A Word from Pastor (Papa) George

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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The World – What is friendship, June 16, 2020

In these last few months, many people have found themselves in the same place as Job. Having done nothing wrong, God allowed Job’s blessings to be removed and Job found himself painfully alone and even his wife said he should abandon his faith. Even though Job and his friends were without the deep understanding that we have because of our knowledge of the birth, life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, their love and actions as true friends far exceeded what many of us have witnessed in these last few months.

“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.”
(1 Jn 3:16)

“When Job’s three friends heard about all the troubles that had come upon him, they set out from their homes and met together by agreement to go and sympathize with him and comfort him. When they saw him from a distance, they could hardly recognize him, they began to weep aloud, and they tore their robes and sprinkled dust on their heads. Then they sat on the ground with him for seven days and nights. No one said a word to him because they saw how great his suffering was.”
(Job 2:11-13)

 


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USA – Going from house to house, June 14, 2020

“But Saul began to destroy the church. Going from house to house, he dragged off men and women and put them in prison.”
(Act 8:3)

Satan used this technique because that is the way God restores His people, “Take the Blood of the Lamb and put it over the doors and windows of your home and He would protect you.”

No matter that the difficulties imposed by the world are creating hardships that none of us could have ever imagined,  the message of the cross continues forcefully advancing His kingdom.
 
Our coordinator in Burundi was the only coordinator able to use the sound and video equipment for outreaches in the month of May and we celebrate that in 5 outreaches 351 people accepted Jesus.
 
The other coordinators used door to door and the radio ministry and witnessed another 338 saved.
 
These new believers are all being disciples by individuals or in small groups and are already reaching others – house to house.
 
 
 
 
We are thankful to everyone that continues to pray and reach out to those in their neighborhoods and communities and that continue to financially support our co-laborers around the world that are more impoverished than those of us in the other parts of the globe.
 
 
 
We are also blessed to report that the well that was promised to the community in Juba, South Sudan has now been drilled and is waiting for the arrival of a solar pump to provide water for these people.
 
 
Please join us in prayer that the transportation for the pump will be made possible soon.

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USA – Harvest Kids, June 13, 2020

We were able to get a few of the young people involved in Harvest Kids together this Saturday and we are planning to be back on schedule for the 2nd & 4th Saturdays of each month.
The kids crushed aluminum cans that Cheryl will be taking to the recycle Monday and which will provide money the kids will be sending to Africa to help orphans and pay teachers at the primary school for the pygmy children in the DRCongo. Prior to the virus crisis, the kids had sent money to replace mosquito nets for 25 orphan girls in a primary school, but that money was used to buy food for the children at the start of the crisis. The kids collected $176 from their change that will be available to purchase 16 of the 25 nets so they have resurrected that outreach. After they get the nets for the girls, they will be collecting for the orphan boys in that school.
 
 
 
During the day the kids: made deviled eggs and bagel faces for lunch, filled plastic eggs with chocolate and 5 year old Clara held her own version of an egg hunt.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
They poured concrete anchors that will be used on Lazaro’s boat so he can start taking kids out fishing as part of the Fellowship Ministries. Wayne who founded the ministry and his wonder dog,
 
Walker, also came and he helped the kids learn how to tie knots as they made up the anchor ropes and ended up winning the tug of war with the kids.
The kids also made their own tie-dyed tee-shirts before we went to visit the Kid’s Klub at a nearby trailer park that Grandma Carolyn has to take care of children while their parents work.
 
Afterwards, we came back to the Harvest Home where the kids played Twister, the M&M game, fruit by the foot contest before making a road trip to visit the Granite Falls playground.
 
The rest of the evening they danced the night away before having their sleepover in the Harvest Home.
Thanks to Lazaro and Veronica for staying the night with them.

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USA – This is the day the Lord has made, June 10, 2020

“This is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it.”

Wow!  Every day we are filled with awe and see many miracles, signs and wonders.

 

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We finished the soccer goals that are going to the playground at the Garden of Eden farming ministry in west Mt. Vernon.
Linda visited with Cheryl while she weeded some of the rows in the garden and Cheryl will be picking up the aluminum cans that were donated for Harvest Kids on Monday so they can be recycled for the money that the kids use to meet the basic needs of vulnerable children in central Africa.
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Image may contain: 1 person, tree, outdoor and natureMany thanks to Lee and Robert for bringing some food from the food bank to support Grandma Carolyn in her Kid’s Klub ministry at the trailer park where she lives. Many of the parents return to work on Monday and Grandma takes care of the kids while they are gone all day.
 
 
Image may contain: 2 people, including Veronica Cortez, people sitting, table and outdoorLaly and Ely from Harvest Kids prepared the tie-dying that the kids will be doing on Saturday at their first meeting and they also joined us at home church at Kelly and Lisa’s and then visited with Grandma Carolyn at the Kids’ Klub.
 
 
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Wayne is working to prepare Lazaro to take a more active role in the Fellowship Ministries where he will be able to use the boat and motor that was donated to him to take kids fishing.

