A Word from Pastor (Papa) George

USA – Sowing seeds for harvest – November 1, 2020

“I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Jesus Christ.” (Ph 1:3-6)

I pray that all of us that are true disciples of Jesus Christ and have been blessed by God to live in the USA recognize that even though we have our share of troubles, we are in a position to help our co-workers in countries that do not have the freedom or blessings God has entrusted to us. A few nights ago Pr. Martin, the director of Harvest Vision in central Africa, shared with us some needs that they have so they can continue to spread the gospel. They have purchased property and set up a building in Iganga, a large city of 500,000 with mostly Muslims and are preparing a team of 15 ministers to go for door-to-door and begin home fellowships. They are in need of 70 chairs ($350). Martin over-sees 12 coordinators in 5 different countries and also has 19 branch churches in Uganda that has a population of 40 million. These 19 have incredible spheres of influence with pastor’s and church families in their areas. The Lord has prompted Martin to provide smartphones for those that don’t have them to begin training sessions they will be sharing with other leaders. They are needing 10 phones ($1,000). He has also been led to set up a training seminar in mid-December that requires them to travel and stay in Kampala for a few days and asked if we could help with travel and accommodations ($720). The Kibuli fellowship in the Muslim slums of Kampala will provide the food. We also are supporting other work in central Africa, Mexico and El Salvador. We appreciate those that pray and support our Christian co-laborers and would ask each of you to consider whether the Lord is prompting you to be a partner to support the expanding of the kingdom in these areas. If you are already partnering with them, please consider asking your fellow believers if they may like to join with them.

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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USA – 40 Days for Life testimony – October 27, 2020

A LIFE IS SAVED!

 

True story that happened in front of Planned Parenthood, Mount Vernon where more than 200 lives are killed each year.

I was at the end of my hour, 9:45, at Planned Parenthood this morning. Lot’s of staff there today, 12 cars and lots of young people. A car with a middle-aged Hispanic lady went to pull in and stopped and waved at me before she did. I don’t recall anything like that happening before. I waved and continued to walk and pray, “Choose life. Choose life.” At the same time the thought came to me that as soon as I left, I needed to get something to eat before I drive out to work on the shop at Cheryl’s. At 9:53, the lady that had just came pulled out drove to where I was standing with my sign. I walked to the car and looked at her glowing face. She said I want to thank you for being here. My husband and I were up all night praying for a young girl that planned on getting an abortion. She just called me and asked me to come. They let me pray with her and she chose to cancel the abortion. We were both so humbly blessed. Then she said, “By the way, are you hungry? Before I got the call I just purchased a sandwich. Can I give it to you?”
So amazing, awkward and almost embarrassing to receive God’s unconditional love simply because you love Him and are willing to “Listen and obey.”
Amazing love
We can’t outgive Him, outlive Him or outlove Him.

“Whom have I in heaven but you? And earth has nothing I desire besides You.”

Psalm 73:25


–George

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The World – Pleasing God through faith – October 27, 2020

Today I’m believing God, including what He said and who He says I am. Jesus said,

“BELIEVE Me when I say I am in the Father and the Father is in Me; or at least BELIEVE on the evidence of the miracles themselves. I tell you the truth, anyone what has faith in Me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these because I am going to the Father. And I will do whatever you ask in My Name, so that the Son may bring glory to the Father. You may ask me for anything in My Name, and I will do it.”

John 14:11-14

“Yet at the same time many even among the leaders believed in Him. But because of the Pharisees they would not confess their faith for fear they would be put out of the synagogue; for they loved praise from men more than praise from God.”

John 12:42-43

The world sees the definition of “believe” as perceiving something as true because of the evidence.

Jesus defines “Believe” as “Become”. Because He is “Truth” and He comes with transforming power.

“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose. For those God foreknew He also predestined to be conformed to the likeness of His Son…”

Romans 8:28-29

During these last days, in which Jesus is preparing His Church for the final harvest and His return, we must BELIEVE the prayers and promises of Almighty God.

During these days many have united in prayer and BELIEVE,

“IF My People, who are called by My Name, will humble themselves and pray and seek My Face and turn from their wicked ways, then I WILL hear from heaven and WILL forgive their sin and WILL heal their land.”

2 Chronicles &:14

I BELIEVE in His promises.

We see blatant darkness and evil in this world, but the battle belongs to the Lord.

“What misery is mine! I am like one who gathers summer fruit at the gleaning of the vineyard; there is no cluster of grapes to eat, none of the early figs that I crave. The godly have been swept from the land; not one upright man remains. All men lie in wait to shed blood; each hunts his brother with a net. Both hands are skilled in doing evil; the ruler demands gifts, the judge accepts bribes, the powerful dictate what they desire – they all conspire together. BUT as for me, I watch in hope for the Lord, I wait for God my Savior; my God WILL hear me.”

