A Word from Pastor (Papa) George

Africa – October testimonies

  October was a difficult month doing outreaches in the central Africa region because of an unusual amount of rainfall that kept people from attending the various outreaches. Obviously, the rainfall makes transporting the equipment more difficult, plus the additional burden of trying to protect the equipment and keep it dry. We are thankful, that regardless of these obstacles, our co-laborers were in the field 72 days and coordinated 24 different crusades, seminars and outreaches. Along with the testimonies of deliverances and healings, 1,359 people came to faith in Jesus Christ, including witch doctors and Muslims, and many of them have been baptized. We thank everyone for their prayers and financial support. We are in need of refurbishing 2 generators ($150/each) and replacing an amplifier ($500) and a stabilizer ($80).

    If you would like to make a donation, they can be made on line at www.myegiving/hvm.


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USA – Smokey Point Rest Area ministry

    Many thanks to everyone that helped with cookies and volunteering their time to serve the people that stopped by the Smokey Point Rest Area on I-5 this last weekend. We had over 17 volunteers that shared hours together in fellowship with each other as well as providing a welcome hot cup of coffee or cocoa and a couple of cookies to those that stopped by. There were lots of testimonies of wonderful people and, as usual, the “it’s a small world” as we met people that we knew or people that knew someone we knew or were related to. At 2:15am, two young men stopped in on their way home to Burlington and we ended up talking about Jesus and sharing our faith. One was a professed believer, the other, his friend, just believed that God is a loving God and we only have to be kind and good people and everything would work out. A great time of sharing and fellowship. We had a great conversation and I had the privilege of praying with them before they took off for Burlington at 4:15am. We will be there again this weekend, Nov 1-4. Please contact Linda at 360-421-8811 if you are able to provide some cookies and would like to do a shift at the rest area. 


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USA – Harvest Kids with Child’s Evangelism Fellowship

What a beautiful day that gave these young people an extra burst of energy to crush every can that had been donated. Afterwards, the kids played the “Harvest Kids“ Jenga game. Every time they successfully remove a block, they read the scripture written on the block. It is a special joy to watch the older kids take the time to help the younger ones that can’t read repeat the scripture out loud. George talked about the new Harvest Kids Animals board. We talked about how special out pets are and that many times we might think that they are the only ones that really care about us. Even the youngest thought we should also know that there are other people that also care about us. We will eventually end up with the “paw or claw” print of all the kid’s pets on a tile on the board. Thanks to Mike and Cathy for putting the board together and for Veronica that is painting the tiles. Afterwards, the kids colored a beautiful drawing that included Proverbs 17:17, “A friend loveth at all times.”

We celebrated all the October birthdays, including everyone in Africa or Mexico, and then enjoyed another fine lunch prepared by Grandma Linda. We are so grateful for Lynn and Christine from Child’s Evangelism Fellowship that come every month with great lessons and inter-active ministry. The lesson today was centered on Proverbs 3:6, “In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will direct your path.” The lesson and stories are centered around giving everyone a deep understanding of the scripture and how it applies to our daily living. They kids sing it, shout it, repeat it and memorize it. The four young people that came for their first time, had the other kids help put their handprints on the board to ensure they know they are loved and appreciated.


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USA – Preparing and equipping the saints,

“We are 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. Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of men in their deceitful scheming. Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into Him who is the Head, that is, Christ. From Him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.” (Ephesians 4:12-16)

“If you confess with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believer in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved….Anyone who trusts in Him will never be put to shame…..Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved. How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in. And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how they hear without someone preaching to them? And how can they preach unless they are sent? As it is written, ‘How beautiful and the feet of those who bring good news!” (Romans 10:9,11,13-15)

We invite each and every one of you to stop and visit with us at the Harvest Home, 9467 Pierce Lane, Sedro Woolley, Tue-Fri, 10am-4pm to fellowship, share, encourage and pray together. We also have Christian DVD’s and books to loan out and watch in the home. We have various gospel tracts and Bibles, new and old testaments, in English and Spanish, available to carry with you in your car, lunch pail and have stashed wherever you might carry them to give out as the Holy Spirit directs. Some of these are small and can easily be carried in your coat pocket so they will be available when the Holy Spirit needs them. Your responsibility isn’t to determine who they will be given to – just obey God and live your life in the “Go!” mode. Even if you have never shared your faith with another, “the will to win (defeat your flesh), is useless without the will to prepare.” Be strong and courageous! The great evangelist, John ‘The Duke” Wayne, once said, “Courage is being afraid but saddling up anyway!” If you need prayer or encouragement we are available 24×7 at 360-421-8811.


