A Word from Pastor (Papa) George

USA – Not many visions, July 28, 2021

Sixty years ago, when Linda was 10, she accepted Jesus and was told during that time she would be in Africa. Forty-seven years later, we made that trip. Over 8 years ago, December 2012, I had returned from Africa and Madilyn (4) was used by God to put substance to the vision of ‘Madilyn’s House’, a home for orphan girls in Mukono, Uganda. Eight years ago, June 2013, Kylee, Madilyn, Hailey and I were in London, waiting for the flight back to Seattle after our visit to bless the construction that had started on ‘Madilyn’s House’. Madilyn asked, ‘What about all the kids?’ My response, as best as I can remember was, ‘we will get home and try to raise the rest of the money to finish ‘Madilyn’s House’. Her response, ‘No, what about all the kids?’

Yesterday, we had the blessing to send $7,800 to Africa. $2,000 donated by an anonymous donor to provide food for children at the Nalidi Grace school, that Harvest Kids has supported since 2013. We also sent the money needed to put the roof and windows and doors on another school, the Harvest Kids are building in central Uganda. This is another of several schools they have supported. They have helped and inspired others to support the purchase of the property, refurbish the old church building for temporary use and purchase textbooks so the primary school could start on June 6th, with 80 children, 35 from Muslim families in the community. Now, they are $4,083 away from finishing this work which ended up costing $20,200. They started this project the first of the year.

When Peter faithfully stepped out of the boat, he was able to walk on the water, until he took his eyes off Jesus for a second, saw the wind and was afraid and began to sink. Immediately, Jesus reached out His hand and caught him. “You of little faith,’ Jesus said, ‘why did you doubt?” Over these last 8 years, we have had to overcome our doubt to trust that what God called into existence through the Harvest Kids would not fail, until God Himself would say no more. People come and then they go. But then there is another kid to stand with the few kids that stay faithful and what is impossible for us continues to be possible with God. May He always get the glory.


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USA – Harvest Kids, July 24, 2021

What a beautiful day for Harvest Kids.

We already had the garage sale open, and people were coming when we started. As usual, the first attention is to greet the Harvest Rabbits and Cats and then we were able to crush cans in the small space behind the shop.

Thanks to everyone who donates.

 
Mama Linda taught everyone the motions to
“Our God is an Awesome God”
 

Next we reviewed the history about the primary school that the kids have been raising money for in Uganda. That includes all the proceeds for the garage sale. The kids ended up with $88 which had been donated and that was combined with the last two weeks of garage sale, $2,720. That finished the money needed for the roof and they now only need $231 to finish the doors and windows, then $3,800 for the plaster and paint.

What an accomplishment for everyone helping.

After lunch, we sang Happy Birthday in English and Spanish, then had our two new Harvest Kids put their handprints on the wall.

We had a cup contest between the boys and the girls. 

George shared about two runners in a world class marathon, one from Spain and another from Kenya. At the finish, the Kenyan was in the lead but got confused by the signs and thought the race was over and stopped. Ivan, the Spanish runner who was in second place realized what had happened, so he pushed, Abel, the Kenyan runner ahead of him to the finish. One of the reasons he gave for his actions was “If I had the medal, what would my mother think of it?”

We finished the afternoon talking and coloring pictures about the two blind men that cried out to Jesus for mercy. Jesus had compassion for them and stopped what He was doing and called them and at their request touched their eyes and they received their sight and followed Him.

We are so thankful for the last 8 years being

with these young disciples from our community

and for everyone that supports them.


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The World – Now is the accepted time, July 24, 2021

“It is told that the steamship Central America, on a voyage from New York to San Francisco, sprang a leak in mid-ocean. A vessel seeing her signal of distress bore down toward her and the captain of the rescue ship cried, ‘Let me take your passengers on board now.’ But it was night and the commander of the Central America feared to send his passengers away in the darkness. Thinking they could keep afloat a while longer he replied, ‘Lie by until morning.’ About an hour and a half later her lights were missed.

The vessel had sunk, and all on board had perished because it was thought that they could be saved at another time. ‘Now is the accepted time.”

