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USA – Harvest Kids prep day, July 10, 2020

The will to win is worthless if you do not have the will to prepare.” — Thane Yost
 
 
It is always an adventure when we have the privilege to bring the girls from Granite Falls to Sedro Woolley to get ready for the Harvest Kids fellowship on Saturday morning.
 
 
 
 
We were blessed to take them to Cheryl’s home to check on the Garden of Eden farming ministry and the kids were able to help Grandma Linda pick cherries while Grandpa George and Cheryl moved the ”burn pile” that was in the middle of the field to make room for the volleyball net that will be put up for the families and kids that come to visit the next day.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Somehow the girls discovered some nail polish that Cheryl had in her shop.
Because of Cheryl’s generosity the girls were now “equipped” to start a little business of their own.
After painting their own nails in the evening, they took the initiative to continue the “business” after Harvest Kids the following day.
They convinced Grandpa, Grandma and Dale they also needed a “makeover”.
Lots of fun.
 

 

 

Two great evenings of fellowship with Clara playing the keyboard
and teaching Rocket how to pray. 

  
 
 
The kids prepared French toast and pink and purple pancakes for breakfast. 

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USA – I will praise You, July 8, 2020

“Great is the Lord and most worthy of praise. One generation will commend Your works to another; they will tell of You mighty acts. They will speak of the glorious splendor of You majesty, and I will meditate on You wonderful works. They will tell of the power of Your awesome works, and I will proclaim You great deeds. They will celebrate Your abundant goodness and joyfully sing of Your righteousness.”

Psalms 145:3-7

We thank God
for the expanding of the Fellowship Ministries that has two more boats and men to help take kids fishing.
We thank God
for the Garden of Eden farm that has produced the first harvest that is available for donations at the
Harvest Home
9467 Pierce Lane
Sedro Woolley.
We thank God
that we will be finishing the tether ball, volleyball and soccer goals for
the Garden of Eden Farm 
as we prepare the property for family and children camping.
We thank God
for the kids being cared for at Kid’s Club while the parents work…
and for the Harvest Kids being together this Saturday…
and for the wonderful work they are doing to help meet the needs of vulnerable children in Africa.
We are thankful
that the training of young people for ministry to children in our community has been completed by Child’s Evangelism Fellowship
and
they are reaching out to children in our communities with gospel message.
We are excited
to pick cherries, raspberries and marionberries to add flavor to our ministry.
We are thankful
that yesterday our co-laborers in the DRCongo were able to use their sound equipment for outreaches for the first time since the pandemic started and for all those that got saved and the many more that will.

We are thankful
that the funding for the sustainability project for our coordinators in El Salvador is available
Soon that project will provide income for their family.
Then they can expand their building
of God’s kingdom in that nation and those nations surrounding it.

We are looking forward
to the drilling of the well at
Harvest Vision Fellowship in Curlew, WA.

“Open your eyes and look to the fields, they are ripe for harvest.”


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USA – Teach a man to fish, July 8, 2020

“Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day.
Teach a man to fish, and you feed him for a
lifetime.

Proverbs 12:10

We are so excited that God has provided boats and equipment for our brothers, Lazaro and Armando. They can join with Wayne in using their passion and gifts. While fishing they will share the love of Jesus with others, especially children.

          • Jack donated a boat
          • Harvest Kids bought life jackets
            and made anchors
          • Cheryl donated an electric motor
          • Wayne repaired the transom
            and put on rod holders.

It is a double blessing to know that the Lord has brought these men into His service. They are both able to speak Spanish. Therefore, we know that when God is doing His work. He will ensure that no one that chooses will be left out. 

The history of Fellowship Ministries is below.
More information and photos are available on the website.

“Fellowship Ministries was started several years ago. I started contemplating what to do with the gifts and talents God has given me. The word of God says that some have been given one talent, some two and others five. It also says that He gave the ability to use those talents. I went on a fishing trip with Jesus and ask Him how I could use the talents He has given me. I stayed up all night in my camper and prayed. Then I opened up the top of my camper and was able to see God’s creation – the stars. Then I heard His creation the Hoh River flowing by. Most importantly I heard Him say, “Use the talents you’ve gotten to teach children about Me.”

