A Word from Pastor (Papa) George

USA – Memories of the past – December 15, 2020

“Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things.”

Philippians 3:8

Linda and I have been blessed to have Jennifer and her 5-year old daughter, Remi, staying with us in our home. What memories of 25 years ago when Kylee had her bazillion Beanie Babies, Polly Pockets and other friends living in our home.

What gift can God give us that is more true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent or praiseworthy than a child, first Jesus Christ, then all the rest.       


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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, that 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, will likely 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”.

 

“Though the mountains be shaken and the hills removed, yet My unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor My covenant of peace be removed,’ says the Lord, who has compassion on you.”

Isaiah 54:10

 


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USA – Harvest Kids – December 12, 2020

Many thanks to those that have donated aluminum cans that these young people crush and recycle to send money to help vulnerable children in Africa. They have been working had to raise the last $500 to finish the new Christian primary school in central Africa. The kids just finished sending money to Africa for another school in the fall. Thanks to everyone that brought their change to make this dream possible. The community is mostly Muslim but many have been born again and others, although not believers, have agree to let their children attend the school when it is completed on January 1. The kids begin coloring their Christmas craft project while Wayne, the Harvest Vision liaison to Africa, talked to them about the people that live in Africa and what it means to them to know that kids all the way in America want to help them. Afterwards, the kids (and everyone) welcomed Lynn Griffin, from Child’s Evangelism Fellowship, who shared the Christmas story along with scriptures, songs, games and prayer, which included an invitation for those that wanted to invite Jesus into their lives or to be closer to Him. Lynn is a real cheerleader for Jesus and these young people and always has gifts and verses for them to take with them when they leave.


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USA – Sharing the joy with the Harvest Kids – December 12, 2020

The Harvest Kids have recently launched a mission to provide some activity for families and have set up time for people to come and play bingo with them. The kids pretty much “run the show” and they take turns calling the numbers and helping people change cards when they want to. Lot’s of laughter and friendly competition.

 

“How pleasing it is to God when brothers and sisters live together in unity.”

Psalm 133:1


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Africa – Shopping for Jesus – December 12, 2020

If you see Jesus in the store, remember He is not there looking for “something”, He is there looking for “someone”. And He isn’t there to sell them “something”, but to give them “someone”. Himself.

We were blessed by Pastor Chris, the Harvest Vision coordinator for northwest Uganda, who shared the testimony and photos of their recent trip to the market in one of the communities. They shared the gospel with these shoppers and business owners and 21 people came forward to repent and accept Jesus Christ and the eternal life that He offered to them. Now we witness the joy of them becoming a part of a local Christian family and being taught to become true disciples. Chris also shared that through their home groups, 11 new souls were added to the kingdom and are now involved in discipleship groups.

We are thankful that these testimonies continue as

“they break bread in their homes and eat together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number every day those that are being saved”.

Acts 2:46-47


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The World – Making the last rivet the best – December 12, 2020

A French poet tells a story of how, near a river that flows between France and Germany, a blacksmith was busy one snowy night near Christmas. He was weary after a long day’s toil. He could see the lights of his cottage where his wife and children were waiting their festal supper when he should return. He had reached the last piece of the work, a difficult rivet that was to hold together the last strain on the bridge. This was a peculiar design, intended by the builder to pin together the metal work of a bridge that was being laid over the stream.

The smith was sorely tempted to hasten the work in his shop, but his better self whispered to him that he should do his best on this last piece. He turned again to the work with a sigh. Nor did he rest until he had made the rivet the best possible.

Years passed on. War broke out. A squadron of the blacksmith’s countrymen were driven over the bridge headlong in flight. Men and horses and guns tested its firmness. For a moment the bridge seemed to tremble, as the weight of the mass hung on that one rivet – but the rivet held. This old smith had given his countrymen their chance of safety.

Possibly under the strain of trouble, or care, or haste, we have failed our fellow men and our God by putting less than the best into the one rivet, the one moment, the one task on which their destiny at a later time must hang.

May every rivet be the best!