(Excerpts from “Answered prayers and soul-winning incidents – published in 1940)


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USA – Making a difference, July 22, 2021

It started with a vision given to Pr. Charles
to build a Christian primary school in Kayunga, Uganda.

After many Muslims converted, the church building had to be expanded, leaving the small building. Plans were made and the Harvest Kids in the USA wanted to help. 

The response from the Muslim community was that if there was a school, they wanted their children to attend.

Charles asked the government to allow him to start the school in the old church building while constructing the school. They agreed on condition the building be refurbished and the actual school would be completed before the end of 2021.

The kids helped with the money to refurbish the building and purchase textbooks for the school that started June 6th, with 80 children, 35 from the Muslim neighbors.

The property was purchased, and the kids have raised the money with the help of the garage and produce sale to start the building and put on the roof.

The garage and produce sale will continue, Tue-Sat, 9am-5pm, through August at 9467 Pierce Lane, Sedro Woolley, WA to raise the remaining $4,200.

We would appreciate your support of these young people that are willing to make a difference to these vulnerable children on the other side of the globe.


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USA – Today is the day of salvation, July 21, 2021

We are so thankful to have been given the opportunity to pray and financially support the spreading of the gospel around the world. 

We were blessed to send the funds to replace the broken sound equipment in the DRCongo and Burundi, purchase the property to start a new farming project that will provide support for the ongoing ministry in Uganda and provide support for the expansion of the kingdom in El Salvador. 

Whether it is providing filters to give the community clean water, sharing the new baby in the family, praising the Lord or preaching the gospel in Africa or being witness to one of the growing church families in Ciudad Arce outside of Santa Ana in El Salvador, we are thankful for the opportunity to stand with our co-laborers in these different countries.


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USA – Blessing our co-laborers in Curlew & Chewelah, July 19, 2021

We are so thankful for our co-laborers in the Curlew/Republic communities and Chewelah/Colville communities in north Washington that are supporting local ministries that are working to reach the broken-hearted and crushed in spirit in these communities. 
Recently, the freezer that John and Lena use to store food quit working and we were blessed to provide a new one to keep the ministry going forward. John and Lena coordinate Harvest Vision Fellowship Curlew and Jarett and Brianna coordinate Harvest Vision Blue Creek in the Chewelah/Colville communities. 
Thanks to those that donated the food and clothes that we were able to take over to support local ministry leaders in those communities. Thanks to our co-laborers who loaned the truck and the trailer, helped load and for Noe dedicating the day to driving over. 
We left at 5am and drove to Newhalem before finding out the fires had closed the pass, so we had to divert to go through Wenatchee. That made the driving a total of 16 hours and allowed us only 2 hours to unload and visit with John and Lena. 
This was Noe’s first visit and we were able to see the farm and slaughterhouse that John and Lena will be over-seeing.
We also chatted with Jarett and were informed they will possibly get the loan approval this week to purchase the property to start their new coffee house ministry in downtown Colville.

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USA – Harvest Kids cans, July 15, 2021

Many thanks to all those that donate aluminum cans to support the Harvest Kids and their mission to help meet the basic needs of vulnerable children in Africa.

Many of these children live in areas with no power, no clean water, no proper education (if any), no or limited medical help and poverty.

What a blessing to arrive at the recycling company with 280# of cans and be greeted by one of our faithful supporters, Leo, and he was so proud to show me that he was wearing his Harvest Vision Ministries t-shirt.

He has been one of the champions for the work these young people are doing to make a difference.

That $70 will be put into the hands of the Master (Jesus) to continue to love on these children, locally and in Africa.


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USA – Harvest Kids at the kangaroo farm, July 15, 2021

What a wonderful training session for these young disciples.

Many of you are aware that we are working on building a petting zoo at the Garden of Eden family ministry in west Mount Vernon, so a visit to the kangaroo farm in Arlington was an opportunity to visit and also learn how the caretaker’s guide and teach visitors about the animals and allow them to interact safely with the animals.

These Harvest Kids will have that opportunity when the petting zoo is finished at the Garden of Eden.
 
It’s unlikely, we will have some of the animals that we met at the kangaroo farm, but the principles are the same when we are working with any of God’s creatures that He has blessed us with.
Most of all the kids got to build up their relationships with each other under the guidance of the loving adults that visited with us this afternoon.

