Lord with all their heart. We enjoyed our first Ladies Retreat the weekend of March 11-13th at Ocean Shores WA. We had such a blessed time of women healing, being refreshed for new beginnings and witnessing salvation and Freedom in Christ.                                                                                          There are also a few other groups that meet for fellowship with Christ in his word, Harvest Men Sunday nights 6 pm, Behold your God Study meets Monday’s 9:30 amand 6:30 pm on  Wednesday evening. We continue to have amazing Fellowship at House Church ago Thursday nights.  We also have Hope on the Street that goes out on Sunday Afternoons and helps the homeless and needy by handing out food, coats, hats, blankets and socks.
 Linda had the opportunity to go to Alert bay, Canada as one of our friends (Jane) was in need of healing prayers. She stayed with Beatrice and went on daily visit to see Jane in the hospital. They spent time in the word, encouraging others, singing and praying. There were many others friends for Linda to visit on this trip and God made that possible. It was so heart – warming to see Jane improving each day. Such an answer to all our prayers.                                                                                                                          God continues to call us and we follow… George Henson and Ted Brockman are in Africa traveling around to meet all the pastors and to encourage and continue Gods work. They left March 23 and will be returning in April. God has been blessing this amazing journey. On March 31 are U.S. Team will be leaving for San Luis Mexico returning April 9th. We know God has an amazing plan ahead of them as He will make it all known for his Glory. We have many fundraiser that so many people participate in by serving. All proceeds go to Harvest Visions to help share the gospel. We had a blessed fundraiser at Smokey Point rest area.  Our time at the rest area is not just to hand out cookies and coffee but it is for others to know the greater love Christ Jesus.
It is encouraging to share the testimonies of God’s Faithfulness in bringing the lost to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ and becoming true disciples. “And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.” (Hebrews 10:24-25)

February 2016
We are witness to the love of Jesus being expressed in so many different ways during times of trials and joys: people coming to faith or rededicating their lives; finding a home or in search of one; a return to good health or a stay in the hospital; the loss of a loved one; the homeless given a warm place to stay; a community that is willing to confront the desperation and frustration of many in our community that through circumstances, including addiction or mental or emotional problems are without a safe place to live. And even in the light of these everyday circumstances, a Christian community that will share in prayer and financially to help people in other nations reach their own communities with the gospel message of Jesus Christ.

We are blessed with discipleship opportunities that are bringing people together to learn the word of God and then take the good news into our communities. We have had the first evening study group based on the movie, "Not a Fan", which allows us to question whether we are "fans" of Jesus or truly "followers". The Behold Your God study is beginning in Mt. Vernon the beginning of February and a discipleship conference will be held in Burlington Feb 5-7.        

We are thankful to the Lyman Baptist church family that allowed a group of young girls to have a sleep over at their church. We are thankful to the parents that allowed their children to go and the women that shared the love of Jesus with these young people. In mid January, we had fellowship at the Children's Museum at the Cascade Mall in Burlington and will be gathering there again on Feb 20th. It is wonderful to see families be able to come together that are not in Christian fellowship or come from different church families in our community. What an opportunity to witness God's promise, "when two or more gathered in My Name (Jesus), there I am also" and to sense the pleasure of our Father in heaven when this scripture is being fulfilled, "How good and pleasant it is when brothers live together in unity."

The mission teams that visited San Luis, Mx over Christmas and New Years had their post trip sharing session and we were blessed to hear about how God touched the lives of each one of these pilgrims from the youngest to the oldest . If anyone is interested in the springbreak team on mission the first week of April, please contact Angie.

 Even though it's rainy & chilly, the Harvest Kids got the cans everyone had donated crushed and then put their pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters in their Change the World bullet, which will be used to help meet the needs of vulnerable children in Africa. It is wonderful to see these children given the opportunity to learn to "serve rather than be served" - "to give rather than receive". Christie Wolff, from CEF, taught the kids about "giving God first place in our lives" and we so much appreciate her willingness to come all the way from Lake Stevens on the 2nd Saturda y of each month to share the love of Jesus with everyone. The kids saw the video of the mission trip that Matthew, 13, went on to San Luis, Mexico over Christmas and then he shared some of his memories and experiences from the trip. We were also blessed to have Matthew play "Happy Birthday" with his trumpet when the kids celebrated the January birthdays. Rabecca shared a teaching on the Ten Commandments. They broke up into teams and picked a commandment to draw a picture about and then explained to the group what their drawing meant. Afterwards, the teams were challenged to come up with a skit to act out the commandment they had chosen. They all made up a collage of the commandments with their handprints to take home with them. Many of the kids had written penpal letters to children in Africa and they were given the responses from their new friends in Africa with their pictures. The day ended up with a challenge of "duck fishing" between the boys and the girls. And, yes, the girls took first place! Thanks to all the adults and youth that support these kids the 2nd & 4th Saturday of each month. Looking forward to Child's Evangelism Fellowship joining us on Feb 13th.

Even as Ted and George prepare to visit with leaders in Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, the DRCongo, Kenya and South Sudan in mid March, we were blessed to find out that Pr Martin, the HV director, has received a 5-year multiple entry visa for the USA and is tentatively scheduled to visit with us in May.

We are looking forward to being with the Manantial de Agua Viva (Fountain of Living Water) church family in Burlington (12063 Pulver Rd) on Feb 28th starting with a potluck at 6pm. We will have people sharing about the different ministries, locally, in Mexico and in Central Africa. It is encouraging to hear the testimonies of God's faithfulness in bringing the lost to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ and becoming true disciples.



January 2015
We are witness to the love of Jesus being expressed in so many different ways during times of trials and joys: people coming to faith or rededicating their lives; finding a home or in search of one; a return to good health or a stay in the hospital; the loss of a loved one; the homeless given a warm place to stay; a community that is willing to confront the desperation and frustration of many in our community that through circumstances, including addiction or mental or emotional problems are without a safe place to live. And even in the light of these everyday circumstances, a Christian community that will share in prayer and financially to help people in other nations reach their own communities with the gospel message of Jesus Christ.

We are blessed with discipleship opportunities that are bringing people together to learn the word of God and then take the good news into our communities. We have had the first evening study group based on the movie, "Not a Fan", which allows us to question whether we are "fans" of Jesus or truly "followers". The Behold Your God study is beginning in Mt. Vernon the beginning of February and a discipleship conference will be held in Burlington Feb 5-7.        

We are thankful to the Lyman Baptist church family that allowed a group of young girls to have a sleep over at their church. We are thankful to the parents that allowed their children to go and the women that shared the love of Jesus with these young people. In mid January, we had fellowship at the Children's Museum at the Cascade Mall in Burlington and will be gathering there again on Feb 20th. It is wonderful to see families be able to come together that are not in Christian fellowship or come from different church families in our community. What an opportunity to witness God's promise, "when two or more gathered in My Name (Jesus), there I am also" and to sense the pleasure of our Father in heaven when this scripture is being fulfilled, "How good and pleasant it is when brothers live together in unity."

The mission teams that visited San Luis, Mx over Christmas and New Years had their post trip sharing session and we were blessed to hear about how God touched the lives of each one of these pilgrims from the youngest to the oldest . If anyone is interested in the springbreak team on mission the first week of April, please contact Angie.

