A Word from Pastor (Papa) George

The World – No one knows – April 9, 2020

“No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.” (Matthew 24:36)

OK, Church, this is our truth. We don’t know the time when Jesus is coming back.

We just know that He is and we should “speed His coming”. (2 Peter 3:12)

We do know what is required for Him to come back.

“When the gospel is preached to all the nations the end will come.” (Matthew 24:14)

We also don’t know the day or the hour that our life will end.

“Man is like a breath; his days are like a fleeting shadow.” (Psalms 144:4)

We also don’t know the day or the hour that the life of everyone we meet will end.

Jesus lived His whole life on earth with a kingdom perspective and we have been predestined to be conformed to His image.

Jesus said, “As the Father has sent Me, I am sending you.” (John 20:21)

As believers we have been given the full gospel in Jesus Christ – God with us – the birth, death and life of Jesus Christ and the indwelling of the Holy Spirit.

It encompasses Christmas, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Easter, the Passover, Pentecost, the Sabbath, communion, baptism (water and Holy Spirit) and even the Rapture, the millennium and the new heaven and earth.

But these are not days or times of celebration – they are all one in Christ Jesus.

This morning as I share this – none of you reading this knows whether your journey of life will be over before day’s end.

Neither does the person that is going to lose their life in a tragic accident, a heart attack, starve to death, raped and murdered or a deadly pestilence.

Being around to celebrate a particular day or event that we have been given in Christ is not the most important thing in their life at the moment.

Is it yours?  

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Africa – A brother in need – April 9, 2020

     We are blessed to have been born and to live in a country in which we have the freedom to practice our religion as well as the opportunity to prosper. Harvest Vision Ministries is in partnership with men and women who suffer unbearable conditions to carry the good news of Jesus to desolate places and it is an honor to be able to support these men and women through this ministry. They need your help.

       Pr. Martin over-sees the ministry in Uganda, Kenya, South Sudan, Burundi and the eastern DRCongo and we are thankful that many of us in the USA have had the opportunity to meet him and be aware of how God is using him. His apostolic call is to prepare and equip all the saints along with others in the five-fold ministry, which is impossible without God and the help of the Body of Christ. The pandemic that brought a global response has affected the whole world and in Kampala, population 3+ million, it is devastating. The country has shut down all transportation which has impacted those in the city getting food, where Pr. Martin and the ministry is head quartered. He is also praying and encouraging pastors and leaders in a country with 42 million people and 23 million of them are under the age of 14, along with 4 other Africa nations. Our co-laborers need our prayers and support. We wired some money today  to assist him in doing the work God has set apart for him to do and we will be wiring money again next week.

        If you would like to make a donation, they can be made on line at www.myegiving/hvm or the “donations” button to “Where most needed” on the home page of the www.harvestvisionministries.org website or through PayPal to harvestvision21@msn.com. If you would like to donate electronically but do not have access to the internet or would like someone to assist you, please call George Henson at 360-421-8811 or Kylee Walker at 360-540-0890. To maximize your gift, on donations directly out of a checking or savings account a fee of $.25 is withheld, while credit and debit cards the fee is $.25 + 2.7%. 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 – Unless I wash you! – April 9, 2020

    John 13:1-17, describes that evening when Jesus washed the feet of His disciples.

 In verse 17, Jesus said: “Now that you know these things, you will be blessed  if you do them.”

Jesus knew:

“…that the time had come…” (vs 1);

“…that the Father had put all things under His power..” (vs 3);

“…that He had come from the Father…” (vs 3);

“…that He was returning to God…” (vs 3);

“…who was going to betray Him…” (vs 11).

Jesus said: “Unless I wash you, you have no part with Me.” (vs 8).

“When  He had finished washing their feet, He put on His clothes and returned to His place.

‘Do you understand what I have done for you?’ He asked them. ‘You call Me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and rightly so, for that is what I am. Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you. I tell you the truth, no servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him.”

