A Word from Pastor (Papa) George

USA – Have we done our best, May 26, 2020

The scene was Lake Michigan, back of the campus of Northwestern University. The placid surface of the lake had been beaten into a frenzy by a raging storm. Out yonder the vessel had been unable to steer clear of the rocks and had sunk. Some two hundred were fighting against the wild waves. In lifeboats, on broken spars, in the icy water, men, women and children fought for life. Two brothers stood side by side. One, a valiant swimmer, said, “I must go.”

Others warned against the dangers, the ice of the November water, the sweeping storm. But heedlessly he went. He rescued ten. The chill of the ice froze his blood. But while friends were rubbing his limbs, a woman’s voice carried the lost scream over the waves, “Help”!

The swimmer could not check his dauntless courage. He plunged in once more. Back and back again he went to the waters to save until fifteen had been rescued. He finally fell as dead on the sands; but when strength came to sit up, he saw a mother fighting to keep her child from drowning.

He demanded that a rope be tied to him, and he swam out, possibly to his own death. When the child and mother had been seized, consciousness lost its grip. But with a death hold, they were drawn in.

For two days the swimmer, valiant as he was, and courageous as had been his daring feats, lay in a stupor, calling out, “Did I do my best?” When assured that he had done even the heroically impossible, he would call for friends, and ask, “Did I do my best?”

There’s a wilder storm sweeping the ocean of life than the one that clutched Lake Michigan on that November morning. Boats and vessels are going down around us at every heartbeat. On broken spars, screaming for help, in the battle against the waves of temptation, the storms of pleasure, the tempests of hell, they are calling, brother, for you and me. When we lie down in the arms of the night of time to awake on the other shore of blissful rest, can we then be assured that we have done our best?

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Africa – And then the end will come, May 24, 2020

Jesus said to the Father: “As You sent Me into the world, I have sent them into the world.”

(John 17:18).  

“For the Son of Man came to seek and save what was lost.”
(Luke 19:10)

“And the gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.”
(Matthew 24:14)
 
Many thanks to our co-laborers that are faithfully reaching out to those that are “brokenhearted and crushed in spirit” in their communities throughout central Africa. Whether the jungles of the DRCongo or the desert of South Sudan, many are responding to the gospel because
“From the days of John the Baptist until now, the kingdom of heaven has been forcefully advancing and forceful men lay hold of it.”
(Matthew 11:12)
 
We are encouraged to have received the testimony of 150 new believers that came to faith through the outreach to Kirinzi in the Bujumbura province in Burundi yesterday. Radio broadcasts are being sent out and new believers are making decisions to accept Jesus and they are being followed up by brave Christians that reach out to them. All of these areas are inundated with reactions to the virus that are causing more pain and deaths, than the virus itself. We are thankful to be able to support these workers prayerfully and financially and also in the harvest fields of Mexico and Central America. Even with our struggles, including financial, here in the United States, we are thankful for those that are prompted to support our co-laborers. A small donation is multiplied many times when it is placed in the Hands of the Master. We must continue to advance the gospel in all circumstances, whether on the mountain top or in the valley, because somewhere out there in the great unknown is the last person that will be making their decision, ‘Yes’ or ‘No’, and then the end of this world will be no more and those that have chosen Jesus will be with Him in the new heaven and the new earth. Those that choose to go it alone will not be forced to join with Him.

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Africa – Open your eyes and look to the fields, May 15, 2020

“My food,’ Jesus said, ‘is to do the will of Him who sent Me and to finish His work. I tell you, open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest.”
(John 4:34-35)
“Then He said to His disciples, ‘The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into His harvest field.”
(Matthew 9:37-38)
 

Suguta Valley, Kenya, Africa

Thanks to all those that are faithfully praying and supporting our co-laborers in the fields of central Africa. Thanks to our co-laborers in Tennessee and from Taiwan, that along with our co-laborers in the USA, have been standing along side these “workers”. Pastor Martin, the director of the ministry, lives in Kampala, Uganda where they are suffering because of lack of food because of the lockdown. They have been able to meet with groups of five and have seen 31 new believers come into church fellowship as they distribute the little food they have been provided with to those in the slum area where the church building is located. They are extremely grateful. Pastor Simon, who coordinates ministry to the tribes scattered along the north Kenya and south Ethiopia border, and his team continue to faithfully travel to minister to these people in the hot and harsh environment of the desert. The message was taken for the first time to the people in the Suguta Valley in Turkana County, Kenya. Whether in the streets of the cities, the small town centers or scattered villages or the many refugee camps, hospitals or prisons or the deserts of South Sudan or the jungles of the DRCongo, we deem it a privilege and responsibility to stand with our co-laborers. Many are blessed to live in countries that are provided with government assistance that help us through the current global crisis, but these workers are not provided that blessing.

“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 and sisters. If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person? Dear children, let us not love with words and speech but with actions and in truth.”

(1 John 3:16-18)

 
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If you would like to donate electronically but do not have access to the internet or would like someone to assist you, please call George at 360-421-8811 or Kylee at 360-540-0890.
 
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You can also mail donations to Harvest Vision Ministries, PO Box 733, Sedro Woolley, WA, 98284.
 
All donations are tax-deductible and help advance the gospel of
Jesus Christ and build His Kingdom.

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