 Even though it's rainy & chilly, the Harvest Kids got the cans everyone had donated crushed and then put their pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters in their Change the World bullet, which will be used to help meet the needs of vulnerable children in Africa. It is wonderful to see these children given the opportunity to learn to "serve rather than be served" - "to give rather than receive". Christie Wolff, from CEF, taught the kids about "giving God first place in our lives" and we so much appreciate her willingness to come all the way from Lake Stevens on the 2nd Saturda y of each month to share the love of Jesus with everyone. The kids saw the video of the mission trip that Matthew, 13, went on to San Luis, Mexico over Christmas and then he shared some of his memories and experiences from the trip. We were also blessed to have Matthew play "Happy Birthday" with his trumpet when the kids celebrated the January birthdays. Rabecca shared a teaching on the Ten Commandments. They broke up into teams and picked a commandment to draw a picture about and then explained to the group what their drawing meant. Afterwards, the teams were challenged to come up with a skit to act out the commandment they had chosen. They all made up a collage of the commandments with their handprints to take home with them. Many of the kids had written penpal letters to children in Africa and they were given the responses from their new friends in Africa with their pictures. The day ended up with a challenge of "duck fishing" between the boys and the girls. And, yes, the girls took first place! Thanks to all the adults and youth that support these kids the 2nd & 4th Saturday of each month. Looking forward to Child's Evangelism Fellowship joining us on Feb 13th.

Even as Ted and George prepare to visit with leaders in Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, the DRCongo, Kenya and South Sudan in mid March, we were blessed to find out that Pr Martin, the HV director, has received a 5-year multiple entry visa for the USA and is tentatively scheduled to visit with us in May.

We are looking forward to being with the Manantial de Agua Viva (Fountain of Living Water) church family in Burlington (12063 Pulver Rd) on Feb 28th starting with a potluck at 6pm. We will have people sharing about the different ministries, locally, in Mexico and in Central Africa. It is encouraging to hear the testimonies of God's faithfulness in bringing the lost to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ and becoming true disciples.

USA/Canada News December 2015
During this Christmas Season our hearts are filled with the wondrous love of God. The perfect gift is always the hope on everyone's list but nothing can compare to the gift of Love, His own Son, Jesus. He is alive and fully present and we come to worship Immanuel, God with us.  We know as we are called to be about the Father’s business. We all have been called to join him being compelled to not just show the Love of Christ but be the love of Christ.  This happens in many ways through you and your support and through our outreaches and fellowship meetings every week at the Harvest Home. It’s happening in our local church families including our house church fellowships. A new bible study group “Not a Fan” 6 week Series, the Harvest men’s & Harvest Women’s group meetings and Hope on the Street outreach to the homeless. There is also a powerful impact that Jesus is having on our kids who attend our Harvest Kids group, and through serving with our co-laborers in Alert Bay Canada, Mexico and Africa. All of us coming together side by side. I Corinthians 3:9 “For we are co-workers in God's service; you are God's field, God's building.”  We are thankful for your gifts and contributions. Your prayers and encouragement that add to the Kingdom of God .The month of December has been a busy blessed season. On December 6th we had our Chili feed & silent auction ($1382) and our Value Village Clothing Fundraiser ($175) for our Mexico missions we were blessed with grand total of $1557. Our Mexico team left on Dec. 17th – December 26 and the second team left Christmas day and will return January 3rd. We continue to be in awe as we see lives changing for eternity. The children from House church in Sedro Woolley that meets on Thursday had a heart to reach out to the homeless, so we baked and decorated Christmas cookies. It was on the hearts of the kids to gives out “Cookies of Comfort and Joy”. We all, kids included, joined Hope on the Street on a Friday Dec. 11th to give out cookies, Christmas cards, clothing, and sandwiches. It was amazing to see the impact it had on the hearts of others. God uses it all… its Love. 

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. The building has been restored in is currently the mother church supporting outreaches through Uganda. The 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.

Harvest Kids joyfully meets every 2nd and 4th Saturday of each Month. We had a Christmas party for the children on December 12. Christie Wolff from CEF came and presented a lesson on Isaiah 9:6, “To us a son is given and He will be called the Prince of Peace.” The kids enjoyed hula hooping while saying the bible verse which made the memorizing fun. She also shared a story about some kids and a grandpa who went to the hospital to visit sick kids with cancer. They would take a black lab dog with a big red collar and a jingle bell. Wayne and Fred brought their black labs to the party. It was cool to have Bear and Walker there with us. Matthew played Jingle bells on his trumpet and it was a great day of fellowship with the kids. Thank you to all our co- laborers who are praying and collecting cans. You are such a blessing to us and the vulnerable kids in Africa. On December 26th, the Harvest Kids crushed cans in the chilly weather before warming up and watching a video on the projects they are helping with in Africa. They also collect monies to fill the "bullet" so we can help Comfort Africa children's ministry in Uganda and buy food for the orphans in Sudan. After our meeting we took the kids on field trip to the Children’s Museum and plan on doing this again by having a Family night on January 16, 5:30-8:30 pm.

November 2015 News
We have a heart of gratitude as we reflect about all the things we have to be thankful for, The lyrics of the song “Count your blessing” remind us to reflect on God’s love and provisions “when upon life’s billows you are tempest tossed, When you are discouraged, thinking all is lost, Count your many blessings, name them one by one, And it will surprise you what the Lord hath done.” 

 I think we can all look back through the days, weeks and months of this year and not cease in rejoicing in all the Blessings God has given. We have the blessing of fellowship through the Harvest Home that is open every week, in local church families including our house church fellowships, Men coming to work together on the worship trailer, Harvest men’s group meetings, Harvest Women’s group meetings, the outpour that has come from Harvest Kids, Serving with our co-laborers in Alert Bay Canada, all of us coming together side by side. Jesus said in John 13: 35 “By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another”

 Such a heartfelt Thank you goes out to all of you for coming together as we are unified in meeting the needs of the vulnerable children in Africa and to support the work of The Lord there through our co-laborers. Cami and Rabecca took with them all the toothbrushes, shorts, dresses, Frisbees’, water filters, audio bibles that were donated. And all your financial support continues to bless the daily needs of so many. The Harvest kid’s pen pals letters from the USA and Mexico were shared with the kids in Africa. We are so grateful for the all the aluminum cans we continue to receive, day after day there are so many who give in this way and each can makes a difference to the Kingdom. You make a difference in the body of Christ, there are many parts… working together. We have also seen this through the many men who have come to labor in love and work on the worship trailer. The work is now complete and it

is ready to go out and be used as a blessing. On December 5th it will be used in the Sedro-Woolley Christmas Parade and we know it will continue to bless many out in the community this coming New Year as many will gather to worship Jesus Christ our Lord. We had an outpouring of many people volunteering to help with our Smokey Point Fundraiser November 20-23rd. We had so many donate yummy bake goods and treats so we were able to offer many people our bright and cheerful smiles, encouragement and prayer, cups of warm coffee and tea and sweet treats as they traveled to and fro.

Our Harvest Kids were blessed by many of our friends coming with helping hands in sharing their time and love. Even in the cold weather, the kids have crushed cans each Saturday and successfully filled the "bullet" with their donations for a total of $236 that will be used to help vulnerable children in Africa. Child's Evangelism Fellowship shared an adventure spy-game that helped the kids see Jesus in a new and exciting way on Nov 14th and the kids made "Thankful" books using a cutout shaped as their hand and played thanksgiving games on Nov 28th. It was a blessing to Skype "live" with Rabecca and Cami and the children in Africa and we are hoping to do that more often. What a blessing to watch the kids inter-act over the 10,000+ miles that separate them. Matthew and Michael were able to play a trumpet & saxophone duet to our friends in Africa and the last HKids they were able to play "Happy Birthday" for the October birthdays.

