A Word from Pastor (Papa) George

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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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 – 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 – 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 – 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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