A Word from Pastor (Papa) George

The World – Duty first though the judgement has come – January 7, 2021

The 19th of May, 1788, was a very dark day in Connecticut. Candles were lighted in many houses; the birds went to roost. The people were greatly impressed that the judgement day had come. In the state legislature, at that time in session in Hartford, this opinion prevailed. The house of representatives adjourned, and the council proposed to follow the example.

But Colonel Davenport objected. “The day of judgement,” he said, “is either approaching or it is not. If it is not, there is no cause for an adjournment; if it is, I choose to be found doing my duty. I wish, therefore, that candles may be brought.”

Is not this the spirit that should prompt us in every act that we do? May we so carry out our duty that even the day of judgement, should it arrest our action, will find us doing only that which is right and honorable before men and God.

Excerpts from “Answered prayers and soul-winning incidents – published in 1940


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Truth – The truth and our response – January 3, 2021

We are praying that each of you is finding peace in your life, even though we know that confusion is persistently trying to sabotage our need for fellowship as the Body of Christ. We wanted to just share some truth that is adding to our difficulty in discerning how we are to be the light to the broken hearted and crushed in spirit when we feel that is a relatively good description of our journey of faith in this season of our lives. Please just prayerfully consider why this time is so trying for us all.

Linda and I have been living in the community of Skagit Valley for over 50 years. Over those years I have never met or heard of anyone that wanted to be sick or really get anyone else sick. During those years, people have had flu and flu like symptoms, more in the winter and fall than during the spring and summer. But every day of every year people are trying to stay healthy. Now, we have healthy supplements, prescription and non-prescription drugs and remedies. The difference now, is that people can go to the am-pm, neighborhood grocery stores, Rite-aid, Walgreens, Hometown pharmacy, Safeway, Walmart, Fred Meyers, Costco, Amazon and anywhere to fill up their bags with the medicine they think will help them get over the flu-like symptoms. Hundreds, everyday of the year. From 1970 and all the more every year through to this the present day. Stand at the shelves at any of these places, any time and any day of the year and watch how many people are checking out labels and getting the medicine that they believe might help them. During the time of the Swine flu, H1N1, SARS, every flu down to the common cold that has triggered human responses from the sniffles, pneumonia and even death. What if everyone that felt that they had or could have the actual flu called everyone they had been in contact with, shutdown their business and quarantined from life each time? How does society manage when it has always included almost everyone throughout every year and for many – more than a number of times throughout each year. It has always been the truth, but our response to it was changed in 2020. And everyone has seen the ultimate devastation that is now crippling and destroying families in a way that has never happened before. The truth. God allows it so everyone can make a choice. Do we need any God other than ourselves? The carnal nature of sin is self-preservation. That is the conflicting and hopefully, convicting, truth that can be appealing when we fully embrace the concept that if we are having symptoms of any sickness or know someone that does, we must isolate basis what man dictates.

We must set our course, individually and corporately, to listen and obey, trusting that God will direct our steps.

 


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Africa – DRCongo December testimonies – January 3, 2021

What a blessed day praising God and sharing testimonies of His faithfulness at the Salt & Light fellowship.

A double blessing because as we were praying and preparing for the fellowship, we received the testimonies from Pr. Augustine who coordinates Harvest Vision in the eastern DRCongo. Last week, his home was attacked by rebels with machetes and although they were all left unhurt, they stole most of their personal items. Their everyday lives are filled with violence, uncertainty, disease and persecution. This is his report:

“Gospel for the month of December 2020: On December 2, at the Mont Goma Institute 675 students participated in an outreach and 72 students received Jesus Christ. On December 16, the Mont Goma Institute had 640 students participate in another outreach and 28 students received Jesus Christ. On December 27 in the new temple, 120 people participated and 4 people received Jesus. We baptized 21 people this month.”

