A Word from Pastor (Papa) George

USA – No servant is greater than his master – September 13, 2020

Jesus said,
“You call Me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord’, and rightly so, for that is what I am. 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.”

(John 13:13-15)

 
What a wonderful day of fellowship at the Garden of Eden family ministry.
 
Jesus said,
“Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends. You are My friends if you do what I command. I no longer call you servants because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from My Father I have made known to you. You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit – fruit that will last. Then My Father will give you what ever you ask in My Name. This is My command: Love each other.”

(John 15:13-17)


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USA – Only forty nine left for me, dad – September 6, 2020

In the army of the Lord we need more men with the spirit of the little flag boy of the Civil War. During one of the raging battles, while bullets were flying everywhere and men were falling by the hundreds, the little lad forgot everything but to keep the flag before the army. In his haste he forgot the army. Finally, he heard a shrill call saying, “Bring that flag back here!” He turned to see the army retreating and the commander beckoning for him to retreat with them.

The lad cried out, “Bring the army up to the flag, sir!” This one sentence stirred the soul of the commander until he ordered the men to advance against the enemy. It is said that out of the seeming defeat a great victory was won.

This reminds one of the little drummer boy who was with Napoleon in one of the battles. It seemed that the army of France could not overcome; thousands were falling. Napoleon said, “Lad, can you beat a retreat?” The boy replied, “Sir, I have never learned to beat a retreat, but I can beat a charge that will stir the last remains of the patriotism of the army.”

The Emperor cried, “Beat a charge then, lad.” And that charge beaten from the drum was the means of the victory being won that day.

That is the spirit we must have in the work of the Lord – that we shall never know how to retreat in the face of the enemy of the kingdom of Heaven, but that we shall be able to beat a charge that will cause others to take courage and fight on until the last foe is conquered. This is the spirit of God’s heroes.     

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


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Africa – Miracles in Kayunga, Uganda – September 10, 2020

We just received this testimony this week from Pr. Charles that coordinates Harvest Vision Ministries in central Uganda.

“There was a magical tree in a certain village full of witches. The people told us that every evening at around 9pm a motor sound would come from it and village members would come and worship there bringing sacrifices asking for rain so they could have a good harvest during the season. But a certain family bought the land with the tree but they didn’t know the “do’s and don’t’s’. Their daughter went and burnt rubbish around the tree and then she fell into a deep coma. They used all kinds of charms but they all failed. Finally, they traveled a journey kilometers away to my home and I prayed in the name of Jesus and the child came back to normal condition. Immediately as they went back home, all the eight members got saved and they gave us the tree for free. We cut down the tree and everybody was amazed even the witch doctors that stood by trying to intimidate us. During the chaos, we got twenty-five more who got saved. We finally sold the tree for three hundred dollars and we put that money on the church building. The villagers are bringing chickens to our family to eat, praising God. I thank my Lord Jesus.  Pastor Charles.” 

Please visit the www.harvestvisionministries.org website under Africa Leadership Team and read Charles personal testimony.

Jesus said,

“Believe Me when I say that I am in the Father and Father is in Me; or at least believe on the evidence of the miracles themselves. I tell you the truth, anyone who 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)


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USA – Only forty-nine left for me, dad – September 10, 2020

 

A young boy, the son of a missionary, had heard his father say to the native congregation that if each Christian in that particular city would win fifty to Jesus the entire city would be Christianized. Without reservation this twelve-year-old boy accepted his share of the responsibility. Every day he would pray for a boy friend of his who was a Hindu. Such successful personal work was done that after a few months the boy friend was baptized. Radiant with happiness the lad watched the baptism, and said to his faith, “Only forty-nine left for me now, Dad.” 

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


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USA – Bring the army up to the flag, Sir! September 6, 2020

In the army of the Lord we need more men with the spirit of the little flag boy of the Civil War. During one of the raging battles, while bullets were flying everywhere and men were falling by the hundreds, the little lad forgot everything but to keep the flag before the army. In his haste he forgot the army. Finally he heard a shrill call saying, “Bring that flag back here!” He turned to see the army retreating and the commander beckoning for him to retreat with them.

The lad cried out, “Bring the army up to the flag, sir!” This one sentence stirred the soul of the commander until he ordered the men to advance against the enemy. It is said that out of the seeming defeat a great victory was won.

This reminds one of the little drummer boy who was with Napoleon in one of the battles. It seemed that the army of France could not overcome; thousands were falling. Napoleon said, “Lad, can you beat a retreat?” The boy replied, “Sir, I have never learned to beat a retreat, but I can beat a charge that will stir the last remains of the patriotism of the army.”

