USA – Harvest Kids, June 26, 2021

It was a scorching day, but the kids that got here early helped us set up for the ongoing garage sale that will help the Harvest Kids reach their goal of $9,000 to finish the primary school for vulnerable children in Africa. We recycled 300# of aluminum cans and got another $75 and the kids added some change to the bullet they are trying to fill to help with the school.
Obviously, we had to set up a pen so the kids could play with the 5 baby rabbits. We now know there are 3 girls and 2 boys, so the kids voted on their earlier choices. We now have Bandit & Cloud (boys) and Sprinkle, Daisy and Tiny (girls). At the end of the morning, two of the girl rabbits went to their new home in Bayview.
 
Our lesson had the girls make a list of all the different things that they “love”, such as hobbies, pets, family, clothes, etc. Afterwards, they were challenged to compare these to a list of (1) Perfect love; (2) Would be hard to live without; (3) Not that important. We were surprised that they so quickly convinced themselves most were not that important.
 
Afterwards, we read the scripture of God’s perfect love described in John 3:16 and 1 John 3:16-18.
 
 
At the end of our fellowship, they were presented with a crudely wrapped box with an envelope on top. It said:
To Jesus, from Dad and inside was a hammer and 3 nails.
We were blessed that none of them even questioned anything
but knew the lesson was reminding us
of the great love that the
Father has for everyone
because His Son, Jesus,
died once and for all for our sin.
 
Then they all got their own letter with a picture of a hammer and 3 nails:
“Daughter,
I need you to build a bridge.
Here are all the tools you will need.
See you soon. Love, Dad
 

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USA – Harvest Vision Curlew and Chewelah, June 28, 2021

Linda & I were blessed to get up at 4am, while it was still somewhat cool, to load up for Linda’s first trip to visit with our new Harvest Vision coordinators in the Chewelah and Colville communities in eastern Washington. Through the day we saw temperatures above 110, but the spirit of joy and fellowship with John & Lena in Curlew and with Jarett & Brianna and their family was more than enough to keep us on task.

 

We appreciate everyone that supports the ministry that John and Lena do in the communities of Republic, Curlew and the surrounding areas. We were able to bring food and clothes donated in Skagit County. They distribute these to local ministries that serve those that are in need.

 John & Lena also work with a Christian man in Republic that has recently installed showers in his laundromat and set up a ministry station that will provide Christian fellowship for those that often struggle just to meet their own needs every day. Their vision is to build some housing on the property they have north of Curlew where they have been the last few years.

We also visited the 22 ½ acre farm and slaughterhouse that they will be helping oversee in the future. They will actually be living in an apartment on the property and setting up the attached home to be Bread & Breakfast for renting to hunters, even as the actual slaughterhouse will reopen to butcher domestic and wild game for the community.

John will start working as a hunting and fishing guide in the fall. They also are preparing to set up the barn as a home church fellowship. We are encouraged to see the opportunities to reach out with the gospel and help each new believer begin to use their own gifts and calling to reach others with the gospel of Jesus Christ.

 

After we left Curlew, we drove to Chewelah and met with Jarett & Brianna and dropped off boxes of food for their ministry. They are both working but preparing to purchase a commercial lot in downtown Colville to build a Christian coffee house for bringing the Body of Christ together to help share the love of Jesus to those that are broken hearted and crushed in spirit in their community. We are looking forward to the fullness of the vision that God has given to them.


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