Not long after that I met a man, Ted Zawicki, who was 103 years old and still fishing. One day I was blessed to be able to go fishing with Ted. It happened to be the last day Ted ever fished on this earth. It was on that day Fellowship Ministries was started.

Fellowship Ministries is based on Matthew 4:19 where Jesus said,

“Follow Me and I will make you fishers of men”.

The foundation of the ministry is based on mentorship, relationship, stewardship and the discipleship that I am able to pass along to the next generation. Just like Ted had passed on to my generation. You see my talents are many.

        • I was born into a commercial fishing family.
        • I have fished my entire life.
        • I began collecting antique fishing tackle when I was the age of 14.
        • I worked in the aquaculture industry raising salmon.
        • I am now a professional biologist with the Department of Fish and Wildlife in Washington State.

My personal goal is to have 10,000 children catch their first fish.

 

Through the outreach over these many years, I am sure I am close to that number. God only knows! Each and every year, each and every fishing season, each and every opportunity, I try to take one more.

My Lord Jesus preached from a boat, and it is where I can share the word of God with children and their parents and their families and their friends.

May the Lord richly bless you as you consider taking a kid fishing to share the love of Jesus with him or her. Give them a fishing pole; a couple of hooks and sinkers; a dozen worms. And give them Jesus because He can change their lives for eternity.

How can you help?

  • Do you have a box of old fishing gear? Donate it to a kid or send it to me and I will.
  • Fix a few reels or find somebody who can. Put them on a fishing rod for a kid.
  • Find a boat and motor that needs a little work. Get a few kids to help you fix it.
  • Buy a tank of gas for somebody who already has that boat working. Encourage them to take a couple kids out.

Cast your net wide, become a fisher of men,

“For the harvest is ripe and the children are plenty.”

Let’s go fishing!

Wayne Watne

For information call 360-707-1981 or 360-421-8811
or check out the website at
www.harvestvisionministries.org.


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USA – The fields are ripe for harvest, July 6, 2020

 

 

Harvest Vision Ministries is starting their summertime fund raising.
 
 
We planted a Garden of Eden farming project in west Mt. Vernon.
And we are now starting to see the fruit of our labor!
 

Harvest Kids projects go year-round. The last few years a local farmer has planted corn for the kids to use for fundraising and it will be available late in the summer. Last year they were able to build a four-classroom primary school for vulnerable children in Uganda that had been meeting under a tree. They have gathered, crushed and recycled aluminum cans to buy and or replace mosquito nets for children in various places in Africa.

The Garden of Eden now has available broccoli, radishes and lettuce
at the Harvest Home at 9467 Pierce Lane in Sedro Woolley.

The home is open Tuesday-Friday from 10am-4pm
and
will also be open Saturday from 10am-1pm for the regular Harvest Kids.

We welcome you to bring your children on Saturday.

Our friends from Child’s Evangelism Fellowship will be helping with the teaching.

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In the future, we will have broccoli, beets, beans, cucumbers, pumpkins, onions, turnips, etc.

 

All of the funds collected will go to expand the Garden of Eden project.
 

This includes a playfield and camping area for the Harvest Kids locally
and to support their ministry to help vulnerable children in Africa.

Your prayers and support are important to help teach these young people about the love of Jesus and how to be true disciples by loving God and loving others less fortunate than themselves.

The Harvest Kids meet the 2nd and 4th Saturday of each month. We are involving them in different outreach and fellowship opportunities throughout the summer.

For information call 360-421-8811 or 360-421-8812
or
check out the website at www.harvestvisionministries.org.


