A Word from Pastor (Papa) George

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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USA – Harvest Kids, Sept 14, 2019

What a wonderful day of fellowship and celebration for all the work these young people are able to accomplish. We were thankful to have Jenny, from Anacortes, bring our friend, Bishop Anthony Owor, from Uganda to visit with the Harvest Kids for the second time. Many thanks to our servants, Cathy, Linda and Isaac for helping. We only had a few cans to crush because we just recycled 630 pounds the kids had already crushed and we received $159 to go toward their monthly support of the teachers of the Wambuti pygmy primary school in the DRCongo and the Comfort Africa vulnerable children’s ministry in Uganda. After crushing cans, the kids received the good news that along with their bi-weekly donations, we have picked and sold about 4,500 ears of sweet corn that our local farmer friend donated and had raised $1,775 toward the completion of the school. Everything being totaled, they had the $1,818 to finish the primary school in Uganda and almost all the money needed for their donation to the Africa quarterly support. Amazing, as is our custom, the kids let Laura, our first time visitor complete the red in the school thermometer and Melody, who is celebrating her 11th birthday, fill in the quarterly support thermometer. Afterwards, Bishop Anthony spent time with the kids as they asked many questions about children in Africa and about the country itself. They enjoyed a special “Africa” lunch that Linda had prepared, then a special “Job Well Done” ice cream cake from Dairy Queen. The rest of the time the kids made “vision boards” capturing some of the special things in their lives, including some things they would like to accomplish or have in the future. This was a special idea from a co-worker of Isaac’s named Heaven Lee and we really appreciate her sharing that with us.
 

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USA – Looking after orphans in distress, Sept 10, 2019

“Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans in their distress…” (James 1:27). We are so thankful to the Harvest Kids that were led to support Pr. Christopher, the Harvest Vision coordinator for northwest Uganda, and his vision to provide a primary school for orphans and other vulnerable children in his community. They had a small group, huddled under a tree (when it wasn’t raining), with a teacher and a blackboard. No desk, no chairs and no school supplies when we first were introduced to them last year. These young people donated enough money and received enough donations for the sweet corn that a local farmer planted for them to help construct the brick 4-classroom and office building, as well as a toilet last fall. This summer they raised enough money to purchase the tin for the roof to protect the brick walls during the rainy season, leaving a balance of $1,818 to finish the doors, windows, plaster and walls. Thanks to everyone, they will celebrate reaching that goal, plus having enough money for their regular donation to support the Comfort Africa, vulnerable children’s ministry in Uganda, and to pay the teachers for the Wambuti pygmy children going to a primary school on Idjwe Island in Lake Kivu in the DRCongo. We invite you to come and bring any young people, whether they have been involved before or not, this Saturday, September 14th, from 10am-12:30pm at the Harvest Home, 9467 Pierce Lane, Sedro Woolley. We will be crushing some of the aluminum cans that have been donated, the kids will count the change and fill in the “thermometer” they have been using to track their progress. We will be having games, a traditional Africa lunch and a special dessert to celebrate the event. We are prayerfully expecting our friend, Bishop Anthony Owor, who is visiting in the USA from Uganda to join us for the morning. We are so thankful for everyone, including the parents and other adults and young people, that have prayed and helped these young people that are making a real difference in the lives of these children that are less fortunate.
 

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USA – Bringing in the harvest, Sept 10, 2019

We are again blessed to know that in August our brothers and sisters shared the gospel in the harvest fields of central Africa and over 5,500 new believers have accepted Jesus and are now on their journey of faith to become true disciples. Every outreach is different and we appreciate praying and supporting their efforts. Last quarter we recognized that some of them were doing this at great sacrifice from their own families and were led to raise our monthly support to four of them which requires additional funds when we send our quarterly support. We are praying that the Holy Spirit will lead our brothers and sisters that can financially help to become monthly donors and help meet that need but we are still waiting for that to come about. We have been able to send the financial support to five of our coordinator’s that will provide a long term sustainable income to meet this need so we can expand the ministry by supporting four more coordinator’s that are ready to begin the ministry in their regions. Presently, we will be $1,500 short of sending the quarterly support and we would appreciate your prayers and support. Donations can be sent to Harvest Vision Ministries, PO Box 733, Sedro Woolley, WA, 98284 on be made on-line at www.harvestvisionministries.org.

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