For Thanksgiving we had house church and enjoyed such delightful fellowship and a great meal with many people. The day after Thanksgiving, Friday November 27th George, Cami and Kris left early that morning to travel to Alert Bay Canada. It was a cold frosty morning but a beautiful 10 car and ferry ride. We arrived a little later than our usual time due to ferry delays but let’s not ever forget God’s timing is always perfect. What we thought was late was just on time. Our first stop was to our faithful Prayer innocessor and co-laborer Beatrice it was nice to surprise her with a knock on the door. While visiting she shared her brother was dying, and in the hospital. We soon got directions from the Lord to go visit him that very night so we took Beatrice and went to meet Glen. The Lord was so faithful and loving and we witness such great fellowship with Beatrice, Henry, the family, Glen and Jesus. Jesus said when two or more gather together to pray, I am there among you” and his presence and sweet loving fragrance filled the room.  And we witness answered Prayer… Hallelujah. During our time there we had a couple others visit with Beatrice and Glen before the Lord took Glen home to Heaven.

We were blessed to stay at parsonage above the Glad Tidings Church during our visit in Alert Bay, home away from home. We were happy to be able to fellowship with Pastor Rick and his wife Poula. We hosted a pancake breakfast at the parsonage Saturday morning and it was such an encouraging and enjoyable time of fellowship with those who came. Saturday Evening, The church had a Blue Christmas Service, a service dedicated for families who have lost loved ones. It was filled with so much compassion and love that reached out to the community. On Sunday we went to pick up our friends Beatrice and Jane and enjoyed the church service at Glad Tidings and then we all fellowshipped at the hospital singing Christmas songs, worshipping and sharing the love of Jesus with the elderly. They were all open to receive prayer and we stopped for each one holding each hand to pray. Our evening was blessed with a wonderful time visiting and enjoying dinner with Art, Annalise, Marcus, Michelle at their home. This family has such a passion for Christ Jesus and as we talked and shared and ended the night holding hands in circle, not as stranger, not as friends but as family… brothers and sisters in Christ. That’s what the Love of Jesus does unifies the body. We know God is moving in the hearts in Alert Bay, and calling his children unto him and we give him all the honor and Thanksgiving.     

USA/Canada news October 2015
Little things with great love. It has been an incredible month of the outpouring of the Holy Spirit as the love of Jesus is drawing people to Himself as we have witnessed salvations, healings, deliverances and relationships restored. For those that are in Christ, we are being profoundly reassured having an even deeper sense of peace and confidence that "in all things God works for the good of those who love Him and have been called to His purpose." The purpose that Jesus Himself testified to: "For the Son of Man came to seek and save what was lost."

This month we have been blessed to be in fellowship with so many in so many different ways. Fellowship in the Harvest Home during the week, in local church families (including the house church fellowships), weddings, working to replace the roof on the worship trailer and the just "hanging out" in which Jesus said, "For where two or three come together in My Name, there am I with them." We are thankful to have been invited to share about the ministry in Africa with the Manantial de Agua Viva church family in Burlington and to have been invited to share with the Sedro Woolley Community Church on Nov 15th.

    King David wrote in Psalms 133, "How pleasant it is when brothers live together in unity." Thanks to everyone that worked so hard to prepare and make the Fall Festival at the Harvest Home such a wonderful time of sharing and fellowship. Jesus said, "You will know they are My disciples because of their love for one another." It was truly a labor of love and a blessing to see people talking, laughing, sharing, encouraging and caring for one another. From sharing a bowl of home-made chili, petting the calf or the goat, guessing how much candy corn was in the bowl, anticipating who would walk away with a beautiful raffle prize, playing bean bag toss or racing hot wheels, making that something special out of gak, rolling up a paper bead or coloring, getting that special face-painting and learning about how we can help reach the homeless in our community, be involved in a mission trip to Mexico, help the Harvest Kids who are meeting the needs of vulnerable children in Africa or how everyone can help support the amazing work of our co-laborers in Central Africa who are bringing the gospel message to thousands in their communities. All of this while lifting our voices and hands to worship the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords, our Savior and friend, Jesus Christ. Jesus said that He would build His Church and the gates of hell will not overcome it. His Church is real and it does exist. He is the head, the Holy Spirit is the true worship leader and showing the love of the Father to all mankind is the vision and purpose.

    Many thanks to the New Life at the Well church family that allowed us to use their facility in Mt. Vernon to celebrate the Lord's work in the harvest fields locally and in other parts of the world. David Serrano and his worship group from Manantial de Agua Viva blessed us with a wonderful move of the Holy Spirit. It was a blessing to hear Cheryl share testimonies of the work that is being done to reach out to the homeless and those in need in Skagit County. Kylee shared about the work that the Harvest Kids are doing to help meet the needs of vulnerable children in Central Africa and just as importantly, the work that is being done to strengthen the faith and confidence of these young people as they discover the gifts that the Lord has put into each one and how they can, by having a relationship with Jesus Christ, make an eternal difference to the people in their sphere of influence. Rabecca showed a video and shared about the ongoing ministry in Mexico and about the upcoming mission trips to San Luis over Christmas and New Year's.  Ted shared another video about the evangelism and discipleship that our co-laborers in Central Africa are doing and some of the other work that is being done to meet the basic needs of the people. The evening ended with prayer for Rabecca Williams and Cami Lawrence that left to visit and take ministry supplies to Africa on Oct 25th.

   Many thanks to the adults and youth that help with Harvest Kids and for the parents and guardians that allow their kids to participate. This month, the kids crushed lot's of aluminum cans and have filled the "bullet" up to within 8" of the top. All of this money is used to help vulnerable children in Africa. Jeremy, Daniel and little Clara and Roman put their handprints on thetree and cloud with the rest of the kids handprints. The kids first did this in October of 2013, when they put their handprints on a mural cloth that Kylee took to Africa and hung up in the newly completed Madilyn's House for the orphan girls that slept on the floor of the school in Mukono, Uganda. In return, Kylee brought back a mural cloth with all 283 children's handprints from the school. Angie Fields shared about her trip to Africa and made up some "posho" (flour & water) that many of the children eat in Africa (sometimes their only meal of the day). Without ketchup, chocolate syrup or Ranch dressing, the kids weren't actually thrilled about the taste, but we feel it's important that we make an effort to help the kids understand how fortunate we are and also to understand how meaningful it is when they complete the projects to help the kids there. Cami also shared about the "invitation" she received from the Lord and how that opened the door for the trip that she is now on in Africa. October birthdays were celebrated with the kids getting to make and decorate their own caramel applies. We were blessed to have Christie Wolff, the director of Child's Evangelism Fellowship, share testimonies and a teaching about Nahum 1:7, "The Lord is good, a refuge in times of trouble." Rabecca shared with the kids about how everyone of them are special using Psalms 139:14, "I praise You because I am fearfully and wonderfully made, Your works are wonderful, I know that full well." It is a blessing to witness the kids praying and trusting God to help them and others that they care for. The kids signed frisbees and photos were taken to accompany the penpal letters that are going to Africa for the children.

After the last Harvest Kids, we "vanned up" and drove to Fred & Denelle DeVries farm to meet with Isaac who agreed to give everyone a tour. Everyone got to hear about how the farm is set up and then got to meet the baby and older calves, tour the dairy parlor where they milk 800 cows a couple of times a day and then walk around the corral. LeeAnn DeVries "happened" to ride up on her horse and blessed the kids with a ride, some for their first time on a horse. Afterwards, it was off to visit the hazelnut orchard to see the harvester and climb up on a truck that was already mostly filled with some of the harvest from the day before. We are so encouraged with these young people and for the youth and adults that are willing to sacrifice their time, gifts and resources to help these young people become disciples of Jesus.