The Emperor cried, “Beat a charge then, lad.” And that charge beaten from the drum was the means of the victory being won that day.

That is the spirit we must have in the work of the Lord – that we shall never know how to retreat in the face of the enemy of the kingdom of Heaven, but that we shall be able to beat a charge that will cause others to take courage and fight on until the last foe is conquered. This is the spirit of God’s heroes.

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


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Africa – Uganda door-to-door testimonies, September 4, 2020

We just received this testimony from Pr. Titus one of the coordinators in “locked down” Uganda, Africa.

“NAMAYINGO, UGANDA  AUGUST 2020 REPORT
On 3/8/2020  follow up and discipleship of new converts, on 10/8/2020 marrieds workshop to strengthen the couples in their marriages, on 16/8/2020 we had house evangelism in one of the households in Hohoma village Buyinja sub county. They had Sick person and so requested for prayers which was an opportunity for us to share the gospel, God’s healing hand was manifested, and 9 souls came to Christ. On 22/8/2020 we had house to house evangelism in Kamunje village syanyonja parish (10) souls. On 30/8/2020 we had house to house evangelism in Syanyonja A village but none confessed hence TOTAL =19 SOULS.

Pr. Titus

“Remember Jesus Christ, raised from the dead, descended from David. This is my gospel, for which I am suffering even to the point of being chained like a criminal. But God’s Word is not chained. Therefore, I endure everything for the sake of the elect, that they too may obtain the salvation that is Christ Jesus, with eternal glory. Here is a trustworthy saying: If we died with Him, we will also live with Him; If we endure, we will also reign with Him; If we disown Him, He will disown us; If we are faithless, He will remain faithful, for He cannot disown Himself.”

(2 Timothy 2:8-13)

 


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USA – Sin the tyrant, September 1, 2020

Spurgeon says that when sin is let in as a suppliant, it remains as a tyrant. The Arabs have a fable of a miller who one day was startled by a camel’s nose thrust in at the door of the tent where he was sleeping. “It is cold outside,” said the camel; “I want to get my nose in.” The nose was let in, then the neck, and finally the whole body.

Presently the miller began to be inconvenienced by the ungainly companion he had in the tent that was not large enough for both. “If you are inconvenienced, you may leave,” said the camel; “as for myself, I shall stay where I am.”

This is the story of sin; when once it gains a small entrance it finally fills the entire heart and life.

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


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USA – Helping spread the gospel, September 1, 2020

 

What an encouragement and blessing to join in rejoicing for the 1,041 new believers that came to faith in Jesus Christ in Burundi in the 10 outreaches that were held in 10 different communities in the month of August. Already, 206 of them have been baptized. Praise God! The gospel continues to advance thanks to the prayers and sacrificial giving of everyone in the Body of Christ.

I have been in contact with Pr. Martin in Africa and was again thrilled to hear how the gospel is going forth. Many Muslims and people under witchcraft are continuing to be set free. This week a new church family was started in the DRCongo and a few weeks ago, 3 witch doctors received Jesus Christ, and with the help of others believers burned their shrines and demonic symbols. Currently, a building is being constructed in Iganga, one of the most Muslim populated cities in Uganda. A team of 15 leaders from Kampala will be leaving to begin ministering from that location and starting home fellowships throughout the community. We recently sent them some seed money to start construction, but Pr. Martin informed me that they are in need of 4.2 million schillings to complete the roof ($1,100 USD). The church facility that is being built to hold the over-flow of new converts in Kayunga is in need of $850 USD to finish their roof. This is also a community which is strongly Muslim. Pr. Charles recently purchased a property adjacent to the building to fulfill a vision to start a primary school because there is no school close by. Some of the Muslim families have already agreed to allow their children to attend. The Harvest Kids here in Skagit and Snohomish County are selling sweet corn that their local farmer friend and their family have planted to help them get donations to start the building of the school. Corn is available at the Harvest Home, 9467 Pierce Lane, Sedro Woolley or at Walker Motor Works, 9430 State Ave, Marysville. We also have other believers that are helping fill orders while the corn is available. Kids helping Kids!

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. 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. For information call George 360-421-8811, Kylee 360-540-0890 or Wayne 360-707-1981.

 

What an encouragement and blessing to join in rejoicing for the 1,041 new believers that came to faith in Jesus Christ in Burundi in the 10 outreaches that were held in 10 different communities in the month of August. Already, 206 of them have been baptized. Praise God! The gospel continues to advance thanks to the prayers and sacrificial giving of everyone in the Body of Christ.

