A Word from Pastor (Papa) George

El Salvador – Pr. Sergio & Gloria Lopez, new coordinators – February 25, 2020

     We are very excited to introduce you to Pr. Sergio and Gloria Lopez, our Harvest Vision Ministries coordinators in El Salvador. Sergio is a long time friend of our brother, Noe Lara and his wife, Nancy, who will be our Harvest Vision Ministries liaisons to El Salvador and other countries in Central America. Noe, who is from El Salvador, and Nancy, who is from Honduras, live in Burlington, Washington in the USA.
     Sergio was born November 3, 1950 in Ciudad Arce de Liberta in San Salvador. His parents were nominal believers but he was raised with some Christian influence. He met his wife, Gloria, and they were married in 1985 shortly after he became a Christian in 1984. They have five children and a strong faith-filled family. He served in the church and felt called to pastoral ministry in 2000 and currently pastors a small church family in Colonia Miramonte in San Salvador. They fellowship together at a local park and in their homes. Sergio and Gloria share a home with nine family members that all work together to raise their children, operate a small family business and share the expenses and work of maintaining their home.
     Noe visited Sergio in the latter part of 2019 to introduce him to the vision of coordinating relationships between people in the USA, Mexico and other countries that have families and friends that are scattered throughout El Salvador. He will be helping prepare and equip God’s people to work together for evangelism, pastoral training, discipleship and church planting (Ephesians 4:11-16).
     George and Noe were joined by Miguel and Olivia Estrada, the Harvest Vision Ministries coordinators for Mexico to confirm Pr. Sergio and Gloria’s calling on February 25, 2020.


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USA – Harvest Kids, February 22, 2020

     Thanks to everyone that helped with our regular Harvest Kids fellowship the end of February. After crushing cans, the kids counted their change and had enough money to buy the last 6 mosquito nets for the orphan girls at the Nalidi Grace Orphan school in eastern Uganda. A real miracle for these children and Pr. Patrick and the staff at the school to know that God sees what they are doing and how important each child is. The kids will now start collecting money for the boys that live at the school. The kids ended up with a special treat for the February birthdays after lunch. Many thanks to Dale’s brother, Jason, who shared a message to the children about David and Solomon and the importance of listening to God and doing what He says and not to listen to others that would lead you astray. Jason used a video about Buzzby, the misbehaving bee, to help illustrate the lesson. What a privilege and responsibility to be entrusted with teaching God’s children.       


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USA – We CAN make a difference – February 12, 2020

 Thanks to the many people that are donating aluminum cans to provide the money the Harvest Kids need to help vulnerable children in central Africa. This includes our co-laborers that run the expresso stand in Granite Falls, Walker Motor Works car dealership in Marysville and the different recovery houses in Skagit Valley that collect cans. The Harvest Kids use their “Change the World” donations (their own pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters) to do a variety of projects, such as building schools for kids or buying mosquito nets for vulnerable children in Africa,  but the “recycle can” money is used to pay monthly support for Komfort Africa, which is a ministry helping orphaned and vulnerable children in Uganda, and to pay the teachers that work at the primary school in the DRCongo that provides education for the children from the Wambuti pygmy tribe. Thanks to the kids and adults who help to crush and bag these cans and to Zee’s Brothers Recycling in Lynden that buy the aluminum cans. Thanks to our faithful servant, Cheryl, who hooks up her horse trailer and delivers the cans. We just recycled 540 pounds of crushed cans and received $135 that will be used to help the kids fulfill their monthly commitment to help their less fortunate young brothers and sisters in Africa.

     If you would like to donate aluminum cans, they can be dropped off at the Harvest Home, 9467 Pierce Lane, Sedro Woolley anytime. If no one is there, they can be put inside or beside the container at the front door. If you would like to donate your change (or folding money) for the Change the World, it can be dropped off at the Harvest Home, Tue-Fri, 10am-4pm. If you would like to set up a collection can at your work or another location, please contact Dale at 360-982-8159.         


