A Word from Pastor (Papa) George

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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The World – The Bible – October 2, 2020

What if the Bible had never been written?
 
After all, Jesus Christ is
the Living Word of God,

John 1:1-2

 
and Scripture is the written Word of God.

2 Timothy 3:16

It is the revelation of God to man through the Living Word and the written Word that has changed the course of history. The Bible is the best-selling book of all time. By 1975, more than five billion copies were in print. As of October 2017, the whole Bible had been translated into 670 languages, the New Testament into 1,521 languages and Bible portions into 1,121 other languages.
 
What would the world be like today if the Bible hadn’t been written and compiled under God’s direction?

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The World – The web and the net – October 1, 2020

The devil has a world-wide “web” he has been given constructed not by him but by man’s carnality and choices. Jesus said the kingdom of heaven is like a net. Both real. One is in the flesh and very visible and we are “affected” by it – but those that are born again are no longer “infected” by it. The problem for those that have not been redeemed is that His Church is together, not by power and might, as the world measures those things, but rather by Spirit.

“Faith is being ‘sure’ of what we hope for and ‘certain’ of what we cannot see.”

Hebrews 11:1

“Once again, the kingdom of heaven is like a net that was let down into the lake and caught all kinds of fish  When it was full, the fishermen pulled it up on the shore  Then they sat down and collected the good fish in baskets, but threw the bad away. This is how it will be at the end of the age. The angels will come and separate the wicked from the righteous and throw them into the fiery furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.“

Matthew 13:47-50


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The World – Infants and children – October 1, 2020

“God blessed them and said to them, ‘Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.”

Genesis 1:28

Ok. Done. Now we have a vast army in the womb and up to five years old.

This is a generation that God has brought together in unity to show the whole world that the Father sent Jesus:

“My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in Me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as You are in Me and I am in You. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that You have sent Me.”

John 17:20-21

This is a prophetic word the Lord just spoke to me. God has chosen to use infants and children to show His love to the world.

“Then Pharaoh gave this order to all his people: ‘Every boy born to the Hebrews you must throw into the Nile, but let every girl live.”

Exodus 1:22

 

“When Herod realized that he had been outwitted by the Magi, he was furious, and he gave orders to kill all the boys in Bethlehem and its vicinity who were two years old and under, in accordance with the time he had learned from the Magi.”

Matthew 2:16

“Since my youth, O God, You have taught me, and to this day I declare Your marvelous deeds. Even when I am old and gray, do not forsake me, O God, till I declare Your power to the next generation, Your might to all who are to come.”

Psalms 71:17-18


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The World – Grace versus Law – September 29, 2020

Those that use God’s Word as a legal instrument preach the law which has to do with punishment.
We use God’s Word to preach grace, which is God’s love, that is founded on

forgiveness.

 This provides the opportunity to choose to be conformed to the likeness of Christ without worldly “fear” but with the reverent “fear of the Lord” that understands the penalty of disobedience would be eternal separation. The difference is one is based on the concept that we can (or sadly) have reached righteousness on our own merit which makes the work on the Cross non-essential. Our spiritual “poverty” is not evidence that we don’t have His righteousness imparted to our account – it is evidence that we live knowing we have it only by grace and not by merit

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USA – Pro Life Prayer Vigil – September 27, 2020

We will be 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 will be praying in front of

Planned Parenthood
1805 E. Division
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. 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.

“I love the Lord, for He heard my voice; He heard my cry for mercy. Because He turned His ear to me, I will call on Him as long as I live.”

Psalms 116:1-2

“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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