A Word from Pastor (Papa) George

The World – The wonder of the womb, March 4, 2021

Satan cannot afford

for us to focus on life before birth because it is God’s time to be alone with us.

The first portion of our journey of life starts with a personal relationship alone with God in the womb = no separation = no sin. When the umbilical cord is cut and we begin to realize the cost of sin (separation), we must figure out how to take care of ourselves apart from God. Satan cannot afford for us to “enter again into my mother’s womb” as Nicodemus saw so clearly. For in the womb with God we never were concerned about what our skin color was or react to any pain that we felt. Even though we were “under water”, we were not afraid of drowning or where our next breath of air would come from. We did not worry about what we would eat, drink, wear, where we would go to the bathroom, what sex we were or what everyone else thought about us. Precious, intimate time in the presence of God. Is it any wonder, that Satan, wants us to focus our whole existence on life after birth? If there is any interest in when someone began their journey of life, even if they profess to be a Christian, it begins with: “So….when were you born?” or “so…. when is your birthday?” We started our journey of life in the world, just like Adam started his. In fellowship with God. When the Israelites finally crossed the dry riverbed of the Jordan River into the Promised Land and before the water began to flow again, the Lord had them go back and gather stones and make a pile on the side of the Promised Land. He commanded them that when their children began to take their eyes off of God, they should bring them back to those stones so they could remember where they came from. That is why we should reverence all life in the womb.

 
 

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The World – Sound The Charge! February 27, 2021

In the army of the Lord, we need more men with the spirit of the little flag boy of the Civil War. During one of the raging battles, while bullets were flying everywhere and men were falling by the hundreds, the little lad forgot everything but to keep the flag before the army. In his haste, he forgot the army. Finally, he heard a shrill call saying, “Bring that flag back here!” He turned to see the army retreating and the commander beckoning for him to retreat with them. The lad cried out, “Bring the army up to the flag, sir!” This one sentence stirred the soul of the commander until he ordered the men to advance against the enemy. It is said that out of the seeming defeat a great victory was won.

This reminds one of the little drummer boy who was with Napoleon in one of the battles. It seemed that the army of France could not overcome; thousands were falling. Napoleon said, “Lad, can you beat a retreat?” The boy replied, “Sir, I have never learned to beat a retreat, but can beat a charge that will stir the last remains of the patriotism of the army.” The Emperor cried, “Beat a charge then, lad.” And that charge beaten from the drum was the means of the victory being won that day.

That is the spirit we must have in the work of the Lord – that we shall never know how to retreat in the face of the enemy of the kingdom of Heaven, but that we shall be able to beat a charge that will cause others to take courage and fight on until the last foe is conquered. This is the spirit of God’s heroes.

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


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USA – Harvest Kids – February 27, 2021

What a beautiful day the Lord blessed us with today for Harvest Kids.

 

Thanks to everyone that allowed their kids to come and be a blessing to God, each other, vulnerable children in other parts of the world and to the adults that came and helped. A special thanks to our guest and sister in Christ, Kelsey Kamloops, who recently returned from her training and mission with Youth with a Mission. Her commitment, passion and testimony to want to share the good news of Jesus throughout the world was an encouragement to everyone.

The kids crushed the cans that had been donated and then filled the artillery shell they are using to collect money for building another primary school in Africa. Another 7” and only 11” to go.

Our new Harvest Kids put their handprints on the wall and put their birthdays on the birthday board. It is always a blessing to sing Happy Birthday to everyone in the world that celebrates their birthday during the month – leaving no one out!

We enjoyed a typical Africa lunch, rice, pineapple, mango eaten Africa style, sitting on the floor and then Mama Linda slipped in a juicy cupcake for the birthday celebration.

Our message woven throughout the day was on how special our friends are and how the friendship we can have with Jesus is so much more special.

We played the parachute games and then a special game using M&M’s to help us get to know each other better.

Our afternoon was spent at the local skating rink, then we drove to the Garden of Eden family ministry in Mt. Vernon in time to catch brother Fred putting the last of the shavings on the blueberry bushes in the garden.

The kids helped Cheryl fill up some bags with items that will be given to our friends that live on the streets in our community.

What a blessing to witness these young disciples learn that it is better to give than receive.   


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USA – Salt and Light – February 21, 2021

Thanks for everyone’s response in donating items to put bags together for our brothers and sisters that live on the streets during these cold and wet days.

The ministry is ongoing and items, including jackets, shoes, socks, stocking caps and blankets are needed. Drop off locations are:

Harvest Home
9467 Pierce Lane
Sedro Woolley
Tue-Fri, 10am-4pm

or

Salt and Light Family Fellowship14799 Avon Allen RdMt. VernonSundays, 1-6pm

If you want to be a part of visiting and praying for our friends in our community that are without permanent housing and would like this to be a part of your ministry or would like to have someone go with you, please give us a call.

 

We are also thankful to have the information on how anyone that would like to join the 40 Days for Life prayer vigil for the unborn in our community can get involved, please contact us.

The heart of the Father as He allows us to be the hands and feet of Jesus. One soul at a time.

360-421-8811 or 8812.

 
 

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USA – Salt and Light – February 20, 2021

We are excited about the Salt and Light fellowship that is meeting Sunday in west Mt. Vernon at 14799 Avon Allen Road. We will be chatting about reaching out to our brothers and sisters that live on the streets and encouraging everyone to bring items that would be helpful to them during this cold weather: jackets, coats, stocking caps, socks and shoes. We will also be discussing the ongoing 40 Days for Life prayer vigil that seeks God’s intervention into the lives of men and women that have been blessed to be bringing a child into the world and for all of us that should be on that journey hand in hand with them. We meet from 1-3pm, with contemporary worship, then the word, sharing testimonies and prayer. From 3-4pm, we break bread (potluck) together as a family. The kids will be putting together bags for our friends on the street during this time. From 4-6pm, we have the second service but with gospel hymns. The potluck gives both groups the opportunity to fellowship with one another. We would love to fellowship with you. For information call 360-421-8811 or 8812.       