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The World – Sound the Charge! – April 8, 2020

     In the army of the Lord we need more men with the spirit of the little flag boy of the Civil War. During one of the raging battles, while bullets were flying everywhere and men were falling by the hundreds, the little lad forgot everything but to keep the flag before the army. In his haste he forgot the army. Finally he heard a shrill call saying, “Bring that flag back here!” He turned to see the army retreating and the commander beckoning for him to retreat with them. The lad cried out, “Bring the army up to the flag, sir!” This one sentence stirred the soul of the commander until he ordered the men to advance against the enemy. It is said that out of the seeming defeat a great victory was won.

     This reminds one of the little drummer boy who was with Napoleon in one of the battles. It seemed that the army of France could not overcome; thousands were falling. Napoleon said, “Lad, can you beat a retreat?” The boy replied, “Sir, I have never learned to beat a retreat, but can beat a charge that will stir the last remains of the patriotism of the army.” The Emperor cried, “Beat a charge then, lad.” And that charge beaten from the drum was the means of the victory being won that day.

     That is the spirit we must have in the work of the Lord – that we shall never know how to retreat in the face of the enemy of the kingdom of Heaven, but that we shall be able to beat a charge that will cause others to take courage and fight on until the last foe is conquered. This is the spirit of God’s heroes.  

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Africa – DRCongo testimonies – April 6, 2020

“This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down His life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers. If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need but has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him? Dear children, let us not love with words and tongue but with actions and truth.” (1 John 3:16-18)

      We are so thankful  to have received this testimony from our co-laborers in the DRCongo. On March 18th, they presented the gospel to the students and teachers at the Mont Goma school. 567 people attended and 43 accepted Jesus Christ and are now secure with their eternal life.

Let me level the playing field. My wife and I have been involved in the ministry in the DRCongo and other neighboring countries for 15 years. We  know that our brothers and sisters face trials, suffering, persecution and make sacrifices every day to advance the gospel. There is the ever present threat and reality of little or no food to eat, dirty contaminated water, diseases such as typhoid and malaria with no medicine, no treatment and no hospitals, government instability and violence and the reality of constant life threatening attacks from Muslims to witchdoctors. Death is an everyday reality and companion.

     God has been enlarging our territory as we witness more people coming to salvation, existing church families strengthened and new church families starting in the USA, Mexico, Central America and in central Africa. We are blessed to have been born and to live in a country in which we have the freedom to practice our religion as well as the opportunity to prosper. Harvest Vision Ministries is in partnership with men and women who suffer unbearable conditions to carry the good news of Jesus to desolate places and it is an honor to be able to support these men and women through this ministry. We need your help. You are an important and critical part of His plan and your faithfulness in providing prayer and financial support help us fulfill our God-given vision.  

In Love and Service to our Savior, Lord and King, Jesus Christ,

Your servants and His friends,

George & Linda Henson

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. If you would like to donate electronically but do not have access to the internet or would like someone to assist you, please call George Henson at 360-421-8811 or Kylee Walker at 360-540-0890. To maximize your gift, on donations directly out of a checking or savings account a fee of $.25 is withheld, while credit and debit cards the fee is $.25 + 2.7%. You can also mail donations to Harvest Vision Ministries, PO Box 733, Sedro Woolley, WA, 98284. All are tax-deductible and help advance the gospel of Jesus Christ and build His Kingdom donations.


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The World – He is out of His mind – April 5, 2020

“Then Jesus entered a house, and again a crowd gathered, so the He and His disciples were not even able to eat. When His family heard about this, they went to take charge of Him, for they said, ‘He is out of His mind. And the teachers of the law who came down from Jerusalem (religion) said, ‘He is possessed by Beelzebub! By the prince of demons He is driving out demons.” (Mark 3:20-22)

“For those God foreknew He also predestined to be conformed to the likeness of His Son…” (Ro 8:29)

“Your attitude should be the same as Christ Jesus….” (Phi 2:5)

Both of these comments regarding the verses above have been made about me in these last few weeks. I’ve also been blessed to have many believers share with me that they are asking God to give them discernment about whether there concern for their health or the health of others is taken more importance than their duty to be the salt and the light.

