USA – Harvest Kids and Garden of Eden, July 10, 2021

We can’t, nor do we want to, escape the fascination these Harvest Kids have for the Harvest Rabbits and all God’s creation. Many thanks to everyone that has donated items and time and have visited the ongoing garage and produce sale to help raise money for the Harvest Kids so they can build another primary school for vulnerable children in Africa. This morning the kids helped finish up setting up for the garage sale, then set up a refreshment table with iced water and cookies for people that stop by. They have always enjoyed doing that ministry at the I-5 rest areas in the past, so they created their own.

 

The day was spent crushing cans and counting the change they have donated. They then added the money that has been made so far on the garage and produce sale and have $2,641 which is close for their goal to raise the money needed for the roof ($3,900). The project so far has included: $2,760 for property for the new school; $3,050 to refurbish the old church building to be used as a temporary school so they could start this June with 80 children, 35 of them from Muslim families. The government allowed this on condition the new facility is completed by the end of the year; $800 for textbooks for the teachers and students and $4,110 needed for the building. After the money for the roof is raised and sent to Africa, they will continue to raise the $1,780 for doors and windows and the $3,800 for plaster and paint. The kids would appreciate any donations to help them finish this school.

 

After lunch, we enjoyed playing the M&M game which gives everyone, including adults, an opportunity to share something about themselves so everyone can better get to know each other. Afterwards, we painted posters that will be hung at the Garden of Eden family ministry location in west Mt. Vernon. Some of the kids journeyed out to the Garden of Eden to meet with some other families and children to play and worship the Lord after the regular Harvest Kids fellowship. It is a blessing to share the love of Jesus and help them to become true disciples by teaching them to be “givers” instead of “takers”, becoming “selfless” instead of “selfish”. They truly have the joy of the Lord in their lives.

 


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Africa – Salvations and enlarging the territory, July 8, 2021

Every day we are in contact with our co-laborers in central Africa that continue to share the gospel with those in their communities, even with the restrictions imposed on them by various lockdowns.

These lockdowns isolate the people in the large communities from food and even the limited, if any, medical care they might have had prior.

We just received the June testimonies from Pr. Evariste in Burundi where they have no lockdowns, and they were able to coordinate seven two-day outreaches in different communities and witness 678 people accept Jesus that are now being discipled by local believers into new or existing church families. They are in need of help to replace one of the generators and some of the mics and speakers.

We have also sent $15,000, which is about half the money needed to purchase land for a farming project that will eventually provide enough income to cover the ongoing costs of keeping all the existing coordinators in Uganda, Kenya, South Sudan, Burundi and the DRCongo active in ministry.

That will release the financial support coming from the USA to be used to equip more coordinators in the various regions and to move into the surrounding countries.


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