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At The Rest Area

Jesus said, “I was hungry and you gave Me something to eat. I was thirsty and you gave Me something to drink. I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of Mine, you did for Me.” (Matthew 25: 35, 40). We are so thankful to everyone that prays, bakes, buys cookies, drives, brews coffee and tea and shares the love of Jesus to those travelers that stop at the rest area along the interstate. Truck drivers, people traveling to visit family and friends or going to the game or a family that is living in their car, so many times we hear them speak words of gratitude: “I really appreciate you being here.” In a world that is fast-paced and so self-centered, what a shot of encouragement that we have the opportunity to add to a fellow travelers life journey. We are always impressed with the joy of getting to spend the time serving and sharing for one of the 6-hour shifts during the 3 days at the rest area. Deepening relationships or starting new ones. Laughing, crying, playing, sharing God’s Word, praying and sharing life. Just time set apart to have our Father wrap His loving arms around us and be reminded again that, although there is not a physical rest area in this world that can give us the peace that transcends all understanding, Jesus does if we accept Him. Jesus said, “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.” (Matthew 11: 28-29). We will be hosting the rest area the next two weekends, Oct 25-28 and Nov 1-4. Please contact Linda at 360-421-8812 if you would like to help. A great way to spend a few hours with a friend or someone in your family.


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USA – Harvest Kids, Oct 12 2019

We thank God for another beautiful day for the Harvest Kids to get together. After crushing a lot of the cans, the kids decided they wanted to make a “CAN choir”. What a wonderful bunch of Jesus loving kids. The kids counted out $22.11 for their Change the World donations. We are currently waiting for Pr. Martin in Africa to tell us which vulnerable children we will reach out to help next. We shared the vision for having the Harvest Kids present the life of Jesus for the children’s Christmas parade that will happen in Sedro Woolley the first Saturday of December and everyone is looking forward to working on this as our Christmas present to Jesus. We shared about the “Harvest Friends” which will compliment the handprints on the walls of everyone that has been a part of the Harvest Kids ministry. The Harvest Friends will be the footprints of all the kid’s pets with the pet’s name and the person that God has entrusted that pet to. After a quick contest of stacking cups we enjoyed a fine lunch that Grandma Linda made and then the kids read the story of Jesus and the disciples crossing the lake and Jesus being asleep during the storm (Mark 4:35-41). Afterward, Caleb and Hailey, were challenged to come up with a skit representing that story. Afterwards, we read the story of Jesus sending His disciples in the boat and then appearing to them on the water and Peter walking on water (Matthew 14:22-33). Then Corbin and Madilyn came up with that skit and presented that to us. We finished the remainder of our time learning to make animal balloons. After the fellowship, Linda showed the girls how to prepare the pumpkins for making pumpkin pancakes in the morning. We are looking forward to the next Harvest Kids on the 4th Saturday, Oct 26th at 10am when we will be having Lynn and Christine from Child’s Evangelism Fellowship sharing with us. We would love to have any young people that you know come and join us. Please call us if you need rides or information. George 360-421-8811, Linda 360-421-8812, Veronica 425-244-2525 or Cathy 360-812-0989.
 