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USA – Help us spread the gospel, July 14, 2021

We are blessed to be co-laborers with our brothers and sisters in Christ that have chosen to dedicate their lives to the reaching of the lost in their communities in central Africa.

We now have two countries that we are working together with that have lifted restrictions and are now able to return to doing crusades and outreaches. Each of our coordinators have been given the sound and video equipment needed to work with existing church families to organize these outreaches.

Unfortunately, some of the equipment has failed and they are having to pay rent for those pieces of equipment. That money comes out of the little money they have for transporting the equipment, which limits the number of outreaches they can organize.

In the DRCongo, they need an amp/mixer ($500) and a bass speaker amp ($300). In Burundi, they need a generator ($1,500), 2 speakers ($400), amp/mixer ($200) and two microphones ($100).

This is equipment they can purchase in Africa.

Please pray that they will soon have the equipment needed.

If you or your friends can help with any one item or would like to send a donation to meet these needs it would be appreciated and help spread the gospel of Jesus Christ to those that have not heard.


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Prayer for all nations, July 17, 2021

We are calling everyone that would like to go on a fishing trip for souls
and camp out in the Presence of the Lord.
 
Come as you are. Pray as the Spirit leads you.

Prayer for all Nations

Saturday, July 17th from 6pm to July 17th at 6am

at

the Garden of Eden family ministry fellowship center

14799 Avon Allen Road

Mt. Vernon, Washington


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USA – Harvest Kids and Garden of Eden, July 10, 2021

We can’t, nor do we want to, escape the fascination these Harvest Kids have for the Harvest Rabbits and all God’s creation. Many thanks to everyone that has donated items and time and have visited the ongoing garage and produce sale to help raise money for the Harvest Kids so they can build another primary school for vulnerable children in Africa. This morning the kids helped finish up setting up for the garage sale, then set up a refreshment table with iced water and cookies for people that stop by. They have always enjoyed doing that ministry at the I-5 rest areas in the past, so they created their own.

 

The day was spent crushing cans and counting the change they have donated. They then added the money that has been made so far on the garage and produce sale and have $2,641 which is close for their goal to raise the money needed for the roof ($3,900). The project so far has included: $2,760 for property for the new school; $3,050 to refurbish the old church building to be used as a temporary school so they could start this June with 80 children, 35 of them from Muslim families. The government allowed this on condition the new facility is completed by the end of the year; $800 for textbooks for the teachers and students and $4,110 needed for the building. After the money for the roof is raised and sent to Africa, they will continue to raise the $1,780 for doors and windows and the $3,800 for plaster and paint. The kids would appreciate any donations to help them finish this school.

 

After lunch, we enjoyed playing the M&M game which gives everyone, including adults, an opportunity to share something about themselves so everyone can better get to know each other. Afterwards, we painted posters that will be hung at the Garden of Eden family ministry location in west Mt. Vernon. Some of the kids journeyed out to the Garden of Eden to meet with some other families and children to play and worship the Lord after the regular Harvest Kids fellowship. It is a blessing to share the love of Jesus and help them to become true disciples by teaching them to be “givers” instead of “takers”, becoming “selfless” instead of “selfish”. They truly have the joy of the Lord in their lives.

 


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Africa – Salvations and enlarging the territory, July 8, 2021

Every day we are in contact with our co-laborers in central Africa that continue to share the gospel with those in their communities, even with the restrictions imposed on them by various lockdowns.

These lockdowns isolate the people in the large communities from food and even the limited, if any, medical care they might have had prior.

We just received the June testimonies from Pr. Evariste in Burundi where they have no lockdowns, and they were able to coordinate seven two-day outreaches in different communities and witness 678 people accept Jesus that are now being discipled by local believers into new or existing church families. They are in need of help to replace one of the generators and some of the mics and speakers.

We have also sent $15,000, which is about half the money needed to purchase land for a farming project that will eventually provide enough income to cover the ongoing costs of keeping all the existing coordinators in Uganda, Kenya, South Sudan, Burundi and the DRCongo active in ministry.

That will release the financial support coming from the USA to be used to equip more coordinators in the various regions and to move into the surrounding countries.


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