A Word from Pastor (Papa) George

Africa – Open your eyes and look to the fields, May 15, 2020

“My food,’ Jesus said, ‘is to do the will of Him who sent Me and to finish His work. I tell you, open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest.”
(John 4:34-35)
“Then He said to His disciples, ‘The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into His harvest field.”
(Matthew 9:37-38)
 

Suguta Valley, Kenya, Africa

Thanks to all those that are faithfully praying and supporting our co-laborers in the fields of central Africa. Thanks to our co-laborers in Tennessee and from Taiwan, that along with our co-laborers in the USA, have been standing along side these “workers”. Pastor Martin, the director of the ministry, lives in Kampala, Uganda where they are suffering because of lack of food because of the lockdown. They have been able to meet with groups of five and have seen 31 new believers come into church fellowship as they distribute the little food they have been provided with to those in the slum area where the church building is located. They are extremely grateful. Pastor Simon, who coordinates ministry to the tribes scattered along the north Kenya and south Ethiopia border, and his team continue to faithfully travel to minister to these people in the hot and harsh environment of the desert. The message was taken for the first time to the people in the Suguta Valley in Turkana County, Kenya. Whether in the streets of the cities, the small town centers or scattered villages or the many refugee camps, hospitals or prisons or the deserts of South Sudan or the jungles of the DRCongo, we deem it a privilege and responsibility to stand with our co-laborers. Many are blessed to live in countries that are provided with government assistance that help us through the current global crisis, but these workers are not provided that blessing.

“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 and sisters. If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person? Dear children, let us not love with words and speech but with actions and in truth.”

(1 John 3:16-18)

 
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Africa – What is the worth of a soul? May 13, 2020

     We are so thankful that our co-laborers in central Africa continue to reach out to people with the gospel message and we are blessed to hear about these miracles, including many salvations. We only share about salvations that come about when the sound and video equipment is used, only because we are responsible to share the good news with those that are praying and financially supporting the actual crusades that use the equipment. “The share of the man who stayed with the supplies is to be the same as that of him who went down to the battle. All will share alike. David made this a statute and ordinance for Israel from that day to this.” (1 Samuel 30:24-25) With the lockdowns, only Burundi was actually able to do 3 crusades in Bujumbura, but not allowed out of the city. All together 378 people were born again and 40 were baptized. We know there are countless others and we know that the Father and all the angels in heaven rejoiced over each and everyone. We are thankful that this is a time to make sure the equipment is ready for when we will be able to return to our familiar way of doing outreaches, including door-to-door, seminars, movies, praise and worship, preaching and prayer. We are so encouraged to know that even in the extreme circumstances that many of these people are facing, including lack of food, the gospel continues to forcefully advance. We all have many things: family, homes, work, hobbies that the Lord has provided for us, but they are all temporary. But the value of one soul? Priceless!            


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USA – Garden of Eden Farming Ministry, May 8, 2020

    What a special day kicking off the first main day of planting for the Garden of Eden Farming Ministry location in west Mt. Vernon. We thank Cheryl for allowing the ministry to use her property for planting and harvesting for the Harvest Kids as they continue to raise money to support evangelism and outreach to orphaned and vulnerable children in central Africa. We are praying the isolation protocol will not be necessary soon and we will be able to bring the kids together with the older generations to see the real fruit of the multi-generational aspect of the ministry. We are planting a variety of garden plants including cucumbers, squash, beans, carrots, flowers, carrots, watermelon, etc. If you are interested, please contact us. After harvest, the kids will be making the fruits and vegetables available for donations and for those in need. We are praying for many of our saints to include these kids in learning how to cook and prepare food, and preserve food for later use, such as canning, etc.

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USA – Each one is a part, May 7, 2020

  “But God has put the body together, giving greater honor to the parts that lacked it, so that there should be no division in the body, but that 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.” (1 Corinthians 12:24-27)

     What an honor to see the church functioning as an living organism instead of an organization. Many thanks to Blake, Kylee and the kids in Granite Falls for laboring to finish the pea gravel that will keep the kids using the playground safe. Thanks to Wayne Watne for lending us his truck. Soon the garden will be planted and hopefully we will be able to begin to have Harvest Kids ministry available to young people in the community.

     We are blessed to witness Carolyn working hard to prepare her home to be the sanctuary for the Kid’s Club ministry when the young people can be getting together in larger groups. She has been involving kids one at a time in making cookies that she is distributing to the neighbors in the trailer park and also cookies to be given with the “Birds on a branch” boxes that are being given to encourage believers in their faith and introduce unbelievers to have faith that they can find peace in the midst of these times of uncertainty through Jesus Christ. Thanks to Noe for making boxes; Dale and Linda for helping collect branches and stain, paint and pour concrete in the boxes and gluing the birds in the branches; Virginia and Carolyn for making cookies; Fred for donating hazelnuts which are put around the branch; and for those that are presenting them to their neighbors with the message that the God and each one of us loves and cares about them.

