A Word from Pastor (Papa) George

USA – Harvest Kids – January 25, 2020

   Many thanks to everyone that donates the cans that these kids get to crush and recycle to help vulnerable children in Africa. After crushing the cans, Dale helped the kids play a new game spelling words of faith by moving tiles on the floor “without using their hands”. Lot’s of fun. Afterwards, the kids counted their change and had enough money ($22) to purchase 2 more mosquito nets for the orphans that live at the Nalidi Grace primary school in eastern Uganda.  George wore one of the aprons that our friend, Bonnie, had made the kids for the cooking projects they are involved with. Reggie Hunter 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?’ We paused for a bit to celebrate birthdays for the month, had lunch that Grandma Linda had prepared and then celebrated with truffles that Pr. Lee Johnson had given us for the kids. After lunch, it was time for coloring different sheets related to the vine and the branches while the kids picked out sticks that Reggie had donated and used saws, files, sand paper and drills to shape their own walking sticks before applying the varnish. Thanks to all the adults that visited and spent time encouraging these young people. A special thanks to Pr. David and Faye Nichols for joining us. Everyone is excited about tonight’s Family Outreach at the Children’s Museum in Burlington and we hope to see many new families with children that we haven’t met yet.     


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USA – Let the little children come to Me – January 17, 2020

While Jesus hung on the cross, most of the disciples had chosen to not follow Him – but – “Many women were there, watching from a distance. They had followed Jesus from Galilee to care for His needs.” (Matthew 27:55)

to women of faith that even today have to carry much more in meeting the needs of Jesus because many men are caught up in the things of the world.

We are privileged to be friends with a wonderful elderly Christian lady in our community named Carolyn 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. We would like to help her when she feels called to take them as a group outside her home when the Lord directs, but she doesn’t have access to enough booster and car seats.

If you have any seats or would like to start reaching out to children we would love to help and encourage you. If you can help Carolyn with the booster or car seats, you can drop them off at the Harvest Home, 9467 Pierce Lane in Sedro Woolley. We are in the “Harvest Home” part of our home on Tue-Fri from 10am-4pm. If we aren’t there, just come to the door of our residence. Or call us at 360-421-8811 or 360-421-8812. We have all been called to be “conformed to the likeness of Jesus” (Roman 8:29) who said, “Let the little children come to Me.” (Matthew 19:14). Please pray for those that are sacrificing to care for His needs.

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 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 Lynn Griffin at 360-333-7025.


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Africa – December testimonies, January 14, 2020

     As we reflect on God’s promises for this year in light of the 38,596 believers that moved from darkness into the light this last year, our hearts are filled with anticipation. 2,373 were added through the 21 outreaches that were coordinated in December by these men and women that sacrifice so much to bring the gospel to these areas. 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 praying for the funds to equip four more coordinators with sound and video equipment this year. Please pray about joining the financial team that makes this possible. We would need 4 sets of equipment ($3,600 each) and monthly support ($150/mo) for them to be able to 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. We will be leaving the first of March so the equipment that has to come from here has to be sent over now. The remainder, generator, etc. we can purchase in Africa.

   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. 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 CEF, January 11, 2020

     We had a new game to play today. The kids had scrambled letter tiles on the floor and had to spell a word they were given by pulling the tiles onto a circle drawn on the floor without using their hands. The words were from these phrases: We live by faith. We hope in Jesus. We give Him glory. We were excited to share that the final work on the primary school they helped build in NW Uganda was complete and the kids were in school. We started a new project to replace the mosquito nets for the orphans that live at the Nalidi Grace Primary orphan school in E Uganda. We will need 25 nets for the girls and 29 nets for the boys that costs $11 each in Uganda. We will also be trying to raise money for 21 sets of sheets to cover some of the foam mattresses that don’t have them. They now have $92 and are collecting their change to get them all. You are welcome to drop your change and empty aluminum cans off at the Harvest Home, 9467 Pierce Lane, in Sedro Woolley. We were again blessed to have Lynn and Christine from Child’s Evangelism Fellowship come and share their inter-active ministry which is always entertaining and brings the truth of God’s love to everyone.  Today’s focus was on “God’s plans are good!” and “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.” (Proverbs 3:5-6) We will be meeting again on Saturday, Jan 25th, from 10am-12:30pm. Later that same day, we will have a family night at the Children’s Museum at the Outlet Mall in Burlington from 6-8pm. Please contact us for more information. 360-982-8159 or 360-421-8811.     


