A Word from Pastor (Papa) George

USA – Kid’s Club at the Children’s Museum – February 1, 2020

What a blessing to support the Kid’s Club that meet at Carolyn’s home on Peavey Road in Sedro Woolley. We loaded up the van’s on Friday night to go to the free family night at the Jungle Playland in Mt. Vernon, but unfortunately there were too many people for us to be able to get in. Even though the kids had stood in the cold for awhile before we realized we wouldn’t be able to go in, they were over-joyed to find out that we would be able to take them to the Children’s Museum in Burlington the next day at noon. Thanks to Dale, Cathy and Linda that joined Carolyn to drive them over and enjoy a few hours of wonderful inter-active ministry with others in our community. This is family. This is love. This is the Father’s family brought together through Jesus Christ and led by the Holy Spirit. Jesus is the head of His Church and everyone man, woman and child has the opportunity to receive the free gift of eternal life and are loved, valued, respected and essential.  

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January 30, 2020

 

Here we are! The start of a new year and a new decade.

    Even though many things are new. One thing that we know is not new is that the enemy is the same and comes to kill, steal and destroy and he always targets the young and weak. We were blessed to be a part of the recent March for Life event in Olympia and are looking forward to the “40 Days for Life”, pro-life prayer vigil, that will go from Feb 26 – April 5th. Please check out the website to volunteer for times that you may be able to come and pray.

    “Then Pharaoh gave this order to all his people: ‘Every boy that is born you must throw into the Nile, but let every girl live.” (Exodus 1:22) “When Herod realized that he had been outwitted by the Magi, he was furious, and he gave orders to kill all the boys in Bethlehem and its vicinity who were two years old and under.” (Matthew 2:16)

     The Lord prompted us to cancel our mission trip to Mexico after Christmas to focus on infants and children.

We want to thank everyone that donates the aluminum cans that the Harvest Kids get to crush and recycle to help vulnerable children in Africa. The kids recently used their change to finish building a primary school for vulnerable and orphaned children in Uganda and have now raised enough money for 11 of the 60 mosquito nets for orphans that live at another school in another part of Uganda. We are so thankful for the work that Child’s Evangelism Fellowship does throughout our community, meeting with kids after school at the school (when they are able to find volunteers) as well as teaching with our Harvest Kids and other clubs throughout the community. We have been blessed to take parents and children to the rock climbing gym, skating rink and Children’s Museum. Reggie Hunter from the Upper Skagit tribe  shared about how he finds the wood and makes walking sticks, cutting off branches, sanding and sculpting each one before he seals the stick with varnish. We were able to relate all this to the story that Jesus told in John 15 about the vine and branches. The kids read the scripture verse and answered  the questions. Who was the gardener? Who was the vine? Who were the branches? What is the fruit? What did Jesus mean when He said, ‘Fruit that last?’ Afterwards, everyone enjoyed coloring different sheets related to the vine and the branches while the kids picked out sticks that Reggie had donated. They used saws, files, sand paper and drills to shape their own walking sticks before applying the varnish.

   Many thanks to our Harvest Vision team that put substance to our desire to provide a safe, fun night of fellowship for children and their families at the Children’s Museum in Burlington. Lot’s of prep work to invite people, prepare and set up refreshments, provide transportation and ensure we had information available about different opportunities for people to share the love of Jesus and stay connected as the family of God. Some Christian men and women came just to welcome and encourage those that came with children. A special thanks to those that speak Spanish and were available to translate when needed. A big thanks to the many that support the Children’s Museum that provides this beautiful and clean facility, with a great staff and environment that is filled with safe, interactive learning experiences for families in our community.  We had 30 children and almost as many adults greeting, meeting and sharing their lives with each other, many meeting each other for the first time. We are praying to provide many more opportunities for these and other families with children to get together and share their life’s faith journey with one another. 