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Africa – January salvations – February 12, 2020

Yesterday, David, our coordinator for north Uganda, sent us a couple of photos of some of the door to door ministry that is ongoing everywhere these faithful servants go. We were blessed to see that David had coordinated 3 outreaches in January and witnessed 29 + 58 + 109 = 196 new believers that came into the kingdom when he was using the sound and video equipment during these crusades. The coordinators organized 28 outreaches in January using the equipment and 2,410 souls were saved at these crusades. This is amazing, but becomes more so when we account for the many people that are coming to salvation from their other outreaches without the equipment, going to hospitals, schools, market places and door to door. It is not unusual to find that after an outreach and we return to start a new church plant, these new believers had already been able to lead many more into the kingdom in that short time. One on one. Thanks to our prayer and giving partners that help make all this possible. It is a blessing beyond measure to know that the Father and all the angels in heaven were rejoicing with an average of one sinner coming to repentance every 20 minutes through the efforts of these coordinators with their sound and video equipment during the month of January.~

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USA – Counting sheep – February 11, 2020

Sometimes, we have trouble sleeping and in the old days, someone might suggest that we try “counting sheep”. It that doesn’t work, we might try a drink of whiskey, melatonin or a sleeping pill. If not, we might just worry and fret and even curse God.

     As usual, we had to reflect on the month of January and all the things that we have been blessed to be a part of so we could publish the newsletter. Our life is pretty crazy as we make an effort to devote our time, gifts and resources to reach those that are “broken-hearted and crush in spirit” (Psalms 34:18) in our community praying that they might come to faith in Jesus Christ. At the same time, there is an underlying rhythm that expands our understanding of what it means to “count sheep”. We are fortunate to be able to pray and send financial support every month to our co-laborers in the harvest fields of Africa. We just received a testimony from our coordinator in Burundi who organized outreaches in January and witnessed 558 come to faith in Jesus Christ and who are now being taught to be true disciples. Jesus said our Father in heaven and the angels would rejoice over each one. We know that it is the work of the Holy Spirit that brings people to salvation and the Holy Spirit directs all believers to do their part to make that possible. So, as we choose to be bread broken and wine poured out for those in our community, always with the motive to seek and save those that are lost, we do that with a sense of an underlying rhythm. The heartbeat of our Father in heaven. That even though we are 11,000 miles from Burundi and will possibly never meet any of those 558 until we are made perfect in Christ Jesus (Hebrews 11:39-40), during January, 24 hours a day, on the average, one of those children came home to the Father every 1 hour and 20 minutes. And that is just one of the 11 coordinators that are serving the Lord in these countries. We call them “lost sheep”, but Jesus doesn’t see them as “lost”, He sees them as “missed” by our Father.

     “May I never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world. Neither circumcision nor uncircumcision means anything; what counts is a new creation. Peace and mercy to all who follow this rule, even to the Israel of God.” (Galatians 14-16)

“Therefore, as it is written: ‘Let him who boasts boast in the Lord.” (1 Corinthians 1:31)

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

What does “counting sheep” mean to you?

What does “counting sheep” mean to Jesus, who knows everyone by name?

    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. 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 – Harvest Kids with Child’s Evangelism Fellowship – February 8, 2020

    Thanks to everyone that came and supported these young people with Harvest Kids and a special thanks to the kids that came from the Kid’s Club that meets at Carolyn’s home on Peavey Road. It was a bit rainy but the kids got lot’s of the cans crushed that had been donated. They will be taken to the recycle place this week and that money used to support vulnerable children in the Comfort Africa program in Uganda and to pay the teachers for the Wambuti pygmy tribe in the DRCongo. The kids then played a game of Simon Says to emphasize what Jesus had taught about who is the greatest in the kingdom being the child that simply listened and obeyed and was not distracted. Afterwards, the kids counted their change and, along with the money that had been made selling the hazelnuts, they had $88, enough to purchase 8 more mosquito nets for the orphans that live at the Nalidi Grace Primary school in east Uganda. The kids colored while others, including the adults, wrote down their birthdays for the birthday board and picked their color to add their handprint to the wall.