September 2015
We want to thank everyone that helped with the various outreaches that we have been involved with this month. It was another fantastic time at the Smokey Point Rest Area giving coffee, cookies and the love of Jesus. Thank you for all the people who donated for the coffee and cookies: you were able to help us raise $525 to support the ministry. It is during these times that we really witness Christian believers that are seeking a closer and deeper relationship with the Lord being brought together to encourage and share a renewed zeal to preach the gospel and minister to those in our community. The Harvest Home has been another great source of fellowship with Harvest Women meeting on Thursday mornings and others gathering to share & pray for each other and work to coordinate different outreaches that we are involved with. We were at the Skagit Co. fall garage sale the end of the month and we appreciate those that donated items and helped as we were able to witness to many people during the two days. Wayne participated in the Fairview Bible church mission conference in Pt. Angeles and we will be having a presentation at Manantial de Agua Viva church in Burlington the first of the month. We are looking forward to the Fall Festival on Oct 3rd at the Harvest Home that will help introduce us to our neighbors and friends. This will give us the opportunity to enjoy fellowship with them and get to know how we can be helpful to them. They can also become familiar with the many ways in which God is using the ministry to share the love of Jesus locally and around the world. We are also excited for the opportunity to invite everyone to the Harvest Vision Celebration on Oct 24th at New Life at the Well in Mt. Vernon. Please invite family & friends to give God the glory as we share all aspects of the ministry, locally, and in Canada, Mexico and Africa and introduce our co-laborers in these different locations. We want to thank those that are helping Kris with the restoring of the worship trailer that is available to the local Christian community for outreaches. If you are able to help with this project, please contact Kris at 360-440-5177.  

Our team from Skagit Valley (George, Ted and Cami) and our friend from Oregon recently visited all our dear friends in Alert Bay BC in September. It was so wonderful to see so many people and we are so thankful we were called to come help with the unity between believers on this island. We are always excited to be about our Father’s business and allow him to bring fellowship between believers from the Catholic, Pentecostal, Anglican and non-denominational church families. We never know exactly what the Lord has in store for us but he never disappoints. We were called to pray and the Lord opened the doors to have fellowship with so many people. It was amazing watching God just unfold new and wonderful things. It was very special to share with the Anglican church family about the progress of getting a water well drilled for the Nalidi Grace Orphan school in E. Uganda that they had been led by the Holy Spirit to pray and support financially. Jesus said a blessing would come to those that give "even a cup of cold water in the name of Jesus" and we know He will continue to bless each one of them.

We have been blessed to send financial support for the over-all ministry in Africa, including the radio ministry, Bible schools and the support for the 10 sets of sound and video equipment that the Lord is using to bring the gospel message to those scattered in the 6 countries that we are currently involved with. We are working diligently to prepare Rabecca and Cami for their visit to Africa the end of October. They will be taking items to support every aspect of the ministry: keyboards & microphones, DVD's, Bibles, phones, anti-biotics, toothbrushes, tents & mats and many other items.   We are praying for 100 pairs of boy's shorts and 2,000 toothbrushes. If anyone can help sew shorts, please contact us or come by the Harvest Home from Tue-Fri, 10am-4pm.   

The Harvest Kids meet on the 2nd & 4th Saturdays at the Harvest Home in Sedro Woolley. Thanks to everyone that helps these kids make a difference as they grow closer to the Lord and help meet the needs of vulnerable children in Africa. They raised $147 with their recycled cans and collected $282 of change. The first timers get to put their handprint on the new painted palm tree and put their birthdays on the wall. After lunch, the kids fill out a penpal sheet that will be taken to Africa with Rabecca and Cami at the end of October. They will bring back a pen pal from the children in Africa for the kids here. The kids always get a testimony from someone that has been in Africa, receive teaching from God's word and are given the opportunity to share their thoughts and gifts with each other. Thank you Jesus and to everyone that prays and helps support the overall ministry. They have just got enough money to get 4 triple bunkbeds and mattresses for Pr Jonathan’s house in Mukono, Uganda. Jonathan over-sees the 287 primary students that attend the community school and provides housing for about 70 orphans between the school and his home. He also helps boys that finish primary school raise money to attend secondary boarding school and lets them stay at his home, although none of them have beds. These beds will help keep them healthy when they are at home on the weekends trying to earn money for their school fees. The rest of the time, other orphans can use the beds. The kids support monthly Comfort Africa children's ministry in Uganda, teachers for the Wambuti pygmy tribe in the DRCongo and food for the South Sudan HV coordinator and family and the ~100 orphans in their location that have limited water and only one meal a day. For more information, call 360-540-0890 or 503-780-1842 or visit www.harvestvisionministries.org. You can also drop off cans at the same location anytime. The next Harvest Kids will be Oct 10th, we hope to see you there!

USA/Canada news August 2015
We want to thank everyone that helped with the various outreaches that we have been involved with this month. It is always a blessing to partner with our friends from Child's Evangelism Fellowship during the 4 days of the Skagit Co. Fair. It is during these times that we really witness Christian believers that are seeking a closer and deeper relationship with the Lord being brought together to encourage and share a renewed zeal to preach the gospel and minister to those in our community. What a privilege to offer a cup of coffee and cookies to travelers that are passing through the Smokey Pt Rest Area on the interstate. Another amazing few days of testimonies of divine encounters as God orchestrates bringing His Church back to it's original intention with Jesus as the head. The Harvest Home has been another great source of fellowship because of the Harvest Kids fundraising that was made possible by our friend, Fred DeVries, that planted sweet corn that could be sold to help support the various projects for vulnerable children in Central Africa. Just because we may not be sure there really is a "devoted fellowship", the evidence definitely shows that it exist and that the gates of hell will not prevail against it! Now, for our more crafty, hands-on people, after the Back to School Blessing outreach at the Skagit Valley College in Mt. Vernon, we brought the worship trailer to a designated covered area where we will begin to replace the roof and get it ready to serve the Christian community in Skagit Valley. If you are able to help with this project, please contact Kris at 360-440-5177. We are happy to announce that some of women have started a weekly fellowship, Thursdays, 10am at the Harvest Home in Sedro Woolley and everyone is invited. Jack & Cindy Eissler have also started a home group using John Bevere's recently released, "Good or God" study from Sat, Sept 19, 26 & Oct 3 from 6:30-8pm at 801 N. 30th in Mt. Vernon. We are also looking forward to an "open house" for the neighbors at the Harvest Home in Sedro Woolley on Oct 3rd.        

We will be visiting our friends in Alert Bay, BC over the Labor Day weekend and will hopefully get to help them do some painting. It will be wonderful to see Marcus who made his first mission trip to Mexico with HV in July and to thank the Anglican Church from that community that helped with the funding for drilling a water well at the Nalidi Grace orphan school in E. Uganda.

We want to thank Rabecca for the video of the July Mexico mission team that was shown during the team's reunion meeting in August. A great time of sharing about the trip and inviting everyone to share their ideas that might help future teams and trips. At the present time, Angie has about 20 people that are interested in the Christmas team that will be going in December. Please contact her if you're interested. 

            We were disappointed that Suzan, our HV Africa coordinator, was not able to get her visa to visit the USA, but we know that God has other plans for her during that time. Cami Lawrence will be joining Rabecca Williams for a trip the end of October. Kylee is working with Pr Martin and Suzan in Africa to find out the equipment that is needed for the ministry there and on the schedule and budget for Rabecca & Cami's visit. We are praying for 100 pairs of boy's shorts and 2,000 toothbrushes. If anyone can help sew shorts, please contact us or come by the Harvest Home from Tue-Fri, 10am-4pm.   

