A Word from Pastor (Papa) George

Good fruit or bad fruit, March 22, 2020

Jesus plants a ‘seed’ of faith  in each one that enters His rest.  

 “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his field. Though it is the smallest of all seeds, yet when it grows, it is the largest of the garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and perch in its branches.” (Matthew 13:31-32)

Jesus said: “A good tree cannot bear bad fruit and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit. Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven.” (Matthew 7:18-21)

What types of birds are perched in your tree?

“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth.”

“Do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink or about your body what you will wear.”

“Do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself.”

“Deny yourself, pick up your cross daily and follow Me.”

“Come to Me all you who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest.”

“They did not love their lives so much as too shrink from death.”

Satan plants a seed of fear in our self-centeredness.

It also has birds that come and perch in it.

“Store up for yourselves treasures on earth.”

“Worry about your life, what you will eat and drink and about your body what you will wear.”

“The world is falling apart and I am worried about my family, health, money, possessions.”

“Deny yourself nothing.”

“Take care of yourself.”

“At all costs, make sure that you don’t die.”

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“You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is not longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled by men.  You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.” (Matthew 5:13-16)

 


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Africa – Uganda Update – March 19, 2020

Post from Kennedy, our central Uganda coordinator.      

  “Yesterday the government stop
ped all church services and outdoor gatherings in Uganda for 32 days
So no open air crusades for 32 days. So We are shifting the fishing method. We will do 32 days of door to door evangelism and giving out leaflets talking about eternal life. We can all print them out and distribute them for the people to read wherever we will preach in these 32 days. I just left office with my printed documents for photocopy,i meet some men and began teaching them through it. Two of them have received Jesus and promised to go to victory city church for Sunday services. I gave them David’s number. Now I have to go back to office to print other copies for photocopying.”
“From the days of John the Baptist until now, the kingdom of heaven has been forcefully advancing, and forceful men lay hold of it.” (Mt 11:12)
 
“On that day a great persecution broke out against the church at Jerusalem, and all except the apostles were scattered throughout Judea and Samaria. Those who had been scattered preached the word wherever they went.” (Acts 8:1, 4)

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Africa outreaches – March 20, 2020

     We are so blessed and encouraged to share the testimony that our coordinators in central Africa organized 31 outreaches in February and 1,450 new believers were ushered into the kingdom. Wayne and I were blessed to be with the coordinators from Uganda, Kenya, South Sudan, Burundi and the DRCongo on March 9th in Kampala, Uganda. We were blessed with testimonies of God’s faithfulness and were able to give them water filters and 260 solar-powered audio bibles in 14 different languages. Later, we visited our coordinator in north Kenya before driving back to Uganda.

     Since our return on March 16th, Kenya and Uganda both implemented controls to minimize the impact of the corona virus. We were blessed to receive this response from Kennedy, our central Uganda outreach coordinator, and encouraged how quickly he adjusted to the circumstances and to maintain the mission of the church.

     “Yesterday the government stopped all church services and outdoor gatherings in Uganda for 32 days. So no open air crusades for 32 days. So We are shifting the fishing method. We will do 32 days of door to door evangelism and giving out leaflets talking about eternal life. We can all print them out and distribute them for the people to read wherever we will preach in these 32 days. I just left office with my printed documents for photocopy and I meet some men and began teaching them through it. Two of them have received Jesus and promised to go to victory city church for Sunday services. I gave them David’s number. Now I have to go back to office to print other copies for photocopying.”
     “From the days of John the Baptist until now, the kingdom of heaven has been forcefully advancing, and forceful men lay hold of it.” (Mt 11:12)
     “On that day a great persecution broke out against the church at Jerusalem, and all except the apostles were scattered throughout Judea and Samaria. Those who had been scattered preached the word wherever they went.” (Acts 8:1, 4

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Africa – Archer’s Post, Samburu, Kenya – March 14, 2020

     We finally took off from Kampala, Uganda to Samburu in the northern part of Kenya. We were blessed to have Pr. Simon, our north Kenya coordinator, travel with us. After we got through immigration at the Kenya border we were met by Pr. Titus, our east Uganda coordinator, who had traveled home from the conference to get his wife and child so he could bring them to meet us. We traveled to Nakuru and spent the night and arrived in Samburu in northern Kenya the next afternoon. Great sharing about the future needs of the ministry as we pray, share the love of Jesus and expand His Kingdom. Along the way we saw baboons, gazelles, rhinos and shared the road with a herd of camels. We were greeted by Rose, Simon’s wife and children then enjoyed a wonderful meal she had prepared for us. This was Wayne’s first time to visit the family and the home in Kenya so he had bought both Rose and the kids some ‘sweet’ gifts. Tomorrow we will be visiting a local church then visiting a tribe out in the bush that live in clusters of minatas, small round mud and stick homes, that are clustered together for protection.


