A Word from Pastor (Papa) George

USA – Harvest Kids and the Jericho walls, April 24, 2021

Many thanks for everyone that brought the kids and helped with Harvest Kids today.
 
Of course, the first order of business is to go and pet Hope and Dove, the Harvest Rabbits before anything else.
 
The kids were able to crush some of the cans that friends have donated for recycle and then put their change into the collection for helping vulnerable children in central Africa.
 
This is the 8th year since Harvest Kids started and Kylee painted a tree on the garage wall. It was expanded to a palm tree for Africa and a cactus for Mexico. 8 years ago we talked about someday having to expand onto the ceiling. In the bible, 7 is the number for completion and 8 is for new beginnings. Sweet! Today we are on the ceiling.
 
We were blessed to celebrate April birthdays, which we had two today. It is a blessing to share that we always sing Happy Birthday to everyone because many of our friends in Africa don’t really know their ‘birthday’ because they don’t know what day they were born. We just don’t ever want to leave anyone out. Lunch, Linda’s peach cobbler to celebrate birthdays and everyone received a 100 Uganda Schilling coin, about the size of a quarter and worth 3.5 cents.

Jen shared the story of Joshua and his army that were told to march around the walls of Jericho for 7 days blowing the trumpet and then on the 7th day, march again, blow the trumpet and shout and the walls would fall and they would win the victory. She shared about how difficult it was for them to keep their faith especially after the soldiers of Jericho probably starting making fun of them. After the message we had some drawings of the Jericho walls to color then adjourned outside for a game. Jen asked the kids how they could get a ping pong ball out of a red can without touching the bucket or the ball. She then poured 7 cups of water in and that was enough to float the ball out. That was when their contest began as they had to step over an obstacle, circle Jericho and go under the table to add their water to the red bucket until one of the teams saw their ball lifted out. Lot’s of fun.

That left a little time to play the M&M game. Each person in turn picks a M&M without looking and shares an event when they showed that particular emotion based on that color. Afterward the kids hooked up 6v batteries to Play Dough and plugged in LED lights of different color. A wonderful time of sharing the love of Jesus and encouraging one another. Later in the day, Armando brought Roman who was unable to come to the regular Harvest Kids and we got to spend a little time with Hope and Dove the Harvest Rabbits.


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USA – Looking forward to the day of God, April 22, 2021

We are so thankful for the co-laborers that have prayed and supported the work of our co-laborers in central Africa the last 15 years and we are grateful for the hundreds of thousands that have come to faith in Jesus Christ and are even now reaching others. We have spent much time and some resources on seeking out a sustainability project that would help provide empowerment to the laborers there and the funds needed to provide the expenses needed to keep the present workers in their harvest fields. That would allow our resources to be used to branch out to the other countries in other parts of Africa and wherever else we might be led. Pr. Martin has now been given the Lord’s direction to begin a macadamia nut farming project which will fulfill that goal within the next 4 years. He is preparing to plant the first trees on some property that the ministry owns in Mukono, Uganda outside of Kampala. He is confident that there will be money available from the pineapple farm to clear and plant those trees. After seeking counsel and visiting other farms, the Lord brought him to 18 acres in the best agricultural area for the trees in central Uganda that is now available. The cost of the property is $25,000 USD and some change. We are praying that some of the local branch church families in Uganda will “adopt” an acre to help prepare and even purchase those trees. We are believing that we have co-laborers here in the USA that have the resources to help us fund the work and would ask each of you to prayerfully consider helping. Because to meet this challenge, it will require at least some gifts that are more than what we normally receive, this is not ministry as usual for us, but neither are these the days to not rise to a higher challenge.

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Africa – The will to win is useless without the will to prepare, April 21, 2021

Often times we are asked whenever someone hears the testimonies of the many people that are coming to faith during the outreaches in central Africa: “How do you disciple them?”
 
The simple answer is: “The will to win is useless without the will to prepare.”
 
In August of 2019, leaders from Harvest Vision in Africa met with local pastors in the city of Masaka and began training them and their congregations on the discipling of new believers until they are in a local church fellowship.
 
Three months later, in November, believers from different Harvest Vision fellowships came to accompany these pastors and believers in door-to-door ministry for 5 days.
 
Over 8,000 people accepted Jesus and were in the care of the local pastors and believers. In January of this year, they began the same ministry with 65 pastors of local church families in the Luka District, close to Iganga.
 
Last week 142 believers from different Harvest Vision fellowships traveled to Luka and went door-to-door with the pastors and believers from Monday to Friday and left the 4,432 new believers to be discipled by those church families. They are preparing for the next location in June. The work of the five-fold ministry is described in Ephesians 4:11-16.
 