    Thanks to the women who provided and served lunch for the kids while Lynn from Child’s Evangelism Fellowship set up for her time with the kids. We are so thankful for her dedication to reaching children throughout our community with the gospel. Her lessons are inter-active to keep the young people interested and she is continuing to share the story of Esther from the bible. The scripture the young people were asked to memorize was “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” (Philippians 4:6). We are thankful that Amber, Nancy and Bobbie were able to spend some time learning how to use the Silhouette machine which we will be using to make decals and other items to support the various ministries that we are involved with. Thanks to Armando and Jason for taking a generator out to Carolyn’s Kid’s Club because they had no power, to Cathy for finishing up the evening building us a new display for the birthday board and to Dale for shelling some more hazelnuts that will be available at the Harvest Home for people that want to purchase them to support the Harvest Kids.

      The next Harvest Kids meeting is scheduled on the 4th Saturday, February 22nd, from 10am-1pm at the Harvest Home, 9467 Pierce Lane, Sedro Woolley. For information: call 360-421-8811 or 360-421-8812.


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USA – Kid’s Club at the Children’s Museum – February 1, 2020

What a blessing to support the Kid’s Club that meet at Carolyn’s home on Peavey Road in Sedro Woolley. We loaded up the van’s on Friday night to go to the free family night at the Jungle Playland in Mt. Vernon, but unfortunately there were too many people for us to be able to get in. Even though the kids had stood in the cold for awhile before we realized we wouldn’t be able to go in, they were over-joyed to find out that we would be able to take them to the Children’s Museum in Burlington the next day at noon. Thanks to Dale, Cathy and Linda that joined Carolyn to drive them over and enjoy a few hours of wonderful inter-active ministry with others in our community. This is family. This is love. This is the Father’s family brought together through Jesus Christ and led by the Holy Spirit. Jesus is the head of His Church and everyone man, woman and child has the opportunity to receive the free gift of eternal life and are loved, valued, respected and essential.  

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January 30, 2020

 

Here we are! The start of a new year and a new decade.

    Even though many things are new. One thing that we know is not new is that the enemy is the same and comes to kill, steal and destroy and he always targets the young and weak. We were blessed to be a part of the recent March for Life event in Olympia and are looking forward to the “40 Days for Life”, pro-life prayer vigil, that will go from Feb 26 – April 5th. Please check out the website to volunteer for times that you may be able to come and pray.

    “Then Pharaoh gave this order to all his people: ‘Every boy that is born you must throw into the Nile, but let every girl live.” (Exodus 1:22) “When Herod realized that he had been outwitted by the Magi, he was furious, and he gave orders to kill all the boys in Bethlehem and its vicinity who were two years old and under.” (Matthew 2:16)

     The Lord prompted us to cancel our mission trip to Mexico after Christmas to focus on infants and children.

We want to thank everyone that donates the aluminum cans that the Harvest Kids get to crush and recycle to help vulnerable children in Africa. The kids recently used their change to finish building a primary school for vulnerable and orphaned children in Uganda and have now raised enough money for 11 of the 60 mosquito nets for orphans that live at another school in another part of Uganda. We are so thankful for the work that Child’s Evangelism Fellowship does throughout our community, meeting with kids after school at the school (when they are able to find volunteers) as well as teaching with our Harvest Kids and other clubs throughout the community. We have been blessed to take parents and children to the rock climbing gym, skating rink and Children’s Museum. Reggie Hunter from the Upper Skagit tribe  shared about how he finds the wood and makes walking sticks, cutting off branches, sanding and sculpting each one before he seals the stick with varnish. We were able to relate all this to the story that Jesus told in John 15 about the vine and branches. The kids read the scripture verse and answered  the questions. Who was the gardener? Who was the vine? Who were the branches? What is the fruit? What did Jesus mean when He said, ‘Fruit that last?’ Afterwards, everyone enjoyed coloring different sheets related to the vine and the branches while the kids picked out sticks that Reggie had donated. They used saws, files, sand paper and drills to shape their own walking sticks before applying the varnish.