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

                             


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USA – Kingdom builders – December 12, 2020

Many thanks to these two young men that have been helping put together the fellowship center for the Garden of Eden family ministry. There are others and we thank them all.

“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.”

Colossians 3:23-24

 


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Africa – Preach the Word in and out of season – December 8, 2020

It is a always a blessing when our coordinators in central Africa share their testimonies. Pr. Evariste in Burundi shared that diplomas and certificates were given to the pastors and leaders that completed the Bible schools in Bujumbura and Cibitoke provinces. They also used their sound and video equipment to coordinate 8 outreaches in the month of November where 445 new believers accepted Jesus and 165 have already been baptized. The pastors and leaders that help do outreaches will be meeting on January 15th to plan outreaches to the different provinces for the remainder of the new year. We were also blessed to receive these photos from Pr. Augustine who coordinates outreaches in the eastern DRCongo.


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Africa – Let the little children come to Me – December 6, 2020

We are so grateful the Harvest Kids are always praying and responding to the opportunity to build God’s kingdom by helping vulnerable children in Africa. They are now partnering with Pastor Charles, the Harvest Vision coordinator in Kayunga in central Uganda, to build a primary school in this mostly Muslim community. The local church family recently acquired property and built a larger facility for the many new believers that are being saved. They also purchased a property to build a primary school for the community and they have been given favor because some of the Muslims have expressed a desire for their children to attend. The cost and time to build the new school would not allow them to be ready for the start of school in January so the government is allowing them to refurbish the old church structure to start school on condition they complete the other facility before the end of the 2021 year. This is an essential need in evangelizing to the Muslim community.

The school is named the Harvest Doves and the Harvest Kids have been saving their money to help with the $3,000. The kids are saving their donations in a 4” diameter 90mm shell casing and they have filled it up to the point they are only lacking 5 ½”. Then they will count what they have. The bullet can have anywhere from $225-$300. Harvest Vision is sending $2,500 tomorrow to expedite the completion and the kids are praying to get the last $500. They meet again at the Harvest Home on Saturday, Dec 12th from 10am-1pm. If you would like to drop off your change to help the kids or make a donation, it can be done on line or you can drop off your donation here at the Harvest Home, 9467 Pierce Lane in Sedro Woolley. These young people know and practice that “what is impossible for man – is possible with God”.

Stay tuned….We then need $2,300 for an engine for Simon’s truck so he can do evangelism to the scattered tribes along the north border of Uganda and the south border of Ethiopia and $3,500 for a bigger vehicle for Evariste in Burundi so he can safely and affordably transport the two sets of equipment that he uses in two different locations every weekend (52 per year).

 

 


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USA – Harvest Kids bingo – December 8, 2020

Another fun filled and Spirit-led evening with these young people and we are blessed with their new “Bingo” ministry. Tonight was just some competitive practice. They will continue to be doing this ministry as a way to allow everyone, young and old, to do something entertaining together following their theme of “no one gets left out”.


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The World – Honest General Lee – December 5, 2020

That passage, “Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good,” is well illustrated by a reply of General Lee to President Davis. It is said that in the first years of the Civil War, before Lee had proved his pre-eminence as a general he was severely criticized on more than one occasion by General Whiting. Whiting had stood at the head of his class at West Point and was considered bright and capable as a soldier.

One day President Davis, who was needing an officer for some important command, sent to Lee for advice. Davis asked, “What do you think of Whiting?” Lee replied without hesitation, commending Whiting as one of the most capable men in the army. One of the men drew Lee aside and said, “Don’t you know what unkind things Whiting has been saying about you?”

Lee answered to those around him, “I understood that the President desired to know my opinion of Whiting, not Whiting’s opinion of me.”

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

 


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Africa – Advancing the kingdom – December 5, 2020

What a blessing to hear from Pastor Simon, the Harvest Vision coordinator for N. Kenya and south Ethiopia. The Border Evangelism team that he started has founded three Christian fellowships in Muslim communities. The outreach they just completed witnessed 12 new believers accepting Jesus and starting their new journey of faith. And remember what Jesus was able to accomplish with 12 new believers over 2,000 years ago!


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