A Word from Pastor (Papa) George

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 – 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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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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USA – Harvest Kids – November 28, 2020

Many thanks to Linda for making lunch and for Shelly, Armando, Amber and Wayne for bringing and encouraging these young people at Harvest Kids. They are currently filling the “bullet” to raise money for a primary school for vulnerable children in central Uganda. After they poured in another 7”, they only need 6” and they will be able to count what they have gotten so far and we can send it to Africa. We hoping the kids may get some more donations, besides their coins to get the $3,000 needed. Muslim parents have agreed to send their children to this school when it is completed and many have already converted to the Christian faith. After our birthday celebration, Deziray drew a picture to show everyone her thoughts about “friends” and everyone added more understanding by contributing words – sharing, kindness, caring, honest, loyal, joyful, focused on the good and most importantly – family. We listened to the song, “Friends are friends forever” and prayed that we could all shine the light of Jesus everywhere He leads us. We finished our fellowship with everyone using the playdough, 6v batteries, alligator clips and led lights to light up their own space.

“How good and pleasant it is when brothers and sisters live together in unity!”

Psalm 133:1


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Africa – Let the little children come to Me – November 15, 2020

 

We just received this testimony from Pr. Titus who is the Harvest Vision coordinator in Namaingo in eastern Uganda.

We praise the Lord who gave us the grace to share the gospel in Kifuyo boarding primary school. We ministered to 140 candidates and 8 teachers. 80 candidates and 2 teachers received Christ with gladness.

 

Pastor TitusNamaingo Uganda

 
Jesus said,
“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

 

“Then I heard a voice in heaven say: ‘Now have come the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God, and the authority of His Christ. For the accuser of our brothers, who accuses them before our God day and night, has been hurled down. They overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony; they did not love their lives so much as to shrink from death. Therefore rejoice, you heavens and you who dwell in them! But woe to the earth and the sea, because the devil has gone down to you! He is filled with fury, because he knows his time is short.”

Rev 12:10-12


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USA – Harvest Kids – November 14, 2020

Many thanks to brother Gary who dropped off Noah and Sara for Harvest Kids just in time to help bagging the cans that have been crushed. Thanks to the many who drop off aluminum cans throughout the week.

The money received from the cans pays the teachers for a primary school for the Wambuti pygmy tribe in the DRCongo and help orphans in Uganda.

A real blessing today as our sister, Dana, brought two of her children, Graeson (9) and Ester (3 ½), to join us for the first time at Harvest Kids. To help Dana and the kids better understand how Harvest Kids started 8 years ago we showed the video of the Madilyn House project.

Madilyn (4) and Hailey (2), with the support of their mother, found out about some orphan girls sleeping on the floor of their school in Africa and made a decision to build them their own home. And that’s how it started.

About this time, Wayne, who is a fisheries biologist and is the liaison for the Africa ministry “Joyfully” made his entrance. The kids are working on donating their change to build their fifth primary school in Africa and the kids were able to put their change into a large 90mm military shell casing they are trying to fill on their way to raising the $1,000 needed to build the toilet for the school.

We shared a wonderful lunch that Grandma Linda had prepared, Noah and Sara helped Dana, Graeson and Ester put their handprints on the wall and put their birthdays on the worldwide birthday board.

We shared about how Jesus made a way for us to be able to help people just the way He did when He was living on the earth, why we celebrate Thanksgiving and talked about the many different ways in which God is using these young people to bring the hope of Jesus to others.

Wayne was able to share about Fellowship Ministries that he started a few years ago to take kids (and others) fishing, crabbing and enjoy the outdoors. He also shared about his work to help preserve salmon habitat and some of the ways in which the Harvest Kids have been able to help. It is wonderful to create a safe environment for these young people to share their feelings and ideas and find their own way to participate and share their gifts.

The Harvest Kids meet the 2nd and 4th Saturday of each month. You can find out more information of the website, www.harvestvisionministries.org or call 360-421-8811 or 360-421-8812.


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USA – Pray for the Lord to being workers – November 13, 2020

The Lord gave our sister, who owns the property, and us a vision to prepare a place for God’s people in west Mt. Vernon. The Holy Spirit led us to call it the “Garden of Eden” and we are blessed to have captured it’s beginning on a video available on the website www.harvestvisionministries.org. We are dedicated and devoted to fulfill the vision. Jesus told His disciples that the harvest was plentiful, but there were few workers so He asked them to pray to the Lord of the harvest to bring workers. We are continually praying for workers. Much of the physical work that we’ve been doing has been limited, on my part, because of surgery I have on my left hand a month and half ago and it is just now healing. We are trying to complete a shelter roof before I have my right hand worked on next Tuesday. It was a cold, windy and off and on wet day today. What a blessing to receive a text from our brother, Ed, who asked if I was there working today. I texted him that I was there. He showed up a short time later with his 4 ½ year old nephew, Sully. What a worker and it was great fun watching Ed encourage and teach him as they blessed us with this walkway this morning.

 


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Africa – Co-laborers in the harvest fields – November 10, 2020

Jesus said, “I tell you, open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest.” (Jn 4:35)

“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.” (Mt 9:37-38)

We are thankful for the few that have joined with us in prayer and to help provide the funds to help our co-laborers in central Africa reach the lost and hurting in their communities and we are always in prayer that the Holy Spirit will lead others to join with us. Even though they face obstacles and trials that many of us will never encounter during our journey of faith, they persevere and hundreds come to faith in Christ Jesus every week and are being taught to be true disciples, thereby adding to the number every day those that are being saved.

If you would like to make a donation, they can be made on line at www.myegiving/hvm or the “electronic giving” on the home page of the www.harvestvisionministries.org website. 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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