A Word from Pastor (Papa) George

USA – Harvest Kids, June 26, 2021

It was a scorching day, but the kids that got here early helped us set up for the ongoing garage sale that will help the Harvest Kids reach their goal of $9,000 to finish the primary school for vulnerable children in Africa. We recycled 300# of aluminum cans and got another $75 and the kids added some change to the bullet they are trying to fill to help with the school.
Obviously, we had to set up a pen so the kids could play with the 5 baby rabbits. We now know there are 3 girls and 2 boys, so the kids voted on their earlier choices. We now have Bandit & Cloud (boys) and Sprinkle, Daisy and Tiny (girls). At the end of the morning, two of the girl rabbits went to their new home in Bayview.
 
Our lesson had the girls make a list of all the different things that they “love”, such as hobbies, pets, family, clothes, etc. Afterwards, they were challenged to compare these to a list of (1) Perfect love; (2) Would be hard to live without; (3) Not that important. We were surprised that they so quickly convinced themselves most were not that important.
 
Afterwards, we read the scripture of God’s perfect love described in John 3:16 and 1 John 3:16-18.
 
 
At the end of our fellowship, they were presented with a crudely wrapped box with an envelope on top. It said:
To Jesus, from Dad and inside was a hammer and 3 nails.
We were blessed that none of them even questioned anything
but knew the lesson was reminding us
of the great love that the
Father has for everyone
because His Son, Jesus,
died once and for all for our sin.
 
Then they all got their own letter with a picture of a hammer and 3 nails:
“Daughter,
I need you to build a bridge.
Here are all the tools you will need.
See you soon. Love, Dad
 

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USA – Harvest Vision Curlew and Chewelah, June 28, 2021

Linda & I were blessed to get up at 4am, while it was still somewhat cool, to load up for Linda’s first trip to visit with our new Harvest Vision coordinators in the Chewelah and Colville communities in eastern Washington. Through the day we saw temperatures above 110, but the spirit of joy and fellowship with John & Lena in Curlew and with Jarett & Brianna and their family was more than enough to keep us on task.

 

We appreciate everyone that supports the ministry that John and Lena do in the communities of Republic, Curlew and the surrounding areas. We were able to bring food and clothes donated in Skagit County. They distribute these to local ministries that serve those that are in need.

 John & Lena also work with a Christian man in Republic that has recently installed showers in his laundromat and set up a ministry station that will provide Christian fellowship for those that often struggle just to meet their own needs every day. Their vision is to build some housing on the property they have north of Curlew where they have been the last few years.

We also visited the 22 ½ acre farm and slaughterhouse that they will be helping oversee in the future. They will actually be living in an apartment on the property and setting up the attached home to be Bread & Breakfast for renting to hunters, even as the actual slaughterhouse will reopen to butcher domestic and wild game for the community.

John will start working as a hunting and fishing guide in the fall. They also are preparing to set up the barn as a home church fellowship. We are encouraged to see the opportunities to reach out with the gospel and help each new believer begin to use their own gifts and calling to reach others with the gospel of Jesus Christ.

 

After we left Curlew, we drove to Chewelah and met with Jarett & Brianna and dropped off boxes of food for their ministry. They are both working but preparing to purchase a commercial lot in downtown Colville to build a Christian coffee house for bringing the Body of Christ together to help share the love of Jesus to those that are broken hearted and crushed in spirit in their community. We are looking forward to the fullness of the vision that God has given to them.


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USA – Help for Uganda, June 21, 2021

We have been in constant prayer for the people in Uganda who were put on a 42-day lockdown over two weeks ago. Two days ago the lockdown was extended to a full lockdown except for agriculture. The schools are shut down and all the children are back in their homes. The situation in the capital city of Kampala with a population of over 3 million is critical. Some of the people that were able to leave the city went back to their villages. Obviously, the situation outside of the few larger cities are not as critical as far as food, but they are unable to get help with other issues, including medical needs. No work and now, no transportation for the people. In the city, for those that have any money, they can walk to a store and purchase and then have it transported to their home using a motorbike (boda boda), but they are not allowed to transport people. Presently, Pr. Martin walks 8 ½ kilometers to the store to purchase food, when he has money. Not a problem for most of the people, because they do not have money because no one has been able to work.

Many people have a sickness with a lung issue, even though the “covid” results are negative and the hospitals are full. Mandela Stadium is being used as a medical facility but the government has told the people there is a lack of oxygen. Pr. Martin said that they have put microphones on the outside of the church building at the Kibuli church in the ghetto slum to speak words of encouragement to the people. Please join us in prayer. Pr. Martin is trying to purchase some staples, like beans, so they can be rationed to the people. Please join with us to pray for the people.