Augustine


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The World – Famous families hindering revivals – January 2, 2021

In writing of revivals Dr. Hallock, editor of “The Expositor”, stated, “The following persons with all the members of their families don’t like revivals: Mr. Formality, Mr. Hypocrisy, Mr. Half-Hope, Mr. Guess-So, Mr. Lost-His-Experience, Mr. Worldly-Policy, Mr. Compromise, Mr. Secret-Sin, Mr. Lukewarm, Mr. At-Ease-In-Zion. We do not like to indulge in personalities, but lest some inexperienced revival workers should be alarmed at the opposition which they will meet from these persons we feel that this statement should be made.”

(Excerpts from “Answered prayers and soul-winning incidents – published in 1940)

                             


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USA – 15 years of the last 44 – December 13, 2020

On December 29th, Linda and I will be celebrating 44 years of marriage that God has given to us and the last 15 of that has been in partnership with our many co-laborers and family in central Africa. What an incredible journey that now includes many from different parts of the USA, different countries, and continents.

 

What a blessing to share that with the Harvest Kids yesterday, which has touched over 200 in our small community since the kids started helping vulnerable children in Africa 8 years ago. And now they are sending money to build another primary school for their brothers and sisters in Africa. Many in the family, whether in the USA or Africa, are not likely to experience a physical relationship with each other outside of heaven but the love they have been given by God is bigger than distance, language,or skin color. Our Lord, Jesus Christ, said: “What God has put together, let no man separate”. There is a global awareness of evil being felt around the world, but for everyone that is willing to look up they will see one large cross of Jesus Christ looming over this earth and bringing the eternal light of hope to all that believe, and they will hear the voice of our Father say: “These are My Kids – that I love and with whom I am well pleased”.

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The World – When the liner’s lights went out – December 26, 2020

It is told that the steamship Central America, on a voyage for New York to San Francisco, sprang a leak in mid-ocean. A vessel seeing her distress bore down toward her and the captain of the rescue ship cried, “Let me take your passengers on board now.” But it was night and the commander of the Central America feared to send his passengers away in the darkness. Thinking they could keep afloat a while longer he replied, “Lie by until morning.” About an hour and a half later her lights were missing.

The vessel had sunk, and all on board had perished because it was thought that they could be saved at another time. “Now is the accepted time.”                             

(Excerpts from “Answered prayers and soul-winning incidents – published in 1940)


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USA – Harvest Kids – December 26, 2020

Many thanks to David, Shells, Dale and Jennifer for coming and bringing Remi, Melody and Deziray for our last Harvest Kids meeting of the year.

We were blessed to crush some of the aluminum cans that our friends have donated and then the kids began the process of filling the huge 90mm shell casing (23” tall and 4” diameter) to raise money for the first two classrooms of a new primary school for vulnerable and orphaned children in central Uganda.

The kids just sent the remainder of the $3,000 needed to refurbish the old church structure so they could begin school in January – on condition that the new school building will be completed in 2021.

These young people know that with God’s continued help they “CAN” and do make a difference. We spent the rest of the morning sharing about Jesus and the true meaning of Christmas, playing a game, using the rubber stamps and ink pads to make late Christmas cards and were able to get Jennifer, Remi and the puppies pawprints on the wall.

 

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USA – Workers in the harvest fields – December 26, 2020

We are thankful that historically there have been the faithful laborers in God’s harvest fields throughout the world that choose to do the many tasks that God requires to prepare and equip His people for the various acts of service needed to advance His Kingdom.

We are thankful for the ongoing work at the Garden of Eden family ministry in west Mt. Vernon and the Harvest Kids greenhouse and future hydroponics project on the Samish River.

 

Please check out the www.harvestvisionministries.org website for more info.