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The World – Persecution and the Word of God, July 2, 2020

On that day a great persecution broke out against the church and they were scattered. Those who had been scattered preached the Word wherever they went. The Lord’s hand was with them and a great number of people believed and turned to the Lord.
(Acts 8:1,4 & 11:19)

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.”
(2 Timothy 2:8-9)

   
 

More people were saved in central Africa through the work of our coordinators in June than in May, even with the lockdown. The first outreach using equipment in the DRCongo happened today
 …and Burundi has an outreach planned on July 9-12.
We have sustainability projects that were funded to help provide income for coordinators in central Uganda and El Salvador that are being set up right now. Pr. Martin, the director of Harvest Vision Africa, was contacted by a pastor in Dubai, UAE, asking for help with training leaders. For the last month he is teaching 1.5 hours a day, 4 days a week, to over 60 pastors in Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Oman and Afghanistan.   
Dale, who’s fiancé lives in the Philippines has been ministering to her and her family and last night she finally received the Bible and package that he mailed to her in March. 
Child’s Evangelism Fellowship is finishing their week long, Christian Youth In Action training in Ferndale, WA today and will be ready to minister to children with the help of these young people in our community.  
The septic has been completed at the ministry location in Curlew, WA and the work will start on the well.
We have got the boat ready to help another man that will be helping Wayne with the Fellowship Ministries to take kids fishing and are looking for a second boat at the moment.
Tomorrow we start work on the volleyball, tetherball and soccer equipment that will be available for kids at the gardening project that has been started in west Mt. Vernon.
The New Testament Church – Everything, Everyone, Every day. God’s Church is an organism – not an organization – and the gates of hell will not stop the spreading of the gospel of Jesus Christ to all the nations…and then the end will come.
 
If you have a moment, please check out the new website that Pam has revised during the “lock down”. www.harvestvisionministries.org.       

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The World – Choose this day who you will serve, July 2, 2020

 

 

God is excited about the opportunity to deepen your relationship with Him and He knows if you choose to deny yourself and trust in Jesus that you will bring many people out of darkness and into the wonderful life of their eternal life in Jesus Christ.

The Lord put on my heart to share what Jesus sees in you and how similar it is to his friend, Lazarus, in John 11 and 12.

 

Jesus loved Lazarus and his sisters, Mary and Martha, and spent much time with them. After Lazarus got sick, his sisters sent word to Jesus so they he could come and heal him. Lazarus never asked Jesus to intercede himself – other people that loved him did. After getting the message, Jesus delayed in going for two days before telling His disciples He was going to visit Lazarus. When the disciples asked Him why He had waited, He told them: “Lazarus is dead, and for your sake I am glad I was not there, so that you may believe. But let us go to him.”

 

Before they arrived, Martha heard He was coming and left to meet Him. She said to Him, “If You had been here, my brother would not have died.” Jesus told her that her brother would rise again and she agreed, but that at the resurrection on the last day. Jesus said, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in Me will never die. Do you believe this?” She responded by saying “Yes, I believe that You are the Christ.” Martha left and went and told Mary and Mary came and fell at His feet and said the same thing. “If You had been here, my brother would not have died.” Then “Jesus wept”. The shortest verse in the bible. He wept – not because of Lazarus – but because of their lack of understanding and faith.

When Jesus arrived at the grave He told them to “Take away the stone.” But Martha said, “by this time there is a bad odor, for he has been there four days.” In other words, he or she has been lost (in addiction, prison or in sin) too long (four days, one week, one month or too many years). You are wasting your time. And Jesus said, “Did I not tell you that if you believed, you would see the glory of God?” After the stone was removed, Jesus prayed to the Father that the people standing there would benefit and could believe that He had been sent by the Father.

Jesus said, “Lazarus come out!” And he came out, his hands and feet wrapped with strips of linen and a cloth around his face. Jesus said to them, ‘Take off the grave clothes and let him go.” In other words, believers would help him forget about his past because it had been forgiven and had no bearing on the new man or woman that now stood before Jesus and their Father. For Jesus did not come to condemn the world, but to save it.