     Thanks to Willie, our neighbor in Sedro Woolley, who is from Kenya. He blessed us with a new friend, Catherine who is also from Kenya, that will be staying with us until she can find work and relocate if necessary. She brought Africa joy back into our little home and family and Linda is so blessed and encouraged.

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The World – Never will I leave you, May 4, 2020

“Simon Peter and another disciple were following Jesus. Because this disciple was known to the high priest, he went with Jesus into the high priest’s courtyard, but Peter had to wait outside at the door. The other disciple, who was known to the high priest, came back, spoke to the girl on duty there and brought Peter in. ‘You are not one of his disciples, are you?’ the girl at the door asked Peter. He replied, ‘I am not.’ It was cold, and the servants and officials stood around the fire they had made to keep warm.
Peter also was standing with them, warming himself.” (John 18:15-18)

 

The Lord said to Joshua: “No one will be able to stand up against you all the days of your life. As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you.” (Joshua 1:5)
 

Peter asked Jesus, “Lord, why can’t I follow You now? I will lay down my life for You.”

(John 13:37)

 

“We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way; and the Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.” (Isaiah 53:6)
 

“About the sixth hour darkness came over all the land. About the ninth hour Jesus cried out in a loud voice, ‘My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?” (Mark 27:45-46)

Alone. Betrayed.

The Apostle Paul in writing to the brethren in Philippi confessed:

“I hope in the Lord Jesus to send  Timothy to you soon, that I also may be cheered when I receive news about you. I have no one else like him, who takes a genuine interest in your welfare. For everyone looks out for his own interests, not those of Jesus Christ. But you know that Timothy has proved himself, because as a son with his father he has served with me in the work of the gospel.” (Philippians 2:19-22)

During these days of uncertainty, there is much discussion about how the government is going to take care of the problems that come with the world’s reaction to the global crisis caused by the corona virus.

The light of the world is not found in any government or in the unity of all the world governments working together.

“The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.”

(Psalms 34:18)

 

“They overcame the accuser by the Blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony; they did not love their lives so much as to shrink from death.” (Revelation 12:11)

“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 it 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 22-25)
 

“Then Jesus came to them and said, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to Me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age. (Matthew 28:17-20)  

 

“Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. And without faith it impossible to please God.” (Hebrews 11:1, 6)


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God versus Satan – Two authorities and two governments, May 3, 2020

“Therefore, go!”

What or who we worship can be measured by how much influence it has in our lives.

Many good people in authority have totally dedicated themselves to saving the lives of as many people as possible during this present global crisis and we should all be grateful. As noble as that is – it pales in comparison to the value of saving their souls which is the mission of those that are disciples of Jesus Christ.

“Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God.” (Romans 13:1)

All of the sudden this scripture is many believers favorite and most cherished scripture.

But the truth of that scripture is that God has established two authorities and two governments.

“Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to Me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

(Matthew 28:18-20)
 
For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” (Ephesians 6:12)
 

“Don’t let anyone deceive you in any way, for that day will not come until the rebellion occurs and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the man doomed to destruction. He will oppose and will exalt himself over everything that is called God or is worshiped, so that he sets himself up in God’s temple, proclaiming himself to be God.” (2 Thessalonians 2:3-4)

 

“Of the increase of His (Jesus) government and peace there will be  no end.” (Isaiah 9:6)

 

Then Jesus said to them, ‘Give to Caesar what is Caesar’s and to God what is God’s.” (Matthew 22:21)

 

“Then they called them in again and commanded them not to speak or teach at all in the name of Jesus. But Peter and John replied, ‘Judge for yourselves whether it is right in God’s sight to obey you rather than God.” (Acts 4:18-19)

 

Shadrach, Meshach, Abednego and Daniel all refused to obey the commands of the king.

The Maji disobeyed King Herod and did not return to him.

John the Baptist told the king that he had broken the law and the king cut his head off.

Jesus disobeyed the synagogue rulers that said it was unlawful to heal the sick on the Sabbath.

Jesus broke the law touching the lepers and allowing prostitutes and women with issues of blood to touch him when it was against the law for them to do so in public.

Every human being will be judged by their own choice.  We won’t have the luxury of a democratic process that would suggest that if everyone else agreed it was OK, or “that is what the person in the pulpit told us”.

“In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do  not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express. And He who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints in accordance with God’s will.” (Romans 8:26-27)

Either God will hear us say, “Not my will, but Yours be done.”

Or we will hear God say, “Not My will, but yours be done.”  

