A Word from Pastor (Papa) George

USA – Skating with the Harvest Kids – November 7, 2020

“Then little children were brought to Jesus for Him to place His hands on them and pray for them. But the disciples rebuked those who brought them. Jesus said, ‘Let the little children come to Me, and do not hinder them. For the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” (Matthew 19:13-14)

It isn’t about fun – it is about the joy of the Lord. Thanks to everyone who is providing the opportunity for young people to be together with Jesus Christ as they journey together shining the light of hope in this fallen world by teaching them to be true disciples. God’s Word says: “Don’t let anyone look down of you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity.” (1 Timothy 4:12)

We are thankful for everyone that is helping these young people. For those that may be interested, we have Harvest Kids, the second and fourth Saturday, of each month at 9467 Pierce Lane, Sedro Woolley from 10am-12:30pm. More information is available at www.harvestvisionministries.org or call 360-421-8811.


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The World – The making of the first colored bishop – November 9, 2020

While Dr. James H. Franklin, who was long in charge of the foreign ministry work of the Baptist Church, was traveling across the continent a few years ago he noticed that the porter of his car had seven gold stripes on the sleeve of his jacket. “What’s the meaning of all those gold stripes?” asked Dr. Franklin. “Them’s not stripes, boss; them’s bars,” the old negro answered; “they mean Ah’ve been servin’ this road thirty-five years.”

For a while the old man kept at his work, but presently he came back and asked, “Say, boss, is you a preachah?” “Yes, but how did you guess it?” asked the doctor. “Oh, Ah jess saw a book in your seat, and Ah thought that you must be a preachah. Ah was almos’ one once myself.”

“Why did you give it up?” asked Mr. Franklin. “well, sah, Ah wanted to be, but Ah’s got a younger brother, and when Ah told him Ah wanted to preach, why he’d abeen converted, and wanted to preach hisself. So we all talked it over, and decided that he’d go ahead to college, and Ah’d work on the road. So Ah did, boss, and sent him money every month till he got through dat dere college and got a good edication.”

The passenger asked if the brother finally became a preacher. “Yes, sir, in Africy. They call him Bishop Scott.” “Bishop Scott!” said Dr. Franklin in amazement, as he gazed at the humble porter. Bishop Scott is said to have been the first colored preacher whom the Methodist Church ever made a bishop.

Dr. franklin had often read of the heroic work of this mighty colored man. Later when Dr. Franklin was in a little town in Georgia he heard that Bishop Scott was to speak that night at a certain church. Franklin went. As soon as the service was over he shook hands with the speaker. “Have you a brother who is a porter on a sleeping car, Bishop?” he asked.

Then he told of the incident on the train. “Yes,” said the mighty dark man, “he’s my brother, and may God bless him! I owe everything to him.”

Many are those humble souls – mothers on the farm, fathers in the grim battle in the shop and behind the desk – who have made bishops and ministers, mighty men of God, by the same plan. May all such unsung heroes of the Cross receive the blessings of God here; and, if not here, surely on the other side their rewards shall be great, and their entrance in shall be abundant.

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

 


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USA – More from the Master – November 8, 2020

We do not ask permission to do what we are commanded to do.

“Jesus said, ‘If anyone loves Me, he will obey My teaching. My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him.” (John 14:23)

“Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you. I tell you the truth, no servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them.” (John 13:14-17)


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The World – Enlarge your territory – November 5, 2020

There is only one thing that has and will always continue to spread unchecked across the globe.

“Enlarge the place of your tent, stretch your tent curtains wide, do not hold back; lengthen your cords, strengthen your stakes. For you will spread out to the right and to the left;, your descendants will dispossess nations and settle in desolate cities. (Isaiah 54:2-3)

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) “And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.” (Matthew 24:14).