            The Harvest Kids that meet on the 2nd & 4th Saturdays at the Harvest Home in Sedro Woolley, started out their month with Child's Evangelism Fellowship hosting a 5 day club for kids in the neighborhood. We were blessed with the directors and 3 young men that shared the love of Jesus and the gospel message throughout the week. They all have different personalities, but the same love for Jesus and the children, and the diversity of the activities kept the children interested as they learned about how much God loves them and wants to use them to share His love with their families and friends. The days were filled with memorizing Bible verses, singing praise songs, playing games, learning about people in the bible, as well as testimonies of missionaries that serve around the world, and learning how important it is that we pray and always remember that Jesus is their friend and has given them the bible to help them stay close to God throughout their lives.

            These kids are working so hard to help the vulnerable children in Africa and we are so proud of them. They crush aluminum cans and put the coins together they have saved through the week. They have just got enough money to get 4 triple bunkbeds and mattresses for Pr Jonathan’s house in Mukono, Uganda. Jonathan over-sees the 287 primary students that attend the community school and provides housing for about 70 orphans between the school and his home. He also helps boys that finish primary school raise money to attend secondary boarding school and lets them stay at his home, although none of them have beds. These beds will help keep them healthy when they are at home on the weekends trying to earn money for their school fees. The rest of the time, other orphans can use the beds. The kids watched a video about the life of Ruth and how the goodness she showed to Naomi and to Boaz deepened her relationship with God and brought blessings into her lifeThey also read the “Legend of the Sand Dollar” and saw the ways in which the gospel is shown through these shells. The 5 holes that represent the piercings in the body of Jesus, the star, the Christmas poinsettia and when broken open, the tiny doves inside representing the peace that we find in our relationship with Jesus Christ. The kids also started writing letters that will be taken over to set them up as penpals for the children in Africa. Thanks to the donation of sweet corn from a local dairy farmer and his family, the HK adults and kids have raised over $2,000 that will be used for various projects for vulnerable children in Africa. For more information, call 360-540-0890 or 503-780-1842 or visit www.harvestvisionministries.org. You can also drop off cans at the same location anytime.   

USA/Canada news July 2015
It was so special having our sisters from Mexico, Olivia and Itzel, visit with us in Skagit Valley the first part of the month. They visited with many of the people that have visited Mexico, shared with local church families and the neighbors, helped with the HVM float and Harvest Kids in the July 4th parade in Sedro Woolley and then helped prepare the team from the northwest that traveled with them back to Mexico. Please read the Mexico July news for information. What a blessing to walk through thousands of people as the worship team on the trailer shared our love with our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ and the adults and children walking with Harvest Kids that were joyfully sharing their love for Jesus that has prompted them to reach out to the "least of these" - vulnerable children in Central Africa. Thanks for everyone that donated items and the many that came and ministered to people that were drawn to the 4 day garage sale at the Harvest Home. What an encouragement to be with so many like-minded Christians that are seeking the fellowship of other true believers and the willingness of so many that are lost and hurting and have been prompted by the Holy Spirit to be open to the gospel message and prayer.     
 We are so thankful for the city of Sedro Woolley that allows us to use the Riverfront Park, which includes the outdoor amphitheater, for our 3rd Annual Harvest Fest. We were blessed to have seven different groups of Christian musicians sharing their gifts to the glory of God and the pleasure of everyone that attended. Christians from different local church families were joined by others in the park or that had been invited that were not believers and the Holy Spirit ministered through the music and fellowship to each one in many different ways. The music included contemporary worship in English and Spanish, rock, rap and heavy metal, with the gospel message of salvation through faith in Jesus Christ.

We are so thankful for the Harvest Kids and for everyone that supports these young people that have been destined and anointed to make a difference in their generation. Much work these last two Saturdays, crushing and sending to recycle 565 lbs of aluminum cans and filling up the bullet for the 5th time ($294). This allowed them to purchase two bunkbeds and mattresses for Pr Richard in E. Uganda. Thanks to friends that donated firewood for sale, that has brought in another $600 which will help them with their next project, 4 triple beds with mattresses for orphan boys attending secondary school that live at Pr Jonathan's home in Mukono, Uganda. Thanks to Andrew and Victor who helped pour concrete for a larger covered area at the Harvest Home for the crushing cans. So beautiful to witness these young people learning the Bible and enjoying fellowship with the games and crafts.

We are praying that we will hear the good news that Suzan, the HV Africa admin coordinator and founder of the Comfort Africa children's ministry will get her visa and be able to visit the USA in September. In the meantime, we are so thankful that friends from Africa will be in Seattle this week and we will be able to send them back with a suitcase full of dresses that will be used at the bridal shop that was started in Kampala, Uganda to provide employment to local Christians and provide finances to support the over-all ministry. Thanks to everyone that donated their dresses

We are praising God for the many donors that helped by praying, giving and helping with various fundraisers to send $17,754 to support our co-laborers in the harvest fields of Central Africa the end of July. We are thankful for the opportunity to help encourage them and are prayerfully eager to hear the testimonies of many new believers coming into the kingdom in all the areas, especially we are blessed to know that the gospel message, new church plants and the strengthening of existing church families will be happening in the new areas around Nebbi, NW Uganda with Christopher, Sambura, N Kenya with Simon and throughout Rwanda with the help of the AFM Bible school in Kigali, Rwanda with Pr Robert Owade. Worn-out sound equipment will be replaced in E. Uganda and worn-out generators in Burundi & the DRCongo. Larger sound equipment will replace the smaller portable systems in N. Uganda and the DRCongo and the small portable systems will be moved to the AFM bible college in Kigali, Rwanda and a church plant in Uganda.

Our new coordinators in NW Uganda and N Kenya will get the remainder of the equipment they need to begin outreaches in their communities, including monthly financial support, and the bible college in Kigali will get a generator to help support outreaches in Rwanda. We also sent funding to install a roof over the home of Pr Evariste in Burundi and to complete a legally required survey of farming property that was purchased and is being used to support the over-all ministry and the Canaan Foundation school outside of Kampala, Uganda. What a blessing, after a couple of years, to know that some of our co-laborers in ministry in Uganda will be drilling a well for the Nalidi Grace orphan school and their surrounding community in the next couple of weeks. We were able to send funding to install the necessary fencing around the new borehole and also to feed the crew that will be drilling the well. Our hope that other believers will join us in supporting the spreading of the gospel in these areas. For more information or to donate, please check out the www.harvestvisionministries.org website.