   Many thanks to our Harvest Vision team that put substance to our desire to provide a safe, fun night of fellowship for children and their families at the Children’s Museum in Burlington. Lot’s of prep work to invite people, prepare and set up refreshments, provide transportation and ensure we had information available about different opportunities for people to share the love of Jesus and stay connected as the family of God. Some Christian men and women came just to welcome and encourage those that came with children. A special thanks to those that speak Spanish and were available to translate when needed. A big thanks to the many that support the Children’s Museum that provides this beautiful and clean facility, with a great staff and environment that is filled with safe, interactive learning experiences for families in our community.  We had 30 children and almost as many adults greeting, meeting and sharing their lives with each other, many meeting each other for the first time. We are praying to provide many more opportunities for these and other families with children to get together and share their life’s faith journey with one another. 

    We are privileged to be friends with a wonderful elderly Christian lady in our community who has opened up her heart to the children in her neighborhood. What started with bringing some kids into her trailer to share Jesus with them has now evolved into 4 days of Kids’ Club every week. She has put a cover outside her trailer to provide a game room for the now 22 children from age 3-12. Nineteen of them have accepted Jesus and some of their parents in just these last few months. We are hoping to help her when she feels called to take them as a group outside her home when the Lord directs, so we are collecting booster and car seats. These young people love Jesus and want to share it with other kids that they meet in their neighborhood and their schools. If they meet someone in their neighborhood, they can invite them to come to the Kid’s Club and meet “Grandma Carolyn”. Why can’t we have a home open in every few blocks of our community?
     Consider this. Children and youth can legally share their faith with others in their school, which is their mission field. We have the legal authority to come alongside them after school and provide a place and support for them to bring in their harvest using that facility to encourage and strengthen them. Sadly, Child’s Evangelism Fellowship only has volunteers to stand with these young people at 2 of the 30 public schools in Skagit and Island county? Where are you, men and women of God? For information contact locally, call Lynn Griffin at 360-333-7025. If you live in a different area, contact Child’s Evangelism Fellowship in your community. 

J

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Mexico, El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala

We are looking forward to gathering with people living in Skagit Valley that have family and friends in the southern states of Mexico, El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala on Feb 15th at the Manantial de Agua Viva church, 12063 Pulver Rd. in Burlington from 6-8pm. We are traveling to El Salvador to help coordinate ministry in those particular areas and are hoping to provide some unity for people with those connections. We will be providing these contacts to the native missionaries that live in those states and countries as they labor to bring the gospel message and unity to Christian believers in their communities. Please share this with anyone that may be interested. For information in English call 360-421-8811/8812. For information in Spanish call 360-909-8506 or 360-540-0816.


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Mexico & Central America News, January, 2020

   It is always a blessing to hear the testimonies of the many different ways in which our coordinators, Miguel and Olivia, in San Luis in Sonora in north Mexico and our coordinators, Obed and Suri in Apatzingan in Michoacan in south central Mexico, help the Christian community reach the lost and help teach the found in their areas. A confirmation of their obedience to fulfill their calling to “prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.” (Ephesians 4:12-13) They work diligently to keep the worship trailer, van, sewing ministry and fellowship center available to whoever may need them for their kingdom work. We are thankful for the encouragement and provisions they are able to give to those doing feeding, clothing and other outreach ministry to those in cardboard city, the prison and local alcohol and drug rehabs. Whether it is delivering sanitary supplies to an elderly neighbor who cares for her middle-aged, wheel-chair bound daughter, to arranging to send children’s books from a ministry in the USA to a small school in the middle of Mexico, purchasing a set of sound equipment for the church fellowship in the women’s federal prison, preparing the baptismal in the fellowship center for a local church family to use or helping with a fundraiser for a family that is in need or has experienced a recent tragedy – those that “hope in the Lord will renew their strength and soar on wings like eagles”. (Isaiah 40:31) On February 17th, Miguel and Olivia will be traveling to Michoacan to visit and encourage Pr. Obed and his family. We are hoping to build relationships with Christians in the other southern states of Mexico so they may encourage and help one another in reaching the lost in their communities. After their visit to Michoacan, they will travel to El Salvador to meet with George and Noe from Washington. They will be encouraging our friend and new coordinator in El Salvador, Pr. Sergio Cortez, before returning home. Noe will stay to begin establishing relationships with the Christian community in Honduras prior to coming home on March 6th. Please pray for God’s continued provision as He fulfills His promise as we seek to: “Enlarge the place of your tent, stretch your tent curtains wide, do not hold back; lengthen your cords, strengthen your stakes.” (Isaiah 54:2)       


