A Word from Pastor (Papa) George

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 – 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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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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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 – Guilty or innocent? May 28, 2020

    “If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us.”
(1 John 1:8)
 

Charles Spurgeon tells of a great English prince who on one occasion went to visit a famous king of Spain. The prince was taken down to the galleys to see the men who were chained to the oars and doomed to be slaves for life. The king promised in honor of the prince’s visit that he would set free any one of these men that the prince might choose. So the prince went to one and said, “My poor fellow, I am sorry to see you in this plight; how came you here?” He answered, “False witnesses gave evidence against me; I am suffering wrongfully.” On from man to man he went. Some would say, “I certainly did wrong, but to no great extent. I ought not to be here.” Others made similar excuses. Finally the prince came to one man who said, “Sir, I am often thankful that I am here, for I am sorry to own that if I had received my dues I would have been executed. I am certainly guilty of all that I am charged with, and my most severe punishment is just.” The prince replied to him, “It is a pity that such a guilty man should be chained to such innocent men as these, therefore I set you free.”

“If we confess our sins to one another, He is faithful and just to forgive.”
(1 John 1:9)  


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USA – Harvest Kids, May 30, 2020

“At that time Jesus said, ‘I praise You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because You have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children. Yes, Father, for this is what You were pleased to do.”
(Matthew 11:25-26)

We are thankful to have been able to have some of the Harvest Kids together this weekend and it has been a real joy. We are tentatively planning a little road trip and campout in the near future. Madilyn, Hailey and Clara were able to visit the Garden of Eden farming ministry in west Mt. Vernon and were  delighted to see Cheryl and Grandma Linda working to plant more crops that the Harvest Kids will be able to help harvest and offer for donations to help their ministry to vulnerable children in central Africa. Afterwards, the kids made bracelets in the Harvest Home while Veronica was painting the first paw print for the Harvest Friends ministry. Violet is the pet lab that lives with Blake, Kylee and the girls in Granite Falls. We are hoping that very soon the board will be filled with the prints of many people’s pets from our community. Obviously, the kids showed their famous “lower lip” method they use when they are trying to make a deal with Grandpa George so they can have their way. Many thanks to Veronica for preparing them dinner and Linda for getting the smores as they prepared for the campout in the tent in their front yard. Then, in the morning, they talked Linda into making purple pancakes and taking them breakfast in bed in the tent. We had a few moments to play with the cats, practice the keyboard, do some coloring and trying out a couple of the Reggie Hunter walking sticks before having to leave for home. We have many important opportunities to help build God’s kingdom, but none more important that teaching our children how to be true disciples of Jesus Christ.

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USA – Have we done our best, May 26, 2020

The scene was Lake Michigan, back of the campus of Northwestern University. The placid surface of the lake had been beaten into a frenzy by a raging storm. Out yonder the vessel had been unable to steer clear of the rocks and had sunk. Some two hundred were fighting against the wild waves. In lifeboats, on broken spars, in the icy water, men, women and children fought for life. Two brothers stood side by side. One, a valiant swimmer, said, “I must go.”

Others warned against the dangers, the ice of the November water, the sweeping storm. But heedlessly he went. He rescued ten. The chill of the ice froze his blood. But while friends were rubbing his limbs, a woman’s voice carried the lost scream over the waves, “Help”!

The swimmer could not check his dauntless courage. He plunged in once more. Back and back again he went to the waters to save until fifteen had been rescued. He finally fell as dead on the sands; but when strength came to sit up, he saw a mother fighting to keep her child from drowning.

He demanded that a rope be tied to him, and he swam out, possibly to his own death. When the child and mother had been seized, consciousness lost its grip. But with a death hold, they were drawn in.

For two days the swimmer, valiant as he was, and courageous as had been his daring feats, lay in a stupor, calling out, “Did I do my best?” When assured that he had done even the heroically impossible, he would call for friends, and ask, “Did I do my best?”

There’s a wilder storm sweeping the ocean of life than the one that clutched Lake Michigan on that November morning. Boats and vessels are going down around us at every heartbeat. On broken spars, screaming for help, in the battle against the waves of temptation, the storms of pleasure, the tempests of hell, they are calling, brother, for you and me. When we lie down in the arms of the night of time to awake on the other shore of blissful rest, can we then be assured that we have done our best?

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Africa – And then the end will come, May 24, 2020

Jesus said to the Father: “As You sent Me into the world, I have sent them into the world.”

(John 17:18).  

“For the Son of Man came to seek and save what was lost.”
(Luke 19:10)

“And the gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.”
(Matthew 24:14)
 
Many thanks to our co-laborers that are faithfully reaching out to those that are “brokenhearted and crushed in spirit” in their communities throughout central Africa. Whether the jungles of the DRCongo or the desert of South Sudan, many are responding to the gospel because
“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)
 
We are encouraged to have received the testimony of 150 new believers that came to faith through the outreach to Kirinzi in the Bujumbura province in Burundi yesterday. Radio broadcasts are being sent out and new believers are making decisions to accept Jesus and they are being followed up by brave Christians that reach out to them. All of these areas are inundated with reactions to the virus that are causing more pain and deaths, than the virus itself. We are thankful to be able to support these workers prayerfully and financially and also in the harvest fields of Mexico and Central America. Even with our struggles, including financial, here in the United States, we are thankful for those that are prompted to support our co-laborers. A small donation is multiplied many times when it is placed in the Hands of the Master. We must continue to advance the gospel in all circumstances, whether on the mountain top or in the valley, because somewhere out there in the great unknown is the last person that will be making their decision, ‘Yes’ or ‘No’, and then the end of this world will be no more and those that have chosen Jesus will be with Him in the new heaven and the new earth. Those that choose to go it alone will not be forced to join with Him.

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