A Word from Pastor (Papa) George

USA – The harvest fields where corn and kids meet, August 28, 2020

Let’s take a trip down memory lane. God calls a couple from Sedro Woolley, WA to go to Africa, 10,000 miles away. God calls a young mother and her two daughters in Washington to reach out and help orphaned and other vulnerable children in Africa. God calls a young man in northwest Uganda to build a school to help children in his community. The couple from Sedro Woolley go and visit the children in the pastor’s school that are meeting under a tree. The kids in Washington find out about the kids under the tree and share that with others. God calls a local farmer and his family in Skagit Valley to grow corn to help the kids in northwest Washington help the kids in Africa that God has called the pastor in Africa to help. God called people to help the pastor build the school in Africa and people in the USA to help sell and others to purchase the corn. Corn was planted in the spring of 2019, harvested and sold in the fall and the school was completed in December 2019.

Now the corn has been planted and is being harvested and sold in 2020. Pr. Charles, the Harvest Vision Ministries coordinator in Kayunga in central Africa is now “that” pastor called. They are now completing a new church fellowship building to accommodate the 350 believers in this strong Muslim community and they have purchased an adjacent property to build a school, starting with kindergarten and then going to primary 7. There is no school close and even some of the Muslims who have yet to be saved have agreed to let their children attend to get an education. It is true, that without the support of praying and faithful Christian youth and adults, these kids would find it difficult to fulfill their mission. Kids from different cultures, ethnicity, language and 10,000 miles apart using the need for education to spread the good news of Jesus Christ.

Jesus said, “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations; Open your eyes and look to the fields they are ripe for harvest; Pray to the Lord of the harvest to bring the laborers.”

“O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is Your Name in all the earth! You have set Your glory above the heavens. From the lips of children and infants You have ordained praise because of Your enemies, to silence the foe and the avenger.” (Psalms 8:1-2)

The delicious and blessed sweet corn is available at the Harvest Home, 9467 Pierce Lane in Sedro Woolley or across the street in the afternoon at Laly’s (call George 360-421-8811 or Linda 360-421-8812; at Walker Motor Works, 9430 State Ave, Marysville (call 360-363-4487) or in Granite Falls (Call Blake 206-755-4250 or Kylee 360-540-0890); by contacting Wayne 360-707-1981 or Rebecca Watne 360-391-5636; or Kelly 425-633-6277 or Lisa Davis 425-760-7940.




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USA – Family weekend in the Garden of Eden, August 22, 2020

“They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone was filled with awe, and many wonders and miraculous signs were done by the apostles. All the believers were together and had everything in common. Selling their possessions and goods, they gave to anyone as he had need. Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.” (Acts 2:42-47)

“The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by hands. And He is not served by human hands, as if He needed anything, because He Himself gives all men life and breath and everything else. For in Him we live and move and have our being.” (Acts 17:24-25, 28a)

“The body is a unit, though it is made up of many parts; and though all its parts are many, they form one body. So it is with Christ. If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it.” (Romans 12:12, 26)

“What then shall we say, brothers? When you come together, everyone has a hymn, or a word of instruction, a revelation, a tongue or an interpretation. All of these must be done for the strengthening of the church.” (1 Corinthians 14:26)

“It was He who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, to prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ. From Him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.” (Ephesians 4:11-13,16)

“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)

“If anyone would come after Me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow Me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for Me will save it. What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, and yet lose or forfeit his very self? If anyone is ashamed of Me and My words, the Son of Man will be ashamed of him when he comes in His glory and in the glory of the Father and of the holy angels.” (Luke 9:23-26)

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USA – Child’s Evangelism Fellowship 5-day club, August 17-22, 2020

“The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it.” (Genesis 2:15). In this case, it was a woman (Lynn) and her dedicated co-laborers from Christian Youth in Action, that poured out the love of Jesus on the over 20 different children that came to the Garden of Eden property Monday-Friday from 10am-noon. The week was filled games, singing, contest, memorizing scriptures and messages that ensured each child understood the gospel and was given an opportunity to receive the free gift of forgiveness of sin and have an eternal relationship with the Father. Others were given the opportunity to commit to a deeper relationship as a true disciple.

The week included a day by day journey into the life of Amy Carmichael, a missionary, that even though faced with many obstacles met the challenge to listen and obey to God’s calling in her life. Amy opened an orphanage and founded a mission in Dohnavur, India. She served in India for 55 years without a furlough and wrote many books that continue to bless missionaries throughout the world. Although she was born in Ireland in 1867, she was taken to be with the Lord in India in 1951 at 84 years old.