 
 
 
We respectfully submit to the leading of the five-fold ministry because it accomplishes the work that God has called us to do.

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USA – There is a time to laugh and a time to dance, April 17, 2021

Many thanks to Aaron and the Young Republicans for hosting an opportunity for family and friends to come together and have fellowship at the Garden of Eden fellowship center in Mt. Vernon.
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During these times of uncertainty it is a joy to be together and just breathe.

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USA – Therefore since you are surrounded by such a cloud of witnesses, April 17, 2021

Our Lord Jesus Christ taught us that at the beginning of creation God:
 
Some of us remember saying these words to the person we believed in our heart was to be our life partner.
“I take you, to have and to hold, from this day forward,
for better or for worse, for richer or poorer,
in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish,
until we are parted by death,
as God is my witness,
I give you my promise.”
These are the hopeful words of our covenant relationship, but like any hope they are only proven when they are tested. We were blessed to share a lunch with eight other couples that have walked their journey of faith in God and each other through 310 years of marriage.
 
Together we reflect, about every joy and difficulty that any couple will encounter and even though many times the difficulties were attributed to our own poor choices, individually or corporately, we persevere through the grace of God.
Failures, individually and corporately, to live out those words 100% are not an option, they are a reality. But, we have learned that failure in itself is not fatal.
 
The only thing that is “fatal” is quitting.
 
The one truth that we have learned in walking with couples like this can be summed up by having seen that the fruit that has been produced by their living came from love and service to God and others.

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Africa – For the Son of Man came to seek and save what was lost, April 17, 2021

What a blessing to witness the Body of Christ being used to fulfill His purpose.
We were blessed to get the testimonies of 1,231 new believers accepting Jesus last month. One of the outreaches in central Uganda, brought 50 new believers into the kingdom and they have already started collecting money for iron sheets to begin a church fellowship in that community. Last year, the ministry expanded to Iganga, in central Uganda, where there are many of the Muslim faith and started door-to-door ministry because of the restrictions that were imposed because of the pandemic. A property was purchased and a meeting facility was constructed. This last Sunday, April 11th, a team of 135 from different branch church families, joined with a team of 7 from the Kibuli fellowship in Kampala and traveled to Iganga to spend a week joining the door to door ministry. On Wednesday, we had the opportunity to talk with Pr. Martin, the director of Harvest Vision in Africa, while he was teaching at one of the Bible schools in eastern Uganda. He told us that on Monday, when the teams came back to the facility, 725 people had accepted Jesus that day and had made a commitment to become part of a church fellowship to learn how to become true disciples. We are looking forward to Martin’s return to Kampala so we can be witness to the news about the rest of the weeks harvest of souls.
 
We thank everyone of our co-laborers here that provide the prayer, encouragement and financial support needed to do our part.
 
We would appreciate the support of anyone
being led to join us as we witness
this time of revival and great harvest.

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USA – Garden of Eden family ministry, April 17, 2021

We are excited to see the progress at the

Garden of Eden family ministry

at

14799 Avon Allen Rd

Mt. Vernon, Washington USA

and we are looking forward to the fellowship opportunities that it will provide for those in our community.

We are getting ready to build the new playground equipment that arrived this week and to begin planting in the garden.

 

The blueberries are in and we are getting ready to start the strawberries and raspberries and the vegetables.

 

Also, the fellowship center has been completed and is available.

 

Weekly fellowship

We currently are having
Salt & Light fellowship services

on

Sundays at 1pm and 4pm

…and another fellowship has started meeting once a month on Saturday morning

 

Please feel free to stop by and check it out. A picnic area and other equipment (horseshoes, volleyball, tetherball, etc) are available.

We could always use the help,

but most of all,

our Father in heaven

really enjoys watching His family living and sharing life with one another.

You can call

360-421-8811 or 360-421-8812

for information

or check the website www.harvestvisionministries.org


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USA – The joy of the Lord is our strength, April 17, 2021

 
 

Many thanks to our friends that come and help out at the Garden of Eden family ministry in west Mt. Vernon during the week.

 

Now, it is time to get the Harvest Home ready to have a few couples over for lunch. The Harvest Home is open for fellowship Tue-Fri from 10 am-4 pm at 9467 Pierce Lane in Sedro Woolley and we also have other fellowships at other times. It is the home that God has allowed us to live in while He uses it as He needs to do the Father’s business. Open to drop off some items for the garage sale, some cans for the Harvest Kids to crush to help vulnerable children in Africa, pick up some tracts or bibles, borrow a Christian movie, share a testimony, pray for one another, find out about other ministry opportunities in our community and around the world and listen to some good Christian worship and rest in the Lord.