I have been in contact with Pr. Martin in Africa and was again thrilled to hear how the gospel is going forth. Many Muslims and people under witchcraft are continuing to be set free. This week a new church family was started in the DRCongo and a few weeks ago, 3 witch doctors received Jesus Christ, and with the help of others believers burned their shrines and demonic symbols. Currently, a building is being constructed in Iganga, one of the most Muslim populated cities in Uganda. A team of 15 leaders from Kampala will be leaving to begin ministering from that location and starting home fellowships throughout the community. We recently sent them some seed money to start construction, but Pr. Martin informed me that they are in need of 4.2 million schillings to complete the roof ($1,100 USD). The church facility that is being built to hold the over-flow of new converts in Kayunga is in need of $850 USD to finish their roof. This is also a community which is strongly Muslim. Pr. Charles recently purchased a property adjacent to the building to fulfill a vision to start a primary school because there is no school close by. Some of the Muslim families have already agreed to allow their children to attend. The Harvest Kids here in Skagit and Snohomish County are selling sweet corn that their local farmer friend and their family have planted to help them get donations to start the building of the school. Corn is available at the Harvest Home, 9467 Pierce Lane, Sedro Woolley or at Walker Motor Works, 9430 State Ave, Marysville. We also have other believers that are helping fill orders while the corn is available. Kids helping Kids!


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USA – A sermon like a boat without a harpoon, September 1, 2020

A sailor just off a whaling expedition asked where he could hear good preaching. On his return from the church where he had been recommended to go, a friend said, “You do not seem to have liked the sermon.” “Not much,” replied the gruff, old weather-beaten men, “it was like a ship leaving for the whale fishing, everything ship-shape – anchors, cordage, sails all right – but there were no harpoons on board.”

Could not this be the charge laid at the most of our messages? They are ready for fair sailing, but we have forgotten to take our harpoons. We fish for compliments and not for men. God grant that we may carry our harpoons into the pulpit with us.

This reminds one of what a native in India said to Stanley Jones, the only man who ever refused to be a bishop in the Methodist Church. The native said that when one preached through an interpreter, should the interpreter leave off everything in the message that was not vital the average sermon would last only five minutes.

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


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USA – A sermon like a boat without a harpoon, September 1, 2020

A sailor just off a whaling expedition asked where he could hear good preaching. On his return from the church where he had been recommended to go, a friend said, “You do not seem to have liked the sermon.” “Not much,” replied the gruff, old weather-beaten men, “it was like a ship leaving for the whale fishing, everything ship-shape – anchors, cordage, sails all right – but there were no harpoons on board.”

Could not this be the charge laid at the most of our messages? They are ready for fair sailing, but we have forgotten to take our harpoons. We fish for compliments and not for men. God grant that we may carry our harpoons into the pulpit with us.

This reminds one of what a native in India said to Stanley Jones, the only man who ever refused to be a bishop in the Methodist Church. The native said that when one preached through an interpreter, should the interpreter leave off everything in the message that was not vital the average sermon would last only five minutes.

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


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USA – A preacher who failed to close his “sales”, September 1, 2020

A great minister stood before a fashionable audience and pleaded with them about their souls. He magnified the blood of Jesus, and told of the glory of salvation. He spoke of divine fellowship as a reality, and seemingly moved his audience; but at the close of that stirring message he dismissed the congregation without offering an opportunity for men to seek the Savior.

At the end of the message a layman met the minister and said, “Doctor, I heard you preach. I was greatly moved by your sermon, but if you will permit me I would like to offer this criticism. I am a business man at the head of a large concern. We send out many salesmen. If one of my salesmen went into a perspective customer’s place of business, talked as convincingly for one hour as you did, about the fine qualities of our goods, and then walked out without trying to get an order, we would discharge him at once.

That minister, relating the incident, said, “I was rebuked. That layman was right. I was pleading for a verdict. I sought an announcement of it. I was selling goods and did not try to get an order.” 

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

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USA – Desert caravans in search of water, August 31, 2020

In the deserts where caravans are in dire need of water, a rider is sent some distance ahead; then after a little time another one follows, and still another. As soon as the first man has found water, even before he drinks, he shouts, “Come!” The next one repeats the word “Come!” So the shout is passed along until the whole wilderness echoes with the word “Come!”

Thus should it be with Christians. It is not enough for us to hear the welcome call of the Savior, “Come!”; but we must cry it out until others, far and near, hear it and come to the Lord of our salvation. No man has fulfilled his mission in the world until he has shouted in his own way, at the desk, or in the shop, or from home or the pulpit, that ringing word of the Lord, “Come, for all things are ready.”

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


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