Micah 7:1-3, 7

“As for you, because of the blood of My Covenant with you, I WILL free your prisoner from the waterless pit. Return to your fortress, O PRISONERS OF HOPE; even now I announce that I will restore twice as much to you.”

Zechariah 9:11-12


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USA – Tithing the tenth man in an Africa mission – October 24, 2020

After three years’ labor in an African mission, a cripple, without the use of either hands or feet, was baptized. At the end of the first year this cripple, through his personal invitation, had led thirty-one savages from warring villages to Christ. At a meeting of these converts it was proposed that every man tithe his income. The cripple suggested that every tenth man of the members give himself as a minister of the Gospel and that the other nine support him. This was joyously accepted at the first proposal. After nine years the one station had multiplied to four and the membership had grown from thirty-one to two thousand. One man by persistent effort and faith in God led two thousand to the ‘light of that one face.” Shall we do likewise?

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


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USA – Harvest Kids – October 24, 2020

Brrr! Our first “ice on the windshield” morning to pick up kids in Granite Falls for Harvest Kids. It was a wonderful morning to add some change to the bullet that is being filled up to help build the primary school in central Africa. We listened to some awesome music and then shared testimonies about our friend Cecilia from the Navajo Reservation. She is scheduled for surgery for cancer in 4 days. We also shared about the situation that our Mexico coordinator, Olivia, is in not being able to travel back to Mexico for over 3 months while she is waiting for US immigration to review her resident status. She continues to minister to children in Arizona while her husband, Miguel, continues to maintain the ministry in Mexico. Cecilia and Olivia have both visited Harvest Kids and have their handprints on the wall and their names inscribed in the hearts of these kids. The kids were excited to make cards to send to both of them. Many thanks to Samantha’s mom, Jen, who made caramel apples that we celebrated October birthdays with. We were also blessed with a visit from Pastor Garnett Pipps from North Carolina who is staying with George and Linda while he is preaching at a 9-day revival at the Sedro Woolley Community Church. The kids all went shopping to purchase items to fill up four Christmas shoeboxes for Samaritan’s Purse that will be sent to vulnerable children in different countries around the globe. The kids did some flag worship at the Garden of Eden family ministry in Mt. Vernon and spent the rest of the evening making necklaces and painting.

“How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news, who proclaim peace, who bring good tidings, who proclaim salvation, who say to Zion, ‘Your God reigns!”

Isaiah 52:7


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USA – Pro Life Prayer Vigil – October 17, 2020

God is searching for the intercessors that will stand in the gap for those that are considering abortion. We have been praying for men and women that are faced with the decisions that must be made for those bringing a child into this world and for the Church that should be standing with them throughout their journey of faith. The nation-wide “40 Days for Life” pro-life prayer vigil started on September 23rd and will end on November 1st. Locally we have been praying in front of Planned Parenthood, 1805 E. Division, in Mt. Vernon from 6am-6pm and are hoping to have someone there throughout each day praying for those that are in their time of decision making. If you are not local in this area, you can visit the sight and find the location of the vigil in your community. You can just come anytime, but it would be helpful if you could visit the 40 Days for Life website and volunteer for one or more of the one hour time slots. Also, we have signs available if you need one. For information, call Cindy at 360-333-2447 or George or Linda at 360-421-8811 or 360-421-8812. If you are unable to physically join with us, please join with us in prayer throughout the day.

“If My People, who are called by My Name, will humble themselves and pray and seek My Face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” (2 Chronicles 7:14)


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Africa – September testimonies – October 16, 2020

In September, our coordinators in central Africa organized 10 crusades and did extensive door to door evangelism and witnessed 1,052 be born again. These new believers are now being drawn into local home church fellowships that will teach them to be true disciples of Jesus Christ bringing even more into the kingdom. What a blessing to stand, in prayer and support, with our co-laborers in central Africa.
 
Jesus said: “Do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has troubles of its own (Matthew 6:34).
 
He also said, “There will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent (Luke 15:7).
 
Each day, we rejoiced knowing that over 35 new believers came into the kingdom in Africa and that gives us ‘joy’ as we face the troubles that Jesus said would come to us each day and the ‘joy’ of the Lord is our strength.