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USA – Harvest Kids and CEF, December 28, 2019

  What a beautiful day that the Lord provided for our last Harvest Kids fellowship of the year. After crushing cans that had been donated, these young people counted out their donated change and had $86 that will finish paying the money for the Comfort Africa ministry to orphans in Uganda and to pay the teachers of the Wambuti pygmy tribe in the DRCongo. Their next project will be replacing the mosquito nets for the orphans that attend and live at the Nalidi Grace Primary School in northeast Uganda. It was great to have Wayne and his mother-in-law, Stanny from Canada, and his wonder dog, Walker with us at Harvest Kids. Lynn, from Child’s Evangelism Fellowship, shared the story of Jesus, from birth to death and resurrection to the kids and they were able to help with the lesson. The “Word Up” for the day was, “God keeps His promises”. We are praying that our young people can be built up in God’s Word and strengthened before they enter their mission field in the public school at the first of the year.

   “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul and strength. These commandments that I give your today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.” (Deuteronomy 6:5-9)

   Thank you to everyone that prays and support these young people as they become true disciples of Jesus Christ and agents of change in their families, schools, communities and around the world.    
 


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USA – Smokey Pt. Rest Area outreach ministry, December 27-30, 2019

     Many thanks to everyone that donated cookies and helped share the love of Jesus with people at the Smokey Pt. Rest Area on Interstate 5 over this holiday weekend. We received almost $250 that will be used to build God’s Kingdom locally, in Mexico, El Salvador, Kenya, Uganda, South Sudan, Burundi, the DRCongo and Australia. It is amazing what this simple act of unselfishness does to encourage so many people that share their gratitude with those of us that choose to serve. We surely want everyone that prays, provides cookies and allows their family to come and participate to share in this special joy.

    “This service that you perform is not only supplying the needs of God’s people but is also overflowing in many expressions of thanks to God. Because of the service by which you have proved yourselves, men will praise God for the obedience that accompanies your confession of the gospel of Christ, and for your generosity in sharing with them and with everyone else.”

(2 Corinthians 9:12-13)  


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Africa – November outreaches, Dec 19, 2019

     “The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call Him Immanuel, which means ‘God with us’. She will give birth to a son, and you are to give Him the name Jesus, because He will save His people from their sins.” (Mt 1:23, 21)

     If Jesus wrote a letter to Santa, what would He ask for?

     If Jesus sang the song, “All I want for Christmas”, what would He ask for?

Actually we already have been given that answer.

Jesus said, “For the Son of Man came to seek and save what was lost”. (Luke 19:10)

We are thankful for our co-laborers in central Africa, that spent the month of November coordinating 26 outreaches and witnessed the Holy Spirit prompt the hearts of 1,968 new believers to respond to Jesus. Jesus said, “Here I AM. I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with them and they will eat with Me.” (Rev 3:20)

    Many thanks to our co-laborers that pray and help financially support these native missionaries.

We are praying that others will join with us as we continue to support these brothers and sisters and even more so as we have coordinators in the east and west Uganda, eastern DRCongo, southern South Sudan and Ethipoia, El Salvador and Australia that are needing sound and video equipment to better reach those in their respective regions. They work with Christian pastor’s and leaders to bring the gospel message to those that are broken-hearted and crushed in spirit in their respective communities. That is six sets of equipment that costs about $3,600 each by the time we are able to put them all together. If God has blessed you, it isn’t to raise your “standard of living” as much as it is to raise your “standard of giving”. Please prayerfully consider increasing your partnership in the kingdom ministry of our Lord, Jesus Christ who “came to seek and save what was lost”.

    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 donations are tax-deductible and help advance the gospel of Jesus Christ and build His Kingdom.


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USA – Trouble in this world December 27, 2019

We were blessed to have the Harvest Kids and adults at the Riverstone Climbing Gym in the morning and roller skating in the evening in Burlington. Lot’s of teaching opportunities throughout the day. The training at the climbing gym focuses on the safe and proper use of your equipment and includes understanding the importance of communication with the person that will be your “belay” – the person responsible to hold the rope for your ascent and descent on the wall.

“Belay” – The securing of a person or a safety rope to an anchor point (as during mountain climbing); to make fast; to fasten down.