Now the testimony of Jesus and the Father’s love were in Lazarus. Later in Bethany, “a large crowd of Jews found out that Jesus was there and came, not only because of Him but also to see Lazarus, whom He had raised from the dead. So the chief priests made plans to kill Lazarus as well, for on account of him many of the Jews were going over to Jesus and putting their faith in Him.” (John 12:9-11)

The next day, Jesus triumphantly made His way to Jerusalem, “Now the crowd that was with Him when He called Lazarus from the tomb and raised him from the dead continued to spread the word. Many people, because they had heard that He had given this miraculous sign, went out to meet Him. So the Pharisees said to one another, ‘See, this is getting us nowhere. Look how the whole world has gone after Him!” (John 12:17-19)

These are amazing days that no one would have ever imagined. Confusion, turmoil and frustration in every country around the globe and it is our time as believers to decide where our faith is anchored. Jesus’ death on the cross paid the penalty for everything that could separate us from an eternal relationship with our Father. Even when this journey of life on earth is over and even after the end of this world as we know it, we are given an eternal hope that those that don’t believe will never have. That inability to be at peace is what drives people to be angry, frustrated and not caring about themselves or anyone else in the world. That is why when the world doesn’t know what to do, we can shine brightly because we have the only thing of permanent value that exists in the world and that is summed up in this statement. We don’t know what the future holds – but we know who holds the future. Jesus’ birth, life, death and resurrection brought an end to the religious idea that we could get to God by our own efforts. If we even believed that He existed at all. After the death and resurrection of Jesus, He poured out the Holy Spirit and He lives in everyone that believes in Jesus Christ. They “scattered” and you can be sure that Satan was convinced he had put an end to Jesus and His followers, but just the opposite happened and is going on today. Only the truth of the gospel can set people free from the reality of this fallen world in which most people will choose themselves over the true and living God.

 

On that day a great persecution broke out against the church and they were scattered. Those who had been scattered preached the Word wherever they went. The Lord’s hand was with them and a great number of people believed and turned to the Lord.
(Acts 8:1,4 & 11:19)

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.
(2 Timothy 2:8-9)

 


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Africa – Dad and the angels are rejoicing, June 30, 2020

The world is filled with confusion, evil and distractions of all kind. What are we to do?

Paul said
we should focus on what is praiseworthy and excellent.

Jesus said that
He came to seek and save that which is lost, and we are His Body to fulfill that mission.

Whether we are sharing the gospel with one or two people or we have many that come at one time to hear the gospel God knows each one individually and is calling them home.

The whole world is on lockdown, but the Lord is Spirit and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. The lockdown in Africa is similar to every other location on the globe, but God’s Word can not be chained. We just received the testimonies from Burundi for June which is the only country that is allowed to use the sound and video equipment and they coordinated 8 outreaches and witnessed 430 people receive Jesus Christ as their Savior.

 

In Namaingo in eastern Uganda, they are limited to door to door and witnessed 25 take their rightful inheritance.

Not even the gates of hell will ever stop His Church until the gospel is preached to all the nations
….and then the end will come.

Thanks to everyone in the harvest fields that are obedient to shine the light and be the salt regardless of the costs.


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The World – Who does the world say that we are? June 30, 2020

“For it is time for judgement to begin with the family of God.”
(1 Peter 4:17)
 
“For there is nothing hidden that will not be disclosed, and nothing concealed that will not be known or brought out into the open.”
(Luke 8:17)
 
“Again Jesus said, ’Peace be with you! As the Father has sent Me, I am sending you.”
(John 20:21)
 
“Then Jesus said to His disciples, ‘If anyone would come after Me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow Me.”
(Matthew 16:24)
 
“Whoever claims to live in Him must walk as Jesus did.”
(1 John 2:6)
 
“Why do you call Me, “Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say?”
(Luke 6:46)  

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USA – One Body is a unit, June 26, 2020

“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.”
(Romans 8:28)

So, a widow in Curlew, is John’s neighbor, and he has continued to faithfully support her after the passing of her husband. She had a hospital bed that she donated to John. John contacted Harvest Vision in Sedro Woolley and our sister, Veronica, had a friend that lives in a trailer park in Burlington. She is wheelchair bound and has no bed.

After hearing that, our brother, Armando volunteered to make the trip and drive their truck. It was Amber and the boys first trip across the pass and we were blessed with the scenery and the inevitable snowball fight.