 

“Who is it that overcomes the world? Only he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God.” (1 Jn 5:5)

“I tell you the truth, whoever hears My Word and believes Him who has sent Me has eternal life and will not be condemned; he has crossed over from death to life.” (John 5:24)


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The World – The heart and then the home – October 15, 2020

Jesus said, “Come to Me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”

Matthew 11:28-30

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will set your paths straight.”

Proverbs 3:5-6

“Now fear the Lord and serve Him with all faithfulness. Throw away the gods your forefathers worshiped beyond the River and in Egypt, and serve the Lord. But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your forefathers served beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.”

Joshua 24:15


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USA – How faith won in dark Africa – October 15, 2020

One of the greatest missionaries in South Africa in the early days of missionary occupation of that country had labored seven years without a convert in sight. The natives seemed to be entirely immune to the appeal of Christ. At the end of this time a friend wrote from England asking the missionary what he needed most. The missionary wrote back to his friend, saying that they must have a “communion set”. Three more years passed by before the message could go and return from the native land. But the missionary continued faithful to his task of preaching “the unsearchable riches of Christ.” On the day before the ten unfruitful years came to a close the communion set arrived; and on the next day the first convert was baptized and received the sacrament of the Lord’s Supper. This was blind faith, the “enduring as seeing Him who is invisible.”

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


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USA – Harvest Kids with Child’s Evangelism Fellowship, October 10, 2020

Many thanks to all the adults and youth that help these young people to grow in the Lord and help them make a difference in the lives of less fortunate children in our community and around the world.

 
Before the fellowship this morning, we received photos and testimonies from Pr. Patrick who founded the Nalidi Grace primary school in eastern Uganda where the kids just sent money for mosquito nets, sheets and food. What a blessing to share this. 

This morning was cold and cloudy, but these young people crushed cans and added their change to the bullet they are filling to help build another primary school for orphaned and vulnerable children in another part of Africa.
 
Anthony guesses the closest to the weight of “Moby Pumpkin” (56#), the biggest harvested from the Garden of Eden farming project in West Mt. Vernon.
 
After lunch, Lynn Griffin and Ella, from Child’s Evangelism joined us with a wonderful message focused on the wonders of God’s creation looking at the different planets and stars. Throughout her sharing the “Word up” that everyone chimed in with when prompted was: “Trust God, He is in control!”
She also shared about a young woman who was born with facial deformities and even though she was shunned by many, became a missionary to the Navajo people for over 45 years sharing the love of Jesus with everyone she met.
 
“Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, ‘Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?’ And I said, ‘Here am I. Send me!”

Isaiah 6:8

 
 
She then shared about the life of Johannes Kepler, a young boy from Germany, that faced similar problems in his entire life but God gave him passion and wisdom to understand astronomy and relate it to the God that created everything in the universe and the law and order which He used to create it and the laws which govern it to this day.

“The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of His hands.”

Psalm 19:1


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USA – Harvest Kids tomorrow – October 9, 2020

We are excited to share that Lynn Griffin,
director of

Child’s Evangelism Fellowship,

will be sharing the gospel with the kids tomorrow,
Saturday, Oct 10th
from 10am-1pm at the
Harvest Home,
9467 Pierce Lane in Sedro Woolley.

These young people are also working hard to help build a primary school for orphaned and other vulnerable children in Uganda, Africa.
 
If you have a young person in your sphere of influence from 5-12 years of age and would appreciate them being shown the love of Jesus we ask that you prayerfully consider them coming. Lynn’s ministry is biblical and interactive, with songs, testimonies, scripture and games.
For information, please call George, 360-421-8811, or Linda, 360-421-8812.

There is also information available on the website at www.harvestvisionministries.org


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USA – Life in the Kingdom – October 5, 2020

Another awesome Spirit-led and Spirit-filled day in our journey of faith.

We have been blessed to have received testimonies from our co-laborers in Africa including this report for September from Pr. Evariste, the Burundi Africa coordinator.

Today I (George) got my splint removed from my hand surgery last Wednesday; Linda and I were blessed to spend 4 hours at the pro-life prayer vigil at Planned Parenthood; pick fresh produce and paint the floor on the new shed at the Garden of Eden family ministry in west Mt. Vernon; join with Elisabeth Waldron and others for the Jericho prayer march in Burlington and fellowship at one of the home church families. We are blessed that we are on this journey with other believers in our community that love God and consider others more than themselves.

We have experienced about every emotion anyone can imagine in these last 25 years and some of them (like worry or doubt) are sadly without excuse, just evidence of our faith wavering. The two things that we have not experienced are “burnout” or “boredom”.

What an incredible journey living to share the love of Jesus with those that are “broken-hearted and crushed in spirit”

(Psalm 34:18)

God’s promise: 

 

Isaiah 40: 29-31


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