June 2015
It has been a wonderful month of ministry with so many people celebrating the end of a successful year of school for many of our children and youth. Many believers are seeking ways to reach people that are hurting and isolated in our communities and we thank God that we are witness to many divine appointments that He has already planned in advance.   
The Harvest Home at 9467 Pierce Lane in Sedro Woolley is open on Tue-Fri from 10am-4pm and has become a wonderful place for people in our community to stop and share what's going on in their lives and find out what ministry opportunities are available in the area. The "Driven by Eternity" study series on Tuesday, 11-12am, will be finishing the end of July and has a great message. It has been a "reality check" for many of us when we consider how much time and effort we spend for years to plan our retirements that are normally a shorter time than our work years. Yet, we are here on the earth for such a short time compared to eternity and many of us spend little time in preparing for that endless time that lies ahead of all of us.
We are preparing for a visit from our Mexico coordinator, Olivia, and her daughter, Itzel, during the first part of July. She will be sharing about the ministry locally, helping with car washes, the July 4th Sedro Woolley parade and sharing her testimony and about the Mexico ministry at Manantial de Vida in Burlington on July 3rd. She will return with the WA team that will be going on mission to Mexico from July 9-19. We are also excited that the team includes a young woman from Oregon and one of our First Nations brothers from Alert Bay, BC.     
Many thanks to our supporters, we were able to send the money to support the on-going ministry in Africa for the next 3 months. We are working with Suzan, our admin coordinator for Harvest Vision Africa, on a visa that will allow her to travel to Washington in September to share about the ministry in Africa and strengthen relationships with co-laborers in this area.    
It is difficult to truly live as a disciple of Jesus Christ when our world has got so many ways to influence us to think primarily of ourselves and our own wants and desires. Fortunately, He has given us the Holy Spirit to help us overcome ourselves and think about others, especially for the “least of these”. The question for many of us, is how can we make that change and how can we help our children become disciples of Jesus instead of becoming part of the “Bless me, bless me” generation of believers. Harvest Kids are young children and youth with supporting adults that are making a real difference in the lives of the “least of these” vulnerable children in Central Africa where hospitals, medicine, education, clean water, stable government and even food for a meal are many times not an option. The kids come together the 2nd and 4th Saturday of each month at 9467 Pierce Lane in Sedro Woolley, WA from 10am-1pm to crush aluminum cans for recycle and put the change they collect together. Through their efforts, mosquito nets, medicine, beds, school supplies are being provided through our network of local African leaders. Much of our work is focused in Uganda where the population is over 33 million and over half of them are children 14 years old or younger. We are thankful to pray for and help the dedicated Christian leaders that are loving and caring for these children and it is a privilege to stand with them and help our own children learn to be true disciples. Please consider whether this may be the right opportunity to challenge the children and youth in your sphere of influence to come and be a part, if only for one of the Saturdays. Cans can be dropped off at the location anytime.
The Harvest Kids crushed and sent 331 lbs of cans to recycle on June 13th and that completed the money needed to purchase a bunkbed and mattresses for Pr Billy & Teddy, who coordinate the over-all ministry in E. Uganda. It came at a special time because they just had to move into another house close to the tent where the new church fellowship was started in Mbale, E. Uganda. This is also the location of the bible school and radio ministry which Pr Billy over-sees. The kids are crushing cans and putting their change in the bullet as they are now raising money for the $392 needed for 2 bunkbeds & mattresses for the children & orphans that live with Pr Richard & Esther that over-see the outreaches in E. Uganda and pastor the Kadama church fellowship.  Many thanks to our adults and youth who humble themselves and help these kids by donating cans, change and helping crush them. Thanks to Christie Wolffe, the director of Child's Evangelism Fellowship, who has come every month to tell stories, play games and present the gospel to the kids. We have had children come that have opened their hearts and received Jesus and that is "fruit that last". She reviewed this year's teachings with the kids because CEF now switches to their summer mode now that school is out. CEF will be hosting a 5-day club the first week of August (3-7) for the HKids and any other kids that want to come from noon-2pm, Mon-Fri, at the Harvest Home. We are also excited that Harvest Kids are now in a new location in San Luis, Mexico and are crushing plastic bottles and learning about Jesus every Saturday. As sad a testimony as it is, some of these kids live in cardboard city with nothing but can more easily stay passionate about helping others because they simply don't have the "luxury" of all the "blessings" that can subtly make it difficult to "consider others more than ourselves". We thank the Lord that can change us from "born takers" to "born again givers"! 

May 2015
"How good and pleasant it is when brothers LIVE together in unity." Ps 133:1. The Word is living and active and the gates of hell can't prevail against the Church where Jesus is the head. It is so special to have the flow of fellowship through the Harvest Home and through others homes in the community that have become vessels for the Church. Never have we seen so few do so much for so many with so little. To God be the glory. We are thankful to witness people reaching out to the homeless, the elderly, the children, the youth and families; those struggling with addiction, broken relationships and sexual immorality; working together as the body, overcoming racial prejudices and setting aside cultural differences to pray and help one another in our homes, neighborhoods, the streets, schools, business and government. We are happy that Kylee and Rabecca have almost finished work on the new website that we hope will help us better communicate the vision and the part that God has given to Harvest Vision to fulfill His purpose - the bringing of the gospel to all the nations. We are thankful for those that are helping with fundraisers, such as the garage sales, car washes, etc that help us build relationships with other believers, present the love of God to those that are looking for eternal hope and witness to everyone that God puts in our path. We also believe it is a responsibility and privilege to introduce to all of them our co-laborers and brothers and sisters in Christ in Africa and in other places that God has called us to. A reminder that after George returns from Mexico in mid June, we will be asking people to come and help us replace the roof on the worship trailer that is used in Skagit Valley. Please contact Richard Latimer, 360-941-6542, if you can help.
   A team from Skagit Valley recently visited our friends in Alert Bay, BC and we are so thankful to have been called to share in the building of unity between believers on this small island. Different ethnic groups, including First Nations, and the fellowship between believers from the Catholic, Pentecostal, Anglican and non-denominational church families. We are also excited that we will have First Nations believers joining with us on the mission team to Mexico in July. We are also thankful to the Anglican Christ Church that made a donation to help drill a well at the Nalidi orphan school in E. Uganda.
   George will be visiting Mexico in June to complete some paperwork needed for the selling of the Harvest Home that will provide funding for the outreach work in Africa and to attend the church in the federal prison. The new director in the prison has mandated that the building the Christian church family has been using for 3 services a day must now be shared with all other religions so the church is seeking God's direction on how to accommodate the changes. Olivia, who helps coordinate the over-all ministry in Mexico, will be visiting Skagit Valley in WA the end of June with her daughter, Itzel.
    We are working closely with Ted and Angie after their visit to Africa to understand how we can better communicate the needs of our co-laborers. We had a great turnout at the Africa "party" hosted by Wayne & Rebecca Watne in the middle of the month. Ted and Angie shared a video presentation and one of our ministry partners, shared about the solar-powered audio bibles and the water filters that were taken to Africa. Linda also visited Cami Lawrence and shared about the Africa ministry at a party at her home in Mt Vernon. We are hoping to have more people open their homes and invite friends so they can hear about the ministry opportunities available and participate if the Holy Spirit prompts them.
    The Harvest Kids are so thankful to so many people that are bringing their aluminum cans and dropping them off at the Harvest Home so they can crush them and recycle them for money that they add to their own pennies, nickels and dimes they collect from their Change the World containers to help the vulnerable children in Africa. They are currently working on purchasing bunkbeds for the children & orphans that live with our coordinators. These are the men that are continually working with other pastors and leaders to coordinate outreaches, teach pastors and help local church families and the people that have so many needs. Helping to keep their children and families safe and healthy gives them the freedom to continue to pour themselves into the building of the kingdom. We were blessed again this month to have Christie Wolff from Child's Evangelism Fellowship come and teach and encourage these young believers in their faith. That intentional teaching and joy prompted us to start using the Kingsley video series on the 4th Saturday, when CEF is not available. The kids also started celebrating monthly birthdays and we are hoping soon to have a palm tree and cactus to be painted on the wall for the children & helpers to put their handprint on. The first tree has now become FULL! 

