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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