A Word from Pastor (Papa) George

USA – Granite Falls Harvest Kids – April 21, 2020

    We are so thankful for Blake & Kylee Walker who along with a myriad of other responsibilities like maintaining a marriage, being parents and home schooling three children and running two businesses, also serve the Lord as the liaisons to Harvest Vision Ministries in Snohomish County. This includes sharing with other parents and guardians the vision of the Harvest Kids which was started with Madilyn and Hailey’s desire to help young orphan girls in central Africa have a bed to sleep in instead of sleeping on the floor of the school. That desire became a reality to Blake and Kylee and quickly involved other families and continues to bring these young people together to learn how to be true disciples, helping their own community and meeting the basic needs of children in Africa for over 7 years. The kids have raised and donated over $37,000 to purchase mosquito nets, beds, medicine, school supplies, provide clean water and land to farm and built toilets and schools.

    Thanks to everyone that helped expand this vision and get this little project completed. Now we need the pea gravel and the garden planted.

    The world sees it as a playground.

    To those of us that have a kingdom perspective – it’s not a playground – it is a battleground.

We hope and pray that everyone that visits will find a relationship with our Father in heaven.


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USA – Everything, Everyone, Everyday – April 15, 2020

   Great phone conversation with Wayne and Pastor Martin in Africa. Lot’s of prayers as we are looking forward too helping our co-laborers in central Africa share the love of Jesus in their communities. Thanks to Cheryl and everyone helping prepare the fields for planting crops that will build up the Body of Christ and help spread the gospel to all the nations. Thanks to everyone that is helping with the “Bird on a branch” neighborhood ministry that is bringing a message of hope during these seemingly uncertain times. The home-made cookies are just a bonus. Simply: “A bird on a branch is never afraid the branch will break, because it knows that God gave it wings.”

“Those that hope in the Lord, will renew their strength and soar on wings like eagles.” (Isaiah 40:31)

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Africa – Easter baptisms in Burundi – April 12, 2020

 
HE IS RISEN!
We are thankful today that even though the darkness of this world is not hidden from any of us, we can focus on what is praiseworthy and excellent. Thankful first and foremost for the love of the Father lavishly poured out for all mankind on the Cross and the promised eternal life that has been given to each of us that choose to accept the Truth. We are thankful that, for those of us in the USA, we have been given freedom in a nation that has given us great blessings and through them we can support our co-laborers around the world that are bringing the hope of Jesus Christ to nations that are not blessed like those of us that God has planted us in this field – for such a time as this. It was with heartfelt joy that we received this morning the testimonies from Evariste, the coordinator that we prayerfully and support in Burundi in Africa. On Easter, they visited 3 different communities in Bujumbura and baptized in Kinama 5 believers; in Gatumba 10 believers and in Gihanga 10 believers.

Jesus doesn’t care as much about what we give, as what we keep to ourselves.          

    Jesus came and gave us a “Preview of Coming Attractions”:

“As soon as Jesus was baptized, He went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and lighting on Him. And a voice from heaven said, ‘This is My Son, Whom I love; with Him I am well pleased.” (Matthew 3:16-17)

And then….

“Jesus called out with a loud voice, ‘Father, into Your Hands I commit My Spirit.’ When He had said this, He breathed His last.” (Luke 23:46)

“When Jesus rose early on the first day of the week, He appeared first to Mary Magdalene…Afterward Jesus appeared in a different form to two of them while they were walking in the country…Later Jesus appeared to the Eleven as they were eating…He said to them, ‘Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever do not believe will be condemned….After the Lord Jesus had spoken to them, He was taken up into heaven and He sat at the right Hand of God.” (Mark 16:9-20

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Africa – Let us go over to the other side! – April 11, 2020

“That day when evening came, He said to His disciples, ‘Let us go over to the other side.” (Mark 4:1)

“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…” (Matthew 28:18)

In the first instance, the disciples lost focus of WHO told them they WOULD go to the other side. There was never a doubt in the mind of Jesus they would end up on the other side of the lake.

The same Jesus, with the same authority, told us to go make disciples.

We are thankful that our co-laborers in central Africa understand and walk under His authority.

Even as the quarantine was being put in affect in central Africa, they completed 13 outreaches and conferences the first of March and witnessed 529 accept Jesus and are now sharing the good news with others even as they observe the conditions of the quarantine in their respective countries. The limited person to person witnessing, is drawing more people in family units to faith in Christ, and social media, including the ongoing radio broadcasts, are reaching still others. When Jesus commands us to go and make disciples, He has the authority to make sure that even the gates of hell can’t stop the mission.


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The World – Are you a “fan” or a “follower”? – April 10, 2020

The difference between a fan and a follower lies in understanding what it is to be DEVOTED. Jesus was devoted to do the will of the Father, no matter what the cost.

God’s Word clearly gives us the promise that – “And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being save.”

On condition that: “They DEVOTED themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. EVERYONE was filled with awe, and many wonders and miraculous signs were done by the apostles. All the believers were together and had EVERYTHING in common. Selling their possessions and goods, they gave to anyone as he had need. EVERYDAY they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. AND THE LORD ADDED TO THEIR NUMBER DAILY THOSE WHO WERE BEING SAVED.” (Acts 2:42-47)

The Greek word for DEVOTED is “proskartereo”.

Definitions:

(1) To adhere to one, be his adherent, to be devoted or constant to one;

(2) To be steadfastly attentive unto, to give unremitting care to a thing;

(3) To continue all the time in a place;

(4) To persevere and not to faint;

(5) To show one’s self courageous for;

(6) To be in constant readiness for one, wait on constantly.   

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USA – The Passion of Christ – April 10, 2020

“From the sixth hour until the ninth hour darkness came over all the land. About the ninth hour Jesus cried out in a loud voice, ‘Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani?’ – which means, ‘My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?” Our family will spend this evening in the Harvest Home at 7pm watching the “Passion of Christ” embracing the Cross of our Savior, Lord and King, Jesus Christ. If you don’t have a copy, please let us know, we have a couple of extras and would try to get them to you today.
“Don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? We were therefore buried with Him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.” (Romans 6:3-4)
 
“We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body. For we who are alive are always being given over to death for Jesus’ sake , so that His life may be revealed in our mortal body.”
2 Corinthians 4:10-11)

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The World – Only forty-nine left for me, Dad – April 10, 2020

A young boy, the son of a missionary, had heard his father say to the native congregation that if each Christian in that particular city would win fifty to Jesus the entire city would be Christianized. Without reservation this twelve-year-old boy accepted his share of the responsibility. Every day he would pray for a boy friend of his who was a Hindu. Such successful personal work was done that after a few months the boy friend was baptized. Radiant with happiness the lad watched the baptism, and said to his father, “Only forty-nine left for me now, Dad.”
Oh, that our faith were so simple that we would look to the Master for power to win against the enemy of souls! 


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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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