“If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him. But when he asks, he must believe and not doubt, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind.” (James 1:5-6)

“Yet at the same time many even among the leaders believed in Him. But because of the Pharisees they would not confess their faith for fear they would be put out of the synagogue; for they loved praise from men more than praise from God.” (John 12:42-43)

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The World – Knowledge puffs up, April 4, 2020

We are born separate from God because of our sin nature. That was birthed in us when Adam and Eve ate from the tree of the KNOWLEDGE of good and evil. We are driven by our desire to be the Christian guru that can convince the world that we know why everything is happening and to let them know that we are the only ones that have that KNOWLEDGE. Then we would write a book that everyone would read and ac-KNOWLEDGE us as the author. Sadly, that book has already been written and we find ourselves being called to compete and be the first to fill in all the blank spots: why it is happening and who did it (like the game of Clue) and how it will all end up.    

“I am the Lord, and there is no other. I form the light and create darkness, I bring prosperity and create disaster; I, the Lord, do all these things.” (Isaiah 45: 6-7)

“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.” (Isaiah 55:8-9)

“Consider what God has done: Who can straighten what he has made crooked? When times are good, be happy; but when times are bad, consider: God has made the one as well as the other. Therefore, a man cannot discover anything about his future.” (Ecclesiastes 7:13-14)

“We know that we all possess knowledge. Knowledge puffs up, but love builds up. The man who thinks he knows something does not yet know as he ought to know. But the man who loves God is known by God.” (1 Corinthians 8:1-3)

Jesus said, “In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” (Jn 16:33)

“Come to Me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” (Matthew 11:28-30) 

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The World – Do not give the devil a foothold, April 4, 2020

“…and do not give the devil a foothold.” (Ephesians 4::27)

Charles Spurgeon says that when sin is let in as a suppliant, it remains as a tyrant. The Arabs have a fable of a man who one day was startled by a camel’s nose thrust in at the door of the tent where he was sleeping. “It is cold outside,” said the camel; “I want only to get my nose in.” The nose was let in, then the neck, and finally the whole body.

Presently the man began to be inconvenienced by the ungainly companion he had in the tent that was not large enough for both. “If you are inconvenienced, you may leave,” said the camel; “as for myself, I shall stay where I am.”

This is the story of sin; when once it gains a small entrance it finally fills the entire heart and life.

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The World – The face to see and hand to touch, April 3, 2020

Our definition and implementation of “social distancing” has eternal consequences. 

      There was a mother that found herself by the bedside of her young child in the hospital. It was evening and, even though it would be the first time the child would spend the night without her, she had to return home to take care of her other children. The nurse kindly joined with her as the mother reassured the child that she would be back first thing in the morning. The nurse shared that she would be right outside the room at the desk all night. After the nurse left, the mother kissed her child and said, “Don’t forget God is with you.” As she left the room, she turned out the light and gently closed the door. As she turned to walk away the child cried out. The mother and nurse immediately came back into the room and asked the child what was wrong and the child said: “I’m afraid. I need the face I can see and the hand I can touch.”

