A Word from Pastor (Papa) George

USA – Gospel Sing, Jan 30, 2023

“Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth. Worship the Lord with gladness; come before Him with joyful songs.”

(Psalm 100:1-2)

Many thanks to the Sedro Woolley Community Church that has held fast to the vision of having a time set apart to allow believers from any church family to come together as the Body of Christ and give everyone an opportunity to share their love for God and one another “before the Lord with joyful songs.” This assembling of the saints is a long-time tradition in Skagit Valley and is held at different church families on the 5th Sunday of each month that has five Sundays. The afternoon starts with a potluck, breaking bread together at 1pm, and everyone that wants to sing notifies Tami who puts them on a list so each person or group can be ready. The Garden of Eden family ministry was grateful to be able to host this assembly this month.

Sedro Woolley Community Church is located at 901 Talcott in Sedro Woolley. Please contact Pastor David Nichols, (360-770-1504 or 360-755-9696) for information.

The next gospel sing will be April 30, location tba (to be announced).   

“What then shall we say, brothers and sisters? When you come together, everyone has a hymn, or a word of instruction, a revelation, a tongue or an interpretation. All of these must be done for the strengthening of the church.”

(1 Corinthians 14:26)

“How good and pleasant it is when brothers and sisters live together in unity. It is like the precious oil poured over Aaron. For there the Lord bestows His blessing, even life evermore.”

(Psalm 133:1-3)

Three of the words to describe the New Testament church in (Acts 2:42-46) were “Everyone – Everything – Everyday” and verse 47 says: “And they praised God and enjoyed the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.”

Let no one go to the grave with their song still in their heart.
 
 

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The World – The Spirit of the Lord is freedom, Jan 29, 2023

Now the Lord is Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into His likeness with ever increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.”

(2 Corinthians 3:17-18)

 Not many have experienced the true “Body of Christ” that is available for those who surrender and come just as they are when they hear our true Father invite us to “Come home”.  Jesus invites us to come and “enter” His rest as the Son of the Father. Don’t let yourself be fooled by the things of the world. Don’t flatter Satan by believing he is telling us to wear a mask. When Adam and Eve willfully disobeyed God, they immediately felt “shame” and put on a mask, a fig leaf. “In Christ” there are no fig leaves allowed. That is what New Testament believers found as they came to the Father and received power and were baptized and clothed with power by the Holy Spirit.
 
(Acts 2:42-47)
 
We can hop from one church to another trying to identify with people that have the same fig leaf as we do. Religion and our carnal nature not only allows, but also requires fig leaves (masks). There is nothing new under the sun (Son). The Lord is Spirit and where the Spirit is – there is freedom. The only offering that is required is to give up the right to take care of yourself. Jesus made the way for us to come into the loving arms of our Father but He will not seduce, entice or in anyway influence us other than what was made available to all humankind by the love shown at Calvary.  He wants that all would come, but His will is that each must choose. Our Father loves us too much to force us against our will to spend eternity with Him if we don’t want to be His Son or Daughter now. Jesus invites each of us to take off our mask by denying ourselves and picking up our cross daily and to be His. Eternity is not an event or place – it is found only in Christ Jesus and is only a heartbeat and breath away.  Love, Church, praying and even giving are not activities, programs or events – they are a person, Jesus Christ, and you can’t come in as long as you are convinced it is about you. For that reason we don’t rely on our love for Him, but rather on His love for us. The Church is not an organization. It is an organism, the Body of Christ, with the heart of the Father, the mind of Christ and empowered by the Holy Spirit.

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USA – Harvest Kids, Jan 28, 2023

  What a beautiful day the Lord blessed us with today. 12 older Harvest Kids (adults) came to pour themselves into the 16 younger Harvest Kids that were all together today. We were blessed to begin our morning crushing many of the cans that our partners in ministry have donated and will be recycled and that money used to help meet the needs of orphans scattered throughout Uganda. Afterwards we retreated into the warm fellowship center where we got to know each other and share the vision of the Harvest Doves primary school that the kids and their supporters are finishing now. We counted another $112 bringing us up to $1,300 toward our goal of the $2,250 to finish the sealer and paint for the last two classrooms. Then ,we joined together to sing praises to the Lord with interactive songs like “Father Abraham”, “The B-I-B-L-E” and “Our God is an Awesome God”.

    After lunch, we shared about the ways in which we can share the love of Jesus to those in our community that live on the streets or their vehicles. We made up Jesus cards that were put in the “love” bags the kids put together with some items that might meet some of their needs. These will be available for anyone that wants to carry them in their vehicle and give to anyone they are prompted to meet on their daily travels. Always with prayers and a word of encouragement.

     We also shared our vision of how we can respond to God’s Word in Revelation 5:9 talking about Jesus, “and with His Blood He purchased men (and women) for God from every tribe and language and people and nation.” A number of years ago we were led to create a “Harvest Kids Coloring Book” about the ministry in the USA, Mexico and Africa. The coloring book has pictures of common objects, such as boy, tree or dog with the spelling in English, Spanish and Swahili. We will also be teaching the kids (old and young) how to spell their own names and the name of the object in ASL (American Sign Language) along with the sign for the object itself. In the past, we learned a song and it was sang in all three languages and now we will add ASL.  

    After we become believers and true disciples of Jesus Christ, we must teach other new believers to obey what Jesus has commanded us so scripture can be fulfilled.

“The word is near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart, that is, the word of faith we are proclaiming: That if you confess with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved. How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom that have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? And how can they preach unless they are sent? As it is written, ‘How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!” (Romans 10:8-15)

    We finished with visiting our friends; goats, alpacas, pigs and bunnies in the petting zoo and enjoying the sun at the playground. Out next regular Harvest Kids is the 2nd Saturday, Feb 11th at 11am with our friends from Child’s Evangelism Fellowship. You are also welcome to give us a call any time you would like to visit to ensure someone is here and available!

George (360-421-8811) or Linda (360-421-8812). 

                 


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Mexico – Guerrero south Mexico update, Jan 27, 2023

God bless all of you who pray for and help financially support our co-laborers around the world. Pastor Obed and Zuri send their love and gratitude for supporting their ministry in Guerrero in south Mexico. They are still working with the church family in Guayameo and the 2 mission church families in the mountains in Tuba and Huizataro. Besides their weekly service and prayer meeting, they are still having the music school open to believers and non-believers. They have experienced a slow growing, but 9 more people have been added to the congregation of 10 persons. One of these men has been very serious about his spiritual growth and is very active in the Lord’s work as he is learning more about his Saviour. His name is Jose. Please keep him in prayer as well as the need for funds to have the vans that are used for personal use and for the ministry fixed.

    Obed has been working with a couple that is praying about whether they are called to commit themselves to help with the needs of the two mission church families. Obed and Zuri are also  working with the women of Guayameo who are getting together and distributing food for needy families, sick and elderly people while taking an encouraging evangelical word to them. Part of the congregation is also working visiting their circle of influence sharing the word of God with them as they are learning about spiritual gifts and how to recognize them and put them to work for the Body of Christ. Fourteen people have accepted Jesus Christ between September and December.  We are also thankful that they sent a photo of their home church family, their music school, the women’s ministry, Jose committing to the ministry and an updated photo of Pastor Obed & Zury and their children.

    Olivia, who helps coordinate all the Mexico ministry and along with her husband, Miguel, over-see the ministry in San Luis across the border from Yuma, Arizona had a tumor in her abdomen which was recently found to be non-cancerous and is

waiting for a date for the surgery.

Praise God.   
 
 

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