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Africa – Now is the time of salvation, Oct 11 2019

What an incredible nine months of 2019. That is enough time to birth something new and we are so grateful for our co-laborers that willingly sacrifice to reach these people in remote regions of central Africa. They coordinated another 24 outreaches in September bring the number of total outreaches they have done this year to 298. We were blessed to receive testimonies of 5,133 people that accepted Jesus Christ in September and over 900 of them have already been baptized. They are now all being discipled by local believers in their local church families. We ask that you continue to pray for the harvest and for the 32,896 believers that have entered the kingdom through the outreaches this year. Just a reminder that we ask that our coordinators to share the testimonies of new believers that come into the kingdom as a direct result of using the sound and video equipment so that can be shared with our co-laborers in the USA that provide the financial support for these outreaches. Many more are brought into the kingdom every day through personal testimonies and the outreaches and ministry of the local church families that are not using the Harvest Vision sound and video equipment.
 
We currently have 3 coordinators in 3 different regions that are waiting for the equipment and support to begin the work in their local area. The equipment for each coordinator is about $3,600 and we then send monthly support of $150. Each coordinator works with anywhere from 50-200 local pastors and church families to help with evangelism, pastor training, church planting and discipleship. Please prayerfully consider becoming a financial partner so we can enlarge the territory and reach more with the good news of Jesus Christ.
 
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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Jim “with Joy” Kager

Our beloved brother, friend and co-laborer, Jim “with Joy” Kager, went to be with the Lord this weekend and although we know He is probably entertaining the heavenly hosts with one of his Jim jokes we know that he is also interceding for us so that we will finish the work still left for us to do. Jim was one of the friendliest and joyful Christians I have ever met and even before I committed my life to Jesus 25 years ago, he would unashamedly tell me about how he looked forward to the day I would enjoy that relationship myself. He disguised himself then as a security guard at the refinery but he became a true role model of faith for me. Even as he found himself diagnosed with a chronic disease that over the years took much of his physical abilities away, his circumstances were simply never more important than his love for Jesus and others. He has been with us since the birth of Harvest Vision Ministries and his inspiration and input have been weaved into much of the ministry that we have been blessed with locally and around the world. He has involved many residents, family members and staff at the Life Care Center in Sedro Woolley in his goal of collecting aluminum cans for the Harvest Kids and these donations have provided mosquito nets, beds, toilets, schools, medicine, clean water, food and school supplies for many orphaned and other vulnerable children in central Africa. He has been a role model for many of us and especially the children that have been encouraged by his burden to help those that are “less fortunate”. Amazing to live life with someone that faced the trials of Jim’s physical challenges and limitations and yet see them put the needs of others as being more important. A few years ago as I was leaving my visit with him, he grabbed my wrist and said that the Lord told him we needed to take frisbees to the children in Africa. We have since taken many frisbees that have been signed by residents from the care center, the Harvest Kids and many people involved with Harvest Vision Ministries. They are now scattered around Kenya, Uganda, South Sudan, Burundi and the DRCongo. If you want to pick up a frisbee next time your shopping you can bring it to us and we will make sure it gets where the Lord said He would like to send them. Although I will miss his physical fellowship when I visit the Life Care Center, I am confident (and hopeful) that now that he is free from any physical burdens, I will be bothered more by him now than I have been in the former years.
 

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USA– The love of Jesus expressed to a child, Oct 7, 2019

“Lord Jesus, we love our children so much and we know the consequence of them choosing the things of the world over an eternal relationship with You. We know Your heart is to give each person, even our children, their own choice when they become of an age to make that decision of their own free will. We also know we have an obligation to them and we bear the responsibility to give them Godly instruction and examples. Please give us the wisdom to speak words that will let them know that we will love them through their journey of life always hoping and praying they will respond to Your faithful knocking on the door of their hearts. That they may hear Your voice, open the door and let You come in. In Jesus Name we pray and believe, Amen.”
 
God’s Word commands us to: “Fathers, do not exasperate (frustrate) your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.” (Ephesians 6:4)
 
Obviously, we know that is our part, but it doesn’t take away their freewill to receive or reject our efforts.
 
God’s Word also commands us to: “Fathers, do not embitter your children, or they will become discouraged.” (Colossians 3:21)
 
We recently attended a ProLife gathering and a young woman shared her experiences of working with young women and couples that are faced with an unplanned pregnancy and the many issues and concerns that they struggle with in making their decision to support life. She also emphasized how important it is for them to have Godly parents that can support them during this difficult season of their life. I would like each of you, whether you are parents, grandparents or even friends to consider the suggestion that the Lord gave her and she now has shared with us.
 