      “As Jesus approached Jerusalem and saw the city, He wept over it and said, ‘If you, even you, had only known on this day what would bring you peace – but now it is hidden from your eyes. The days will come upon you when your enemies will build an embankment against you and encircle you and hem you in on every side. They will dash you to the ground, you and the children within your walls. They will not leave one stone on another, because you did not recognize the time of God’s coming to you.” (Luke 19:41-44)

      “Then He will say to those on His left, ‘Depart from Me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. For I was hungry and you gave Me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave Me nothing to drink, I was a stranger and you did not invite Me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe Me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after Me.’ They also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison and did not help You?’ ‘He will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for Me.’ Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.” (Matthew 25:41-46)

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Africa – Burundi testimonies, April 3, 2020

“Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things.” (Philippians 4:8)

WOW – Even though Burundi has not escaped the global pandemic, they were out in force in the last region before the outreaches were shut down. Now, it is one on one and face to face along with the responsibility of discipling these new believers at the beginning of their journey of faith where the enemy will come with the worries of the world to stop the new seed from taking root. They are more than up to the task. The Burundi Jesus task force coordinated 6 outreaches in different areas of the country and 417 new believers went from death to their new life in Jesus Christ. Please join with us in praising God for the fruit of the harvest that our co-laborers and faithful servants helped usher into the waiting arms of our Father in heaven. This is the kind of pandemic that Satan hates. The spreading of the gospel that not even him with the help of all his demons and those that have chosen to live in darkness can stop.    

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The World – Leaving the cave, April 1, 2020

     We received this message for Pr. Patrick, who founded and is responsible for the Nalidi Grace primary school in east Uganda which also serves as a home to 60 orphans who have no families. The school is closed to the ~200 students that live with their families in nearby villages but the orphans remain at the school.  

“The situation at orphanage is not favorable, it is beyond our control. Suffering and  hunger is greatly causing a threat in the camp . No body to tell this since everyone is crying with his family. We cry to who!”
     My response. “You are in our prayers. The whole world is facing the reality that we are not guaranteed how long we will live on this earth and it is not in our control. For those of us that are born again and live in Christ we must consider it joy that God can use us to bring them into the loving arms of the Father. If our worldly circumstances overshadow that, even earthly death, they have nothing and neither do we. Do not fear the one that can take your body, but fear the one that will take your body and soul. The latter fear means that we fear (reverently respect) that Jesus was sent by the Father to live, suffer, die and be raised from the dead so we can spend the rest of eternity with Him beginning at the moment we make that decision. Only the Holy Spirit can give us the wisdom, strength and courage to trust the shepherd, who is Jesus, that works in and through our lives to show the love of the Father when we face the trials of our earthly life. We love you. Please give the assurance that what God has put together can only be separated if we stop believing.”
    
Many believers have trusted and committed themselves to be followers of Jesus but are now hiding in their cave just like Elijah did.
“The Lord asked him, ‘What are you doing here?’ He replied, ‘I have been very zealous for the Lord God Almighty. The Israelites have rejected Your covenant, broken down Your altars and put Your prophets to death with the sword. I am the only one left, and now they are trying to kill me to.’ The Lord said, ‘Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the Lord, for the Lord is about to pass by.’ Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. After the earthquake came a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper. When Elijah heard it, he pulled his cloak over his face and went out and stood at the mouth of the cave. Then the Lord said to him, Go.” (1 Kings 19:9-15)
The Lord didn’t make Elijah leave the cave, that was his own decision. Many will continue to believe that the wind, earthquake and fire are still present even after they have passed and are not listening for the whisper. We are what we believe. Pray in the Spirit for only the Spirit knows. The price of disobedience is eternity in the cave of isolation.    

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The World – The New Testament Church, April 1, 2020

     The power of the New Testament church was released after they were scattered. The power is not diminished because we can’t all be together at the same time. Jesus fed the 5,000 by breaking them into small groups. Why do we think we are so good that we can’t do it the same way? He went house to house. The only time we need to focus on the big assembly or crusade is when He blows the trumpet. We are crippled because we “believe” God can’t see us or appreciate us or be encouraged by our love for Him unless we put on a big show. It is not by power or might, but by the Spirit that His love manifest itself. Those in leadership need to get over the idea that WE are the shepherds. He shepherds through us and He has allowed this to happen so we can see that the power and might of His Church comes from Him not from us.
“And so, we don’t rely on our love for Him, but His love for us.” (1 John 4:16)

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