 

“Why do you call Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say.” (Luke 6:46)


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USA – The suffering of the children, April 30, 2020

“The Lord is slow to anger, abounding in love and forgiving sin and rebellion. Yet He does not leave the guilty unpunished; He punishes the children for the sin of the fathers to the third and fourth generation. Your children will be shepherds here for forty years, suffering for your unfaithfulness, until the last of your bodies lies in the desert. For forty years – one years for each of the forty days you explored the land – you will suffer for your sins and know what it is like to have Me against you. I, the Lord, have spoken, and I will surely do these things to this whole wicked community, which has banded together against Me. They will meet their end in this desert; here they will die.”
(Numbers 14:18, 33-35)
 

We are blessed to live in a nation that has developed a system of public education with teachers that are, for the most part, dedicated to teaching our young people and that understand that every child is valuable, independent of whether they have parents, rich or poor, regardless of cultural or other differences. We are now putting our children and their parents and guardians at risk by not allowing this system to continue. The current system would teach parents to not send their child to school if they are sick or they would be sent home if it were discovered that they were in any way, in harm’s way or could jeopardize the health and safety of others. Many children do not have parents that are equipped to teach from home. Many of them only maintain their home by being able to work. Many don’t have the knowledge, aptitude, administrative skills or technical ability to successfully “home” school. Long term, this inequity, even with everyone doing their best, will become a factor in making it even more difficult for our young people to not become more inward focused and judgmental for those that are “different”.

Every year, when the school year starts, even at the lower grades, more children drop out because of the choices of their parents, guardians or of their own, and we start the school year without them getting the teaching and training they need to interact with other people and have the living skills to care for themselves, much less others. So our children will be raised without the equity that they have available by interacting with other young people of their age and those in classes younger and older than they are and with the teachers and school that teaches them about fairness and discrimination of any kind. Our family structure has grown accustomed to the public school system taking some of that responsibility that we now support and which allows many families to have the time to provide the income and meet the other responsibilities of caring for their families. If one of their children is not able to attend school, they must adjust their priorities to care for the child, but not necessarily become their teacher, along with their other responsibilities.

I urge each of you to prayerfully consider the consequences of our choices and how they will affect our young people and the future generation. And for all you fathers and future fathers that will stand for your right to own a gun and be able to golf, fish and hunt. The education of your children is not the sole responsibility of your wife or their mother. Neither will you get to call your president, governor or even school board when we face the God who entrusted us with responsibility for the children that He allows us to bring into this world.

“Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.”

(Ephesians 6:4)

The last verse of the Old Testament – Prior to the New Testament and the life of Jesus being given to us.

“See, I will send you the prophet Elijah before that great and dreadful day of the Lord comes. He will turn the hearts of the fathers to their children, and the hearts of the children to their fathers; or else I will come and strike the land with a curse.”

(Malachi 4:5-6)


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The World – Widows and orphans in distress, April 30, 2020

 

     “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 it 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. Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.”

(James 1:22-24, 27)

     Some of my fondest memories of church fellowship is when we would have a new person come. It could be someone that we met and we found out that they have been out of fellowship but felt called to come back to their “first love”. Many times, even though they were living with their spouse, they are coming without his or her support. What a blessing! And what a responsibility. Or, the first time we would have a youth or a group of youth come for their first time to “check-out” youth group for the first time. Sometimes, only one of them, would return again. Often, we might find out that their parent or parents were not interested or were against their decision to find out about Christ. What an encouragement for us to know that the Holy Spirit is prompting them to come.

      From a “spiritual” perspective, both of these cases and the countless others that they represent, would be considered widows and orphans because they have no one in their immediate family that are in fellowship with the Lord. They represent an incredible responsibility for us as the Church because many times we have very little information to follow-up with. Then, they show up and there is only a note on the door saying we no long offer direct fellowship, the face they can see and the hand they can touch, but they can go on-line and get a video message. Obviously, they represent the “feed My lambs” invitation that was given to Peter. Not the “take care of My sheep” or “feed My sheep”. I pray that the Holy Spirit will give us direction. He has already given us the power. If necessary, I pray that we would crucify anything that is of the flesh would keep us from “looking after these orphans and widows” in their distress.     


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USA – A bird on a branch, April 29, 2020

“Then Jesus said to His disciples: ‘Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear. For life is more than food, and the body more than clothes. Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds! Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to your life? Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest?” (Luke 12:22-26)

In the midst of the uncertainty, there is a need to “Trust in the Lord and lean not on our own understanding.” We have been blessed with many people that have been helping make these boxes to give to our neighbors as an encouragement and reminder of God’s promises and His faithfulness. The sticker on the side of the box says: “A bird on a branch is not afraid the branch will break because it knows that it has wings.” And “Those that hope in the Lord will renew their strength and soar on wings like eagles.” Both the saying and the verse are in Spanish on the opposite side of the box. We have given out some for people to give to their neighbors and Kellen picked up 10 to distribute to the neighbors around their home in Burlington today. We are preparing another 18 at the moment. They can be given with some home-made cookies at the same time respecting everyone’s decision about how they choose doing physical distancing.