 

We also enjoy hosting the Child’s Evangelism Fellowship prayer luncheon and Harvest Kids.

 

Please call if we can be of any help 360-421-8811 or 360-421-8812.

The joy of the Lord is our strength.  
 
 
 

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USA – Harvest Kids, April 10, 2021

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Many thanks to Jen for helping with Harvest Kids today and to Lynn Griffin from Child’s Evangelism Fellowship that came to share about the true meaning of Easter with the kids.

We appreciate these young people that sacrifice their time to come and crush cans and donate their change to help vulnerable children in Africa that are less fortunate than they are.

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After greeting the Harvest Rabbits, playing Jenga and having lunch, Lynn shared the wonderful message about the death and resurrection of our Savior, Lord, King and friend, Jesus Christ. Her message was built around the meaning of John 1:12, “But to all who did receive Him, who believed in His Name, He gave the right to become children of God….” Lynn’s passion for sharing the good news of the gospel is evident in all that she does and the way in which she treats each person, including adults, with kindness and respect.

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After the kids helped Lynn pack up her materials, the kids spend a little one-on-one time with the rabbits, Dove and Hope.    
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Afterwards, some of the kids went to the greenhouse at Wayne and Rebecca Watne’s and potted organic broccoli plants that had been donated, the plants will be transplanted to the Garden of Eden farming ministry in west Mt. Vernon and the remainder will be made available to get donations to help with their ministry to help children in Africa. 
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USA – Religion that God accepts as pure, April 8, 2021

Many thanks to our co-laborers that pray and provide financial support to our brothers and sisters that sacrifice so much to ‘look after widows and orphans in their distress’ and labor to teach believers how to not ‘be polluted by the world’. We were able to send the funds to build a small home for Pastor John Light’s widow and her family in the refugee camp in north Uganda. John was the coordinator of Harvest Vision in South Sudan and was forced to flee with his family to Uganda where he died and went to be with Jesus leaving his family without support. We also were able to send funds to help support the second gathering of all the branch pastors in Uganda for a conference to build their faith and to allow them to deepen their relationship with each other as they work to reach the lost in their communities and teach them to be true disciples. We are blessed to be partners in spreading the gospel message to those that are ‘brokenhearted and crushed in spirit’ in central Africa. We would welcome all that would like to share in these blessings.  


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The World – Look unto Me and be ye saved, April 8, 2021

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In London, one Sunday morning a snowstorm was raging. A young man had started to his church services as usual, but the storm with its blowing winds and blinding snow was so severe that he was almost compelled to return home. Instead, however, he came upon a small chapel, into which he was led by the Spirit. Around the stove about a dozen people were gathered. The preacher did not come that morning, so an old man, a lay member of the congregation, arose and spoke from that passage in the Old Testament, ‘Look unto Me, and be ye saved.’ He urged this young man to look to Jesus and be saved. The result was that the young fellow went home to pray and he found Christ as his Savior. The name of the old spokesman of the Lord on that Sabbath day has passed into oblivion. But the name of the young man, thus by the efforts of ‘one of the least of these’ converted, was destined to resound through the ages, and his eloquent Gospel appeals to be heard by millions and his sermons to be sold as those of no other preacher of the centuries.

That young man was Charles Spurgeon.

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


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USA – Pray to the Lord of the harvest, April 7, 2021

We are blessed to let everyone know that most of the work to prepare the Garden of Eden family ministry at 14799 Avon Allen Rd in west Mt. Vernon has been completed and we are hoping to see workers coming to use the picnic and game area, as well use the fellowship center which has been completed.
 
Along with having home church fellowship on Sunday at 1 pm and 4 pm, another church family will begin using the facility this Saturday.
 
We have hosted a wedding, birthday party, fundraisers, and the Harvest Kids bingo extravaganza.
 
We still need volunteers to put together the new playground set and we will be starting to refurbish the worship trailer for outdoor services, at the Garden of Eden, or to be used for outreaches in other locations.
 
The garden is laid out with blueberry plants and we will be planting raspberries and strawberries soon, as well as planting the other vegetables.
 
Anyone that can help us plant the starts for the plants that won’t be started with seed can contact Linda at 360-421-8812.
 
We will soon be fencing to have a place to raise some cows.
 
A wonderful place to work together to provide a safe, non-threatening environment for families to come and fellowship and to play and pray as we share our faith and build ourselves up in God’s Word and build relationships with other believers. All the donations, including for the crops, are used to support the local ministry and for spreading the gospel in nations less fortunate than ours. For more information, check out the www.harvestvisionministries.org website under USA ministry.


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