A Word from Pastor (Papa) George

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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USA – Love your neighbor as yourself, August 1, 2020

With many of our neighbors understanding Spanish along with English, we were able to share the “Jesus for Children movie” to everyone in the language they are most familiar with.
 
Thanks to the kids for presenting a drama showing the love that Jesus has for all humankind.
 
Thanks to our bilingual partners that came to share and visit with our neighbors.
 
Thanks to the Lyman Baptist church family for letting us use the popcorn machine.
 

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USA – Harvest Kids, July 25, 2020

The joy of the Lord is our strength and we were blessed with an abundance as we set up for the first day of our garage sale and left to pick up the kids in Granite Falls for Harvest Kids.

We were grateful for the opportunity to fellowship and minister to those that came for the garage sale throughout the day and we also had some fresh produce from the Garden of Eden farming ministry available.

The kids had to crush cans in the back, but they got them all crushed. Then they helped set up a makeshift table because the folding tables were being used for the garage sale. Some of the kids forgot to bring their change, but they counted and had enough to purchase 2 more mosquito nets. We are only needing $22 to get the nets for 25 of the orphan girls at the Nalidi Grace primary school in E. Uganda and then they will begin saving for the 29 orphan boys.

Afterwards, we had our own version of the “Price is Right” and the kids had to guess the costs of 5 different items and then they had to guess which price was the same amount for a tablet of medicine to treat kids with malaria in Africa. They were surprised how inexpensive it was and we were blessed to share that they had blessed so many children over the last 8 years with medicine and the nets.

Grandma Linda shared about eating in Africa and then served fresh fruit, rice and sandwiches. Everyone was grateful for the bounty, especially when the meal is topped off with cupcakes for the July birthdays. We shared a message about the love that God had in His heart for everyone, even before the world as we know it was created and is really our true “birth certificate” that we only become aware of when we are born again through repentance and faith in Jesus Christ

By and by, Dale loaded up everyone into the “red van” and drove them to the Garden of Eden farming project in west Mt. Vernon. Cheryl welcomed everyone and the kids got to check out the garden and then enjoyed playing badminton, volleyball, tetherball, horseshoes and getting cooled off with the mist hoses that Cheryl had purchased.

We will soon have much more available for families and their children, including a small camping area and the worship trailer will be available for everyone to enjoy.

After getting back to the Harvest Home, the kids helped set it back up for normal fellowship use. We drove the kids that live in Birdsview back home and the others to Granite Falls.


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Africa – About midnight, July 24, 2020

 
After going to bed, as is our usual custom, Linda and I read a chapter out of Matthew and the Psalms, then prayed and went to sleep.

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Africa – Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision, July 14, 2020

“Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision!
For the day of the Lord is near in the va
lley of decision.”

(Joel 3:14)

We were blessed to receive the testimonies of our co-laborers that are reaching people in their nations even though each country is facing the confusion caused by their different lockdown scenarios. They are visiting and doing face to face (not Facebook) and seeing many coming to faith in Jesus Christ and many times it is entire families.

The church building in Kampala located in the mostly Muslim ghetto can’t meet in the building but are doing discipleship training for over 150 new believers in homes.  Pr. Martin is teaching pastors and leaders four times a week via internet from different Arabian countries and as far away as Afghanistan.
  

A team of 15 just returned from a 3-day outreach in Karonda in Burundi that witnessed 245 people accepting Jesus. Many were baptized and the local believers are now discipling them and bringing them into local fellowships. Burundi is now starting their traditional 2-month vacation from schools and have planned to visit 20 communes in 8 different provinces with a team of 50 youth during their “vacation”.

 

We covet your prayers and continued financial support for all the coordinators in these different countries, even as we seek new ways to reach and disciple new believers here in our own country.

 

 

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 to build His Kingdom.
 
 

 


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USA – Harvest Kids with CEF, July 11, 2020

Many thanks to Carolyn who gathered the older kids that attend her Kid’s Club so we could pick them up for Harvest Kids.
 
Dale was able to use the famous “red van” to pick them up and all the kids really enjoy riding in it.
 
The kids played with the parachute, jumped rope and did a little tug of war even as they smashed the cans that so many of our faithful donors have dropped off during the week at the Harvest Home.
  
The kids were really blessed when our friend, Kelly, dropped by to deliver some cans and some special treats that his wife, Lisa, made for the kids to share. Lisa has been a champion for many of these kids since she came and stayed with us for a while a few years ago. They really look forward to seeing both of them more as we expand our outreach to young people in our community through the remainder of the summer months.
The kids collected another $55 from the change they have collected along with their other secret supporters that will be used to purchase mosquito nets for 25 orphaned girls that live at the Nalidi Grace Primary school in east Uganda. They only have $44 needed for the last 25 nets and then they will begin to collect the money for the nets for the 29 orphaned boys that also live at the school.
We are thankful for the special lunch that Grandma Linda provides.
 
Everyone was excited to see Lynn Griffin from Child’s Evangelism Fellowship back to share the gospel with everyone (including the adults).
The “Word Up” for the day was “God is faithful”.
The scripture that the kids were challenged to put on to the “tablet of their hearts” was Philippians 4:19.
 
“And my God will meet all your needs according to His glorious riches in Christ Jesus.”
 
Her interactive teaching includes songs, mission stories and personal applications into the everyday lives of the kids. Lot’s of fun and always the invitation for all of these young people and adults to open their hearts to receive Jesus Christ and make a renewed commitment to love. To serve Him by sharing the good news with others while helping meet their needs.
 
She is always faithful to leave the kids with some crafts and information that can help guide them through their days ahead.
We will be back together on the 4th Saturday, July 25th, from 10am-1pm.

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