“How lovely is Your dwelling place, Lord Almighty! My soul yearns, even faints, for the courts of the Lord; my heart and my flesh cry out for the living God. Even the sparrow has found a home, and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may have her young – a place near Your altar, Lord Almighty, my King and my God. Blessed are those who dwell in Your House; they are ever praising You.” (Psalms 84:1-4)

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USA – The truth will set you free, April 27, 2020

    Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” (John 14:6) “If you hold to My teaching, you are really My disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” (John 8:31-32)

    Paul said, “Love does not delight in evil, but rejoices in truth.” (1 Corinthians 13:6)

“I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people – for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.” (1 Timothy 2:1-3)

    Most believers will confess that they have struggled with the global reaction of our government leaders throughout the world to the corona virus and the “isolation” requirements that have been implemented. These reactions were all premised on the information given by experts that predicted an outcome equal to or worse than what we have seen in other historic pandemics. We are also witness to the terrible consequences that are being caused as a result of the economic crisis that has resulted. Now this information has been found to be misleading and hopefully future decisions will be made on the truth. We are encouraged as the lies of Satan that have misled many believers to over-emphasize common sense health care precautions are now being brought into the light.  
    “For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline.” (2 Timothy 1:7)


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USA – The Body of Christ, April 26, 2020

   What a fascinating weekend in the life of the Body of Christ.

“But God has combined the members of the body and has given greater honor to the parts that lacked it, so that there should be no division in the body, but that 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.” (1 Corinthians 12:24-26)

Devotions every morning; breaking bread together with prayer and communion; building the ‘bird on a branch’ boxes to give to neighbors along with some yummy cookies and a promise to be there for them if needed; making masks; receiving aluminum cans and crushing them for the Harvest Kids; building cabinets; watching the Harvest Kids enjoying the new playground; building chicken coops; watching videos of new believers being baptized in Africa; sharing and receiving testimonies from Mexico, El Salvador, Alert Bay, BC, Kenya, DRCongo, Uganda, Burundi, Pierce County, the Harvest Vision ministry in Curlew, the greenhouse farming project on the Samish River, the farming project in west Mt. Vernon and meeting the needs – including trips to the doctor and hospital – for those that are living alone. Thanks to our faithful co-laborers that pray and financially support helping prepare and equip these saints to do the work that God has set apart for them, we will be able to send financial support to our co-laborers in Mexico and El Salvador in the morning. 


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The World – Facing the crisis, April 25, 2020

We are blessed to be co-laborers with pastors and leaders from different parts of the world that are facing the reality of witnessing people they have been called to serve suffer because of no food, water or medical help. This is especially true for countries in Asia and Africa and their requests for prayers and support through Whats App, Messenger or emails are endless and you can feel the reality of the pain they live with every day. They represent about 2.5 billion of the world’s population. Our prayers are with them and the message to them is simply:

It is difficult to witness so many suffering in the world, but God created the world and mankind not planning that our journey on earth would be fair or without suffering or that we would choose to remain here forever. Each person’s journey here has been established by God and our response to it, fair or not, will determine whether we believe in His love and omnipotent power. His ways and His thoughts are higher than ours. We know that what He could prevent with His power, He allows in His wisdom. His promise and provision for us lies in His Word.

“For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways,’ declares the Lord. As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts than your thoughts. As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, so is My Word that goes out from My Mouth: It will not return to Me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.” (Isaiah 55:8-11)

Most people will not choose to believe.

Those of us that choose to believe in Christ have the promise of eternal life.

“Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and earth had passed away. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, ‘Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and He will dwell with them. They will be His people and God Himself will be with them and be their God. He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” (Rev 21:1-4)

“Lord Jesus, we lift up every believer around the world that is being tempted to give up on the promise. We pray that they will choose to allow Your Holy Spirit to give them the power to overcome doubt and fear and be a witness to the truth of Your goodness, and that many people that are in Your Presence will come to faith in You and the promise of eternal life that You willingly died to make possible for us. Empower your servants to overcome by the Blood of the Lamb and the word of their testimony so they may not love themselves so much as to shrink from death. Open their eyes that they may see the hills full of horses and chariots of fire and know that those who are with us are more than those who are against us.  In Jesus Name, Amen.” (Rev 12:11 & 2 Kings 6:8-23) 


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