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

     “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul and strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.” (Deuteronomy 6:4-9)

      “God is our refuge and strength, and ever-present help in trouble.” (Psalm 46:1)


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USA – Amazing return on investment, Dec 7, 2019

     Many thanks to everyone who prays and supports Harvest Vision Ministries as we make every effort to prepare and equip our co-laborers that are in the harvest fields, locally and around the world, to reach the lost with the uncompromised Word of God. Here, in our little home and office in Sedro Woolley, Washington, no person receives any monetary compensation for the sacrifices they make. Through the first part of December of this year, we have received donations of $115,000 that supports the ministry locally and other ministry in NW Washington, Canada, Mexico and 7 countries in central Africa. This pays for homeless, children’s and other ministry locally, mission home and outreach in Mexico and supports coordinators and maintains sound & equipment for outreaches in Africa, as well as money for health and education needs in Africa. We have paid a little over 2% for admin costs which is mainly the costs of the services for our on-line donations. So far, just the outreaches using the equipment in Africa have witnessed over 35,000 people accept Jesus this year and are now being discipled in local church families to reach even others. We are still waiting testimonies for the rest of the outreaches in November and for December. It is a blessing to know God is using a $25/mo donation to reach over 7 people for each of those months. May God continue to get the glory for those that He is bringing to salvation.  

We have 6 coordinators in central Africa, El Salvador and Australia that are working to reach the lost in their areas and can reach even more if they have additional equipment. Please consider whether you would like to help them give the gift that truly keeps on giving.

   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 or send to Harvest Vision Ministries, PO Box 733, Sedro Woolley, WA, 98284.


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USA – All I want for Christmas is?, Dec 3, 2019

What a wonderful time of year when people begin to think about giving and helping others. Over 2,000 years ago, we were given a gift. A baby named Jesus. The gift was not unwrapped until He died on the Cross for the forgiveness of the sin of all mankind and we were given the opportunity to receive the gift of eternal life. Jesus spent His whole life on earth with an eternal perspective. This was not His home and it isn’t really ours when we accept Jesus and His promise. How much of our giving today has an eternal perspective? Jesus said, “Rejoice with Me; I have found My lost sheep.’ I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent.” We just received testimonies from 3 coordinators in Uganda, Burundi and the DRCongo. They coordinated 12 outreaches in November, 785 sheep came to the Shepherd and 150 have been baptized. What rejoicing! We have 6 coordinators in central Africa, El Salvador and Australia that are working to reach the lost in their areas and can reach even more if they have additional equipment. Please consider whether you would like to help them give the gift that truly keeps on giving.

   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 or send to Harvest Vision Ministries, PO Box 733, Sedro Woolley, WA, 98284.


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USA – Four Corners Navajo Indian Reservation, Nov 20-26, 2019

Many thanks to John Seaman for joining George on this journey back to the Four Corners Navajo Indian Reservation in New Mexico and Arizona. The long 20 hour ride brought us to the homestead of our sister, Cecilia, and her son, Chris. Cecilia has had a vision to build a prayer house on this land for many years. We were blessed to be greeted with a mission team from the Native American Bible Ministries in Broken Bow, Oklahoma who had already started some work on the project, including building an outhouse. It was a great time of fellowship and the prayer house is being modified to include a home for Cecilia. We were blessed by spending special time with Cecilia and listen to her share about her journey of faith. We were also able to stop and visit John’s family in Apache Junction, Arizona on our drive down to Mexico. John was able to meet Miguel, Olivia and Yvann who coordinate the ministry in Mexico and we were able to visit the Centro de Suenos church family for a Tuesday night service. John was able to share his passion and love for music with the church family by playing one of his favorite worship songs. Olivia joined with us for the 29 hour snowy drive back to Washington where she will be visiting with us until December 9th. Many thanks to everyone that prays and supports Harvest Vision Ministries.      


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USA – El Salvador

   Many thanks to our brother, Noe Lara, who has been moved by the Holy Spirit to reach out to the lost in his native land of El Salvador. We are pleased to partner and co-labor with him as he over-sees the expanding of God’s kingdom in the land of his birth. He recently went on a mission there and reunited with Pastor Sergio Lopez, the man and pastor who had ministered to him when he was a teenager living there. Noe spent time with him and recognized the anointing that God has given to him to reach the lost and plant church families to disciple new believers. Noe was led to start a ministry partnership with Sergio and with the support of Harvest Vision Ministries will be providing the equipment needed to further the ministry. We are asking you to join with us in prayer and financial support for the expanding of God’s kingdom in this nation. For Sergio as he coordinates the ministry in El Salvador and for Noe as he serves as the liaison for us as his co-laborers in the harvest fields of El Salvador.  


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