We are thankful that these children were able to share their own thoughts and ideas throughout the week because of the inter-active curriculum that Child’s Evangelism Fellowship has been given by the Lord to reach children throughout the world. This was also our first outreach at the property where the Garden of Eden was birthed.

“Lord Jesus, we thank You for the leaders, parents and children that You brought to fellowship with You and each other this week. We pray that their relationship with You and each other will never be separated and that they will continue to be one in Christ so the whole world will know that the Father sent Jesus to save us from sin and eternal separation. We ask for Your continued blessings on the ministry of Child’s Evangelism Fellowship and the Garden of Eden. In Jesus Name, Amen.”

Remember – that what is birthed in prayer, must stay bathed in prayer.




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USA – Harvest Kids, August 22, 2020

Even though these young people just spent 5 days at the Child’s Evangelism Fellowship 5-day club, they still came to smash cans, count their change and hear and share about Jesus and his love for all people at our regular Harvest Kids fellowship the 2nd & 4th Saturday of each month.

 

Nalidi Grace Primary School

We were blessed with an incredible testimony from Pr. Patrick who founded and heads the Nalidi Grace primary school in east Uganda where the Harvest Kids are working to provide mosquito nets to the orphans that live at the school. They collected the money for nets for the 25 girls earlier in the year, but as soon as the school received the money the virus lockdown came and the children were without the food. The Harvest Kids agreed they should use the money for food instead of nets and they would start again. They finally raised the money and we sent it to Africa on August 10th. We then started raising money for the 35 orphan boys. This morning Pr. Patrick notified us that they were able to get all the nets for the girls and the boys with the money and only needed 9 more. They reached that goal today. Praise God!

  
 

Thanks to Madilyn for reading our scripture for the day:

“Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in Me. In My Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with Me that you also may be where I am. You know the way to the place where I am going.’ Thomas said to Him, ‘Lord, we don’t know where You are going, so how can we know the way?’ Jesus answered, ‘I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.”

(John 14:1-6)

We had a great lunch, celebrated August birthdays and were blessed with a pizza that Carolyn from the Kid’s Club made special for the Harvest Kids.

 
Everyone enjoyed using the playdough, alligator clips and 9-volt batteries to light up their LED miniature lights. It is a blessing to watch the kids interact with each other as we share about God’s power, the light of Jesus and the indwelling of the Holy Spirit in our lives.

Much thanks to Wayne for coming to encourage and share with the kids.


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USA – Sell all that you have, August 17, 2020

“Jesus…. said to him, ‘You still lack one thing. Sell all that you have…and come, follow Me.’ But when he heard this, he became very sorrowful, for he was very rich.”
(Luke 18:22-23)el

Have your ever heard the Master say something very difficult to you? If you haven’t, I question whether you have ever heard Him say anything at all. Jesus says a tremendous amount to us that we listen to, but do not actually hear. And once we do hear Him, His words are harsh and unyielding. Jesus did not show the least concern that this rich young ruler should do what He told him, nor did Jesus make any attempt to keep this man with Him.
 

He simply said to him, ‘Sell all that you have…and come, follow Me.’ Our Lord never pleaded with him; He never tried to lure him – He simply spoke the strictest words that human ears have ever heard, and then left him alone.

You can’t be a “little bit” pregnant.

You can’t be a “little bit” bankrupt.

You can’t be a “little bit” honest.

You can’t be a “little bit” born again.

When the Body of Christ is obedient to love God with all our heart, mind, soul and strength and then love our neighbor – “Everyone, Everything, Everyday”

“And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.”
(Acts 2:42-47)


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USA – Garden of Eden, August 16, 2020

Garden of Eden

“The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it.”
(Genesis 2:15)
 

“The end of all things is near. Therefore be clear minded and self-controlled so that you can pray. Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling. Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms. If anyone speaks, he should do as one speaking the very words of God. If anyone serves, he should do it with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen.”
(1 Peter 4:7:11)

 
We are thankful for the work on the Garden of Eden family ministry in west Mt. Vernon and are blessed by those that have come forth to make this vision a reality. Soon, there will be other Gardens that God will restore. We are blessed with the variety – garden, picnic area, firepit, worship trailer for praise, sharing the Word, puppet shows or videos, plus horseshoes, soccer, tetherball, badminton, bean bag & ring toss, parachutes, etc. Anointed by the Blood of Jesus and appointed by the Holy Spirit.  
We are hoping to see all the gifts being used:

“Every good and perfect gift comes from Father of the heavenly lights who does not change like the shifting shadows.”
(James 1:17)

“Everyone. Everything. Everyday. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.”
(Acts 2:42-47)


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USA – Celebrating Africa salvations, August 17, 2020

What a blessed day that we are looking forward to.