USA/Canada news April 2015
   We have been blessed to see different people stopping and visiting at the Harvest Home on Tue-Fri from 10am-4pm. The Fear of the Lord series that we have been studying on Tuesdays at 11am will be finished on May 8th and the 12 session "Driven by Eternity" by John Bevere will start on May 12th. Please come and bring a friend. John's teaching questions whether as Christians we would be so quick to make our decisions if we knew that our eternity might hinge on our actions. We had a special time in the presence of the Lord during our foot-washing in the month. What a humbling reminder of how much Jesus loves us and trusts us when He commanded, "Now that I have washed your feet, you should wash one another's feet." It was special to watch the Harvest Home become a sewing ministry with people teaching others and everyone working together to make over 100 pairs of shorts for orphan children and sewing name tags on towels for orphan girls in Africa.
    Many thanks to everyone that contributed and helped at the garage sale outreach at the Skagit County fairgrounds and our appreciation to everyone that has stepped forward to help volunteer and make cookies for our weekend at the Smokey Pt rest area on I-5 to offer refreshments, a word of encouragement or prayer to people that are driving on the freeway.
    George & Kelly were able to meet with our friend Leonard in Phoenix and then visit with Joan Mason before attending the Promise Keepers conference in Phoenix. It is a always a blessing to be with someone like Joan, whose love for Jesus supercedes any of the trials that are thrown in her path. She gave us a roll of quarters to give to each Harvest Kid in Mexico so they could be challenged to seek the Lord's direction on how to use the quarter for His kingdom. She then gave us the last 6 dollars she had to "get a cold drink on the way to Mexico". And if that wasn't enough, she then realized that there may be more kids than her roll of quarters would take care of, so she said that she had quarters that she had set aside to do her laundry that we could take because, "I can always wash my clothes by hand". As we knelt before her for a prayer of blessing, we each realized that we had already been immersed in blessing since she greeted us downstairs of her apartment. "Lord, may I be such a loving servant. In Jesus Name, Amen."
    The Promise Keepers conference was a great time, with about 500 men making the altar call after the first speaker, Pr. Tommy Barnett, made the invitation. A great and challenging time and we are looking forward to that same event coming to Washington, Nov 5 & 6, at Overlake Church in Redmond, WA.  Afterwards, George and Kelly drove to Mexico to spend the week. During that week, George had the opportunity to visit with Thor & Lynette and Katie's two children, Maliaka and Jordan, as they are adjusting to life without their mother and to the home that these two wonderful people are providing for them.
   We are looking forward to a visit with our friends in Alert Bay, BC in the next month and we are blessed that the Anglican Church family in that community is considering helping with a water project to help one of the communities we are involved with in Africa.
    The Harvest Kids met together three times during April. They invited neighbor children in Wayne & Rebecca's community to an Easter celebration at Bob's home on the Samish River.There were many different activities planned; an egg toss, a toy hunt through hay, a relay race with an egg on a spoon, the resurrection story of Jesus Christ, and of course an Easter egg hunt! The first HKids on the month, the kids filled up the bullet ($250) and recycled enough cans to finish the purchase of the mattresses and sheets for all the orphan boys that sleep on the floor at the Nalidi Grace School in E. Uganda. The last HKids, the kids recycled 66# of cans toward the money needed to purchase bunkbeds for Pr Billy & Teddy's children in E. Uganda and the orphan boys that live at Pr. Jonathan's home in Mukono, Uganda. We are looking forward to hearing the testimonies from Ted and Angie after they come home from their visit to Africa.

USA/Canada news March 2015
   We are so grateful to everyone that is stopping by to fellowship at the Harvest Home at 9467 Pierce Lane in Sedro Woolley. We are thankful for wonderful brothers and sisters that are keeping the lights on from Tue-Fri from 10am-4pm. There are some people that can more easily fellowship during the day and it is a blessing to the Lord when they gather together. The Fear of the Lord study series is every Tue at 11am and Fri at 7pm. Stop by for a cup of coffee, pick up a bible for a friend or borrow a book or Christian movie. We would love to hear what God is doing in your life and encourage one another. Many thanks to the Lyman Baptist church family who allowed us to use their facility for the “Come to the River” worship service on March 22nd. It was a wonderful time of worship as gifted artists from different local church families helped us to enjoy the refreshing of the living water that Jesus promised for all of us that have been saved by His grace.
   Wayne, George & Rabecca visited with our friends in Alert Bay, BC and were privileged to meet Pr Rick & Poula Ivens who are the new pastors of the Glad Tidings church family. What a blessing after waiting 5 years for the Lord to bring these special people that have such a love for the Lord and for this community.
   Lisa Davis has been visiting the ministry in San Luis, Mexico since mid March and was able to help Olivia & Miguel prepare for the WA team that arrived on March 27th. We thank everyone that helped with the fundraisers and prayed for these 11 people that made the trip. Already, they have ministered with the Harvest Kids and baptized two of the people that are on the team.
   On March 14th, 227 lbs of of cans were crushed and taken to recycle and the kids got $130 toward getting the beds needed for the 28 boys that are sleeping on the floor of a school in E. Uganda. Thanks to Fred DeVries and his family, everyone got to enjoy the animals that they brought  including a donkey, a calf, a rabbit and two dogs. After lunch, Christie Wolff from Child’s Evangelism Fellowship blessed everyone with a teaching about how Jesus responded when a man named Jairus asked Him to come and help his daughter that was dying. As always, the message included a song about how God’s love will always help us if we are trying to do the right thing and trust God by faith. The kids finished up by putting their coins into the “bullet” that they have been filling to raise money to help the vulnerable children in Africa. On the same day as the last Harvest Kids, March 28th, a team from Washington met with the Harvest Kids in Mexico that live in cardboard city. Although many times they have little food or even only food from the garbage dump, they have chosen to share the love of Jesus and crush plastic to recycle for money to help vulnerable children in Africa. They have worked toward collecting money for 41 towels that will have the names of orphan girls that live at a school in E. Uganda sewn on and will be taken to Africa the end of April. They are now working to buy 5 mosquito nets for the E. Uganda coordinator and his family that suffer from malaria much of the time. The kids in Washington crushed cans and collected their change to help buy the mattresses and mats for the 15 bunkbeds that are being built for the orphan boys in the school in E. Uganda. They also colored, played Easter bingo, had lunch, celebrated having victoriously filled the artillery shell full of change for the 4thtime with ice cream cones and then went to a small community outside of Sedro Woolley and invited the neighbors to a special Easter celebration that the Harvest Kids will be having in that community on Easter afternoon. During the morning, Sheri was sewing more shorts for orphan boys in Africa that will be added to the shorts that are being made by the sewing ministry in Mexico. The HKids are also sending money to build a brick washroom for the orphan girls, soccer balls for the school and some treats for the children in E. Uganda. Please bring your aluminum cans and coins, yourself and kids if you have any and join with us the 2nd& 4thSaturdays at the Harvest Home, 9467 Pierce Lane in Sedro Woolley (or you can drop the cans off anytime). For more information call Kylee 360-540-0890 or check the website at www.harvestvisionministries.org. Thanks to some other friends that have decided to donate and help the kids reach their goal of $1,560 for bunkbeds and $1,260 for mattresses, mats and sheets, the kids have now raised enough money for all the beds and are shortonly $550 for the other items. The kids are trying to get that final amount before two of our friends make their trip to Africa the end of April. One more Harvest Kids is scheduled before then, April 11, so please join with us as these kids continue to remind all of us: “We CAN make a difference!” You can find out more information off the website or visit and drop off change or cans at the Harvest Home, 9467 Pierce Lane, Sedro Woolley, Tue-Fri 10am-4pm.
   We are so thankful to have been able to send money to Africa to provide treatment for Pr Billy’s wife who had a blood disease and was unable to care for their newborn baby, build 15 bunkbeds for orphans boys in E. Uganda and help Pr Martin visit our new coordinator in N. Kenya. We have purchased a projector and sound system and then hopefully will send money for them to purchase a generator and 3-wheel motorcycle to move the equipment into these areas to reach the lost and plant new church families. We have also found another leader that is ready to coordinate outreaches in the northwest corner of Uganda by the Congo & South Sudan and have purchased another projector and sound system. Again we would have to wait for resources for a generator and the remainder of the equipment. We would also hope to be helping each one of the coordinators with a support of $100-150/month to help transport and keep the equipment maintained and in the field.
   We are currently working on a list of projects and items that need funding and will be taken with Ted Brockmann and Angie Fields when they travel to Africa the end of April. The items include: 4 projectors, 2 sound systems, 5 laptops, copier for the bible college, 3 phones & Ipad, cameras, 3 keyboards, anti-biotics, supplies for the bridal shop, water filters, audio bibles and other supplies.
   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. 