Great fellowship with John and he showed them the ministry property and Anthony got to pet a wild deer. The bed was loaded, and we arrived back in Birdsview 14 hours after we left.

After getting the bed sanitized and ensuring the be was operable, Veronica traveled with George to drop off the hospital bed.  

“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. God has arranged the parts in the Body, every one of them, just as He wanted them to be. There should be no division in the Body; but its parts should have equal concern for each other. If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it. Now you are the Body of Christ and each of you is a part of it.”
(1 Corinthians 12: 12-27)


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USA – The Lord is my shepherd, I will not want, June 19, 2020

Face of Jesus

“The Lord is my shepherd, I will not want.”
(Ps 23:1)

“I will build My Church and the gates of hell will not overcome it.”
(Mt 16:18)

“And my God will meet all your needs according to His glorious riches in Christ Jesus.”
(Ph 4:19)

So…..the Church fellowships together in the building wearing a mask and not having communion

……and then the Church leaves the building and fellowships together in the local restaurant and breaks bread together – with or without a mask.

Now….do you guys understand that God never loses control for those that believe and trusts in Jesus who built His Church. His Church is not a building, a program, a doctrine or an organization – it is a living organism of those that are in a relationship with the Father – Everyone, Everything and Every day…and for eternity.

(Acts 2:42-47)


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USA – The Perfect Law, June 19, 2020

Seventeenth-century philosopher, Thomas Hobbes, famously wrote that human life in its natural state is “solitary, poor, nasty, brutish and short.” Hobbes argued that our instincts tend toward war in a bid to attain dominance over others; thus the establishment of government would be necessary to maintain law and order.

We need to always pursue making the most fair laws possible, recognizing that there is no law that will be perfect in a world where everyone has their own opinion of what is fair and just. But as much as it is possible, we must try to bring peace. The purpose of the law is to make us conscious of our sin. The law says you must stop at the stop sign, even if no one else is approaching from the other directions. That may not apply to someone whose child just quit breathing and they are trying quickly and safely to get to a hospital. But we must make every effort to try.

But God has not left us without a just and fair “law”. The love of the Father for all humankind.

“For God so loved the world that He sent His One and Only Son, that whosoever believes in Him shall not perish but will have everlasting life.”
(John 3:16)

“Do not merely listen to the Word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. Anyone who listens to the Word but does not do what is says is like a man who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. But the man who looks intently into the ‘perfect law’ that gives freedom, and continues to do this, not forgetting what he has heard but doing it – he will be blessed in what he does.”
(James 1:22-25)  


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USA – This is the day the Lord has made, June 17, 2020

“This is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it.”
(Psalms 118:24)

What a wonderful day that just finished with our fellowship at house church. 

 
Many thanks to Pr. Lee and Robert who brought supplies from the food bank to support the kids that Grandma Carolyn takes care of at a local trailer park. Over 22 children and some of the parents have accepted Jesus since she started spending time with the kids and families. 
 
We received the soccer nets that will be put on the new soccer goals at the Garden of Eden project in west Mt. Vernon and we also received beautiful butterflies that will now be put on the branches with the birds for the bird on a branch ministry. Over 60 of these, along with home made cookies, have been given to neighbors and friends as a source of encouragement and hope for them during these uncertain times. Lot’s of great testimonies about how important these simple gifts have meant to different people. 
We were also blessed by Pr. John from Curlew who was given a hospital bed. Our neighbor, Veronica, has a disabled friend who lives in Mt. Vernon and uses a wheelchair in her trailer and sleeps on the sofa. We will be making a quick run to Curlew on Saturday to pick up this special gift. We also wired the money to help our coordinator in El Salvador increase their family business so they can generate enough income to pay for their needs. This will allow Pr. Sergio to travel around the country and help prepare and equipment leaders to evangelize and teach new believers to become true disciples. 
 

We received testimonies from our coordinator in San Luis, Mexico today and they were able to use the worship trailer to help a church family do an outreach in the city. This is the first time the worship trailer has been able to be used since the pandemic began. We are thankful for those that came to salvation and for the believers that had the courage to step out in faith.


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