 


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USA – Harvest Kids, June 12, 2021

We are thankful for a beautiful day for our Harvest Kids to come together. Thanks for all the cans that have been donated and for change that was added to the kid’s collection to help finish the primary school they are working to complete in central Africa. $9,000 is an ambitious goal so we are praying for some of the big Harvest Kids to make a few donations to help these young people accomplish their goal. Obviously, the kids were looking forward today to meet the baby Harvest Rabbits that were born a few weeks ago. Everyone volunteered potential names and because we don’t know which are boys and which are girls it took a little longer, but they got it done! After the new kids put their handprints on the wall and had lunch, Lynn from Child’s Evangelism Fellowship shared a wonderful lesson, starting off with the kids singing the names of all the books of the Bible. Her message was on salvation, and she shared a true story about a young Muslim boy that had hurt his foot and came to a medical clinic that was operated by some wonderful Christian people that took care of his foot and introduced him to the gospel using the wordless book. After he was healed and went back to his village, he used the book to share Jesus with the other children in his village. We finished the morning making crafts using the colors of the wordless book: black representing our sin, red the blood of Jesus, white the forgiveness of our sin, green the Holy Spirit that helps us grow and gold representing our eternal relationship with Jesus promised to all that believe. Now we anxiously wait for the baby rabbits to be weaned and sent to their new adopted home.
 

 


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USA – Harvest Vision Blue Creek, June 11, 2021

Thanks to our local co-laborers who donated food for the ministry that Jarett and Brianna Taylor and their family and friends are doing in their community in Arden, Chewelah and Colville in eastern Washington.
Jarett is the brother of John Seaman who founded and over-sees Harvest Vision Fellowship Curlew located farther west and north by the Canadian border. Jarett and John will continue to encourage one another as they expand the ministry into their local communities seeking and sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ with those that are broken-hearted and crushed in spirit. We are looking forward to each one of you getting to know the vision that has inspired Jarett, Brianna and their family.
We will be posting their profile and information about their ministry, ‘Harvest Vision Blue Creek’, on the www.harvestvisionministries.org website as soon as it is available. We thank you for their encouragement as they put substance to their faith by making every effort to do what Jesus commanded of all of His disciples:
 
“If anyone would come after Me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow Me.”
  

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USA – Be perfect and holy, June 10, 2021

Faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we can not see.
We would be fools to not accept the reality of an eternal life with God because He credits His holiness and perfection to our account. It is His gift to us when we confess and accept the forgiveness of our sin that separates us from Him. It was purchased for us by the blood sacrifice of Jesus Christ of Nazareth on the cross and we have the eternal assurance of eternal life by His resurrection. We step out of grace when we become convinced we “earned” perfection and holiness, or even now can “maintain” it apart from His Grace. For we know what is required of us:
“to act justly, love mercy and walk humbly before the Lord.”
(Micah 6:8)
 
 
 

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Africa – Pray for Uganda, June 8, 2021

Please join us in prayer for Uganda as they have experienced a significant increase in people being sick and they have now imposed a 42-day lockdown on the people. Mandela Stadium in Kampala is being used as a temporary medical facility. Business, except agriculture and food, is closed as well as schools, churches or any gatherings of the people. Pr. Martin has divided the believers into groups that will pray and fast for one week each for the next seven weeks. They are also keeping in contact with everyone either by phone or by visiting them. Even during these difficult circumstances, every day we are flooded with testimonies of people coming to faith in Jesus Christ which is exactly what Jesus said would happen.

“From the days of the John the Baptist until now, the kingdom of heaven has been forcefully advancing, and forceful men lay hold of it.” (Matthew 11:12)
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USA – Enjoying the journey, June 7, 2021

What an incredible journey that we are on.

All night prayer for all nations on Saturday night and then a wonderful memorial service for a precious saint that has gone to be with the Lord.

An afternoon potluck, breaking bread as the Salt & Light family, then gospel blues, the Word of God, testimonies and prayer.

Today was our first day to see the baby rabbits that were born about two days ago, then off to the garden to plant beets and snap peas, help a young girl get items for the backpacks she bought for the homeless and taught a woman how to run the soundboard for their church family that will be meeting at the fellowship center next Sunday.

Our local farmer friend finished planting the last of the fields of sweet corn that the Harvest Kids will be selling this fall to raise the money to finish building the primary school in central Uganda in Africa.

The last couple of hours we spent with other concerned citizens from our community to educate ourselves on the Constitution and encourage one another in doing the work that God has called each of us to do for our community and to the nations.    

 

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USA – Sedro Woolley 2021 Religious Organization Award, June 1, 2021

We are thankful to have just received this email.
 