Tell your children how you feel about sex outside of marriage and abortion.
 
Then you might tell them something like this:
 
“We hope that you choose to live according to those Godly standards, but if you find yourself not able to or pregnant, we want to let you know that we will not abandon you.”
 

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Africa– Burundi September testimonies, Oct 3, 2019

Jesus said, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.” (Matthew 9:37-38)
 
Thanks to all of our co-laborers here in the west that pray and support our co-laborers in central Africa. Our co-laborers in Burundi, that included 60 youth, evangelized in 50 communes in 10 provinces in August and witnessed 3,500 new believers that were born again and 816 of them were baptized. We were blessed this morning to receive the September report from our coordinator, Pastor Evariste.
 
“For the first two weeks we continued the youth evangelization. We preached upcountry in 3 communes. We were 60 persons and we reached 10,000 people and 4,015 got saved and 985 got baptized. We plan in December for graduation of 45 pastors, Next year, we will start the new class in Makamba Province.
 
We praise God for all for all He did for us. No one got an illness.
 
Thank you for your prayers and support,
 
Pastor Habonimana Evariste
 
Bujumbura – Burundi”

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USA– Harvest Kids, Sept 28, 2019

After all the rain we have had, we were blessed by a sunny and calm day for our Harvest Kids gathering. Much thanks to Isaac for showing up to help George, Cathy, Linda and the kids with crushing the cans. We were praying for enough money from the Change the World donations to finish the $50 needed to meet our commitment to pay support for the teachers for the Wambuti pygmy tribe in the DRCongo and our donation to Comfort Africa that helps vulnerable children in Uganda and we were blessed to discover that again He provided for what was needed. Ironically, today is the day we actually wired the money to support the Africa ministry for the upcoming fourth quarter. In all these years, I still find it exciting to realize I can be so filled with joy when He amazingly comes through like this providing all our needs. I am amazed and happy that I still am amazed? Our teaching for the day was about friendship, with Jesus and with one another. The kids read scriptures that talked about friendship and how love is the ingredient that holds friendships together. We discussed the qualities of God’s love listed in 1 Corinthians 13: 4-6 and then the kids drew pieces of paper that listed the different attributes and they prepared skits and after the skits the adults had to guess which attribute they were acting out. Lot’s of fun. We were happy to have our neighbor, Stacy, join us for the first time and the kids welcoming her by making sure her birthday was put on the birthday board and she got her handprint of the wall. Another fine lunch prepared by Mama Linda, with a special surprise to celebrate the birthdays in September. Afterwards, everyone enjoyed coloring some pictures that Veronica picked out for us yesterday while she was at the Harvest Home. Afterwards, we visited the kangaroo farm in Arlington and then the kids helped Cathy make some zuchinni bread.
 

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Canada– Reunion in Alert Bay, Sept 22-23, 2019

What a wonderfully and encouraging reunion with our brothers and sisters in Alert Bay, British Columbia. Pr. Marcus greeted us when we arrived at the Glad Tidings parsonage and we were immediately impressed by the way the living area has been remodeled. What a warm and welcoming atmosphere. We were able to visit and pray with elders Beatrice and Jane who we met when we first came 16 years ago. They would walk back and forth through the small town bathing everyone and everything in prayer. They also made their first mission trip with us to Mexico right after we first met them. Jane is now scooting through the hospital in her wheelchair at 88 and Beatrice had her 90th birthday, but their devotion to prayer and God’s Word is as purposed, fervent and vigilant as ever. “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a cloud of witnesses, let us run the race..” WOW, there goes our excuses that are always trying to draw us into disobedience. We enjoyed home fellowship with Marcus and his family, visits with Robin, Sarah and others throughout the weekend. It was a blessing to share the word of God with the Glad Tidings church family and have Marcus share his vision to reach to the broken hearted and those that are crushed in spirit in the community. Please continue to pray that Jesus can compel His disciples to love one another so the truth of the gospel can shine brightly on this island and that it might be a light that shines throughout British Columbia and to every nation.
 

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