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January 28, 2020

In December, our co-laborers in central Africa were in the field 71 days and coordinated 23 different crusades, seminars and outreaches. Along with the testimonies of deliverances and healings, 2,373 people came to faith in Jesus Christ. As we reflect on God’s promises for this year in light of the 40,900 believers that moved from darkness into the light in 2019, our hearts are filled with anticipation. Although they face many trials of persecution and suffer through poor transportation, weather, sickness and sometimes little or no food, they persevere for the sake of the harvest. We are thankful to everyone that prays and supports these servants in Uganda, Kenya, South Sudan, Burundi and the DRCongo. We are encouraged by the testimonies of gratitude from our coordinators that are starting to realize their basic needs; food, shelter and school fees are being met by the sustainability projects that our co-laborers from the USA helped them get started. We are praying for the funds to equip four more coordinators with sound and video equipment and monthly support this year so they can work with all the Christian church families and leaders in their regions and help coordinate outreaches, train leaders, strengthen existing church families and help plant new ones. Unfortunately, many of our coordinators, along with their communities, are being attacked or could soon be attacked by an invasion of locusts from northeastern Africa that are slowly working their way into Kenya toward Uganda. This is devastating and destroying basically all vegetation in their path. Please lift all of central Africa up in your prayers.   

     We are happy to report that the director of the ministry in Africa, Pr. Martin, and his family moved into their new home this month. Susan, the admin coordinator for the over-all ministry, and her family moved into the home and office that Martin and his family have been living in the last 14 years, since the ministry started. This will give Martin more freedom to help teach leaders and expand the ministry and also provide Susan easier access to the office where she coordinates much of the over-all ministry. The new weekly radio program that started this month is already reaching many people in a large area with a true teaching of the bible and is named, “Sound Doctrine Discipleship”. Many people respond during and after the program, either in English to Pr. Martin or in Lugandan to Pr. Jeffrey. We are encouraged that 29 pastors attended the first month of the year-long bible school that started in southeast Uganda this month. Pastors attend for 3 days each month, then spend the month studying and training their leaders and continue 3 days per month for one year. This allows them to be trained in the Word of God without having to leave their families, ministries or pay for their training. Another bible school is scheduled to start in eastern Uganda soon.

     We are looking forward to a wonderful time of fellowship at the coordinator’s conference in Kampala, Uganda that is scheduled the first part of March. George and Wayne from the USA will be joining with the Harvest Vision family from the different locations throughout central Africa. It continues to be a time of encouragement, refreshment, sharing, worship and prayer and we thank everyone that prays, blesses and helps support this anointed fellowship.


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USA – Children’s Museum Family Fun Night – January 25, 2020

Many thanks to our Harvest Vision team that put substance to our desire to provide a safe, fun night of fellowship for children and their families at the Children’s Museum in Burlington. Lot’s of prep work in inviting people, preparing and setting up refreshments, providing transportation and ensuring we had information available about different opportunities for people to share the love of Jesus and stay connected as the family of God. Some Christian men and women came just to welcome and encourage those that came with children. A special thanks to those that speak Spanish and were available to translate when needed. A big thanks to the many that support the Children’s Museum that provides this beautiful and clean facility, with a great staff and environment that is filled with safe, interactive learning experiences for families in our community.  We had 30 children and almost as many adults greeting, meeting and sharing their lives with each other, many meeting each other for the first time. We are praying to provide many more opportunities for these and other families with children to get together and share their life’s faith journey with one another.  

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