I was blessed to share the Word with the Lyman Baptist church family yesterday morning and then spend the afternoon with Cheryl and Linda prepping the Garden of Eden for the Child’s Evangelism Fellowship 5-day club starting this morning.
We are looking forward to our annual harvest of sweet corn that has been provided by a local farmer and his family for the Harvest Kids to use for donations to help meet the needs or vulnerable children in Africa.
 
We finished the evening with Madilyn and Hailey learning how to use a vinyl record player. For the older generation, you might remember 33 1/3, 45 and 78 rpm records. 
The morning has already been topped off because we just received the testimonies from our co-laborers in central Africa, and although the use of the sound and video equipment is only allowed in a few places, the others are active in door-to-door and 1,326 accepted Jesus last month.
 
We give God the praise and glory, even as we anxiously prepare for the harvest of souls here locally.

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USA – My defense is of God – Asiatic cholera, August 11, 2020

“My defense is of God, who saves the upright in heart.”

Psalms 7:10

In 1849, Asiatic cholera spread through America (population 23 million). During the outbreak approximately 4,500 died in St. Louis, 3,000 in New Orleans and 5,000 in New York City, where many victims were buried in a mass grave on Randall’s Island. President Zachary Taylor proclaimed a National Day of Fasting, calling Americans to “humble themselves before His throne, and, while acknowledging past transgressions, ask a continuance of the Divine mercy.” He urged them “to acknowledge the Infinite Goodness which has watched over our existence as a nation, and so long crowned us with manifold blessings, and to implore the Almighty in His own good time to stay the destroying hand.”

On Friday, August 3, 1849, Americans filed into churches to unite in humility and prayer; and by the end of the month the death toll “dropped suddenly,” and the plague abated.

Our world is stained by sin, filled with suffering, and subject to plagues. But there’s never a time we can’t humble ourselves before God’s throne, acknowledge our sins, and ask for a continuance of divine mercy. His all-powerful hand can preserve and protect us, and His infinite wisdom can direct our affairs. His sovereignty is the source of our strength and stability.


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USA – Am I my brother’s keeper?, August 10, 2020

“Jesus said, ‘Open your eyes and look to the fields. They are ripe for the harvest.”

(John 4:35)

“Now Cain said to his brother Abel, ‘Let’s go out to the field.’ And while they were in the field, Cain attacked his brother Abel and killed him. Then the Lord said to Cain, ‘Where is your brother Abel?’ ‘I don’t know,’ he replied, ‘Am I my brother’s keeper?”

(Genisus 4:8-9)

“This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down His life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers. If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need but has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him? Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth.”

(1 John 3:16-18)

We praise God for the opportunity to partner with all of our co-laborers in central Africa and are grateful to be able to send another financial blessing.

The Harvest Kids are grateful that the money sent for the mosquito nets for the orphan girls that live at the Nalidi Grace Primary school in east Uganda with Pr. Patrick & Stella were able to use that money for food instead of getting the nets. Although we had a short time without being able to meet with the kids, they are back and have collected that same amount for the 25 girls nets and already have enough for two of the nets for the 29 boys.
We were sorry to hear that Pr. Simon in N. Kenya was without a phone for a while so we are sending money for a new phone for him. He is excited about getting out in the harvest field now that the lockdown has eased and we are looking forward to receiving the testimonies of more healings, deliverance and salvations.

We were blessed to be able to help Pr. Charles and the Harvest Vision Church family in Kayunga in central Uganda with the rain beam to protect their building that they have worked so faithfully on and are sending the money needed to finish getting the iron sheets for the roof.

  

We are also glad to hear that the Kibuli fellowship in this large slum area of Kampala, Uganda now has 22 home groups and is growing and expects to be at 30 very soon. Even with this growth and the responsibility to train these new believers to be true disciples, we are encouraged by the vision to start a church plant on the property rented in Iganga, east of Kampala. A half million people in this most Muslim populated city in Uganda. Even in the midst of the temptation to draw back and take care of our immediate church families, the vision to send 15 believers to build the church fellowship with a focus on home church groups is a testimony to the Holy Spirit’s power to fulfill the command of Jesus to: “Therefore go and make disciples.” We are sending a $1,000 seed toward the $5,500 needed to complete the project and have asked our partners to continue to pray and support the vision as the “gospel is preached to all the nations – and then the end will come.”

We are thankful for everyone of our co-laborers in the USA that even in the midst of our own trials are willing to pray and support the expanding of God’s Kingdom.