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We are getting low on the “birds on a branch” boxes we use for that ministry, so Dale helped cut enough wood for 30 more boxes, then he traveled to Birdsview to help Armando work on a coop for the chicken ministry that Amber and him are doing with their family.

 

Many thanks to Lynn from Child’s Evangelism Fellowship for sending us the prayer requests for the upcoming Christian Youth in Action training in Ferndale and the encouraging vision to reach every child in Skagit and Island Counties with the good news of the gospel, trampling on every effort that Satan is using to destroy our youth.

The Apostle Paul said we would be like stars shining in the universe. I pray that everyone would have faith that is sure of what we hope for and certain of what we can not see. If you will pray and open your spiritual eyes and not only look, but actually move into the harvest fields, then you will see the workers because they shine like stars as the love of the Father is poured out in front of everyone in their sphere of influence. This is the greatest time to be a true disciple since the resurrected Christ walked on the face of the earth.

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Africa – Today all things have been made new, June 1, 2020

What a wonderful way to start our day. Many thanks to all of you that pray and support our co-laborers in central Africa. We should be getting testimonies from each of them in a few days regarding their ministry in the month of May. We just received this report From Pastor Evariste who coordinates outreaches in Burundi

Rapport May 2020

Dates

Places

Saved

7-8th/5/2020

Musigati

35 saved

7-8th/5/2020

Maramvya

40 saved

15-16th/5/2020

Bukemba

65 saved

22-23th/5/2020

Rubirizi

150 saved

29-30th/5/2020

Gihofi

61 saved

Baptized = 60

All of these will be discipled by the other believers that supported the outreaches and will become a part of a local church fellowship.

 


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USA – Reaching the lost, June 1, 2020

“In the last days, God says, I will pour out My Spirit on all people.”

After Pentecost and the stoning of Stephen:

“On that day a great persecution broke out against the church in Jerusalem, and all except the apostles were scattered throughout Judea and Samaria. Those who had been scattered preached the Word wherever they went.”
(Acts 8:1, 4)

We are blessed to be in contact with our co-laborers in Mexico, El Salvador and the different countries in central Africa, who continue to be thankful for the prayers and support they are receiving from our faithful prayer and financial supporters here in the USA. In spite of the difficulties presented by each country’s reaction to the corona virus, they continue to reach out with the gospel message and are witnessing new believers accepting Jesus Christ and are committed to become true disciples. We just wanted to share this one testimony from Pastor Titus who coordinates ministry in Namayingo in southeast Uganda.

 
“Glory and honor go back to our dear Lord Jesus Christ who has enabled us to extend His Kingdom to the lost even when the lockdown is seriously hindering us. On 5/10/2020, we had house to house evangelism in Nsono East (3) souls; on 5/22/2020, we had house to house evangelism at Syanyonja North (7) souls; on 5/28/2020, we had house to house evangelism in Syanyonja East (4) souls and on 5/31/2020, we had house to house in Syanyonja A (3) souls. TOTAL 17 souls in the kingdom of Christ. There were instant healings experienced during these missions. Thanks for your prayers and facilitation.”  Pastor Titus
 
 
 

Locally, we are witnessing people taking the opportunity to reach out to people in their sphere of influence who are struggling with their faith and others that are struggling without the knowledge of the love the Father has for them. Church families are beginning to meet together, and others are continuing their ministries to help people that are being overcome by addiction, depression, financial and marital problems, including domestic violence and thoughts of suicide. God is continuing to pour out His Spirit and we are beginning to see the unity of faith and the light beginning to shine more brightly than even before the reaction to the global virus tried to quench the role that God assigned to His Church to share the message of eternal salvation.

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 website
or through PayPal to harvestvision21@msn.com.


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 – One day in the kingdom, June 1, 2020

Another wonderful, joy filled day as we witness the Holy Spirit pouring out His love in many different ways. This morning we were able to help Carolyn as she spreads wood chips out to make the play area for the kid’s club safe and fun for the children of her family that live in her small community.
 
 
We were blessed to have Noe join with us today as Cheryl and Linda planted turnips and potatoes and did some weeding along the fence and around the Marion berries at the Garden of Eden farming ministry in west Mt. Vernon.
 
Thanks to Fred who visited and shared his expertise on how we can plan on improving on the garden this year and in the future.
 
 
 
 
Today, we also received word from Uganda that they are possibly opening up their public transport this next week. Kennedy, who is our central Uganda coordinator, will be looking for a place to rent so his family can set up their sustainability project which will allow them to sell produce in the market and which will provide an income for his family as he coordinates future outreaches.
 
 
 
We also received a photo from Titus, our east Uganda coordinator, who just purchased his motorbike which will help him as he encourages and supports pastors and church families that live around his community.
 
 
 
 
 
 
It was also a blessing to witness, Augustine, our DRCongo coordinator, as he gave a water filter to a local family, that will allow them to have safe drinking water. Thanks to The King’s Storehouse ministry out of Ferndale, WA that donate them for ministry outreach.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Our day is flooded with divine encounters sharing the love of Jesus through a myriad of circumstances that are meant to quench the Holy Spirit and love that the Father has for all of humankind.
 
BUT – God’s love never fails!

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