    We are privileged to be friends with a wonderful elderly Christian lady in our community who has opened up her heart to the children in her neighborhood. What started with bringing some kids into her trailer to share Jesus with them has now evolved into 4 days of Kids’ Club every week. She has put a cover outside her trailer to provide a game room for the now 22 children from age 3-12. Nineteen of them have accepted Jesus and some of their parents in just these last few months. We are hoping to help her when she feels called to take them as a group outside her home when the Lord directs, so we are collecting booster and car seats. These young people love Jesus and want to share it with other kids that they meet in their neighborhood and their schools. If they meet someone in their neighborhood, they can invite them to come to the Kid’s Club and meet “Grandma Carolyn”. Why can’t we have a home open in every few blocks of our community?
     Consider this. Children and youth can legally share their faith with others in their school, which is their mission field. We have the legal authority to come alongside them after school and provide a place and support for them to bring in their harvest using that facility to encourage and strengthen them. Sadly, Child’s Evangelism Fellowship only has volunteers to stand with these young people at 2 of the 30 public schools in Skagit and Island county? Where are you, men and women of God? For information contact locally, call Lynn Griffin at 360-333-7025. If you live in a different area, contact Child’s Evangelism Fellowship in your community. 

J

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Mexico, El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala

We are looking forward to gathering with people living in Skagit Valley that have family and friends in the southern states of Mexico, El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala on Feb 15th at the Manantial de Agua Viva church, 12063 Pulver Rd. in Burlington from 6-8pm. We are traveling to El Salvador to help coordinate ministry in those particular areas and are hoping to provide some unity for people with those connections. We will be providing these contacts to the native missionaries that live in those states and countries as they labor to bring the gospel message and unity to Christian believers in their communities. Please share this with anyone that may be interested. For information in English call 360-421-8811/8812. For information in Spanish call 360-909-8506 or 360-540-0816.


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January 28, 2020

In December, our co-laborers in central Africa were in the field 71 days and coordinated 23 different crusades, seminars and outreaches. Along with the testimonies of deliverances and healings, 2,373 people came to faith in Jesus Christ. As we reflect on God’s promises for this year in light of the 40,900 believers that moved from darkness into the light in 2019, our hearts are filled with anticipation. Although they face many trials of persecution and suffer through poor transportation, weather, sickness and sometimes little or no food, they persevere for the sake of the harvest. We are thankful to everyone that prays and supports these servants in Uganda, Kenya, South Sudan, Burundi and the DRCongo. We are encouraged by the testimonies of gratitude from our coordinators that are starting to realize their basic needs; food, shelter and school fees are being met by the sustainability projects that our co-laborers from the USA helped them get started. We are praying for the funds to equip four more coordinators with sound and video equipment and monthly support this year so they can work with all the Christian church families and leaders in their regions and help coordinate outreaches, train leaders, strengthen existing church families and help plant new ones. Unfortunately, many of our coordinators, along with their communities, are being attacked or could soon be attacked by an invasion of locusts from northeastern Africa that are slowly working their way into Kenya toward Uganda. This is devastating and destroying basically all vegetation in their path. Please lift all of central Africa up in your prayers.   

     We are happy to report that the director of the ministry in Africa, Pr. Martin, and his family moved into their new home this month. Susan, the admin coordinator for the over-all ministry, and her family moved into the home and office that Martin and his family have been living in the last 14 years, since the ministry started. This will give Martin more freedom to help teach leaders and expand the ministry and also provide Susan easier access to the office where she coordinates much of the over-all ministry. The new weekly radio program that started this month is already reaching many people in a large area with a true teaching of the bible and is named, “Sound Doctrine Discipleship”. Many people respond during and after the program, either in English to Pr. Martin or in Lugandan to Pr. Jeffrey. We are encouraged that 29 pastors attended the first month of the year-long bible school that started in southeast Uganda this month. Pastors attend for 3 days each month, then spend the month studying and training their leaders and continue 3 days per month for one year. This allows them to be trained in the Word of God without having to leave their families, ministries or pay for their training. Another bible school is scheduled to start in eastern Uganda soon.

     We are looking forward to a wonderful time of fellowship at the coordinator’s conference in Kampala, Uganda that is scheduled the first part of March. George and Wayne from the USA will be joining with the Harvest Vision family from the different locations throughout central Africa. It continues to be a time of encouragement, refreshment, sharing, worship and prayer and we thank everyone that prays, blesses and helps support this anointed fellowship.


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