USA/Canada news Feb 2015
    In Acts 2:42-47 it reveals the new testament church as being “devoted to the apostle’s teaching, fellowship, breaking of bread and prayer”. And then it describes this life-style as “Everyone, Everything, Everyday” and the “Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.”
   We are so excited that the fellowship center “Harvest Home” is now opened at 9467 Pierce Lane in Sedro Woolley, WA and we are hoping to see brothers and sisters from different local church families and para-ministries, along with those that are unsaved and just needing the right hand of fellowship and a drink of that living water as our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, provides.
   “Come to the River”. We invite everyone to an afternoon of country style worship! We will also be exploring the meaning of being washed by the water (baptism) and what Jesus meant when He said, ‘whoever drinks the water I give to them will never thirst.” John 4:14. Sunday, March 22nd, 3pm at Lyman Baptist Church, 31441 W. Main Street, Lyman, WA.
   We are excited about all the outreach ministries, including reaching out to the homeless and less fortunate in Skagit Valley, Bellingham and Elma, WA. We are also blessed that the 15 passenger van that is used for local and Mexico ministry has been repaired and is available for service. We will soon be working to replace the roof on the worship trailer, that is equipped with sound & video equipment for outreaches and are praying for a RV that can be renovated for hot meal ministry.
   Wayne, George & Rabecca will be visiting with our friends in Alert Bay, BC from Feb 27-Mar 2 and will be meeting the new pastor of the Glad Tidings church and his family.
    Lisa Davis will be visiting the ministry in San Luis, Mexico in mid-March and will be helping to prepare for the arrival of the springbreak team from Washington that will be doing missions from Mar 27-Apr 4. Angie is preparing the team and helping with fundraisers to support the team going down.
    We have ordered the sheet sets for 28 orphan boys at the Nalidi school in E. Uganda and Angie, Rebecca and some others will be sewing shorts for the boys out of the pillowcases at the Harvest Home.
    What a wonderful Valentine’s day. We thank God that we had so many people donate cans to help these children make a difference in the lives of their young brothers and sisters in Central Africa. 309 pounds of aluminum cans were taken to the recycle and that provided another $170 toward their goal of getting 30 beds for the orphaned and abandoned boys that sleep on the floor of the Nalidi Grace school in E. Uganda. That is another 1 ½  bunkbeds. They are hoping to raise the money for all the beds ($1,560) and the money for mattresses, mats & sheets ($1,290) before our friends, Ted and Angie, travel to Africa the end of April. Obviously, the kids are needing some people that are prompted to donate toward this goal if it is to be met. The kids also put in their change to try and fill up their “bullet” one more time (they are needing about 7”) and that money will also go toward their goal. The kids made beautiful handprint Valentines for their loves ones and Christie Wolffe from Child’s Evangelism Fellowship presented a story and teaching from God’s Word. It is fun to see the kids challenged and actively involved in learning about Jesus. The kids also got to have some special ice cream Valentine’s floats (as if they needed a little more energy) and we were also able to witness two more kids get to put their handprints on the tree. The next Harvest Kids are Feb 28 and Mar 14 & 28, from 10am-1pm at 9467 Pierce Lane. You can also stop by the fellowship center at the same address anytime during the week to find out more about the ministry. 

USA/Canada news Jan 2015
   What a joyful time with the Harvest Kids in January. The cans that the kids and others brought were crushed and 185 lbs went to the recycle and $101 was added toward the goal of $2,830 needed for beds and mattresses for the 28 boys that sleep on the floor of the Nalidi Grace Orphan school in Kakoro, Uganda. We are hoping to meet that goal before Ted and Angie travel to Uganda the end of April. The kids had a special prize of making cupcakes for themselves and another one for someone special in honor of having filled the “bullet” with change last month. Everyone was blessed to see a new video showing the kids in Sedro Woolley, Mexico and Africa all crushing cans & plastic to meet the needs of “the least of these”. A special thank you to Armando, Amber and their kids that brought quail for the kids to pet. The Harvest Kids are now meeting the 2nd& 4thSaturday of each month. Kylee would like to have all the adults and youth that are helping with the ministry meet together after the Harvest Kids on Feb 14that 1pm. Someone will entertain the kids while the group shares their ideas on how to improve and make the ministry more meaningful for the children and for the adults and youth that are helping.
    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.
    We have started to do the final preparations for having the fellowship center open at 9467 Pierce Lane in Sedro Woolley. You are more than welcome to stop by as we prepare the center. Soon we will post days and hours when we will have someone there. We are setting up a children’s area and also finishing up the bathroom and inside sink facilities. We have also been preparing the garage at Kylee’s home in Granite Falls for expanding and introducing the ministry to the people in that community.
    We are thankful for those that are helping with the homeless ministries that we are supporting: HOPE in the Streets in Skagit Valley; SALT in the Streets in Bellingham and Labor of Love in Elma, WA. We are in need of gloves and heavy jackets. Items can be dropped off at 438 Fidalgo in Sedro Woolley or call Ted Brockmann at 360-391-4413.
   Linda and Cassie traveled to Alert Bay, BC and were blessed to visit Beatrice at the hospital in Pt. Hardy before going over to the island. Beatrice is the elder that has been over-seeing the church building these last few years when they were without a pastor. The girls enjoyed their visit with friends and were double blessed to find out that Pastor Rick & Poula Ivens will be moving to Alert Bay to over-see the Glad Tidings church family there. Their first official “service” will be Feb 15thand George, Ted and possibly Wayne will be going to visit on Feb 27th.
    George, Rabecca & Lisa visited Mexico during the middle of the month and Rebecca Watne visited to fellowship and help with the sewing ministry the end of the month. Please read the Mexico news to catch up on all the exciting things that are happening there in the ministry. Rabecca Williams and Lisa Davies will be in Mexico at different times during the next two months to help Miguel and Olivia as the ministry begins to expand and involve more local people in various ministries throughout the city. Angie Fields is currently working on a “springbreak” team that will be going the end of March. Please contact Angie at 360-853-5650 asap if you are interested in helping with fundraisers or would like to join.We are really excited about the reports of salvations, healings, deliverances and church families, existing and new, that are disciplining new believers and are also getting some of their basic needs met through the prayers and giving of our friends in North America. Please read the Africa news to appreciate the difference that you are making. We are preparing to gather items together that Ted and Angie will be taking to Africa when they go the end of April. You can see some of these items and see other projects that we are needing support for by checking out the “How to Help” or “Madilyn’s House Project” pages at www.harvestvisionministries.org