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Africa – A cloud of witnesses – February 18, 2021

 

What a blessing that even in the face of trials and difficulties beyond what many of us may ever face, our co-laborers choose to put presenting the gospel to those in their community their highest calling. Whether it is teaching bible schools in Archer’s Point and Maralal in north Kenya, reaching out door to door in different villages in eastern Uganda or baptizing new believers in the DRCongo.


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USA – If anyone sees a brother in need – February 15, 2021

We are collecting items that may be needed when we go and visit and pray for the homeless in our community. Especially needed are jackets, sweaters, hoodies, blankets, gloves, shoes & socks. We are also making up bags of small items such handwarmers, snacks and other personal items.

 

You can drop items off at the

Harvest Home

9467 Pierce Lane in Sedro Woolley

or at the

Salt & Light fellowship

(that meets on Sunday)

14799 Avon Allen Rd in west Mt. Vernon
(between noon-6pm)
 

 

Please contact 360-421-8811 or 360-421-8812 if you would like more information about reaching out to the homeless in our community.

 


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The World – A sermon like a boat without harpoons – February 15, 2021

A sailor just off a whaling expedition asked where he could hear good preaching. On his return from the church where he had been recommended to go, a friend said, ‘You do not seem to have liked the sermon.’ ‘Not much,’ replied the gruff, old weather-beaten man, ‘it was like a ship leaving for the whale fishing, everything ship shape – anchors, cordage, sails all right – but there were no harpoons on board.’

Could not this be the charge laid at the most of our messages? They are ready for fair sailing, but we have forgotten to take our harpoons. We fish for compliments and not for men. God grant that we may carry our harpoons into the pulpit with us.

This reminds one of what a native in India said to Stanley Jones, the only man who ever refused to be a bishop in the Methodist Church. The native said that when one preached through an interpreter, should the interpreter leave off everything in the message that was not vital the average sermon would last only five minutes.

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


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USA – Salt & Light – February 9, 2021

Jesus has given us the Holy Spirit and entrusted us to be the salt of the earth and the light of the world. He then prayed to the Father, that we may be one so the whole world will know that the Father had sent Him.

 

We are delighted to invite you to join us at:

Salt and Light fellowship

14799 Avon Allen Rd

Mt. Vernon WA.

We recognize that many of us have fellowship on Sunday mornings and evenings, so our fellowship time is from 1-3pm and 4-6pm with a potluck in between.

 

Our hope is that we can come together and share testimonies of how God is working in our lives to fulfill our calling and help us build relationships with those that have been prompted to support or that have that same calling. We will not be judged by what we do – but what we were called to do.

 

Jesus is the head of the Church, the Holy Spirit is the worship leader and we are His body.

 

For information call 360-421-8811.


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USA – The value of a soul – February 7, 2021

“Consider how precious a soul must be, when both God and the devil are after it.”
Charles Spurgeon
 

Yes, we are joining the rejoicing of our Father and all the angels in heaven for the 692 souls that were ushered into the kingdom through the small outreaches and door to door ministry in central Africa in January. We are thankful that some of the countries are having less restrictions that will open the door for the coordinators to expand their work with different church families to include having large outdoor gatherings where they can use the sound and video equipment they have been given.

 

Along with that blessing is the blessing that allows each of us to pray and consider helping financially to repair or replace some of the components that are no longer working.

 

Normally, we have been able to take some of the equipment, that is more reliable, from the USA, but we have not had that option this last year. The cost of reliable equipment purchased in Africa is higher. They have inventoried and checked out the equipment in each location in Uganda, Kenya, South Sudan, Burundi and the DRCongo and our director in central Africa is prioritizing them for us. The Lord needs the help from brothers and sisters in the USA to co-labor with His workers there.


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USA – Harvest Kids – January 23, 2021

Thanks to everyone that donates cans and prays for these young people in our family that are making such a big difference in our world today. The Harvest Kids crushed aluminum cans in the cold so we can raise money to help vulnerable and orphaned children in Africa. After warming up a bit playing with the parachute, we gathered inside where it was warm and put our pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters in the collection bullet to help build another primary school. The day moved on with putting the handprints on the wall and then celebrating everyone that has a birthday around the world in January. A great time of fellowship as these young people released their own creativity on making up their own dream boards. We are so thankful that these young people are learning to be true disciples by learning it is better to give than to receive and all the “older” Harvest Kids are helping and strengthening their family relationships with one another. Much thanks to Jen who, not only organized the activities, but later spent the evening hosting the Harvest Kids girls sleepover.


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The World – A lighthouse in the desert – January 23, 2021

 

 

In an Arizona desert, there is a well fifty miles from any other source of water. Within fifteen or twenty miles of it many bones lie scattered all around – bones of men and their horses that might have reached the water had it been possible to know where to find it on that featureless plain. As close as five miles stand two wagons, each with skeletons of its party huddled around it. And at the very gateway of the enclosure, a prospector was found one morning lost and dead.

Finally, an owner erected a lighthouse. He planted a tall cottonwood pole and hung a lantern upon it which was always kept lighted. Suffice it to say that no longer are bones of dead men found near the well.

The Epworth Herald says: “We shiver to think that former owners could have been willing to neglect this – to rescue perishing fellow men by so plain a means. But are you and I doing worse than that? Are we leaving our fellows in a more dreadful danger, neglecting to hold out to them the light of salvation?

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


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