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Africa A visit to Mukono, March 13, 2020

     Many years ago we made our first visit to Llagwe community in Mukono, Uganda where Pr. Jonathan lives. We were invited to host an outdoor crusade and Pr. Martin and I spent the night on the floor at his home in the jungle that he shared with his children and other orphans. The primary school that he had founded was a few miles away and provided primary education in the community and there were many other orphans that lived at the school. We witnessed his love for this community. We remember the roof going on the school building, the water tanks, teacher’s housing, toilets and Madilyn’s House with beds, mattresses and mosquito nets for the children. Today, through the help of Step 30 and Love Benti from Taiwan, we see a well, classrooms and community projects. Each child receiving the good news from their Father, who through the love of Jesus,  says to them:
“This is My child, whom I love and am very proud of.”

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Africa water filters & audio bibles  – March 12, 2020

     We were blessed to hear many testimonies from our coordinators scattered throughout Uganda, Kenya, South Sudan, Burundi and the DrCongo. Over these last few years, The King’s Storehouse Ministry out of Ferndale, WA has supplied water filters and solar-powered audio bibles. We distributed 100 water filters, each purifying 1,000,000 gallons of water, and 240 bibles in 14 different languages. There were so many testimonies of how God is using these to bring good, clean water to quench the physical and spiritual thirst of those that are broken hearted and crushed in spirit.   
  “On that day a great persecution broke out against the church at Jerusalem, and all except the apostles were scattered throughout Judea and Samaria. Those who had been scattered preached the word wherever they went.” (Acts 8:1, 4)

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Mexico, El Salvador & Honduras – Bringing it all together – February 17- Mar 6, 2020

“How good and pleasant it is when brothers live together in unity.” (Psalms 133:1)
      Miguel and Olivia, the Harvest Vision Ministries Mexico coordinators, traveled to south Mx to spend a few days visiting and encouraging Obed and Sury, the HVM coordinators that live in Michoacan. They were able to enjoy the family and listen to Obed and Sury as they shared their vision of the future work that they will be involved with as they continue to get direction from the Holy Spirit for their home and the communities in their sphere of influence. Later, Miguel and Olivia joined with George and Noe who had traveled to El Salvador to visit families and anoint Pr. Sergio and Gloria who will be serving as coordinators to that country. They were able to meet and pray for families around Noe’s father’s home where they will be encouraging believers to begin house church fellowships in their community.
   
    Later we traveled to San Salvador, the home of Pr. Sergio and his family, and were blessed to witness the incredible love they have for one another and the desire they have to use everything given to them to reach others with the gospel. We visited their church fellowship that meets at the city park and shared amongst ourselves about the vision of bringing the body of Christ together through relationships that God has given us. We have many friends and family of people that are from south Mexico and central America that are now “scattered” in Skagit Valley in Washington state and in San Luis along the border of the USA. 
  
     What an incredible time of fellowship we had with Ana Munguia, her family and the rest of the Nueve Horizonte Assembly of God church family in Ilopango, San Salvador. Thanks to our friends, Juan Carlos and Mauricio and their families that live in our community in the United States for making this possible and inviting us into their family here in El Salvador. Jesus said, “What God puts together, let no man separate.” This is the New Testament church that’s is given the promise: “And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.”
 
    “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. Every day 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)
    Everything, everyone, every day!

 

What a wonderful reunion as Noe took us to visit his family in San Marcelina, Lapaz. A beautiful home and family. We enjoyed breaking bread with them, visiting the ocean, which is just a short walk away, and joining them for an evening service with their local church family. The presence of God was in their hearts and home and we are confident that the Lord will be using their home to expand the kingdom work in this community.

     We are excited about the vision and were blessed with Noe spending an additional week to visit his wife, Nancy’s family in Honduras before traveling back to the USA.

     “Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord rises upon you. See, darkness covers the earth and thick darkness is over the peoples, but the Lord rises upon you. Nations will come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your dawn. Lift up your eyes and look about you: All assemble and come to you; your sons come from afar, and your daughters are carried on the arm.” (Isaiah 60:1-4)

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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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