A Word from Pastor (Papa) George

Mexico – George & Noe in San Luis, August 20, 2021

We were blessed to have a wonderful time of fellowship with Pr. Ariel & Mercedes and his church family on Thursday night. Yesterday we rested then visited with the church family of Bethesda who we have been blessed to partner in ministry with for 18 years. Pr. Mario went to be with the Lord the first of the year and we were encouraged that his children are leading worship and preaching the Word to stand for Jesus, their calling and vision. We have been prayerfully led to help Miguel and Olivia expand the ministry by revising the sewing room to include a printing business that will provide a more secure funding base for the ministry here. It also allows more believers to be involved. We will be able to tap into the wisdom that God has given to our brothers and sisters in El Salvador that also use a family-based printing business to meet the needs of the public as well as believers and provide a sustained income to support their family and ministry. We are working on an estimate, probably $2,000+ and we pray that the Body of Christ will prayerfully and financially support the vision. We also visited a property purchased by Luis and Norma that help with the ministry in a new area at the outskirts of the community. We will be purchasing a canopy that they will take out a few times a month to start a church family. Eventually, they will build their home there. We are also prayerfully hoping to raise the money needed (~$2,000) to put a metal roof on a home that was donated to be used as a meeting place for the new church family that Pr. Sergio has started in Ciudad Arce outside of San Salvador in El Salvador. We are blessed in the USA to have believers that can financially help spread the gospel to the nations, even as we face the reality of changes in our own country. Any amount, no matter how small, changes in value when it is placed in the Master’s Hands. We have no “paid” positions in Harvest Vision Ministries – in fact it is the other way around. Thanks for your prayers and participation and partnership in the spreading of the gospel of Jesus Christ in whatever way you are called.


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USA – Harvest Kids with Olivia & Yvann, August 28, 2021

After a rare two days of light rain, we were blessed to have a beautiful sunny day for Harvest Kids. The garage, produce and corn sale were all opened and people were coming when we started our morning activities. We only had a few bags of aluminum cans that hadn’t been crushed and the kids make quick work of them. The whole morning was filled with numerous visitors for the sale and some to say hi to the Harvest Kids and Olivia and Yvann who are visiting with us from Mexico. They have been both been involved in the Harvest Kids when it was active in San Luis. We shared a quick testimony of how Harvest Kids got started and were reminded that it was just over 8 years ago that Madilyn and Hailey (now 13 & 11) made their one and only trip (so far) to Africa that God used to start Harvest Kids. They had their Change the World coin donations that they counted ($153) and when added to the garage sale and produce/corn sale money they had the last $5,575 they needed to finish the Harvest Doves primary school in Kayunga, Uganda. The total costs was $21,975 USD. What is impossible for man is possible for God. “And a little child will lead them.” The school started the first of June with 80 students, 35 from neighboring Muslim families. We are praying for an increased harvest of souls in the entire community. The kids saw a photo of the children eating a simple meal in the village where Madilyn’s House was built. A bowl and no utensils. Mama Linda then served all of us with a similar meal: rice, mango, banana, pineapple and no utensils. After the meal, we wished all the Harvest Kids around the world that were born in August a Happy Birthday, being mindful that many of the children in Africa and in other parts of the world don’t know when they were born because there are no records. Olivia shared the story in the Bible about the young boy that offered his simple meal to Jesus, after Jesus had commanded the disciples to feed the 5,000 men that had gathered to hear Him speak. They had already told Jesus they couldn’t get the food to do that, but after the boy put His tiny lunch in the hand’s of the Master, there was more than enough. A real encouragement to these young disciples. Afterwards, Wayne took Olivia and Yvann fishing and George took the kids to pick corn and then home to Granite Falls.   

  


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USA – Harvest Kids with Olivia & Yvann, August 28, 2021

After a rare two days of light rain, we were blessed to have a beautiful sunny day for Harvest Kids. The garage, produce and corn sale were all opened and people were coming when we started our morning activities. We only had a few bags of aluminum cans that hadn’t been crushed and the kids make quick work of them. The whole morning was filled with numerous visitors for the sale and some to say hi to the Harvest Kids and Olivia and Yvann who are visiting with us from Mexico. They have been both been involved in the Harvest Kids when it was active in San Luis. We shared a quick testimony of how Harvest Kids got started and were reminded that it was just over 8 years ago that Madilyn and Hailey (now 13 & 11) made their one and only trip (so far) to Africa that God used to start Harvest Kids. They had their Change the World coin donations that they counted ($153) and when added to the garage sale and produce/corn sale money they had the last $5,575 they needed to finish the Harvest Doves primary school in Kayunga, Uganda. The total costs was $21,975 USD. What is impossible for man is possible for God. “And a little child will lead them.” The school started the first of June with 80 students, 35 from neighboring Muslim families. We are praying for an increased harvest of souls in the entire community. The kids saw a photo of the children eating a simple meal in the village where Madilyn’s House was built. A bowl and no utensils. Mama Linda then served all of us with a similar meal: rice, mango, banana, pineapple and no utensils. After the meal, we wished all the Harvest Kids around the world that were born in August a Happy Birthday, being mindful that many of the children in Africa and in other parts of the world don’t know when they were born because there are no records. Olivia shared the story in the Bible about the young boy that offered his simple meal to Jesus, after Jesus had commanded the disciples to feed the 5,000 men that had gathered to hear Him speak. They had already told Jesus they couldn’t get the food to do that, but after the boy put His tiny lunch in the hand’s of the Master, there was more than enough. A real encouragement to these young disciples. Afterwards, Wayne took Olivia and Yvann fishing and George took the kids to pick corn and then home to Granite Falls.   