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USA – Support for our Africa co-laborers – December 23, 2020

God bless all of our co-laborers in central Africa and we thank you for your partnership in the gospel. We send our Christmas greetings and our pledge to continue to support you in prayer and sharing resources as we look forward to a new year that will bring an even greater harvest of souls into the kingdom. We are wiring the expenses ($8,860) for 1Q of 2021. We are now supporting Nelson Wandira who is the new Bible School and Discipleship Training Teacher that will be working with Pastor Martin to coordinate that over-all ministry. We are happy to welcome Nelson, wife Martha and children into this new season of ministry for them. Please check out the Africa leadership on the website to get to know him better. 
We are thankful to be sending the remaining $500 the Harvest Kids raised to refurbish the old church structure so primary school can be started in January in Kayunga, Uganda. We are waiting for the estimate on costs for completing the first phase of the new school on the property that was recently purchased. The agreement with the government was that the school could start using the refurbished structure on condition the new school is completed in 2021. The kids are looking forward to this as their next project to help vulnerable and less fortunate children.
We are also blessed to have received donations ($2,300) that allow us to replace the blown out engine in Pr. Simon’s truck that he uses to reach the tribes scattered throughout the desert region of north Kenya and south Ethiopia. Simon has not been able to complete his missions to these people groups since the first of the year.
 
In addition, we are sending the funds ($3,500) to replace the vehicle that Pr. Evariste uses to transport the two sets of sound and video equipment that are used every weekend in Burundi to do outreaches. The current vehicle doesn’t have sufficient room, requiring the use of some public transport which is costly and can cause damage to the equipment. 

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USA – Beat your plowshares into swords – December 22, 2020

Many thanks to everyone who has supported Walker Motor Works, the used car dealership in Marysville. Over the years, Harvest Vision Ministries has implemented many sustainability projects that were started to provide finances for the ongoing support of our co-laborers in the harvest fields of central Africa. After much time in prayer, Linda and I were led to support Blake and Kylee Walker, our granddaughter, in their effort to establish Walker Motor Works to provide for the future of their family and the other employees and generate financial support long-term for the ministry. Kylee has been actively involved in the ministry since we started 20 years ago. We are confident this seed will generate a harvest of support for the spreading of the gospel of Jesus Christ and the expanding of God’s kingdom. The dealership is located at 9430 State Avenue in Marysville, WA.

“We are a family business that honestly cares about our staff, associates, customers and our community. Our goal is to provide each customer with a respectful and caring staff that will make every effort to ensure they leave Walker Motor Works with the vehicle that will meet their need at a fair price. Our success is dependent on the satisfaction of those we serve. We promise an honest transaction, but our goal is to have a lasting relationship based on mutual respect and genuine concern.”

For information, you can call 360-363-4487 or check the website www.WalkerMotorWorks.com.

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Africa – Therefore go and make disciples – December 16, 2020

Even though there are always trials and tribulation, our co-laborers in the harvest fields of central Africa are faithful to obey Jesus command to “Go and make disciples”. As it should be, their understanding of the word “Go” is not a physical command – it is an attitude that establishes their lifestyle. My interpretation is: “Jesus died for me – I live for Him”. The Father simply invites everyone to “Come”. That is the “Come” just as you are come. Jesus simply paid the costs and is the Way to the Father. Even though we do not have the testimonies from all our coordinators for November, they have coordinated 20 crusades or door-to-door ministry outreaches that have witnessed 738 salvations and these new believers are now being taught to become disciples.

 

We also just received this testimony from Pastor Titus, one of the coordinators in east Uganda from an outreach this week.

“Yesterday, we shared the gospel in Syanyonja primary school where we ministered to 62 students and 3 teachers. The head teacher and all the students received the joy of salvation. The head teacher even went on to invite us next year when schools open to share the gospel again with all the students.

Thanks.”   

 


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Africa – The house of the Lord – December 15, 2020

“I rejoiced with those who said to me, ‘Let us go to the house of the Lord.”

Psalm 122:1

We are thankful that Pastor Simon, the Harvest Vision coordinator in north Kenya, sent these photos of the outside and inside of the church fellowship center the Lord provided for the Dasanach people that live in Illeret on the border of Kenya and Ethiopia.

“Unless the Lord builds the house, its builders labor in vain.”

Psalm 127:1

 

“I lift up my eyes to the hills – where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth. The Lord watches over you – the Lord is your shade at your right hand; the sun will not harm you by day, nor the moon by night.”

Psalm 121:1-2, 5-6

 


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