If you would like to make a donation, they can be made online 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 – Harvest Kids, August 8, 2020

Many thanks to everyone that donates cans to help these kids help vulnerable children in Africa.

After crushing cans, the kids help Grandma Linda set up for the garage and produce sale. Then the kids came inside and played some games.

It was exciting because the kids had enough change to purchase 4 more mosquito nets for kids in Africa. We will be wiring the money for the 25 orphan girls that live at the Nalidi primary school in Uganda and they already have the money for 2 of the 29 boys.

Madilyn reminded us that Adam was made from the dust, so the kids took Playdough (colored wet dust) and using some cords and batteries had enough power flowing through that “dust” to light up small led lights. 

Another great lunch and stories from God’s Word about David and Goliath.

The kids are all looking forward to the:

Child Evangelism FellowshipChild’s Evangelism Fellowship 5 day club

 at the Garden of Eden project

from 10am-noon,

Aug. 17-21 at

14799 Avon Allen Rd Mt. Vernon

We hope to see many kids joining us.

Some of the girls were able to come out and check out the garden and the “giant” pumpkin called “Moby Pumpkin”.

Then they helped spread some gravel to set up the porta-potty, set up the fire pit and helped us plant the cross that will overlook the picnic area.

  
 Obviously, the kids have got to whip up a dessert for later in the evening.!
 
What a blessing to see these young people learning that it is better to give than receive and thereby become true disciples of Jesus Christ.

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USA – Building the kingdom, August 5, 2020

We are blessed to be able to share with you some opportunities to stand with Pastor Martin, the director of Harvest Vision Africa, and our other co-laborers in central Africa.

Burundi

In Burundi, they have a team of 50 youth working to reach 20 communes in 8 provinces in July and August. In July, 1,114 have been saved. Please join in prayer for the August outreaches.

Kampala

Kennedy, in Kampala, is organizing home to home ministry in Kaliro district and the Kibuli fellowship in one of the ghettos of Kampala now has 18 home church families with 36 ministers. The radio ministry in Gulu in northern Uganda and Kampala is still reaching people.

Training in Arabic Countries

Martin is teaching 4 days a week on the internet to pastors and leaders in Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Oman, Afghanistan, and other Arabian countries.

Kayunga building new churches

Pr. Charles in Kayunga, central Uganda, is in need of $1,250 to finish the iron sheets on their new church building. Pr. Martin and the church fellowship have now been led to start a new church family in the Iganga District. Iganga has the highest proportion of Muslims in any city in Uganda. The population is of the district 500,000. The church will be sending a team of 15 ministers to work and will primarily focus on building home church families since large meetings in the buildings are not being allowed. They have rented a property for one year. The budget for the total move is $5,500. This includes a structure, chairs, sound equipment, and food to support the leaders as they begin the outreach.

 

You can help

We are asking you to prayerfully consider helping them. We are preparing to send $1,000 and more if possible.
 

If you would like to make a donation, they can be made online at
www.myegiving/hvm
or
the “electronic giving” on 
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 to build His Kingdom.


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Africa – Salvation has come to this house, August 3, 2020

“When Jesus reached the spot, He looked up and said to him, ‘Zacchaeus, come down immediately. I must stay at your house today’. So he came down at once and welcomed him gladly. Jesus said to him, ‘Today salvation has come to this house, because this man, too, is a son of Abraham. For the Son of Man came to seek and save what was lost.”

(Luke 19:5-6, 9-10)

Today our “normal” has changed.

The Holy Spirit is reminding us of what we should never have forgotten. Jesus came to abide with us, starting the moment we repent and invite Him in. That journey then is eternal. For the moment, the convenience of having large crusades and buildings filled with people has been disrupted and many believers see why the description of the new testament church (Acts 2:42-47) ends with:

“They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.”

Pastor Martin, the director of Harvest Vision Africa, shared testimonies of the many people being saved today.

Although the “meeting in the building” option is not available as it used to be, the Kibuli church family that lives in the ghetto part of Kampala, Uganda are now meeting with 18 different home church families.  There are 36 ministers caring, teaching and helping meet the needs of the new believers. They have just leased a property in the city of Iganga, which is predominantly Muslim and will construct a small shelter and send a team to work out of that place to spread the gospel and start home church families.

“Humble yourselves under God’s mighty hand, that He may lift your up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you. Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that your brothers throughout the world are undergoing the same kind of sufferings. You ought to live holy and godly lives as you look forward to the day of God and speed its coming.”

(1 Pt 5:6-9, 2 Pt 3:12)


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