We have been blessed to start working in concert with Pr. Martin who has been called to fulfill the role of apostolic ministry in central Africa 15 years ago this month. The ministry now includes 11 coordinator’s serving into 7 different countries. The original vision the Lord gave us was to begin ministry at the source of the Nile River, Lake Victoria, and God continues to give us favor and His provision. Over one half of the shores of Lake Victoria, borders to the south in Tanzania, where we have done some sporadic ministry over the years. Pr. Martin over-sees this, including the branch churches in Uganda as well as the Bible schools, except those that Pr. Evariste over-sees in Burundi. Pr. Martin is bringing another pastor to help with the pastoral oversight at the “mother church” in Kibuli in Kampala and has identified another pastor who has been called to help over-see the Bible schools, including the three starting in eastern Uganda, which will give him more time for teaching leaders and expanding the work. The Lord is strengthening the ministry in northern and western Kenya, where the ministry will be registered soon, and which borders Tanzania on the north. We are praying that the needs of Pr. Evariste will soon be met which will allow the ministry in Burundi to continue to grow and also allow him to help expand the ministry to Tanzania. He is in need of a larger car for transporting equipment safely ($3,500), retail business that will help sustain his family and provide additional money to support the expanding of the ministry ($3,500) and additional rooms for teaching and an office at his home ($4,000). As soon as travel is allowed, Pr. Martin will be returning to South Sudan to work with the leadership as they help with evangelizing, teaching pastors and leaders and strengthening or establishing church families to disciple new believers.

 


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Africa – The harvest of souls – November 3, 2020

Africa – The harvest of souls – November 3, 2020

We are so encouraged and grateful for the testimonies from the October outreaches in Burundi. 408 new believers accepted Jesus and 35 have already been baptized. We are praying that they will quickly be taught to be true disciples of Jesus Christ and that many new souls will come into the kingdom through their testimonies.

Jesus said, “But the one who received the seed that fell on good soil is the man who hears and understands it. He produces a crop, yielding a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown.” (Matthew 13:23)

That promise would yield either 40,800 or 24,480 or 12,240 new souls.

That is why “teaching them to obey everything Jesus has commanded” is so important. (Matthew 28:20)

There is no crusade or outreach with any more power than one sinner that is made a disciple by repenting and being baptized in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit and taught to obey everything that Jesus has commanded. They now have full access to all the authority in heaven and on earth through Jesus Christ.

Jesus said, “And the gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.” (Matthew 24:14)

 


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USA – Broken hearted and crushed in spirit – November 1, 2020

Today at the Salt and Light fellowship we shared about our purpose.

“And we know 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

His purposes to seek and to save what is lost

Luke 19:10

and

“The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them; He delivers them from all their troubles. The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.”

Psalm 34:17-18

A beautiful day to join with others praying at the 40 days for life prayer vigil. Interceding in agreement with the Father, Jesus and the Holy Spirit for the unborn, their mothers and fathers and that everyone that supports abortions will have their hearts transformed to recognize that all lives, born and unborn, matter to our loving Father. Linda then went to fellowship with the Sedro Woolley Community Church and take four more of the Samaritan’s Christmas boxes that the Harvest Kids filled up for less fortunate children in countries where there is great need.

“The first thing God does is get us grounded on strong reality and truth. He does this until our cares for ourselves individually have been brought into submission to His way for the purpose of His redemption. Why shouldn’t we experience heartbreak? Through those doorways God is opening up ways of fellowship with His Son. Most of us collapse at the first grip of pain. We sit down at the door of God’s purpose and enter a slow death through self-pity. And all the so-called Christian sympathy of others helps us to our deathbed. But God will not. He comes with the grip of the pierced Hand of His Son, as if to say, ‘Enter into fellowship with Me; arise and shine.’ If God can accomplish His purposes in this world through a broken heart, then why not thank Him for breaking your?”

Oswald Chambers


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USA – Expect and attempt great things for God – November 1, 2020

Carey was preaching from that text in Isaiah, “Enlarge the place of thy tent, and let them stretch forth the curtains of thine habitations: spare not, lengthen thy cords, and strengthen thy stakes.”

After discussing it thus: Expect great things from God, and attempt great things for God, he had thoroughly moved the congregation. Hearts were taut. The atmosphere of the building was intense with spiritual power. God was present. The preacher called the audience to arise and they were solemnly dismissed.

As they started out, an old man by the name of Fuller cried, “Carey, call them back. Aren’t we going to do anything about it?” The congregation came back. That day was born the modern missionary movement. They sent Carey to India.

Ah, that’s the secret! When moved by God, when the soul looks out in holy vision, do something about it. Step out for God. Too often we are afraid; we move men, we ministers stir them, flame their souls, burn with a God-sent message into their hearts, but we let them go without “doing anything about it.” I would that those words of burning zeal could ring through the souls of all of God’s holy children. The world dies, evil increases, the heat of Divine love burns low in pulpit and pew, but too often we do nothing about it.

Those words challenge us today.

“Enlarge……stretch……lengthen……strengthen.”

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

 


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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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