 

“From: Janice Carlson <info@2021-city-bestof-notification.net>
Date: June 1, 2021 at 10:08:34 PM PDT
To: Harvest Vision Ministries <ted.brockmann@yahoo.com>
Subject: Best of Sedro-Woolley Awards – Harvest Vision Ministries

It is our pleasure to inform you that Harvest Vision Ministries has been selected as the Winner for the 2021 Best of Sedro-Woolley Awards in the category of Religious Organization. Notification to other award winners in Sedro-Woolley will be made over the next several weeks. After all award recipients have been notified, we will post the complete list of winners on our website.”

 

     “Many thanks on behalf of everyone that has worked with and supported Harvest Vision Ministries, especially during these last 15 months. With everyone’s help we have been able to meet the needs of many people and families that have struggled with the isolation, loneliness and simply trying to meet their basic needs. At the same time, we have been able to continue our ongoing support for evangelism, teaching, starting new church families and helping meet the basic needs of our co-laborers in central Africa, Mexico, El Salvador and other locations in the USA.

     We are grateful for our community and for the opportunity to serve. We also acknowledge the contributions of the many individuals and families in our community who have bravely chosen to serve others during this time of uncertainty and unrest.”

Sincerely, Harvest Vision Ministries


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Africa – April & May outreach reports, June 1, 2021

God does miracles so often if you’re not careful you will miss them.
 

We received the report this morning that our admin coordinator’s husband just got out of the hospital where he had been hospitalized with covid. She herself is pregnant 7 months and had covid but they are ok.

This morning she put out her request to all the coordinators to send in their April and May outreach reports, apologizing for not getting their April reports because their home had caught on fire.

The first responder to the request this morning was Augustin from Goma, DRCongo.

They just went through the volcano eruption and earthquake tremors that destroyed many parts of the city and he had sent his wife and 7 children to begin travel many miles to find safety with a relative. He chose to remain in Goma to help others and is back at their home.

 
“Gospel for the month of April 2021.
On April 21,2021 at the Mont Goma Institut.
Those the participated were 540 students.
The people who believed in Jesus were 26 students.
Five people were baptized.
Gospel for the month of May 2021.
In the Katindo District on 14 May 2021.
Those the participated were 210 persons.
The people who believed in Jesus were 12 persons.
Two people were baptized.”
 
 

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USA – Let the little children come to Me, May 31, 2021

Text from Pr. Charles on May 31, 1 am (10 hours ahead of PST)
 

“We finished to buy all the bricks needed all the sand we paid some money to Engineer some iron bars to make the basement concrete stones even marram soil for the foundation cement. the money was over but the foundation was kicked off.”

Charles & Meriam, serve as the central Uganda coordinators in Kayunga. They help build church families, coordinate outreach crusades, oversee the Bible school and farming projects and are currently using their support for a gospel radio show that is now bringing many to salvation. Work was just completed on a new larger building to accommodate the growing fellowship, with the idea of using the smaller older structure for a children’s ministry. The Lord had already spoken to Charles to start a primary school for the children, so we purchased a property adjacent to the existing property for that purpose. With the shutdown and the poor opportunities offered at the government school, the priority of starting the school was shifted to start at the next term instead of waiting until the next year, The government and others had shown little or no concern for children, so some Muslim families decided the only ones that care about their children are the born-again Christians and had shared that with Pr. Charles. Pr. Charles approached the District Education Officer and received permission to make some improvements to the older building, including a proper toilet and the school could begin on the agreement the new building would be available by the end of the year. We were able to send money to help meet those requirements and textbooks were bought by the Harvest Kids from the USA. Eighty students, including 25 Christian and 35 Muslims are registered, teachers on staff, and school has started. We are excited about this door that God has opened for us. Unexpectedly, the District Education Officer, under some pressure, visited and has changed the agreement and is now demanding that construction begins within four weeks or they will shut down the school. The budget for the 2 classrooms and office for 45 students in each class is $13,590: building $4,110, roof $3,900, doors and windows $1,780 and plaster $3,800. We have received the $4,110 and are trusting God for the remainder.

“Jesus said, ‘Let the little children come to Me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”

(Matthew 19:14)

If you would like to make a donation, they can be made online at www.myegiving/hvm or the “electronic giving” on the home page of the www.harvestvisionministries.org website. 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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El Salvador – Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, May 25, 2021

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What a blessing to receive testimonies from our coordinator is traveling to different locations to evangelize and encourage believers to become true disciples and reach even others with the gospel of Jesus Christ. Door-to-door ministry, visiting believers in their homes with their families. Recently, Pr. Sergio has been traveling to a small community next to Santa Ana called Ciudad Arce and the fellowship is continuing to grow. Even with the trials and difficulties caused by restrictions imposed by the reaction to the pandemic, the gospel is forcefully in all the nations of the world.
Please come and join us.
 

Prayer for all Nations

 

Prayer for all Nations, Saturday, June 5th – 6 pm to June 6th – 6 am.

Garden of Eden fellowship center

14799 Avon Allen Road

Mt. Vernon, Washington
 


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