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USA – CEF 5-day club at Garden of Eden, August 9-13, 2021

Many thanks to Lynn and Jeremy from Child’s Evangelism Fellowship for sharing the love of Jesus by continuing to sacrifice their time and gifts to serve the Lord by reaching and teaching the children in our community.

Many thanks to those that have made the Garden of Eden family ministry what it is today and available to our community to glorify God and bring the Body together in this wonderful setting.

As the Lord made it, the days and nights were filled with attention to the rabbits, dogs, frogs and bugs, but the kids were also able to help with some projects, moving wood and working in the garden and some of the kids even camped out a couple of nights. Thanks to everyone who helped with food, clean up and the parents with transporting their kids. The kids were given the gospel message in a variety of ways, through scripture, songs, stories and inter-active games. The most important teaching for the kids, and reminder for the youth and adults, is about the gift of always being able to talk in prayer with God who after we have received Him, will never leave us, or forsake us.

“How good and pleasant it is when brothers and sisters live together in unity.”

Psalms 133:1


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USA – I was hungry and without clothes, August 7, 2021

Jesus said, “I was hungry, and you gave Me something to eat. I was naked and you clothed Me. As much as you did it for the least of these, you did it for Me.”

What a privilege, on a beautiful day with good fellowship to make the 14-hour round-trip to deliver food and clothes to eastern Washington. The food and clothing will be distributed to different ministries that are reaching out to meet the needs of the people in their communities around the Curlew, Republic, Chewelah and Colville communities. That is a part of the ministry that John and Lena Seaman do with Harvest Vision Fellowship Curlew.

Jarett and Brianna minister with Harvest Vision Blue Creek in Chewelah.

We were also blessed to share some of the produce that was harvested from the farm at the Garden of Eden family ministry in Mt. Vernon, WA.

Many thanks to everyone that donated their time, clothing and provided the food, including those that have tilled, planted, watered and harvested, then helped load and provide the vehicle and trailer for the transport.

Jesus promised that even the very gates of hell would not stop His Church.

And the “double blessing” were the two rabbits that are the new residents of the new petting zoo that is starting at the Garden of Eden family ministry in Mt. Vernon.


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USA – Everyone was filled with awe, August 7, 2021

We love the description of the New Testament church described in Acts 2:42-47.

“Everyone was filled with awe… broke bread together in each other’s homes…ate together with glad and sincere hearts…praising God…enjoying the favor of all the people…and the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.”

Baptisms in the DRCongo, Salt and Light worship, harvesting produce at the Garden of Eden, 326 new believers accepting Jesus in Burundi in July, providing food and clothing for ministries in Curlew and Chewelah, two small rabbits for the new petting zoo at the Garden of Eden, garage sale through August to help the Harvest Kids finish building the new primary school in Africa, Child’s Evangelism 5-day club starting tomorrow and the 8th annual Harvest Fest at Riverfront Park in Sedro Woolley on August 15th.

Then we are off to Mexico and hopefully back in time to start harvesting the 4 fields of sweet corn a local farmer planted to help the Harvest Kids raise money for their ministry to orphaned and other vulnerable children in Africa.

Jesus said, “Do not put the new wine in the old wineskin”.

 

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The World – The value of a soul, August 3, 2021

We are so blessed to share that 709 people accepted salvation in June during the sharing of the gospel by our co-laborers in central Africa.

We apologize for the late report of these testimonies, but our sister that shares these with us had problems with her pregnancy, but their family has been blessed with a new, healthy daughter, named Able.

We are thankful for our co-laborers locally that provide the prayers and financial support for these workers, including those that are sharing the gospel in Mexico and El Salvador.

We were able to send the funding to replace some of the sound equipment in Burundi and the DRCongo this last month.

We share these testimonies, so you may share in the blessings. “The share of the man who stayed with the supplies is to be the same as that of him who went down to the battle. All will share alike.” (1 Samuel 30:24)

The costs of even one soul won into the kingdom – Priceless.


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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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